Bone tissue generation: A truly marrowing Summer

This Summer, I was lucky enough to be asked to be part of a research team at Glasgow University, looking into an alternative and less invasive source of bone grafts. As is well known, spinal injuries and conditions related to aging are becoming a huge problem in today’s society, with the steep rise of life expectancy […]

I Can’t Believe My Eyes: Life With Bonnet Syndrome

Hallucinations, therefore moments of perception of stimuli that are not present at the given situation, can have multiple causes. From use of addictive substances such as hallucinogens or other psychoactive substances across hypnotic suggestions to extreme physical or mental exhaustion of an organism, experienced for example by endurance racers or ultra-marathon runners. In all cases, […]

Stimulants: How can something so popular be so damaging?

In recent years drugs like Adderall, used in the treatment of ADHD, have become familiar to university students across the US and UK. Many students have abused prescription stimulants like Adderall in the belief that it will enhance their ability to focus. The term ‘cognitive enhancement’ has been popularised by the media, with frequent debates […]

University of St Andrews leads new TB data-sharing platform

Data collected from one of the largest tuberculosis (TB) clinical drugs trials, lead by the University of St Andrews, has been released as part of a new data-sharing platform. The trial, completed in 2014, sought to investigate whether moxifloxacin, an antibacterial drug used in the treatment of pneumonia and bronchitis [1], could be used as a […]

Home grown hearts – the stem of something great?

Organ transplants are in great demand; more than 100,000 patients are waiting for organs in the US alone. In particular, 4,185 are waiting for a transplant of one of the most important bodily organs – the heart. [1] One of the most important complications of transplant surgeries stems from the recipient’s immune system attacking the […]

Seeing the Light: New Hope for Cataract Sufferers?

New research carried out in China and the USA has discovered a new method that could allow the optical lens to be regenerated completely, without the need for potentially harmful surgery, and has so far completely restored sight in 12 children. The five senses in humans are all hugely important and anything that causes any […]

Nephrotic Syndrome: a light at the end of the tunnel?

Nephrotic syndrome, a detrimental kidney disease that results in a patient’s blood proteins leaking into the urine [1], has been a topic of research for some time but a recent advancement could drastically cut the time and funding required to diagnose the condition. The newly developed super-resolution structured illumination microscope (SIM) does what 200 years of […]

St Andrews and Harvard publish breakthrough in fibre-optic wound healing

Researchers from the University of St Andrews and Harvard University have jointly published a paper in the journal Nature describing the use of biodegradable fibre-optic devices. These waveguide devices deliver externally-applied light deep into the tissue, allowing the process of photochemical tissue bonding in deeper tissue than previously treated  [1,2]. Photochemical tissue bonding is a technique that […]

Zika virus outbreak in the Americas

Update (02/01/2015): On the 1st February, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the Zika Virus a Global Health Emergency, placing it in the same category of concern as the Ebola virus [8]. WHO director general, Margaret Chan, states “I am now declaring that the recent cluster of microcephaly and other neurological abnormalities reported in Latin America […]

Nobel Prizes 2015

  How would you react if a stranger phoned you up in the middle of the night? Most people probably wouldn’t be too impressed. But for some scientists this week, being woken up in the middle of the night by a mysterious caller from Sweden could have been the highlight of their careers. That’s right, […]

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