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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

How to Apply for General Practice Training (GPST1) in the UK

So you want to be a GP? That’s good news because the UK needs a lot of GPs (general practitioners). The UK application system for General Practice runs nationally, twice a year. Each academic year runs from Autumn to the following Autumn, within which there are 2 application cycles. Here we’ll break down exactly how to apply for General Practice training in the UK: from … Continue reading How to Apply for General Practice Training (GPST1) in the UK

Guide to Understanding Skin Care Products

The global skin care market is expected to exceed 180 billion USD within the next few years. Skin care products with wild claims can cost anywhere from $1 to thousands of dollars per pot. Our automatic assumption is that the more expensive the cream, the better it is. But is this really true? Clever branding and fancy packaging can go a long way in deceiving … Continue reading Guide to Understanding Skin Care Products

Why Doctors are Leaving the UK

A once desired and respected profession is on its last legs. When I was 12 my parents asked me what I wanted to be when I was older: “A doctor.” My Taiwanese mother nodded approvingly, while my Austrian father looked quietly concerned. I was top of my class with perfect grades and my parents were both medical — it seemed an obvious decision. Seventeen years and two … Continue reading Why Doctors are Leaving the UK

Is Botox Bad for you?

What is Botox? Botox is a brand name for a substance called Botulinum Neurotoxin type A.  Botulinum neurotoxins are a substance produced naturally by clostridial bacteria. It is historically a well-documented source of food-poisoning. For use in medicine and cosmetics, it is purified and isolated in a complex series of steps that is highly regulated by government agencies in most countries. Tiny quantities are injected … Continue reading Is Botox Bad for you?

Doctors: Specialty training in Switzerland and how to apply for it

Swiss Medical Specialty Training System: How to Apply and Life as a Doctor in Switzerland. It’s no secret that the UK no longer has the greenest pastures for doctors or those considering a career in medicine. Applications to UK medical schools keep falling year on year and more doctors drop out of medicine entirely or leave the UK during or after foundation training. If you’re one … Continue reading Doctors: Specialty training in Switzerland and how to apply for it