Month: February 2016

Close-up image of a T-Lymphocyte and Cancer Cell

A Novel Way to Tackle Cancer?

Posted on 24 February 2016 by Cerys Hickinbottom

An international team of scientists have found an innovative way to tackle cancer using a “broad spectrum” approach. Current treatment options for cancer include surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Recently, many anti-cancer treatments have been discovered. However these are usually specific for particular mutations found in certain types of cancer and so are not appropriate when
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TUBEROUS SCLEROSIS: A New Drug Treatment

Posted on 24 February 2016 by Cerys Hickinbottom

Professor Julian Sampson and other researchers at Cardiff University have pioneered a drug treatment for Tuberous Sclerosis.  Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is a rare genetic disorder where patients develop tumours in many organs, including the brain, kidneys and skin.  Those affected can develop epilepsy, autism, often have impaired renal function and the many skin lesions
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Nip and Tuck

Posted on 24 February 2016 by Matthew Evans

Immediately the scenario made the students feel uncomfortable – the idea that financial gain was more important than patient welfare was alien and immoral. They felt a responsibility to act and protect the patient but felt limited by their junior role within the team. The power of good communication was discussed – to involve both
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New Ideas for Science in Practice Week?

Posted on 23 February 2016 by rehansm

There are some very interesting blogs that I have come across in my role as blog editor. But as much positive feedback there has been I have heard some interesting suggestions from year 2 students about how to best utilise these 1-2 weeks. The best suggestion I have heard is: Pair up each year 5
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Year 2/5 Conference Thrive and survive

Posted on 23 February 2016 by Matthew Evans

Monday 22/02/2016 Thrive and Survive – Session 2 During our year 2/5 conference second year students were tasked with evaluating some situations that are similar to what they might be faced with in the future. Do I need ethics? I will kill you…. Evaluating and dealing with possible threat Can I have all your data,
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Sexual recovery after prostate cancer – Joe Amissah Arthur

Posted on 22 February 2016 by Ilaria Pignatelli

Co-constructing sexual recovery after prostate cancer: a qualitative study with couples Prostate cancer is  prevalent in men in the UK. With improved treatment, men are living longer. However, treatment comes at a cost with many suffering from erectile dysfunction, greatly affecting their sex life. A recent qualitative study evaluated the effect of prostate cancer treatment on the
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