It’s that feelgood time of year – days are at their longest, we can finally ditch the winter jumpers and head to the countryside or the beach with our nearest and dearest. Summer is many people’s favorite season, but what’s perhaps surprising is that the warmer temperatures and brighter days could be having a real […]
If you’re one of the millions of people who start sneezing as soon as spring arrives and trees and flowers start to shower us with their pollen, then you’ll know exactly what hay fever is all about. Streaming eyes, blocked nose, sneezing, itching skin – it’s not a lot of fun. There’s still lots we […]
In 2003, scientist Ray Kurzweil first tested a computer chip designed to replace the hippocampus, the area of the brain often damaged due to disorders such as Alzheimer’s and other degenerative brain diseases. In 2015, Ray Flynn received the first bionic eye transplant and in 2013 the first entirely bionic human (named Frank), with fully […]
The human body is, in fact, a planet in itself; home to many types of micro bacteria, some helpful, some harmful and some even passed down through our DNA from ancient civilizations. Did you know that 90% of cells in our body are in fact microbes that don’t belong to us! It’s miraculous, although a […]
Crohn’s Disease is a debilitating auto-immune disease that causes the body to attack the lining of the gut. Any part of the gut can be affected but commonly it affects the last section of the small intestine (ileum) or the large intestine (colon). Crohn’s disease affects an estimated 1.4 million Americans and symptoms can include […]
A lack of investment funding may have pushed back the Mars One mission by two years to 2026, according to a recent announcement, but a visit to the Red Planet still fires the imagination as mankind’s next big adventure. Nevertheless, if you read the science, a lack of funding looks like the least of the […]
World Spine Day is dedicated to shining a spotlight on the backbone of our health. Our spine is quite literally a central core to our well being. If you’ve ever had any back pain, you’ll know how immobilising and painful it can be. Our sedentary life-style does very little to help our posture and improve […]
We’ve already seen what a complicated substance blood is (see our blog “A Bloody Miracle”), but did you know that there are some 32 blood groups and that over 600 blood-group antigens have been identified? Some of these are very rare, and some are largely restricted to certain ethnic groups. Which blood group are you?