Author: Victoria Nduta

Inseparable from your coffee? It may be genetic

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If you are a coffee imbiber, this here is your safe space.

This post is also dedicated to my parents who do not approve of my coffee drinking habits.

These precious beans have proven benefits such as preventing heart and liver diseases, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases and erm, day to day living like keeping you functional at work and ensuring you graduated. Continue reading “Inseparable from your coffee? It may be genetic”

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Social media and health care

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On July 28th, a few days before his first birthday, Charlie Gard died in a series of heartrending events that drew worldwide attention. So widespread was this, that it got Pope Francis and President Trump involved. “I entrust little Charlie to the Father and pray for his parents and all those who loved him”, the Pope said in a tweet as a tribute to Charlie. Continue reading “Social media and health care”

7 facts about the recently discovered super gonorrhoea

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Antibiotic resistance is not a new phrase but it becomes alarming when all antibiotics become ineffective against a previously treatable STD (sexually transmitted disease).

 WHO estimates that each year, about 78 million people worldwide are infected with gonorrhea with most patients being under the age of 25. There are no published statistics for Kenya, but in 2014 the country was nominated as a regional surveillance hub for drug resistant gonorrhoea.

 

  1. Gonorrhea is caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae. It is transmitted through unprotected vaginal, oral or anal sex with an infected person and also through sharing of sex toys.

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License acquired to modify human embryo genes

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On the 1st of February, scientists at the London-based Francis Crick Institute were given permission by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) to genetically alter human embryos.

Before you draw out the placards… there are regulations. Continue reading “License acquired to modify human embryo genes”

Merck, Kenyan women and STEM

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Merck continues to empower Kenyan women through “Merck More than a Mother” and “Merck STEM for Women and Girls” programs

Merck, a leading science and technology company, announced their commitment to empower Kenyan women through their” Merck more than a Mother “and the start of “Merck STEM for Women and Girls” programs.

Speaking at the event in Nairobi, Belén Garijo, Member of Executive Board and CEO of Merck Healthcare emphasized: “I believe in women empowerment and especially childless women – they are mistreated and discriminated in many cultures for being unable to have children and start a family. Empowering these women through access to information, health, and change of mindset to remove the stigma of infertility is needed. Through “Merck More than a Mother” we are supporting this strong message together with our partners and we will continue our commitment to improve access to regulated and effective fertility care in Africa.” Continue reading “Merck, Kenyan women and STEM”

The fertility biological clock: 21st century myth?

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‘Biological clock’: a term widely used by society to refer to the diminishing ovarian reserve in women since the 1950’s. It has been well known that the human ovary has a finite number of eggs and no new eggs are formed during the course of a woman’s life.

Some time back in 2012, stem cells were discovered in human ovaries following an observation of the same in mice ovaries. The division of these stem cells suggested that new eggs could be formed – making it biologically sensible as sperm is continuously replenished. Continue reading “The fertility biological clock: 21st century myth?”

Tribute to women and girls in science

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A young Katherine solves a mathematical equation to her obviously impressed older classmates in a West Virginia school… This was part of the opening scene to the award winning biographical film- Hidden Figures. A film that could not have come at a better time. It sets to highlight the lives of female mathematicians Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson; whose contribution to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the 60’s was greatly overlooked throughout history. Continue reading “Tribute to women and girls in science”

Maths and numbers

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Big data is in. It’s in vogue. Data science has been touted as the sexiest career of the 21st century.

James Mburu loves numbers. He is currently a statistician for a Contract Research Organisation (CRO) that offers statistical consultancy amidst other services such as clinical trial reporting, medical writing and data management services.

He did his undergraduate studies at Moi University in Applied Statistics with computing. He later undertook an MSc in Statistics with a biostatistics bias from Hasselt University. Continue reading “Maths and numbers”

10 revolutionary technologies of 2016

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Last post of the year and it would not be any fun if I didn’t do a roundup of mind blowing discoveries of 2016. These are things that provided solutions to big problems or opened doors for future research. In no particular order but with a bit of bias…

  1. Precise gene editing – If you haven’t picked up anything on science past few years then let it be CRISPR (pronounced crisper). CRISPR involves targeted gene modification at very specific points of chromosomes by crafted molecules.         Besides medical interventions, it could be used to increase food security by increasing crop yield and disease resistance. It also does not fall under GMO regulation as foreign DNA is not detectable in products.

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