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Explorations in science and medicine.

It’s OCD Week of Action and I wanted to say…

Everyday, we hear phrases like, “I’m so OCD!” or “Mind my OCD!” and we laugh about it because it’s funny to make fun ourselves and what is wrong with us (for some reason) but, the thing is, how many of us really know what it is like to have OCD? Continue reading “It’s OCD Week of Action and I wanted to say…”

Why Do People Sleepwalk?

Definition: a sleep disorder characterized by walking or other activity while seemingly still asleep- Psychology Today

Synonyms: somnambulism, parasomnia

Sleep walking usually occurs when a person is in deep sleep and most sleep walking episodes last for less than ten minutes. 30% of all adults are thought to have sleep walked at least once in their lives. Sleep walking itself is only one of the complex behaviours carried out while a person is asleep like sitting up in bed and looking around, some even drive! Why does this happen? Continue reading “Why Do People Sleepwalk?”

The Health Risks of Female Genital Mutilation…

Female genital mutilation is a procedure where the female genitals are ‘cut, injured or changed’ [1]. There are four types of the procedure: clitoridectomy where part/ all of the clitoris is removed, excision where part/all of the clitoris and the inner labia are removed, infibulations where the vaginal opening is narrowed. The fourth type is when the area is burnt or pierced. I am aware of the fact that there is no medical need for the act, religious stipulation and that it is illegal in the UK. This post will be focused on the health problems FGM cases present with. Continue reading “The Health Risks of Female Genital Mutilation…”

Why Are Women More Likely to Get Alzheimer’s?

In the US, out of 5 million people living with Alzheimer’s, 3.2 million of these are women [1] and I thought that this was due to women living longer than men collectively but this gap between living ages of men and women is not substantial enough to be the whole story; Alzheimer’s is a disease that can last for as long as 20 years before the individual passes away and so the life expectancy of 5-8 years doesn’t add up. Continue reading “Why Are Women More Likely to Get Alzheimer’s?”

Women’s Role in Medicine Over Time.

As an aspiring surgeon, I am interested in how women’s role in medicine has changed over the decades, especially in hearing the chatter about the participation of girls in science and other areas of work like surgery.

In medieval texts, the supervisors of pregnancy were all women; the mothers and female family members of the mother and midwives. Female healers were trained by their male family members [1]- there seemed to have been plenty of opportunity in terms of how long ago this was.

In fact, it was education as an establishment that began to Continue reading “Women’s Role in Medicine Over Time.”

The Media and Medicine

Whilst reading ‘The Greatest Benefit to Mankind’ by Roy Porter, he spoke of the role of the media being “to raise alarm more than our spirits” in terms of the stories published about the NHS and medicine in general. This got me thinking about the last time I heard something positive about the NHS…I couldn’t think of one. So, today, I decided to assess whether the role of the media in drawing attention to healthcare is constructive or just destructive and to “raise alarm”. Continue reading “The Media and Medicine”

The NHS and its Winter Curse

Around this time of year, many articles start cropping up about the crisis the crisis occurs in the NHS, articles that reveal the cracks in our Health Service and its deterioration, but how true are these claims? Continue reading “The NHS and its Winter Curse”

Who is most likely to get a cold in winter?

There are certain illnesses that are linked to, not caused by, to the cold temperatures of winter (colds, flu and Norovirus are examples of these, the latter increased because the cold temperatures allow viruses to stay suspended in the air for longer. Viruses live for longer in the damp, cold conditions of winter, remaining on surfaces for longer, increasing them being spread) and certain people are more vulnerable to these:

  • Those with cardiovascular conditions will have harder time fighting off viruses that cause the illness because when we get cold, our blood vessels constrict which increases blood pressure, reducing the capacity in the circulatory system and fluid passes into the surrounding tissue of from the blood. This is a double threat as a more concentrated clot can be formed and the anticoagulants (bhf.org.uk), our bodies natural clot prevention are passed out of the bloodstream into the surrounding tissues as well, also increasing the likelihood of clotting and the chance of a heart attack or stroke. Continue reading “Who is most likely to get a cold in winter?”

Is Philosophy Dead in Medicine?

I had no idea what philosophy was, but reading a book recently, I discovered how much Galen prioritised  philosophy- is this something that influences medicine today? I am not sure if my understanding of philosophy is ‘correct’ but from my understanding of philosophy and how it can be applied to medicine.

The main problem is that thinking cannot result in actions that influence society, not without the help of other, louder voices: Continue reading “Is Philosophy Dead in Medicine?”

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