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I can almost hear the sound of my grandmother back in India saying ‘I told you so’ as I sip on my £4.50 turmeric latte from Starbucks. Turmeric and milk have been vowed by many of my Indian relatives to cure all problems.

Have a cold? Turmeric. Wounded your leg and you’re bleeding…

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A study in babies was conducted by Hoehl et al. in 2017 and babies showed increased pupil dilation when they were shown a picture of a spider. …

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Turns out, I’m not the only Londoner who has been bewildered to see these bright green birds flying around the British skies. I was also right — this bird is not native to the UK. The ring-necked parakeet is actually native to West Africa and the Indian Himalayas.

How did parakeets end up in London?

I love sharks and I’m equally obsessed with shark films, such as Steven Speilberg’s classic: Jaws.


However, sharks are often portrayed as dangerous boat-eating monsters in most blockbuster films.

Further to this, we only hear of negative shark encounters in the media, making this creature of the sea more and more despised. But, maybe it is time to ask ourselves who the real villains are?

Sharks are magnificent predators at the top of the food chain. There are over 1000 species of sharks; the great white, tiger sharks, and hammerhead sharks to name a few.

These fish have existed 100…

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“Having a vaccine is one thing but you need to produce it at scale (…) it is not an easy thing to do,” said the Chief Executive Officer of AstraZeneca.

It is important to note that vaccines usually take years to develop, so to have an effective and safe vaccine…

Shutters down, tourists fled, and lock-down measures put in place

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Symptoms of psoriasis include red dry patchy skin with a silvery appearance on the surface. These lesions are also called plaques and can be very itchy and sore. Plaques around joints can be uncomfortable and often bleed more. Symptoms usually…

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How can your genes be altered? One word: Epigenetics. Epi meaning ‘on top’ and genetics referring to the genome. DNA is more than just…

Patient with porphyria in hospital (copyright not intended).

What is Vampire Disease?

Porphyrias are a group of rare metabolic disorders, the symptoms of which are akin to the characteristics of a vampire. …

The beloved diet of every Jaw Surgery Patient ever: Smoothies (Copyright not intended)

What is Double Jaw Surgery?

Some individuals may have a protruding lower jaw or an underbite and in my case an asymmetrical jaw. One side of my lower jaw was longer than the other and my top teeth did not align with my cupids bow; so the surgeons decided I would need double jaw surgery to correct my bite.

There are many…

Heeral Patel

A writer of science, health, and anything that interests me.

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