Something that I realised when I had my undergrad in the lab was that looking at a paper critically doesn't come naturally for many people. It can be really difficult to see the good and bad points, and if the results actually support the conclusions drawn. With that in mind, here is how I go … Continue reading How to critically analyse a paper
"The pharma companies already have a cure for cancer, they just wont tell anyone because they wouldn't make any money." The myth that Big Pharma has already cured cancer, and just isn't telling us, has been going around for many years. It's something I often get asked about when I tell people what I do. … Continue reading One drug to cure them all?
A couple of weeks ago the news broke that eating burnt toast can increase your chances of developing cancer. This comes after learning last year that processed meats such as bacon, pork and sausages should be avoided for the same reason. So, what's going on? The link between burnt foods like toast, and overly crisp … Continue reading Why everything gives you cancer
Superbugs and antibiotic resistance are hot topics at the minute in the world of medicine and science. A recent UN summit in September focussed on antimicrobial resistance, only the fourth time in history that a health topic has been discussed at the UN General Assembly. The war has been raging for a long time. Since penicillin was … Continue reading We aren’t winning the battle, but we have to win the war
Traditional chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments are extremely harsh on the body. In essence, you're flooding your body with poisonous chemicals in an effort to kill a selected few cells. The side effects of this are huge, and what people commonly think of when they hear the word 'cancer'. Hair loss, sickness and susceptibility to infections. … Continue reading Selectively killing cancer with radiotherapy