Image credit The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an international environmental treaty, with an objective to stabilise greenhouse gas concentrations to target climate change. This treaty was adopted in 1992 and as of December 2015, has signatures from 197 parties. Since 1995, the parties meet annually in Conferences of the Parties…… Continue reading This Week in Science: climate change
Image credit The digestive system consists of the gastrointestinal tract and accessory organs that allow us to digest food that we consume. The GI tract is the path from your mouth, down your oesophagus, into the stomach, through the small intestine until you get to the large intestine. Accessory organs are the glands and organs…… Continue reading The Systems Series: Digestion
Image credit Hay fever is a common condition where you have an allergic reaction to pollen or dust and is at its worst between March and September when pollen count is at its highest. See figure 1 for a microscopic image of pollen. With hay fever season upon us, the itchy eyes, rashy skin, and…… Continue reading This Week In Science: is hay fever making you depressed?
MATERNAL OBESITY CAN CAUSE OBESITY IN THEIR CHILDREN, AND THIS IN TURN CAN INCREASE THE RISK OF THEIR OFFSPRING DEVELOPING A NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASE. CAN WE PREVENT THIS FROM HAPPENING? Image credit In the past 25 years, there has been a massive growth in research into how diseases originate. Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are responsible for 70%…… Continue reading Will your lifestyle impact future generations?
Image credit Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is the all-encompassing term used to describe the ability of a microorganism such as fungi, bacteria, or a virus to become resistant to antibiotics. This is important because at current rates in which microbes are becoming resistant to antibiotics, we are at a huge risk of modern medicine going back…… Continue reading What is antimicrobial resistance?
WOMEN ACROSS THE WORLD USE SOME FORM OF CONTRACEPTION TO REDUCE THE RISK OF PREGNANCY, BUT WHY DO SO MANY OF US FEEL AWKWARD DISCUSSING IT? Image: Gabriela Sanda You’re browsing the internet. There are so many articles, so much information available. How do you make the decision? You read one woman’s experience of a…… Continue reading Contraception: it isn’t a taboo!
Image: David Jackmanson I love having my room organised and tidy, I’m really OCD about that. My friend refuses to step on cracks on the pavement when we’re walking, she can act so OCD sometimes. I need to go wash my hands, I’m OCD about germs. My Dad get’s so annoyed when I leave a…… Continue reading The C in OCD does not stand for cleaning
Immunity is a state of the body that provides us with protection against diseases. A disease can be defined in this post here. Immunity can be separated into two main flavours; innate immunity and adaptive immunity. There are many differences between these two responses to infection, but both responses work together to eliminate the pathogen…… Continue reading The Systems Series: Immunity
A disease is a condition that has an adverse effect on a person’s health. Everyone on the planet, including you, will have harboured a disease at least once in your lifetime. Diseases are hugely diverse, ranging from the common cold to cancer. Symptoms that present with disease may have very mild effects that can be…… Continue reading What is a disease?
There is no question that parents influence their children’s traits and characteristics. But have you ever wondered which parent affects you more – your mother or your father? Research on a species, Nicrophorus vespilloides, shown in figure 1, has shown how different genders of grandparent and parent beetles have varying effects on offspring generations. It…… Continue reading Let’s not beetle around the bush – which parent does the better job?