• Improvements in the prenatal diagnosis of congenital heart disease!

    Today I am reporting on an amazing new technique that allows MRI machines to develop highly detailed images of a foetuses developing heart, despite the movement of the foetus in the womb [1]. The technique was developed by researchers from King’s and iFIND. iFIND is a collaboration between researchers and clinicians who work at leading hospitals around the world. They […]

  • Rohingya Exodus: The World’s Most Persecuted Minority.

    Hana Mahmood | Comment Editor   Who are the Rohingya? Neglected by neighbouring countries and rejected by their homeland, some 400,000 Rohingya civilians have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine State for shelter in overcrowded Bangladeshi refugee camps. The Rohingya, who are not considered to be citizens by the government in Myanmar, are facing a heightened identity crisis following a military crackdown on the […]

    Rohingya Exodus: The World’s Most Persecuted Minority.
  • UPDATE! Surgery on the Shoulders of Giants: a review and an article on Global Health

    “And I have sat silently, gazing up at this night sky, counting endless and uncountable sparkling stars as they greet me one by one, palpating the infinity of the universe beyond and accepting my place in it.” This is not something that one would typically expect to find in a book detailing the journey of a doctor as they progress […]

    UPDATE! Surgery on the Shoulders of Giants: a review and an article on Global Health
  • Care about people’s health? Then start caring about climate change

    Elliot Clissold Comment Editor In the era known as the ‘Anthropocene’, people’s health is now decided beyond the hospital walls. That means our responsibility must extend beyond them, too   Being a doctor is hard. There aren’t many careers where as much stress and responsibility is thrust upon those who venture into it than medicine. Neither though, upon reflection, are there […]

    Care about people’s health? Then start caring about climate change
  • The impact of early exposure to air pollution!

    There have been many reports recently about the air pollution in our cities (for example this article here) and its damaging effects on human health. London is known to be particularly dreadful, with many headlines in recent times talking about how poor the air quality really is (and how it has broken legal limits). Air pollution is a relevant and […]

    Source: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/pollution/
  • Medicine and the Internet Era: The Landscape and the Challenges

    by Yathu Maheswaran | Features Editor In most areas of our lives the internet is a welcome presence, and life without it – unimaginable! The realms of business, science and medicine have each enjoyed a revolution of greater information accessibility and new platforms for interaction and education, all owing thanks to the internet. But the expansion in knowledge and capabilities […]

    Figure 1: The internet has revolutionised the sharing of information and ideas in numerous fields - none more so than in Medicine
  • Dissecting Anatomy: Past, Present, Future

    by Yathu Maheswaran, Features Editor   In the early years of medical education, an inimitable experience will be studying anatomy. For many students, human anatomy can be as fascinating as it is arduous to learn. At the same time, it can be glorious in providing a consistent linguistic basis of medicine, but inglorious when we consider past stigma towards dissection […]

    Figure 1: Egyptian Mummification
  • Grenfell Tower inquiry is a ‘complete betrayal’ of victims

    The Grenfell Tower disaster, which claimed at least 80 lives in June, is a devastating illustration of the UK’s failing social housing system. Grenfell Tower, the remains of which are in one of richest boroughs in the country (Kensington and Chelsea), was a part of one of the city’s many underprivileged housing estates. We saw the poor living alongside the […]

    Grenfell Tower inquiry is a ‘complete betrayal’ of victims
  • Don’t Let it All Consume You: The Secrets to Success

      Marie Curie was an avid long-distance cyclist, Albert Einstein taught himself to play the violin and Sir Alexander Fleming loved to paint (using bacteria). Despite dedicating their lives to their disciplines, they also enjoyed life beyond the laboratory. As with the many scientists who have flourished before and since, their pursuits beyond work have been integral to their enduring […]

    Don’t Let it All Consume You: The Secrets to Success
  • Handling hearts: improving heart preservation in transplants

    The problems associated with preserving hearts during transplants are well known. Alongside the anticipated problems of graft rejection, there is the logistical issue of transporting the living heart from the donor to the recipient. Transporting the heart to the donor means cutting off its oxygen supply and mechanism of waste removal (i.e. the blood vessel system that supplies nutrient rich […]

    Handling hearts: improving heart preservation in transplants

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Just 12% of young people think politicians value their views, NUS poll finds

Just 12% of young people think politicians value their views, NUS poll finds

May 22, 2017 at 9:51 am

In a poll of nearly 2000 further and higher education students this month, students tell the National Union of Students (NUS) that only 12 per cent of them agree that politicians...

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UPDATE! Surgery on the Shoulders of Giants: a review and an article on Global Health

UPDATE! Surgery on the Shoulders of Giants: a review and an article on Global Health

September 13, 2017 at 8:22 pm

“And I have sat silently, gazing up at this night sky, counting endless and uncountable sparkling stars as they greet me one by one, palpating the infinity of the universe...

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Rohingya Exodus: The World’s Most Persecuted Minority.

Rohingya Exodus: The World’s Most Persecuted Minority.

September 26, 2017 at 1:17 pm

Hana Mahmood | Comment Editor   Who are the Rohingya? Neglected by neighbouring countries and rejected by their homeland, some 400,000 Rohingya civilians have fled...

Culture »

Bowie & Basquiat at Bowie/ Collector

Bowie & Basquiat at Bowie/ Collector

October 23, 2016 at 9:14 am

Selected pieces from David Bowie’s extensive art collection are on show at Sotheby’s, at the Bowie/Collector exhibition until November 2016. The artists featuring in...

  • Franco, Flamenco and Federico
    Franco, Flamenco and Federico

    Our new Culture Editor reviews a performance by the highly renowned flamenco dance company, Paco Pena, based on...

    July 28, 2016 at 4:47 pm
  • The Hateful Eight: Eight killers, one room
    The Hateful Eight: Eight killers, one room

    Culture Editor Asad Charania of St George’s University of London, reviews the latest Tarantino blockbuster   Quentin...

    January 29, 2016 at 9:23 pm
  • A journey into medicine
    A journey into medicine

    I’ve chosen something a little different for culture today, but bear with me whilst I explain why. I’m in final...

    December 10, 2015 at 4:39 pm

Education »

Improvements in the prenatal diagnosis of congenital heart disease!

November 11, 2017 at 10:14 pm

Today I am reporting on an amazing new technique that allows MRI machines to develop highly detailed images of a foetuses developing heart, despite the movement of the foetus...

Sport »

Get Your Head In the Game

Get Your Head In the Game

March 6, 2015 at 3:32 am

Sean Morgan takes a look at traumatic brain injuries in sport Irish Fly Half Jonathan Sexton Giving English Rugby Fans Just Another Thing To Feel Bad About, Weeks After...

Doctors’ Mess »

First Things First

First Things First

November 4, 2016 at 5:32 pm

Our Former Editor-in-Chief, Rob Ceaver is back as Doctors’ Mess Editor, continuing the ‘Diaries of an FY1’ series. Read on to find out his thoughts on the...

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Get Your Head In the Game

Get Your Head In the Game

When you think of injury in sport, the musculoskeletal system first comes to mind. A fractured clavicle, torn hamstring or ACL injury are injuries which you may be familiar with seeing on the sporting stage, whether you follow football, rugby, cycling or just about any sport. You may even fancy your chances of diagnosing one of these injuries when your […]

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Words are not enough. It’s time young people’s mental health is taken seriously

Words are not enough. It’s time young people’s mental health is taken seriously

Elliot Clissold Comment Editor It shouldn’t take a high court judge to find a hospital bed for a suicidal girl. We need more than false promises and empty platitudes if we are to help our society’s most vulnerable. Whilst shadowing an on-call psychiatry trainee recently, I managed to sneak in a hurried conversation whilst running between wards. It started with […]

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The right to re-write your past

The right to re-write your past

Hana Mahmood Comment Editor     In a world where one’s online presence is viewed as a necessity, the UK Government is making a bold statement to ensure our safety and security online. This summer will see new legislation that will make it incumbent upon global corporations such as Google and Facebook to delete personal data when requested by its […]

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Advice to FY1: Dr Clare Gerada

Advice to FY1: Dr Clare Gerada

Dr Clare Gerada MBE FRCP FRCGP MRCPsych Medical Director of the Practitioner Health Programmer and Former Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners writes about the importance of looking after yourself as a newly qualified doctor. I qualified as a doctor in 1982, so am now in my 35th year working in the NHS, 25 of them as a […]

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Netter’s Introduction to Clinical Procedures

Netter’s Introduction to Clinical Procedures

Katie Hodgkinson reviews Netter’s Introduction to Clinical Procedures by M. Loukas, R.S. Tubbs and J. Feldman Extensive and clear, this is yet another addition to Netter’s expanding repertoire of books based on the Netter illustrations. With over 30 clinical procedures neatly detailed, this book is a brilliant reference for those wanting to brush up on the exact way to perform […]

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Just 12% of young people think politicians value their views, NUS poll finds

Just 12% of young people think politicians value their views, NUS poll finds

In a poll of nearly 2000 further and higher education students this month, students tell the National Union of Students (NUS) that only 12 per cent of them agree that politicians value the views of young people. Today (22nd May) is the final day students can register to vote in the General Election. NUS and students’ unions across the country have […]

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Review: The Unofficial Guide to Paediatrics

Review: The Unofficial Guide to Paediatrics

  The Unofficial Guide to Paediatrics is the latest addition to the best selling ‘Unofficial Guide to Medicine’ series. Similar to its predecessors, this book has been written in collaboration with medical students and junior doctors, with insights from experts in the field. The book is split into 4 sections, covering core topics, clinical cases, clinical skills and a careers […]

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Why I sometimes read poetry instead of medicine—and why you should, too

Why I sometimes read poetry instead of medicine—and why you should, too

Dr. Richard S Panush is Professor of medicine, division of rheumatology, department of medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles. In this thought provoking article adapted by permission of the American College of Rheumatology (http://www.rheumatology.org) from an article first published in The Rheumatologist (http://www.the-rheumatologist.org), he talks about the importance of the humanities in medicine. To read more about […]

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Dr Richard Panush

Dr Richard Panush

Medicine is humane science. The “compleat” physician understands this and blends his/her clinical practice with the “art” of medicine. Indeed there is growing and compelling evidence that integrating elements of “humanities” with clinical medicine is salutary for doctors and their patients. This improves professionalism, trust, empathy, compassion, communication, and patient care. In this issue of “The Medical Student” we reprint […]

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Reflecting On Life In Medicine: A Curricular Innovation For Internal Medicine Residents

  Introduction: There is growing evidence that integrating elements of humanities with clinical medicine is salutary for doctors and their patients. Incorporating humanities early in training may help junior physicians develop his/her skills in the “art” of medicine. We therefore developed a humanities curriculum for medical PGY1 residents, “Reflective Medicine,” and assessed its impact and value. Methods: Reflective Medicine was […]

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NHS Crisis: 40% of Hospitals Issue Black Alert; Failed A&E Targets

NHS Crisis: 40% of Hospitals Issue Black Alert; Failed A&E Targets

Pressures on the NHS are always high over the winter period but this year there have been increasing reports of serious levels of overcrowding that have been called dangerous and unsafe by those on the frontline. It has been reported that over 40% of hospitals have declared an alert in the first week of January because of major problems due […]

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