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Jun
01

Is Vaping Harming the ‘Quit Smoking’ Message?

E-cigarettes and other “vaping” devices have really taken off in the last decade. However, these devices have a history dating back to the 1960s, when an American inventor patented a smokeless nicotine delivery system. This version of the e-cigarette never reached consumers and it wasn’t until 2006 that electronic cigarettes were launched in the European […]

By Joanna | Medical Education . Wellness
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Jul
11

Formaldehyde as a Carcinogen – How Do We Protect Medical Students?

Formaldehyde has long been used as an effective preservative on cadavers, either by undertakers as part of the embalming process, or by hospitals or universities which need to preserve whole bodies or organs for lengthy periods of time, as the chemicals delay the natural process of decay. As well as being used for preserving organisms, […]

By Joanna | Medical Education . Science
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Feb
05

Vocal Cord Grown .. And It Can Talk!

Have you Ever Spoken Without Thinking? When you next say, “I spoke without thinking” consider that this has a dual meaning as speaking is, more often than not, something we do without giving any thought as to how our body allows us to make the desired sounds in order to talk and communicate. From first words to dying wishes, a good […]

By Joanna | Medical Education
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Sep
14

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month – You Can Help Too!

The impact of childhood cancer on a family can naturally be devastating. The innocence of childhood play, lost forever in hospitals, and even for those fortunate survivors, the after effects of this terrible disease means adult life, often, will never be the same.  In the US alone, each year, almost 16,000 children under age 21, […]

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Apr
21

Kinesiology Taping for Cancer Patients

Lymphedema can be a condition from birth but more typically it occurs following surgery, injury or cancer treatment. Frequently, lymph nodes, the small glands that collect bacteria in the lymph fluid, are removed from cancer patients to prevent the spread of the disease.  Lymphedema is a chronic and painful disorder, occurring when the lymphatic system […]

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Phantom Limb Pain & The Man Whose Leg Was Attached to His Arm

Limbs are amazing and complex things, especially in terms of the way our brain communicates with them. Unlike some animals, we humans can’t simply regrow a limb if we lose it. What’s more, our body’s control systems can become seriously confused. Take the phenomenon of phantom limb pain, which is often experienced by amputees. People who have lost […]

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Phantom Limb Pain & The Man Whose Leg Was Attached to His Arm

Limbs are amazing and complex things, especially in terms of the way our brain communicates with them. Unlike some animals, we humans can’t simply regrow a limb if we lose it. What’s more, our body’s control systems can become seriously confused. Take the phenomenon of phantom limb pain, which is often experienced by amputees.

By Joanna | Biology . Medical Education
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Everything’s Turning Pink!

In some climates, October is the month we associate with nature’s spectacular rainbow displays of reds, oranges, yellows, greens and browns as the leaves on the trees turn and begin to fall. However, for many of us, October is also the month to add another shade to our colour palette. Internationally, it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. […]

By Joanna | Medical Education . Wellness
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