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]

science

You learn something new everyday!

I like to post quotes that resonate with me from time to time and this: ...and this: It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change. ...caught my eye. It was attributed to Darwin, and I had no… Continue reading You learn something new everyday!

coronavirus

Do you need to wear a face mask outside?

Face masks have become part of our new normal over the past year both indoors and outdoors. While they're highly recommended inside heavily populated areas like supermarkets/grocery stores and public transport, there's not much guidance when it comes to outside. According to Monica Gandhi, MD, MPH, the risk of catching COVID-19 outside is quite low.… Continue reading Do you need to wear a face mask outside?

coronavirus, Public Health

raising awareness vs raising alarm

Raising awareness versus raising alarm; the public can't be better informed if the information isn't better. -- T.K. NALIAKA In the wake of everything happening today, I think this is an important quote (unfortunately, I couldn't find a source). People are confused, scared and angry and as far as I can see, no one has… Continue reading raising awareness vs raising alarm

coronavirus

should people be making their own hand sanitiser?

If you haven't heard already, the incidence of COVID-19 is now increasing across the globe increasing the likelihood of it being declared a pandemic (a disease that affects people worldwide i.e. in multiple continents). Action plans and predictions have been flying around over the past week due to the worsening spread of the virus in… Continue reading should people be making their own hand sanitiser?

coronavirus, Public Health

Should people be worried about Coronavirus?

What is coronavirus? Coronavirus is the scientific name for a group of viruses that cause things like common colds and more serious illnesses like SARS (severe acute respiratory symptom). They can be transmitted from humans to other humans or from animals to humans. Why is it in the news today? The coronavirus we’ve been hearing… Continue reading Should people be worried about Coronavirus?

Public Health, Rare Disease

Rare Diseases

What is a rare disease? According to the European Union, rare diseases are classified as one that affects less than 5 in 10,000 of the general population. Similarly, the NIH defines it as: 'one that affects fewer than 200,000 people'. This means that it’s possible that most people aren’t aware that rare diseases exist unless… Continue reading Rare Diseases