The heart is one of the most important organs in the body as it delivers oxygenated blood (blood exposed to oxygen from the lungs) to our cells, allowing them to respire and release energy. This lets us move around and survive. The heart consists of many parts which work together to make it perform efficiently. … Continue reading The Heart
What causes diabetes?
Diabetes Mellitus is a common yet serious condition where your blood glucose levels (BGL) are not regulated by your body well enough. This can lead to your BGL’s being too high or too low, both of which are dangerous. Scientists are figuring out the causes of diabetes. Type 2 develops due to your body’s resistance … Continue reading What causes diabetes?
What is MRI?
How can doctors monitor and assess a patient’s head injury to see what’s the best course of action to take? How can they know what problem is going on in a patient’s abdomen without having to use invasive forms of surgery? How can they better understand about a patient’s mind from a neuroscientific aspect? The … Continue reading What is MRI?
The Kidneys and Controlling Water Levels
Your body needs to be able to regulate its water levels to prevent cells from getting damaged. Due to osmosis, if your body has too much water, your body cells will swell up and burst. On the other hand, if your body doesn’t have enough water, cells will shrivel up and die. Thankfully, as a … Continue reading The Kidneys and Controlling Water Levels
Vaccination delivery through a pill.
Vaccinations have become incredibly important due to COVID-19 and the vaccine rollout needs to be faster and more efficient in order to achieve global herd immunity. Vaccines, the COVID-19 vaccine being an example, are usually injections that contain dead or weakened versions of the pathogen. However, there a numerous disadvantages to these traditional vaccines: They … Continue reading Vaccination delivery through a pill.
How do cancer cells evade the immune system?
Cancer cells manage to hide from our immune system (IS) and understanding how they evade the IS helps scientists to create treatments for cancer. It can even help scientists figure out how to hide donor organs in a patient. If you would like to learn more about transplant immunology, click here: https://glamsci.blog/2021/04/13/transplant-immunology/ Usually the IS … Continue reading How do cancer cells evade the immune system?
What causes allergies and food intolerances?
It is estimated the 2 million people in the UK have a food allergy and many more have food intolerances. What actually happens to someone who has an allergic reaction and what are the solutions? The difference between an allergy and intolerance An allergy is a reaction of your immune system that triggers symptoms like … Continue reading What causes allergies and food intolerances?
Transplant immunology is the study of the immune response to organ transplants in surgery. There can be many complications that arise from transplants but a major factor is the immune system’s response to a foreign organ. Why does the immune system reject an organ? Every person has a specific set of Human Leukocyte Antigens (HLA) … Continue reading Transplant Immunology
Why do we shiver when we’re cold?
Imagine that it’s a freezing day, with snow piled up high and still falling and you wanted to go for a walk outside. So, you put on your extra fluffy pair of socks and very comfortable shoes and you step outside, without wearing one of the most important items of clothing, a coat. To say … Continue reading Why do we shiver when we’re cold?
The Women of STEM: 5 Women Who Shaped The World of Science and Research
As Women’s History Month comes to a close, it’s only fitting that we remember the work of the women who have contributed to the field of STEM throughout the years. Here are 5 women who have been invaluable in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics and paved their way through a male-dominated system to become some of the greatest names in STEM history. Yvonne … Continue reading The Women of STEM: 5 Women Who Shaped The World of Science and Research