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Public Science Insights: Involve Me and I Learn: Teaching Medical Students Skills to Undertake Research and Practice Evidence Based Medicine

Posted Tue, Jul, 11,2017

The term ‘evidence-based medicine’ was first used in the early 1990s. It refers to an approach to medical practice which aims to improve clinical decision making, by taking into account their clinical expertise, the patients’ values and preferences, and the evidence provided by good-quality research. To make sound clinical decisions, doctors need to have research skills which ena...

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Public Science Insights: Did ancient bacterial mRNA genes have introns?

Posted Tue, Apr, 18,2017

Ancient bacterial mRNA genes quite possibly had introns, according to recent findings by Dr. Wang and colleagues.All current bacterial mRNA genes have no intron (nucleotide base sequence interrupting the coding regions, exons, in a gene), though current bacterial tRNA and rRNA genes have introns. Thus, it is thought that ancient bacterial mRNA genes did not have introns either. However, many studi...

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Public Science Insights: Bladder cancer and the use of Bacillus Calmette–Guérin (BCG) Vaccine

Posted Tue, Mar, 28,2017

Bladder cancer is the fourth most common cancer in men and the eighth most common in women. Most of these cancers are superficial and confined to the bladder inner wall. The most usual complaints associated with this type of cancer are blood or blood clots in the urine (hematuria), pain during urination (dysuria), urinating small amounts frequently (frequency), and frequent urinary tract infection...

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Public Science Insights: 'Thank You for Giving Me a Voice!’ Evaluating the Patient-Centered Model in an Australian Medical School

Posted Wed, Mar, 22,2017

While patient involvement in medical education has long been the convention, in recent years patient involvement in student teaching has become more active. In medical education, active participation from patients has gained momentum despite being a fairly conventional practice. Medical education has always looked to patients to provide teaching. In the past, they may have been conscripted rather ...

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Public Science Insights: More Than a Migraine: Tumors in the Orbit

Posted Wed, Mar, 15,2017

Light sensitivity and headaches are typical complaints of those suffering from migraines. Often, these diagnoses are relatively untested given their commonplace occurrence. Congestion hardly warrants an x-ray, right? However, the same symptoms attributed to a common migraine may be indicative of something more severe.The orbit is the part of the head that houses the eyeball along with its muscles,...

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Public Science Insights: Tryptophan in Chronic Kidney Disease: Should I Consume More Tryptophan?

Posted Thu, Mar, 09,2017

What is the role of a person’s kidneys? Two healthy kidneys continuously filter blood to form urine composed of unwanted fluid, vitamins, minerals and wastes such as toxins, chemicals, drugs. In addition, kidneys take vital role in making hormones and in the metabolism of nutrients such as carbohydrate (glucose) and amino acids (protein). One of the amino acids is tryptophan (TRP) &ndas...

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