Category: health & science

I’M WRITING A BOOK!

April 2017 I’m delighted to be writing The First Breath, a popular medicine book/memoir about fetal and neonatal care, for Pan Macmillan. Click here to read a little story in The Bookseller about my book in progress. I’m currently taking a break from most of my freelance journalism in order to write the book, but am […]

A NEW LEAF – BOTANIC GARDEN’S NEW DIRECTOR SHARES HIS VISION — Oxford Today

‘There’s huge potential here,’ says Simon Hiscock as he plans to transform Britain’s oldest garden of its kind.

MOTHER’S PRIDE — The Oxford Times

In the past 24 hours alone, my children have asked me questions including: “What is bone made of?”, “What do octopuses do?”, “Why is the sky blue?” and “What is the sound barrier?” To my shame, I find it hard to answer such questions – but luckily there’s a new children’s class which bridges the […]

INNOVATIVE DEVICE TO TREAT MITRAL REGURGITATION — Medtronic Eureka

Cardiac surgeons at the University of Bonn have invented a new device for treating mitral regurgitation, which they hope could save lives in the future…

OXFORD ACTS TO SAVE THE SWIFT — Oxford Today

Oxford’s historic links with an iconic bird have earned it the status of England’s first ‘swift city’ for a mass-observation project this summer. Starting next month, when swifts migrate back to Britain to nest and breed after spending the winter flying in Africa, volunteer observers will watch and listen for these endangered birds.

WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE WHEN MED STUDENTS’ GRADES DEPEND ON LISTENING TO WOMEN — Broadly

With a blue paper sheet covering her pubic hair, a 30-year-old woman is lying naked from the waist down, with her legs spread open on an examination couch in a hospital room. A trainee doctor opens her vagina with a speculum and gazes inside to find the cervix. But this is no ordinary pap smear. […]

WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BE GIVEN A KIDNEY — Healthy

  For the latest issue of Healthy, I spoke to a kidney donor and recipient, as well as a consultant transplant surgeon. Please click on the link below to read a PDF of the piece. 82-83_H133_WhatItFeelsLikeFIN    

MOTHER’S PRIDE — Oxford Times

TAKING THE LEAD FROM PREMATURE BABIES WHEN IT COMES TO THEIR CARE — Nursing Standard

The stress premature babies experience in neonatal units can have lasting effects. But at University College London Hospital, nurses trained in the NIDCAP approach are guided by babies’ cues and prioritise their comfort…

OFFSIDE RULE? WE INVENTED IT — CAM

For the Lent edition of the Cambridge University alumni magazine, I interviewed members of the oldest football club in the world.  

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