Obesity, on the molecular level

By Emma Pettengale, Commissioning Editor, Portland Press

According to the World Health Organisation, as of 2014 over 600 million adults worldwide are obese, with obesity posing a significant risk to individuals for diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoarthritis and some cancers.

It’s not just about how much you eat and exercise, molecular factors play a part – the genes you inherited from your parents might pre-dispose you to have an increased risk of obesity, interactions between the environment and your genes have a role and energy balance is not a simple equation.

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Biomedical Engineering – Not Just Science Fiction

By Chelsea Reighard, University of Michigan, USA

I remember my first exposure to bioengineering vividly. My love for science started in primary school, when I received a gift subscription to weekly science magazine. One Saturday afternoon I sprawled out on my parents’ living room carpet to read an issue about ‘wacky inventions’. I could not believe my eyes when I turned the page to find a mouse with an ear on his back—a human shaped ear!

While many of these tissue engineering and 3D printing applications seem to be the stuff of science fiction; the innovative medical devices and education approaches are real. I am fortunate to be spending this academic year researching biomedical solutions to clinical problems under the mentorship of Dr David Zopf.

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Policy Lunchbox: Review on Antimicrobial Resistance

Thoughts on Policy Lunchbox events at Charles Darwin House by Paul Richards, Policy Officer at the Microbiology Society.

Microbe Post

Antimicrobial-resistant infections are an increasing global threat, serious enough that in July 2014 the then-UK Prime Minister David Cameron asked Lord Jim O’Neill to lead a major independent Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, to analyse the global challenges posed by antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and to propose international solutions to tackle the problem.

Two years on, the Review has published several reports addressing different aspects of the AMR challenge and set out its final recommendations. These outputs have regularly featured in the news, and the team has engaged broadly with experts and stakeholders internationally, including governments, multilateral bodies like the World Health Organization, academia, industry and healthcare providers. Anthony McDonnell, Head of Economic Research for the Review on AMR, joined us for last month’s Policy Lunchbox event to discuss the Review’s work.

Getting the world worried

To help change behaviour and illustrate the seriousness of AMR, the Review drew on…

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