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Explorations in science and medicine.

What is hydrocephalus?

Hydrocephalus means ‘Water on The Brain’ and is caused by the build of cerebral spinal fluid (not water)-the fluid the brain floats in- within the ventricles of the brain usually due to an obstruction of some sort that prevents normal drainage. CSF is mostly made in the chordus plexus and when the system is working correctly, surplus CSF is removed through Continue reading “What is hydrocephalus?”

Health Risks Victims of Trafficking Face- World Day Against Trafficking in Persons 2017

Trafficked victims face many risks both concerning their mental and physical health which I will explore in this post for the World Day Against Trafficked Persons, arguably the individuals with the least rights in society, with little protection, enforceable protection, by governments all over the globe.

There are several barriers to healthcare for trafficked persons: Continue reading “Health Risks Victims of Trafficking Face- World Day Against Trafficking in Persons 2017”

What is Hepatitis?

It’s World Hepatitis Day and so I’d like to briefly explore what Hepatitis is. Before research for this post, I didn’t know that there were so many types of hepatitis and that for some of them, especially autoimmune, the causes are unknown.

Hepatitis is the term used to describe inflammation of the liver. The causes are viral infection or liver damage by alcohol. The type determines whether the hepatitis will

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What is C.diff?

While I was on hospital work experience, one of the nurses talked about C.diff, an infection that they are always alert of because it easily spreads and infects those that have recently received antibiotics, specifically broad spectrum or long-term antibiotics. Clostridium difficile is a bacterium that affects the bowel and can cause diarrhoea. Continue reading “What is C.diff?”

Sebum and Acne

Sebum is oil produced by the sebaceous gland which covers all of the skin except for the palms of hands and soles of feet. Sebum contains triglycerides, diglycerides, fatty acids, wax esters, squalene and cholesterol [1] and sebaceous glands lie just below the dermis layer of the skin and Continue reading “Sebum and Acne”

Why are GP practices closing down?

1 in 20 GP’s have closed down since 2012 [1] and in 2016 alone 58 practices closed down with 34 more closing down due to merging of practices.

So why is this? Reasons for this crisis include:

Too little resources

There has been increased demand for primary care but the percentage of the NHS budget spent on general practice has decreased from 11% in 2006 to less than 8.5% at the moment [1], in fact,

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Health Risks of the Mines

Until 2001, mining was listed as the most dangerous industry job and in 2010, the Chilean Miners incident that shook the world but have mines been made safer places because of it? I would like to explore the health risks that miners face every day and if anything is being done about it for the International Day for Mine Awareness.

While the 33 Chilean miners were underground, there was risk of the air in the chamber and their inability to move causing blood clots but there are many daily dangers that miners face also: Continue reading “Health Risks of the Mines”

How the Ear Works

I woke up last Wednesday not being able to hear from my right ear. Eventually my hearing went back to normal but it got me thinking about how the ear works.

The ear is split into three parts which are further split into even more parts- is anything simple in biology?

There’s the Outer Ear which partly allows us to locate the source of the sound, like Continue reading “How the Ear Works”

Arab Physicians

I’ve been very interested in physicians who have influenced medicine who weren’t from the ‘traditional’ Western physician background; there have been many pioneering doctors who didn’t study in Greece or Europe! Today, I will explore the influence of Arab Physicians and how their influence led to Europe’s own medical renaissance. Enjoy! Continue reading “Arab Physicians”

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