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Call for conversation: women in medicine

One essential part of an older patient’s management is the Mini-Mental State Examination. There are various questions to consider, but most include the practitioner asking, “who am I?” to assess the patient’s awareness of their surroundings. A question to which at least two women doctors I know consider as having been answered correctly if the […]

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Celebrating Edinburgh’s alumni on International Women’s Day

Since being allowed to enrol in 1892, remarkable women at the University of Edinburgh have overcome considerable adversity to become drivers of equality and excellence in their fields. Flora Philip began studying in Edinburgh in 1883 with the Edinburgh Association for the University Education of Women. Flora clearly excelled, receiving the Edinburgh University Certificate in […]

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Endometriosis: more than just period pain

Despite the feminist progress we have made in the past century, the male body still dominates the world of medicine. As Caroline Criado Perez points out in her recent book Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in the World Designed for Men, medical students learn about “anatomy and female anatomy”. This leads to a situation where […]

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You are what you eat: mental health linked to gut bacteria

The concept of a communication line between the brain and the gut, referred to in scientific literature as the ‘brain-gut axis’, has been a popular topic in medical research in recent years. Microbes residing within the human gut are, in many ways, essential to functions of the body but advances in understanding of the influence […]

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Why is alternative medicine not just a load of Goop?

Alternative forms of medications hold a long and illustrious history, predating modern medicine by a significant number of centuries. From the ancient ear nose, and throat healing properties of turmeric and bee pollen, alternatives medicines have now been hybridized and categorized into ‘home remedies’ and Deliciously Ella-esque turmeric lattes. Whilst there is an undoubtedly tentative feeling […]

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The 21st century print revolution

With an increase in life expectancy and a growing popular interest in sports, the number of injuries and disorders that affect the body are predicted to increase.  These injuries are called Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) and are the leading cause of disability worldwide, with between a third and a fifth of people living with a painful […]

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Could AI help diagnose Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s Disease, a form of dementia, could be considered one of the more terrifying illnesses one can get. It starts slowly, with minor memory problems followed by disorientation and confusion (particularly in decision making). Issues with speech and language usually follow. In addition to the more common symptoms, the patient may suffer from personality changes […]

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OCD sufferers may struggle more with coping strategies

A new study has shown that those suffering from obsessive compulsive Disorder (OCD) may struggle to cope with their diagnosis more than those with other mental illnesses. OCD is a complex psychological condition and is often characterised by two main parts: obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are persistent thoughts, urges or worries that create high levels […]