Frauds, fear of failure and finances: The mental health problem in academia

By Lauren Revie   Mental health is a hot topic at the moment – and it is about time. Around 1 in 6 adults will experience anxiety or depression (Mental Health Foundation, 2016), with the number of people recognising suicidal thoughts increasing drastically (McManus et al., 2016). However, as a response to this growing problem,…

Life of Prion

Or What Links Cannibalism to Foot and Mouth Disease?    By Simona Zahova Edited by Jon & Sophie A peculiar group of proteins, prions, have earned a mythical status in sci-fi due to their unorthodox properties and unusual history. These deadly particles often play a villainous role in fiction, appearing in the Jurassic Park franchise, and countless…

My Reflection on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

 By Anonymous Edited by Sophie, Jon, Josh & Oly “You’ve got that compulsive… bloody… disorder.’ -my dad Words from my dad. I was keeping him awake most nights, pacing the hallway outside his room. The thing was, I couldn’t go to bed without walking in and out of my room until it felt …right. First,…

Can’t or Won’t – An Introduction To Apathy.

 By Megan Jackson Edited by Sam & Chiara Often, when a person hears the word apathy, an image comes to mind. A glassy-eyed teenager scrolling vacantly through their phone while their parent looks on in despair. While comical, it does not reflect what apathy really is clinically: a complex symptom that has important clinical significance….

Reading Without Seeing

By Melissa Wright Edited By Chiara & Sam When the seeing brain goes blind In the late 90’s, a blind 63-year old woman was admitted to a university hospital emergency room. After complaining to co-workers of light-headedness that morning, she had collapsed and become unresponsive. Within the 48 hours following her admission, after what was…

It’s Fright Night!

By Lucy Lewis Edited By Lauren & Sophie Halloween is the time for all things scary, and the best thing for scaring people is to put on a good horror movie, preferably something with creepy dark figures appearing suddenly after a long, tense build up. But what is it about these films that gets us so freaked…

Can’t hear someone at a loud party? Just turn your head!

By Josh Stevenson-Hoare Edited By Lucy & Sophie At one point or another, we have all been in this uncomfortable situation. You are talking to someone at a party, and then had the realisation – you can’t understand a word they are saying. You smile and nod along until they get to what sounds like a question….

Microglia: Guardians of the Brain

By Ruth Jones Edited by Sam & Chiara Our Immune System works hard to protect us from unwanted bugs and help repair damage to our bodies. In our brains, cells called Microglia are the main immune players. Microglia are part of a group of immune cells called Macrophages, which translates from Greek as “big-eaters”. Much…

My reflections on studying Parkinson’s Disease

By Dr. Lucia Fernandez Cardo  Edited by Sam & Chiara Parkinson’s disease (PD) owes its name to Doctor James Parkinson, who in 1817 described the disorder in his manuscript “An essay on the shaking palsy”. It has been 200 years since we began to study this disease, and despite the advances in understanding, we are still far from…

The healing power of companionship

  By Shireene Kalbassi Edited By Sophie & Monika When it comes to the recovery of wounds and other medical conditions, most people probably think of hospital beds, antibiotics, and maybe some stitches. What probably doesn’t come to mind is the role that companionship may play in speeding up the healing process. And yet, studies in humans…