MY MRI EXPERIENCE

It’s not uncommon for people to be frightened of or even refuse to have an MRI scan. Up until today all I knew was that an MRI scan generates images using a magnetic field (from GCSE Physics) and that the machine looks like a tunnel which you are moved through (from photographs). This morning however,…

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GLIOBLASTOMA & BLINDNESS

A glioblastoma is type of cancerous brain tumour. Despite securing a medical school place the I do still want to continue volunteering at my local hospice which I have been doing for over 2 years now. It has been a very rewarding experience and helped me to develop a lot of skills. Every so often,…

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I GOT INTO MEDICAL SCHOOL!

Hello to anyone still there. I know I’ve been pretty AWOL on this blog recently and the main reasons are the exams, followed by a holiday to Turkey and then the anxiety leading up to results day. But now that all of that is over with I figured I should jump back on the wagon…

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“HEALTH TOURISM IS COSTING THE NHS BILLIONS!”

This is a title I grabbed from a Daily Mail article. Now, on the outset this seems like a major catastrophe and anyone would be concerned that it could indeed be ‘health tourism’ that’s causing all the problems of underfunding and shortage of resources in the NHS. But is it really? And is health tourism…

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SHOULD THE NHS PROVIDE IVF FOR WOMEN OVER 40? 

IVF stands for In Vitro Fertilisation and it is one of the several techniques available to allow people with fertility problems to have children. NICE guidelines recommend that IVF should be offered to women under 43 years of age who have been trying to get pregnant for two years. However, the final decision about who…

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WILL WE BE ABLE TO FIND A CURE FOR DEMENTIA? 💡

I’m back again today with another topic I want to talk about! I’ve actually touched on the topic of dementia before in a previous post, but as I was reviewing it I realised that I hadn’t discussed whether a cure would be a possibility, which is something that everybody seems to wondering and hoping. I…

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OBESITY – A GLOBAL EPIDEMIC

The number of people who are considered clinically obese has actually tripled in the last 25 years, making obesity a growing concern for doctors and health professionals. Obesity is also becoming more frequently seen amongst children. I would like to take a step back and think about some of the reasons why obesity has increased…

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THE FRUSTRATION OF MISCOMMUNICATION

Today, I’d like to share a recent experience. Each doctor involved in this story could have made the difference but there were mistakes and shortfallings at each stage with every doctor that was encountered. I’m not writing this to criticise these doctors, because I’m sure they are brilliant healthcare professionals…but I’m writing it to look…

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CRYOPRESERVATION: CAN WE RETURN FROM THE DEAD? ❄️

“What if you were told that you could cheat death by having your veins filled with chemicals, before being hung upside down in a sleeping bag inside a freezing vat of liquid nitrogen, to be resurrected in decades or centuries to come?”

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LINK BETWEEN SYNAESTHESIA & AUTISM?

Please only answer the poll below if you are the parent of an Autistic child. As part of my EPQ I decided to investigate the possibility of a link between Autism and Synaesthesia. I’m at the stage of gathering some primary evidence for my report so I’d be very grateful if you could share your opinion.…

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EATING DISORDERS 🍴

Eating disorders. We’ve all heard of this term. We’ve all heard of words such as anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder associated with it. But do we really know what they are? Do we really understand the impact eating disorders can have on individuals?

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CONFLICT RESOLUTION & MEDIATION SKILLS

Conflict is the incompatiblily of two opinions which could escalate resulting in a destructive and negative outcome. Conflict can arguably be present within every relationship between people and human interaction, therefore it’s important to be able to manage it and control it before it reaches an uncontrollable stage. From a healthcare perspective, conflict can arise…

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DEMENTIA IS NOW THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH

This article heading without doubt caught my attention. Heart disease was the previous more common cause of death due to an increase in the number of people with obesity in the population. The article states that “last year more than 61,000 people died of dementia – 11.6% of all recorded deaths.” That, to me, seems…

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MEDICAL ETHICS DISCUSSION WITH A&E CONSULTANT 💉

Today I attended a very interesting ethical discussion session with an A&E consultant. Different situations were presented and then openly discussed. Some of the situations presented were particularly thought provoking and I learnt a lot from the session so I thought I’d take some time to reflect on and compile my thoughts into one lovely…

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NURSE WAS ACCUSED OF CONCEALING SYMPTOMS OF EBOLA 

Today I came across this article about the possibility of an Ebola nurse having hidden the high temperature of an Ebola survivor. I’m not planning on commenting on the accuracy of these claims, because I’m clearly in no position to make a judgement on the case. The article itself doesn’t specify whether the claims are…

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CAN WE AVOID AN ANTIBIOTIC APOCALYPSE? 💊

Will we run out of effective antibiotics? This is perhaps one of the most worrying questions of this age, and I think the problem of antibiotic resistance is sometimes overlooked and underestimated. In this post I will be gathering my thoughts on this huge issue and reflecting on just how great a crisis this could…

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SHOULD SMOKERS BE TREATED ON THE NHS? 🚭

Smoking is a common and unhealthy habit which can lead to the development of many diseases such as lung cancer and bronchitis. A person who engages in this activity is self inflicting these potential diseases upon themselves so can ultimately be held responsible for the deterioration of their health which could follow. Treating smokers requires…

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MEDICINE – ART OR SCIENCE? 🎨🔬

Art may be defined as a creative medium in which people can express themselves or their opinions. Art ultimately aims to give a message to its viewer whether it’s an emotion, an ideology or for entertainment purposes. Science is defined by the objective principles that govern different aspects of our world and lives. Theories are…

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