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Little Progress for Learning Disability Reform

Little Progress for Learning Disability Reform

[box] Rob Cleaver reports on the lack of ‘tangible progress’ in the fight for Learning Disability reform [/box] The author of Winterborne View – Time for Change believes that there has been no ‘tangible progress’ six months after the publishing of his damning findings. Sir Stephen Bubb, in the wake of the 2011 abuse scandal at the care home same […]

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Do My Legs Look Swollen in These?

Do My Legs Look Swollen in These?

[box] Rob Cleaver reports on the curious case of the Skinny Jean Compartment Syndrome [/box]A wardrobe staple of landfill indie bands, lothario comedians and those marching down the catwalk, skinny jeans are a fashion must, however new research shows that it may be time to hang those skinny jeans up for good – especially if one is planning on squatting. A […]

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Corruption at FIFA: The Elephant in the Room

Corruption at FIFA: The Elephant in the Room

[box]Mike East reports on the FIFA Crisis [/box] Allegations from the US attorney general, that executives of the world-wide governing body for football (FIFA) have been engaged in bribery and extortion, are not particularly surprising in their content. The irony is that these revelations have come about because of investigations by law enforcement authorities in the United States, a country […]

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Editor’s Letter 2015 No. 9

Editor’s Letter 2015 No. 9

[box] Our Editor-in-Chief wins some and loses some – but all for good measure.[/box] It is 2:53am and I am sitting at the desk on labour ward with the O&G registrar. The ward, unlike the wombs of the preceding shift, is barren. In the blink of an eye it is 3:23am and nothing has changed. Babies, babies, babies. Yesterday I […]

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The birth of every child is momentous even if not all make the headlines

The birth of every child is momentous even if not all make the headlines

[box] Anne Tan reflects from the Labour Ward on the week of the Royal birth[/box] Babies are born every day but it is not every day that a baby’s birth headlines the news. Perhaps this is because not every baby is born to the future king of a country. Last weekend Princess Charlotte of Cambridge’s arrival made news headlines across the world. […]

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Editor’s Letter 2015 No. 8 – Election Fallout

Editor’s Letter 2015 No. 8 – Election Fallout

[box]Our Editor-in-Chief takes stock on the morning after the night before.[/box] The morning of May 8th has brought with it a dawn that few Tories ever dreamt of and a destruction that even fewer left wing voters could possibly have fathomed. The consensus amongst medical students, the ones that I have spoken to today at least, is largely one of devastation. As future public […]

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Women Must Replace “The Pale, Male and Stale”

Women Must Replace “The Pale, Male and Stale”

[box] Rachel Logan reports from the BMA Medical Student Conference [/box] Speaking at the 2015 BMA Medical Student Conference, Jane Dacre, president of the Royal College of Physicians, said that women in medicine must be more perseverant and have ‘more self-belief’. She also believes that women are far less likely to take risks in their career and encouraged women at […]

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Editor’s Letter 2015 No. 7

Editor’s Letter 2015 No. 7

[box] Our Editor-in-Chief writes about the old-schoolers, those doctors that time forgot, and how they made him recall Kafka[/box] In Franz Kafka’s In the Penal Colony, the main character (I am loathe to call him a hero) watches and observes the workings of an intricate but decrepit torture device as told to him by ‘The Officer’. I recall this because recently […]

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Painkiller or Pleasure Killer? Paracetamol’s hidden effects

Painkiller or Pleasure Killer? Paracetamol’s hidden effects

[box] Rob Cleaver reports on new research from the US that suggests it isn’t just pain that paracetamol is killing. [/box] A study by researchers at Ohio State University in the USA have found that paracetamol may dampen down normal human emotions. Used by millions on a daily basis, paracetamol (or acetaminophen in the US) is one of the most […]

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Editor’s Letter 2015 No. 6

Editor’s Letter 2015 No. 6

[box]In his latest letter, Rob writes from the library, distracted and forlorn [/box] For those who’ve not seen a library for a while, there has been no change in its condition. Still embittered by the chronic silence, its atmosphere is as morose as ever. No-one is happy thumbing through a reference text, not even the librarian, not even the author […]

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