On This Day

On This Day [June 3rd]

Alexander Graham Bell transmitted the first wireless message from a photophone (a device that transmits sound on a beam of light). Ed White became the first American to walk in space Charles Richard Drew, an American physician and medical researcher who was instrumental in the preservation of blood plasma, was born. Alexander Graham Bell Invented… Continue reading On This Day [June 3rd]

Public Health, Rare Disease

New sickle cell treatment given to first patients in England

There is a new sickle cell treatment now being given to patients in England! Sickle Cell Disease is a debilitating condition that predominantly affects black people. It is a painful condition that requires constant treatment and can lead to what is known as sickle cell 'crises'. If patients are not treated, they are left in… Continue reading New sickle cell treatment given to first patients in England

coronavirus

What’s the latest with COVID-19?

According to an editorial in Nature (dated 10 Jan 2022), it is time for us to come to terms with the fact that COVID-19 is here to stay. Given the amount of pandemic fatigue there is at the moment, many people have already come to terms with it. However, as Nature states, this doesn't mean… Continue reading What’s the latest with COVID-19?

Public Health

The impact of food poverty on society | part 2

In the previous part, I spoke about food insecurity and how it impacts the lives of many around the world. In this part, we'll be learning what food insecurity is, and what measures are being taken to combat it and the last impact it has on society. Food security is made up of four different… Continue reading The impact of food poverty on society | part 2

coronavirus

What do we know about the latest coronavirus variant, ‘Omicron’?

There is a new variant of COVID-19, the virus that has caused a global pandemic that began in early 2020 and shows no signs of letting up. Here's what we know about it: Official name - SARS-CoV-2 variant: B.1.1.529. Classified on 26/11/22 by WHO and named Omicron First reported to WHO on 24/11/21 First discovered… Continue reading What do we know about the latest coronavirus variant, ‘Omicron’?

Public Health

The impact of food poverty on society | part 1

“Food poverty is contributing to social unrest. Add school closures, redundancies, and furloughs into the equation and we have an issue that could negatively impact generations to come. It all starts with stability around access to food.” - Marcus Rashford, Manchester United/England Football Player Last year, Marcus Rashford, a young professional footballer threw himself headfirst… Continue reading The impact of food poverty on society | part 1

Public Health

Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2021

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month Breast cancer affects 55,000 women every year in the UK and 7.8m worldwide over the past five years, with 2.3m women being diagnosed in 2020 alone. Men can also be diagnosed with breast cancer. They make up 0.5-1% of breast cancer patients. Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer… Continue reading Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2021

Public Health

Malnutrition affects all countries on Earth

Since last year, I have taken a deeper interest in malnutrition and food poverty both here in the UK and across the world. One thing I noticed was that the image of malnutrition is often linked to regions in Africa and Asia. While the issues there are not unimportant, people are going hungry in all… Continue reading Malnutrition affects all countries on Earth

On This Day

On This Day [Aug. 26th]

AUGUST 26TH 1938: a tape recorder was used for the first time to send a radio broadcast 1743: Antoine Laurent Lavoisier was born. He is considered to be 'the father of modern chemistry' and is responsible for naming oxygen and determining what role it plays in combustion and respiration. 1874: Lee de Forest was born.… Continue reading On This Day [Aug. 26th]