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Concerned about blood clots and the AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine? Make sure you are well informed of the facts before you make any decisions!

The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine was recently suspended in several countries in those under the age of 60 due to concerns of very rare types of blood clotting, called cerebral sinus venous thrombosis (CVST). This very rare clotting condition is associated with low blood platelets (thrombocytopenia). Last week, The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) safety committee concluded that …

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Is the hype around CBD warranted? Let’s look at the science.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one type of natural compound out of over 100 chemical compounds that are known as cannabinoids [1]. Cannabis plants, the source of cannabinoids, are called either hemp or marijuana, dependant of their level of one cannabinoid, in particular, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is associated with the psychoactive effects seen with cannabis use, whereas …

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Addiction: When ‘want’ becomes ‘need’

Addiction has classically been defined as the excessive use of a harmful drug despite its consequences, along with the inability to stop at will. This occurs when an individual’s desire for the short-term positive effects of the drug outweighs the consequences of its long-term negative effects [1]. Prolonged use of many drugs causes dependence –  …

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Lighting the way to revolutionising medical research, bioluminescence is not just a pretty face!

You may remember during the first lockdown of 2020; social media platforms blew up with images and videos of bioluminescence lighting up the Southern Californian coast at night. Surfers took to surfing glowing waves in the evening and it made for some great media content to keep people busy during lockdown. But what is bioluminescence? …

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PROZAC – Perhaps the most impactful drug of all time

Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a condition characterised by persistent low mood. It also manifests itself in other symptoms, such as low self-esteem, low energy, and even unexplained chronic pain [1]. According to the UK adult psychiatric morbidity survey, 1 in 15 people attempt suicide at some point in their life, so MDD has always …

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