• Not TB Sniffed At

    So much about TB we already know that it risks becoming the number one killer of our conversation too. That is, until, with a casual conviction, the young Doctor reflects – “You know, I swear I can just walk onto a ward and sniff out TB”.

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  • Love, in the Time of Zika

    On the Italian coastline, overlooking the shimmering calm of the Adriatic Sea, I’ve been catching up with an old friend whilst finally having chance to immerse into Garcia’s Love in the Time of Cholera. Her heart for Brazil and love for all health issues regarding Mother and Child, combined with my own intrigue for emerging viruses, has led us to discuss the inevitable. The Zika Virus.

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  • The Mystery of MERS

    Since it was first picked up 3 years ago, MERS-Coronavirus has gone global. During my short trip to the Philippines, I don full protective gear as I’m given the chance to see suspected cases up close and personal. We still don’t know where it came from, nor do we have any medicines to treat it.

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  • These woes ain’t Royal

    During a whirlwind final week to the first term of Graduate Medical School, I find myself presenting amongst passionate early career researchers at a Royal Society conference, and reminded of the challenges we face in the complex field of Tropical Medicine.

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  • Reflections and Future Directions: Pursuing Medicine.

    After spending the majority of the past few weeks driving motorbikes through untold scenery and unprecedented quantities of dust, it is time to acknowledge that my time here is soon coming to an end. Here I look to my next challenge – a career in medicine.

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  • Border Cross

    International borders are meaningless to infectious diseases such as Yellow Fever Date of Event: July 19th 2014 The tatty card with its leaden yellow shade lay submerged under various other

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My Cushy Pooch

Her name was Poppy – my first ever pooch whom guided me from my pre-Mexican bandit facial hair days, through to a completely new era in my life, as she bid me her final farewell during my first week of Edinburgh University.  Half German Shepherd – Half Total Fluffpot, my fondest memories of her include her attempt to bite a

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Model Mayhem

Never mind the glorious Victoria Secret types (well….). There are other kinds of wonderful models in this world. StatisticalModels, Public Health Efficacy models and low and behold….Animal Models. Often the target issue of animal right activists against the world of dirty pharma (and rightly so), animal models do and have played an insightful role into how medicines work before giving them a

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A General Analysis of An In-Depth Analysis of a Piece of….Erm…

A general analysis of….An In-Depth Analysis of a Piece of Shit: Distribution of Schistosoma mansoni and Hookwork Eggs in Human Stool. While the game of patience, CV-rewrites, recruitment calls and casual “I’m a solid team-player” line-drops continue – I’ve had a chance to read this bad-boy, along with Animal Farm and a layered spy novel by Ian McEwan (thoroughly enjoyable!). A Bit

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A Virus for a Bigger Brain?

Can a virus make your brain bigger? Well yes – quite literally so when we’re talking about Viral Encephalitis. A couple of case studies I’ve encountered on my journeys pushed me to find out more about this intriguing medical scenario. Viral encephalitis is a very worrying (clinically speaking) disease manifestation whereby your brain and central nervous system tissues swell up.

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