Tag Archives: Medicine

Colour Green New Cause of Fatal Illness: CLC in Chaos

Green

By I’ll Have Fries with that Satire

News has reached CLC that, according to a British tabloid, scientists have discovered that the colour green is a cause of a new and unknown fatal illness. The school has exploded into colourful chaos which can only have catastrophic consequences.

Mumbles of a Medic: No Pain, No Gain

stethoscope

(As seen in Pegasus Pages, June 2013)

Mumbles of a Medic, by aspiring medic, Sahaj Kaur

‘The pain is there to help you; stop moaning’

This was a stimulus for a previous BioMedical Admissions Test essay question and it got me thinking, to what extent is this statement true?

Autism is Misunderstood

Child drawing

By Mimi Prickett

As seen in Pegasus Pages, March 2013.

Many people are under the misconception that an autistic individual is one who is socially awkward and has a particular special talent such as excellence in maths, drawing or piano playing. Yes, often someone with autism finds large gatherings of people, and social occasions very challenging, however, only about one in ten exhibit special talents. Someone with learning disabilities is perhaps thought of as an individual who cannot read or write and an individual who behaves like a child. The spectrum of learning disabilities is vast, ranging from mild difficulties with numeracy and literacy, to an individual with multiple and profound learning disabilities who cannot speak or move voluntarily. Perhaps it is time for us to revise our views of these particular stereotypes along with discussing the science behind these conditions.

Aromatherapy – The Healing Power of Oils

Aromatherapy – argan seeds

By Elizka Watt

As seen in Pegasus Pages, March 2013.

Every time you pass a hairdressers, they market some new thing at you. Sometimes it’s a revolutionary new shampoo that “repairs and renews”, an obligatory jejune catchphrase to match.  Nowadays it seems to be the big boom for oils.  You pass a high street and they are everywhere:  Moroccan oil, Argan oil; every scent under the sun.  But what are really the supposed benefits of these substances?

Mumbles of a Medic: Antibiotic Resistance – Sleep Tight, Don’t Let the Superbugs Bite

Vibrio Vulnificus Bacterium

Column by aspiring Medic. student, Sahaj Kaur

As seen in Pegasus Pages, March 2013.

Without meaning to sound like a hypochondriac, I must say that I do agree with the Chief Medical Officer, Sally Davies, when she warns that the problem of antibiotic resistance is more grave and more dangerous than we would all like to admit. She calls it a ‘ticking time bomb’ and says it should be placed on the National Risk Register as high as threats such as Climate Change and terrorism. Even though the words ‘antibiotic resistance’ don’t elicit the same chill and cold fear that natural disasters or atomic bombs do, it must still be feared. It is a secret killer, only just emerging from its cocoon. An example of the ‘superbugs’ that antibiotic resistance has yielded is MRSA which kills almost 19000 people every year; this mortality count is much higher than other conditions such as HIV/AIDS. Scared yet? If not, keep reading and I promise this is the stuff nightmares are made of.

Mumbles of a Medic: No to Hopkins, Yes to Free NHS

smoking

Column by aspiring med. student, Sahaj Kaur

Comments on the news:

‘Viewpoint: Katie Hopkins on NHS eating, smoking and drinking costs’

The BBC on 21-11-2012.

Editor’s summary: Katie Hopkins (former Apprentice contestant) argues that people who live unhealthily, eating, drinking, and smoking more than is good for them, should be paying more to the NHS, rather than the taxpayer. She calls for more payments for some health services.

A few months ago, I was happily browsing on the BBC Health News website (I’d recommend it for anyone seeking to keep up to date on the riveting world of medicine, you may even be one of the first to know about the 569th new flu jab!) when I came across this:

Mumbles of a Medic: Work Experience – Is it Worth It?

nurses

Column by aspiring med. student, Sahaj Kaur

As seen in Pegasus Pages (December 2012).

As the scary prospect of university applications looms for SFC1, it’s time for everyone to start thinking about Work Experience (especially Medics and Vets). The holidays are precious and ‘golden’ time for all of us, so in a way it may seem irksome to spend a whole week doing Work Experience. 

Reversal of Obesity?

By Ellen Liew

As seen in Pegasus Pages (December 2012).

In the UK, approximately 22% of men and 24% are obese, causing them to have a higher risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer, and numerous other health complications.

However, excitingly, a team of scientists from the Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Centre have recently managed to reverse obesity in mice. The question is: will the same cure work for humans?

A Possible Cure for Lactose Intolerance

Cow

By Sahaj Kaur

Dust, pollen, eggs, nuts or indeed milk… Most of us have experienced some sort of allergy. Those who have can understand the pain of it! Science claims that genetic modification may be the way forward to overcome allergies, which can be serious obstacles, affecting everyday life.

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