World toilet day: hygiene and sanitation methods

world toilet day

World toilet day was an initiative that was started by the united nations (UN), to achieve their sustainability goals of ensuring that all international communities have access to toilets by 2030. Many of you may think are toilets really such a big deal? It is a basic right for humans to have access to clean water and …


Artificial pancreas herald a new era for diabetics?


The US Food and Drug Administration announced its approval of an artificial system of delivering insulin to the body. It is paving the revolution in treatment for people with Type 1 Diabetes or Insulin-Dependent Type 2 Diabetes. This could spell a mountain of difference in the lives of millions, who currently live at the mercy …


New discovery that can help cure HIV

HIV cure

CRISPR/Cas9, a revolutionary gene editing technology, has shown promise in helping find a cure for HIV. Researchers at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) have built a high-throughput cell-editing platform, by altering the CRISPR/Cas9 technology, which can identify genetic mutations that make human immune cells resistant to HIV. In simple terms, the technology acts as a …


Who Let the Dogs Out? | World Rabies Day


Have you ever been the subject of a dog bite? Immediately after the bite, your mind starts playing tricks on whether you have now gotten rabies or not? This may be more likely if you were bitten by a street dog, compared to a dog reared at home. You start to think whether the owner gave …


Keep Your Toddlers’ Eyes Safe

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A recent study published in JAMA Ophthalmology revealed that children aged between 1 to 2 years were at highest risk of chemical burns to their eyes. As opposed to the expected results, the research provided insight into how common chemicals around the house are ignored as potential dangers. As a parent, here are some tidbits …


Antibiotics are losing the battle against bacteria?


Antibiotics — this class of drugs have been hailed as our saviour ever since Alexander Fleming discovered that penicillin could kill bacteria. Today, we have several classes of antibiotics, natural or man-made that work on many types of bacteria. There are penicillins, β lactams, quinolones, cephalosporins and so on, and they are used to treat all sorts of …


Are Injectable Gels the Future for Heart Failure?

Heart failure

The heart, along with supplying blood to every tip of the body, gets its own oxygen and nutrition via small, thin vessels that run over its surface. A heart attack occurs when one or more of these vessels get blocked. However, surviving an episode of excruciating pain does not ensure full recovery. A new invention may, …


Which Parts of your Body Regenerate?


We have seen many animals have regenerating or repairing capabilities. For instance, lizards can regenerate their tails and salamanders can regrow their entire leg within 5 weeks. Regeneration refers to the regrowth of a missing part or damaged organ from the tissue that remains. Most parts of the human body don’t regenerate, for instance we …


Dangers of taking Paracetamol


Crocin, paracetamol or medically-termed Acetaminophen is generic drug we use quite often to relieve headaches or pain in any part of our body. It is considered a safe drug, however, we should really question its safety to our liver, skin and even our brains. What is paracetamol used for? It is an over-the-counter (OTC) medication …


Does Vitamin D Repair Nerve Damage?

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A 2015 study at the University of Cambridge, discovered a protein that activated Vitamin D could repair nerve damage, particularly the myelin, in patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). This could make vitamin D, a potential treatment for Multiple Sclerosis in times to come. What is Vitamin D? This is a fat-soluble vitamin that is generally …