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A Week in Malta: Valletta, Mdina, Gozo, and More

When we told people we’d booked ourselves nearly a week in Malta, most were surprised we opted for so long, because Malta is an incredibly small island. But we wanted plenty of time to see the island at a slow pace, leaving time in between for relaxing by the pool and sweet nothing. Though most people only choose to spend a few days on the … Continue reading A Week in Malta: Valletta, Mdina, Gozo, and More

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Food is Medicine: How Diet Really Affects Cancer

If you read the Daily Mail often enough, you would be forgiven for thinking everything causes cancer. With the overwhelming number of health warnings we hear every day, it’s easy to become inundated with conflicting information. It’s unsurprising of us just brush it all off and vow to live by the easy “everything in moderation” rule. Sure, cancer is caused by many things. But by … Continue reading Food is Medicine: How Diet Really Affects Cancer

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Prenatal & Neonatal Screening

Dr. Maria Knöbel, MBBS BSc (hons) ARCS Screening Practices Raise Big Questions Screening is to evaluate asymptomatic people in a population group to detect an unsuspected disease or risk thereof in order to prove outcome. Neonate screening serves to identify those who would benefit from early treatment while prenatal diagnosis serves to assist reproductive decision making. Both practises began in efforts to diagnose specific conditions, … Continue reading Prenatal & Neonatal Screening

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Review of Long-Term Results of a Multicentre Study on Subthalamic and Pallidal Stimulation in Parkinson’s Disease by Moro et al. 2010

Dr. Maria Knöbel, MBBS BSc (hons) ARCS Abstract Parkinson’s disease is a debilitating and slow progressing neurological disorder, in which the regions of the brain that control bodily movement are damaged. Cells in the brain that produce a chemical called dopamine begin to die. Dopamine is essential for producing movements of the body, and with the loss of nerve cells, Parkinson’s symptoms begin to appear.  … Continue reading Review of Long-Term Results of a Multicentre Study on Subthalamic and Pallidal Stimulation in Parkinson’s Disease by Moro et al. 2010

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The 7 Best Cenotes in Mexico

Mexico’s beautiful cenotes are definitely no longer a secret. But with over 6 thousand cenotes in the Yucatan peninsula alone, it can be very tricky to pick the right ones to visit. I certainly spent a long time researching the best cenotes in Mexico, and with even 2 weeks to travel around the Yucatan peninsula I didn’t feel like I had enough time to even … Continue reading The 7 Best Cenotes in Mexico

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2 Weeks in Mexico: Tulum, Playa del Carmen, & Valladolid

Our Perfect 2 Week Mexico Travel Guide When I first saw pictures of Tulum I was confused that it didn’t represent the Mexico I knew (or thought I knew). It turns out the Riviera Maya / Carribean coast has a completely different vibe to the rest of mexico. It’s so beautiful and romantic, I’m so happy we decided to come here for part of our … Continue reading 2 Weeks in Mexico: Tulum, Playa del Carmen, & Valladolid

Chiang Mai: 10 Unexpectedly Wonderful Things To Do

I’m very fond of Chiang-Mai.  It’s often hailed as the cultural capital of Thailand and it’s where backpackers go to bathe elephants, hike waterfalls, do yoga, find themselves etc etc. but actually it’s wholly unpretentious and there’s so much more to it than that. There are almost two worlds for foreigners in Chiang Mai: the digital nomads/expat scene, and the backpacker scene. Here are my … Continue reading Chiang Mai: 10 Unexpectedly Wonderful Things To Do