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Dr Wendy Evans-Uhegbu

Health A-Z

How Does Cancer Start?

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We’ve all heard the word ‘Cancer’ and the feeling of dread it carries along with it but ever wondered about the nitty-gritty details? How does it start? How does it grow? How does it spread from one part of the body to another? (more…)

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Study tips

Failing in Medical School

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Failure is generally viewed as the opposite of success. This in itself isn’t incorrect but it’s a different perspective. If I only learned one thing in medical school, it is that failure is necessary and can happen to just about anybody. Ok, that’s two things LOL! No matter how much of a prim and proper student you might be, slipping up every now and then isn’t unusual. (more…)

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Health A-Z

Understanding Schizophrenia

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Imagine being trapped in a cage, with your hands and legs tied up and chained to a wall, and losing control of your mind all at the same time. You can’t move…

I knew I had it. I had known for years. The boa of psychosis had become a familiar tightness in my head. I thought it was an awful waste of time and suffering to take so long to diagnose me. By this point, I was homeless and had ruined the majority of relationships with family. I’d tried to kill myself. I had been mistreated in hospitals and in school. I’d been through so much and after all this time I’d finally figured out what it was ~Syrena Clarke

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Non-clinical medicine

Non-Clinical Career Options for Medics

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A degree in medicine offers endless opportunities, within and beyond the walls of a hospital. It’s a degree that equips you with multiple skills that are valuable in pretty much anything, and everything that you choose to do. You have a work ethic that is second to none, and a brain that is good at assimilating and applying large volumes of knowledge, and applying them under immense pressure. (more…)

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Electives

Electives Abroad: Why you should do them

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For medics and student medics alike, taking part in electives abroad is gradually becoming a necessity, rather than just an option. Personally, I’ve done clinical electives in a number of countries but the most rewarding (by far!) have been the ones I did in the underdeveloped and developing countries. There’s something about (more…)

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Mnemonics

The 22q11 Microdeletion Syndromes

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This one has been known to show up in many different forms in the USMLE Step 1 exams, so it’s no wonder it’s a favorite amongst test takers.

For starters, the 22q11 Microdeletion Syndromes are genetic disorders caused by a microdeletion at the 22q11 chromosome i.e a small part on the 22nd chromosome gets deleted. It mainly encompasses 2 syndromes- DiGeorge syndrome and Velocardiofacial syndrome. (more…)

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Health A-Z

Understanding Multiple Sclerosis: Quick facts

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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is one of the most debilitating illnesses known to medicine. It affects approximately 2.3 million people worldwide, and in the US alone, it is estimated that 200 new cases of MS are diagnosed each week. On the bright side, with the range of medications currently available for MS, a lot more people are living normal and close-to-normal lives. (more…)

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Salary profiles

The Highest-Earning Specialties in the USA

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Let’s talk about money! Having spoken to medics from diverse backgrounds, one thing I’ve noticed that a lot of them have in common is that they find having conversations about money uncomfortable, and usually will find very creative ways to avoid topics that relate to their wages. This is understandable as it’s probably more socially acceptable for medics to portray the image of compassion which is valued over income capabilities. But realistically, as much as a majority of Medics choose their careers based on the desire to help others, money is (more…)

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Student hub

Top Secret Habits of Highly Effective Medics

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One thing most successful people have in common (medics and non-medics) is that they are creatures of habits, good ol’ productive habits. They have structured daily routines especially for the mornings; they don’t just wing it. They respect time, wake up early, take planning very very seriously, work smart, learn continuously and take care of their bodies inside and out.

Here are a few of the habits I’ve found high functioning medics have in common: (more…)

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Health A-Z

The Warning Signs of Suicide

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The person who completes suicide dies once. Those left behind die a thousand deaths, trying to relive those terrible moments and understand…why?” ~ Clark

This is honestly a bit of a sad topic for me to write about but information is power so… Let’s begin with some of the statistics.

Suicide is currently the 10th leading cause of death (more…)

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