Science / 04/05/2021 Potential new treatment for sickle cell disease under development

Sickle cell disease (SCD) refers to a group of hereditary red blood cell disorders. The disease is caused by a mutation in the DNA sequence coding for the oxygen-carrying protein, haemoglobin. This leads to haemoglobin in red blood cells becoming misshapen, resulting in the “sickle” appearance of red blood cells in SCD patients. Symptoms of...

Science / 04/05/2021 Feline fine, England?

Conservation efforts are being implemented to reintroduce the European wildcat into England and Wales in order to bring the species back from the brink of extinction. Wildcats, also known as the “Highland Tiger”, were once present across Britain but are now limited to the Scottish Highlands where only around 300 individuals remain. An extensive study...

Science / 04/05/2021 President Biden’s New Climate Promises: what do they entail?

In 2015, 196 parties agreed to adopt a collective goal to ensure climate change was limited. At COP21 in Paris, countries around the world came together to enter into a legally binding treaty on climate change which hoped to keep global warming below 2°C (preferably 1.5°C) above pre-industrial levels, and ultimately reach a carbon neutral...

Science / 04/05/2021 Tiny house-living with the Whiskered Treeswift

As an amateur nature buff, I’m constantly amazed and surprised by the experts around me – these are people with a fantastic amount of knowledge, who are normally more than willing to share. I’ve developed small obsessions with Alie Ward’s ‘Ologies’ podcast, been tipped off to the wonders of the Knepp Wildland Rewildling podcast by...

Science / 13/04/2021 Plastic times call for drastic measures

Plastics have taken the world by storm ever since their invention in 1869. They have made material wealth more easily accessible, provided practical solutions to shortages in natural resources through wars, and, astonishingly, were even hailed as being an environmentally friendly resource (as they could easily imitate things like ivory, horns and tortoiseshell). Nowadays, the...

Science / 13/04/2021 Gut microbiome disruption links to certain Parkinson’s disease symptoms

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative condition that results in the loss of brain cells responsible for secreting the neurotransmitter dopamine. Dopamine’s role in motor control is a key contributor to the characteristic symptoms of Parkinson’s, including tremors, reduced mobility and muscle stiffness.  Diagnosis is often centred around the loss of motor control, however,...

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Feline fine, England?

Conservation efforts are being implemented to reintroduce the European wildcat into England and Wales in order to bring the species back from the brink of extinction. Wildcats, also known as the “Highland Tiger”, were once present across Britain but are now limited to the Scottish Highlands where only around 300 individuals remain. An extensive study…

Science

Tiny house-living with the Whiskered Treeswift

As an amateur nature buff, I’m constantly amazed and surprised by the experts around me – these are people with a fantastic amount of knowledge, who are normally more than willing to share. I’ve developed small obsessions with Alie Ward’s ‘Ologies’ podcast, been tipped off to the wonders of the Knepp Wildland Rewildling podcast by…

Science

Plastic times call for drastic measures

Plastics have taken the world by storm ever since their invention in 1869. They have made material wealth more easily accessible, provided practical solutions to shortages in natural resources through wars, and, astonishingly, were even hailed as being an environmentally friendly resource (as they could easily imitate things like ivory, horns and tortoiseshell). Nowadays, the…

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Gut microbiome disruption links to certain Parkinson’s disease symptoms

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative condition that results in the loss of brain cells responsible for secreting the neurotransmitter dopamine. Dopamine’s role in motor control is a key contributor to the characteristic symptoms of Parkinson’s, including tremors, reduced mobility and muscle stiffness.  Diagnosis is often centred around the loss of motor control, however,…

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One small step too far into sci-fi?

Artificial intelligence has consistently cropped up in science fiction for decades. As science continues to advance, we are getting closer to making machines with human-like intelligence a reality. The ability of AI to mimic the way the human brain works, to learn from examples, recognise objects and make decisions allows these machines to perform tasks…

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Long Covid –is it all in the genes?

Cambridge scientists are studying whether our genes play an important part in determining who develops long Covid and who is spared. Vertigo, extreme fatigue, breathlessness, brain fog and fainting – according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS) long Covid has left approximately 1.1 million UK citizens with debilitating symptoms, in some cases, for months…

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What biases are in our healthcare systems?

Considering that healthcare has dominated the headlines, ruled our social media feeds and lingered in our conscience for the last 12 months, now is not a bad time to delve into some nursing related research and smash out a healthcare dissertation. My topic came to me in strands and required some effort to weave together…


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