Covid-19: A Looming Pandemic

Covid-19 has rummaged through our economies and our stock markets are all down. The outbreak has also proceeded to bring us down to our knees, leading to cancellations of large gatherings/events, and the closing of schools and major cities. Airports around the world are cracking down on cases of the novel coronavirus with further testing, adding time at immigration and border control. Further to this, a potential pandemic puts increased demands on health care systems around the world – especially in wintry weather. Question is - Can we call it a pandemic yet? What are we waiting for?

Viruses: Dead Devious Microscopic Capsules

This article is Part Two of the mini-series on Viruses. This post is written in response to the popular demand, and questions raised in Part 1 of the series. This post looks to introduce to you what viruses are, how they were discovered and the basic structure of a virus. In addition to this, I have also added some brief information on how long a virus can survive.

Coronavirus: What’s Behind the Mask?

Since there is no cure for the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), it is therefore recommended that you take precautionary measure as far as is reasonably practicable. This article introduces you to the virus, it's mode of transmission, the symptoms, treatment, and precautionary measures.

Vintage Genes: Your Family’s Best Heirloom

Have you ever been told that you look exactly like your mum, or your dad? Or your grandma?? Well, the reason that you look like someone from your family is down to genes and genetics. What is this genes and genetics jargon then? Click on the link to find out more.

Smoking Cessation: Hang Tough, Don’t Puff!

Did you know that tobacco kills up to half of all it's users? Tobacco is one of the biggest public health treats around the world, killing more than 8 million people each year. More than 7 million people die as a result of direct tobacco use and the remaining are the result of exposure to second-hand cigarette smoke. Smoking is the biggest cause of preventable deaths. To put the problem into perspective further, cigarettes would never receive government regulatory approval if they were introduced to the consumer as a new product today.

Cells: The Inside Story

Think of a recipe for your traditional Sunday roast. So let’s say you are to make a roast dinner – what ingredients do you need? Let’s see – potatoes, a whole chicken, some vegetables, maybe some salt, etc. You follow your favourite recipe preparing your ingredients, cooking them, and eventually end up with your entire meal. The ingredients that you use are the basic building blocks of your roast. Similarly, numerous cells come together to make a final product – YOU.

Vaccination: A Little Prick That Gives a Big Boost

So let’s get straight into it, shall we? What is a vaccine? Vaccines are a biological cocktail that is exposed to your body to teach it to destroy antigens (i.e. disease-causing agents) and build a memory/tolerance around the antigen. This memory/tolerance is built by teaching your body WHAT is harmful and HOW the antigen causes …

Vaping: There’s No Smoke Without Fire

Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems are currently marketed and promoted as healthier/cleaner alternatives to conventional smoking of tobacco. While this may be true, it is important to note that ENDS are NOT risk free, and that the long-term impact on health and mortality is unknown. Reviews on the health effects of ENDS have been inconclusive and conflicting, and further research in this field is warranted.

Introducing: Your Personal Neurotransmitter

Think of your mobile/laptop as the synapse in this situation, and this blog as your neurotransmitter. Through this blog, I am sending you messages (our 'neurotransmitters'), via your phone/laptop (our 'synapses') to your brain. This is exactly how a neurotransmitter relays messages within your body.