On Maternity Leave from August 2016

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Sarah – owner of ICCH

I will be on maternity leave from August 2016.  As I maintain this blog and website myself there is no one to take over from me when I’m off.  I do have a personal blog at http://understandingscience.co.uk which I will add to as and [...]

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Huntly Relay This Weekend (3rd and 4th of July 2016)

The Huntly Relay for Life to raise funds for Cancer Research UK takes place this weekend. I’ll be talking along with a host of other folk from the North East, do come and join us if you can.

It’s being held in the Gordon Schools Playing Field, Huntly. (AB54 4SE). More details and maps [...]

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Does asparagus cure cancer? Nope.

My Dad forwarded me an email called “read the contents below and pass to your friends”.  The gist of it was that aspargus can cure cancer.  It gives three case studies of people with different types of cancer who were cured by eating asparagus and cites a study done in 1979 that I can’t [...]

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Science Links

I’ve come across a few good science links lately, if you know of any more feel free to leave a comment below.

Naturally Obsessed – The Making of a Scientist.

This is a one hour documentary about how scientific research works. It follows 3 people in the lab of Dr Lawrence Shapiro in New [...]

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Researchers in Residence 2016

Researchers in Residence is a scheme that matches up PhD research students posdocs and schools.  The scientist usually spends a week with a school and can lead demonstrations, class discussions, talks about university life etc.  I took part in the scheme when I was a student and throughly enjoyed it.  They are looking for [...]

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Breast Cancer in the News

There have been several interesting stories about new research into breast cancer.  Firstly, a local one that I whole heartedly agree with, is a study at Aberdeen University to look at how Vitamin D levels might affect breast cancer.  We get most of our vitamin D from the sun (and a bit from oily [...]

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Online Cancer Textbooks & Statistics Information

So many things to blog about, so little time!  I’ve found some good (free) resources for biology teaching.  Firstly there is the “Cancer Biology – Open Educational Resource“.  It is an online module produced in conjunction with the University of Bath, there is all sorts of good stuff there, online tutorials on apoptosis and [...]

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Are you likely to have a scientist as an MP?

In the run up to the UK election, I thought it was worth posting this link from the Times, Are you likely to have a scientist as an MP? Short answer. No.  Only one candidate standing in this years election is an  active research scientist and perhaps not surpringly, they are in Cambridge.  In [...]

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Relay for Life - Huntly 2016

Relay for Life Huntly, is taking place on the 3rd-4th July 2016.  The event raises money for Cancer Research UK and last year’s was great fun.  We will have a large information marquee, with information on local cancer support charities.  If you would like a stall at the event, please contact me, the more [...]

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Fashion in Science

Fashions come and go in science as they do in any other industry. New experiments are “trendy” and “hot” and are soon replaced by the next big thing. If you don’t work in science, it’s easy to think that science should be rational and above such petty concerns, but the life science industry is [...]

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Cancer Research - Highlights and Opportunities

I’d like to draw your attention to a video on YouTube about cancer research. It is produced by the American Association of Cancer Research and it is in part, an advert for the American Association of Cancer Research and (the US) National Cancer Institute. Most of the statistics relate to research in America, however, [...]

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How do you explain fatigue to other people?

I have written about cancer fatigue before. Fatigue can affect people with any type of cancer and at any stage of treatment, having said that there is actually very little research and practical support available. Fatigue is tiredness that doesn’t go away with rest and it can be very hard to explain this to [...]

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Kidney Cancer News and Resources

A few things have caught my interest this week, including this research on kidney cancer. A very early study has shown that two proteins in your urine (called aquaporin-1 and adipophilin) may act as markers of kidney cancer. This study only looked at 42 people with kidney cancer, so it will need to be [...]

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60 Years of the NHS

There has been an interesting report published this week called “60 years of the NHS – Ordinary People Tell the Story” you will need Adobe Reader to open it. If you don’t want to read the whole report, there is a nice summary on the Wellcome Trust website (they part funded the study).

The [...]

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Is there any point in eating fruit and veg?

This week, there have been many news reports saying “Five-a-day has little impact on cancer” and “Five fruit and veg a day won’t keep cancer away”. This is a result of new research, published by in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, you can read the study in all it’s glory here “Fruit [...]

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Beautiful Minds - New TV Series BBC 4

The BBC are running a series of programs as part of their “World of Wonder“, focusing on science.  There is a new, three part series starting on BBC4 tonight called “Beautiful Minds“.  The (short) series focuses on three UK scientists and shows how their scientific discoveries  changed how we think about science.  The first [...]

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Sponsors wanted for Aberdeen Race Night

UCAN, the local charity that supports people with urological cancers (kidney, bladder prostate and testicular) are looking for sponsors for a race night to be held in Aberdeen Northern Hotel on Friday the 16th of April 2016. The event is being organised by the Rotary Club of St Machar and they are looking for [...]

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Breast Cancer and Exposure to Chemicals at Work

There have been several news reports about how exposure to certain chemicals at work, before you are 36, increases your chances of getting breast cancer when you are older.  There is a video summary of this research at Insider Medicine, called “Work exposure to certain chemicals increases breast cancer risk“  You can also read [...]

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The Human Genome - Still more to learn...

There is a nice feature in Wired magazine about “The Genome Revolution”, it is ten years since all the genes in a human were first mapped.  The article is called “10 years on ‘the genome revolution is only just beginning‘”.  There are a few quotes in the article that particularly struck me

The Human [...]

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Prescription Charges fall to £3 on the 1st of April 2016

Prescription charges in Scotland will fall to £3 from tomorrow (the 1st of April 2016).  If you live in Wales or Northern Ireland then prescriptions are already free.  It is planned to phase out prescription charges in Scotland by 2011.  If you live in England you still have to pay £7.20.

Not everyone in [...]

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Cleanliness at ARI

In November 2015 and January 2016 I wrote about the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate Report that criticised the standards of cleaning at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.  A follow up inspection was carried out on the 17th of February 2016 and a report of their findings has been published today (the 29th March 2016).  The follow up [...]

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Apologies for the lack of posts…

I’m sorry for the lack of posts over the past few weeks.  I’ve not been well and as this is a one man operation, there is no one to cover for me.  Anyway, things are back to normal around here so, if you’ve any topics you’d like me to cover, please send me an [...]

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CRUK Survey 2016

Cancer Research UK carry out a survey every year to see how much people know about both cancer prevention and cancer screening and the work of the charity itself.  I received a paper copy of the survey in the post this morning, but you can save a stamp and complete it online.  You will [...]

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Information is Beautiful - Are supplements worth it?

I found a fascinating website today called “Information is Beautiful“, in particular I was interested in the post “SnakeOil?  Scientific Evidence for Health Food Supplements“.  This post is based on HUGE amounts of data and is a lot to take in at first glance, it certainly doesn’t look like a conventional graph.

So what’s [...]

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Nick Clegg - Cancer in the UK

I have previously written about Gordon Brown and David Cameron’s views on cancer in the UK.  This week Nick Clegg, the leader of the liberal democrats has been giving his opinions and they are on the Cancer Research UK website.

Again, like Gordon Brown and David Cameron he starts off by saying that “early [...]

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Cancer Resesarch UK Videos

Cancer Research UK have produced 4 short videos about detecting cancer early.  The videos are each 5 minutes long and discuss breast cancer, bowel cancer, lung cancer and mouth cancer.

Obviously there are lots of other types of cancer and there are also links to early signs and symptoms of other types of cancer.  [...]

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Cancer Research UK Gift Shop

Sorry for the lack of posts, I’m busy with other work right now (the sort of work that pays the bills!). So today’s offering is a link to the Cancer Research UK gift shop. They have some special offers for valentines day, So if you want a heartshaped mug and you want to feel [...]

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A summer placement with a difference – Naked Scientists

If you can afford to spend the summer of 2016 in Cambridge and you are interested in science communication you might like to apply to join the Naked Scientists. For more details read on…

Even if you don’t want to work in Cambridge you can still listen to the podcasts, visit their website to [...]

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Scottish Chromatin Group – Meeting and Webcast

This one is for the scientists, the Scottish Chromatin group are having a meeting next Wednesday (the 10th of February 2016).  The meeting is being held at the University of Edinburgh from 2pm-6pm, so obviously if you are in (0r near) Edinburgh you can just go along. Interestingly they are also webcasting the meeting, [...]

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BBC Journalism College

This post may be of more interest to me than you!  The BBC has made publically available their internal journalism training website and it’s an absolute goldmine!

As I write about science on a daily basis this looks like a fantastic resource. Why?

Well for a start, healthcare in Scotland is devolved, so some [...]

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