Hot Topics

Anything I think is of interest, I’ll post here. However, I’ll probably forget to put some articles here after posting them in the blog, and if I do put things here, it’ll be pretty inconsistently. So, if you want to see all the hot topics, click “Hot Topic” on the tag cloud on the right hand banner, and it’ll take you to all the hot topics I’ve ever posted!

August 2011
Double Leg Transplant
The first ever Double leg transplant was performed in spain not too long ago. Amazing stuff.

Superbugs
A hot topic at the moment begins to look even more bleak.

HIV Cure?
For those of you looking for recent topics to chat about at interviews, some of these ‘Medical Advances’ and ‘Hot topics’ might be of use to you. Could this be the cure to HIV?

MRSA Levels Fall
Brilliant! Now we just have the newly discovered antibiotic resistant gonorrhoea to deal with. And, I’m not sure about the stats, but I’m guessing more people have sex than stay in hospitals. Just an observation.

Organ Donation
I still think there should be an opt-out system, but this is a step in the right direction.

Resistant Salmonella
You know that feeling of when you buy a car and you see it everywhere? Here’s another post about resistant bacteria – this time it’s salmonella. Make sure you cook your meat well!

Virtual Hospital
How freakin’ cool is this?!

Tonsillectomy coming back into fashion
This is good news for me – means I could be in with a job when I graduate which is always reassuring! Lots of ENT operations = lots of ENT jobs.

Stick-on Tattoos
Didn’t you just love those stick on tattoos you got as a kid? Well, apparently they’re developing Stick on tattoos which, in the future, could monitor your vital signs. I can see these going down well in the Paediatrics department…

More on Tattoos
Here’s what new scientist have to say about them:

But, this technology could cause some problems… if I were a kid, I’d be raging if I didn’t get one of these!

The end of cancer?
This article is really exciting. Metastases are usually the reason people die of cancer. If the drugs in development do what they hope, could it spell the beginning of the end of cancer-related deaths?

Catching Viruses With Their Pants Down
I like the sound of this drug, just purely because of the mental image of a virus being caught with its pants down.

September 2011
Stopping the Spread of Cancer
This article is really exciting. Metastases are usually the reason people die of cancer. If the drugs in development do what they hope, could it spell the beginning of the end of cancer-related deaths?

Forcing your brain to learn
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21128264.300-natural-brain-state-is-primed-to-learn.html

Presumed consent in organ donation
This only applies to wales at the moment, but gives a decent explanation of presumed consent for organ donation.

Euthanasia
This article talks about an interesting case of somebody who was in a minimally conscious state (slightly different from a vegetative state).

I would probably try to read more around the subject of euthanasia as its something that could potentially come up in interviews.

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