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World's First Head Transplant Will Use Virtual Reality To Prepare Patients

World’s First Head Transplant Will Use Virtual Reality To Prepare Patients

Sergio Canavero’s plans to carry out the world’s first head transplant surgery sounds more like a science-fiction novel each time it makes the news. The media-savvy neurosurgeon has recently revealed that his team will use virtual reality (VR) to help the patient transition to their “new world” after the surgery. Dr Canavero hopes to pull off this head transplant procedure ... »

Nearly 1,500 New Viruses Have Just Been Discovered In China

Nearly 1,500 New Viruses Have Just Been Discovered In China

There are probably around a trillion species on Earth, and most of them are microbial. Make no mistake, it’s their world – and we haven’t discovered 99.999 percent of them yet. So it should come as no surprise whatsoever that 1,445 new viruses have just been discovered. Writing in the journal Nature, the Australian-Chinese team identified the new cornucopia in 220 different species of invertebrate... »

Most Common Drugs And Sexually Transmitted Diseases In Europe

Here’s Which Drugs And Sexually Transmitted Diseases Are Most Common In Europe

Ever wondered what Europeans get up to in their spare time? Well, the Health at a Glance: Europe 2016 report, compiled by the European Commission and The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), provides an interesting insight into the secret lives of the continent’s residents. When it comes to illicit drugs, cannabis is the top choice for most Europeans, with 13 percent of 1... »

6 Least Competitive Medical Specialties in America

6 Least Competitive Medical Specialties

Every medical school graduate already knows that some specialties are more competitive than the others and most of them will try to choose their residency according to that. In order to actually match to a really competitive residency program, a future medical practitioner needs to possess a number of qualities – most importantly, high GPA and MCAT scores. Even though high GPA and MCAT scores are ... »

DIY doctors: New Zealand medical students 'operating on themselves at home'

DIY doctors: New Zealand medical students ‘operating on themselves at home’

A number of medical students at New Zealand’s oldest university are practising invasive medical procedures on their own bodies, and the bodies of their fellow students. A study published today in the New Zealand Medical Journal found 5% of medical students surveyed by researchers at Otago University medical school in Dunedin are practising in what is believed to give the aspiring medics stress-fre... »

Fourth-Year Med Student Receives $10K AMA Foundation Scholarship

Fourth-Year Med Student Receives $10K AMA Foundation Scholarship

Samuel Racette is one of three medical students statewide to receive a $10,000 American Medical Association Foundation scholarship for academic excellence, community involvement and leadership. Award Announced at ‘Pivotal Time’ for Aspiring ENT Being awarded the Medical Society of the State of New York/Dr. Duane and Joyce Cady Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarship alleviates the financial burden of a... »

Engineering Vs. Medicine – Which Is The Better Career Path?

Engineering Vs. Medicine – Which Is The Better Career Path?

If you are reading this post, you are likely contemplating on whether to spend the next four years of your academic career pursuing a major in engineering or medicine. Before I get into the gist of the two worlds, I would like to point out that both engineering and medicine are highly competitive fields. With that being said, those seeking to enter such need to prepare for sleepless nights, rigoro... »

How med students avoid burnout

How medical students avoid burnout

The number of physicians suffering from burnout has increased in the last few years, but the problem doesn’t stop with physicians—medical student burnout is also on the rise. At the 2016 AMA Interim Meeting Friday, an expert spoke with medical students about the state of physician burnout and led them in discussion about what they can do to prevent it during their training. “The first step is alwa... »

Being a Female Medical Student: Can We Really “Have It All”?

Being a Female Medical Student: Can We Really “Have It All”?

Doing pediatrics first and immediately following it with OB-GYN has made me desperately, desperately want a baby. Side note to my mother: don’t get alarmed.  I’m not, in any way, planning to have a baby anytime soon.  In fact, when I was on newborn nursery, chilling with the babies instead of studying or being productive, I added up how many years it will be until I can have a baby.  This timeline... »

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