Stem cell transplants are amazing because they can cure life-threatening illnesses, but the transplant is only the first step of the journey to recovery. There's still more we can do to increase the success rate of transplants, and reduce the number of people who experience post-transplant complications so that they can have the best possible quality of life.
UKSport has succeeded in finding the best athletes, retaining them, and pushing them to the highest levels. Today the UK bleeds scientists like it bleeds doctors and its bureaucracy cripples the ones that stay. Imagine if the research councils became more like UKSport
The potential of stem cell research is only just beginning to be understood, but the possibilities have the power to drastically change the world that we live in. The pace at which research is moving could mean a complete revolutionary shift in the way that major chronic illnesses are treated, and prevented, within the coming decades. It could mean an end to many of our most common diseases, and even an end to mass production of meat!
The data reveals that 52% of those who define themselves as 'sciency' also choose to describe themselves as 'arty', suggesting that many of us do not see our skills and interests as being confined to a single category.
Most clinical trials compare the drug to another treatment- either a dummy drug (placebo) or an alternative treatment, which is already approved for treating people. This is called a double-blind study. This design gives the most reliable results, as it confirms that any benefit is genuinely due to the new drug. However it means some people won't receive the new treatment.
Sexism in these areas needs to be addressed, and the Nobel Foundation has the power to improve this by treating women as equal players. But for now, the message to women is clear - the best man always wins.
Sadly many people still believe that a 'super brain' is exclusively the domain of high achieving academics. However, Dr. Tanzi challenges this myth. "The super brain does not depend on knowledge.
One of the biggest differences between health tech and other tech is that health tech is always pressed for data to prove effectiveness. But where do you get data from if you are advocating for something that is actually novel? Does not one necessarily preclude the other?
Recently the US government announced that seven species of Hawaiian yellow-faced bees have been added to the endangered species list. This news should make us all stop dead in our tracks given that approximately 80% of all food crops in the US and the UK are pollinated by bees
Brazil has been in the news a lot lately, and for good reason: weeks of top-class Olympic and Paralympic sporting events have inspired and motivated us, and although less celebrated, arguably even more critical for human health, top-class Brazilian science has been applied to address the Zika virus outbreak.
This is why as we marked the occasion of Right to Know Day, I joined the protest outside this latest reading room in Brussels. It is totally inappropriate for private companies to control transparency in this way and to put their profits ahead of our right to information. We need to put the "freedom" back into "freedom of information." so that we know how our health and environment might be impacted. As policy makers we have a right to verify or challenge findings and to work for the public good.
Virus and bacteria cause infection in the body. When their presence is detected, the body switches on its inflammatory response, which is its strategy for fighting infection. However, inflammation can kill, though it was meant to be our body's lifesaving strategy.
We have never lived in a society whereby identity is so fluid and yet, we still try to label and stereotype. We still try to operate under a paradigm that, in my eyes, is long gone. A paradigm that existed only within the society that bred it, a society that has evolved and changed to no end since.
In an age of cheap mass flight, it can be hard to recall the earliest days of civil aviation. We tend to assume the demand for flying has always been there, suppressed only by the limitations of the science and technology of the day. In reality, a market for civil aviation had to be constructed, and it was not an easy sell.
The human race has always had an insatiable appetite for exploration; despite the fact maps used to say "there be dragons here", or feared that we'd sail off the edge, heading over the horizon is in our nature. Jump 1000 years later and we're still doing it. Everywhere on the globe is now reachable by air travel, but with rising population comes rising demand...
Far from signalling the twilight of scientific literacy, my own view is that that vaccines' sheer ubiquity may contribute to the doubts about their safety, since even the rarest side-effects are likely to manifest when hundreds of millions of people are immunised each year.