Authored by: Rithik V. I had a serious routine back when I was doing my A-level exams a couple years ago. Sadly, the motivation to do this came from me actually almost failing my AS levels (Well, I got mostly Ds the first time around, not quite a fail since there’s still an E left before a fail). The routine consisted of this: I studied … Continue reading The Ultimate Study Routine- From Failing A Class To Being An Expert On Studying
New research recently published in Psychopharmacology provides evidence that inert placebo pills can induce psychedelic-like effects, including perceptual alterations. The findings highlight the importance of expectations and context when ingesting psychedelic substances. The study also sheds some light on the mystery of so-called contact highs. “I am interested in placebos generally and in particular in maximizing their effects. When I was reading clinical trials of … Continue reading Are Your Shrooms A Placebo?
New research provides evidence that oral contraceptive use is related to changes in brain structure and function. The study, published in Hormones and Behavior, indicates that oral contraceptive use during puberty might impact stress reactivity and also increase brain activity when working memory is engaged. “Oral contraceptives have been commercially available for over 60 years and are currently used by 150 million women worldwide. However, … Continue reading Adolescent Birth Control Use Could Lead To Increased Stress Levels
Elon Musk has revealed that his stealth neurotechnology start-up is poised to begin human clinical trials soon on brain implants. Musk’s Neuralink gave a presentation late Tuesday and released a white paper divulging details of its progress on implants that could eventually enable patients to overcome devastating injuries. The company, which has been pursuing the technology for years with Musk’s financial backing and leadership, touted its … Continue reading Elon Musk’s Brain Implant Technology To Treat Health Conditions
BOSTON — The role of children in the spread of COVID-19 has been the subject of debate for months. It’s especially a concern with back-to-school in full swing, and parents torn over virtual or in-person learning. Now, a new study seemingly confirms a potential worst case scenario regarding kids and the coronavirus. Not only are children quite capable of “silently spreading” COVID-19, they appear to … Continue reading Study Finds Coronavirus More Contagious Among Children
Those at higher genetic risk of Alzheimer’s disease are more likely to call themselves a “morning person”, according to a study. Researchers have also found that people who have a greater risk of developing the progressive condition are less likely to have insomnia. The findings, published in the journal Neurology, are based on an analysis of data gathered from different genome-wide association studies, which involve … Continue reading ‘Morning people’ linked to higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease
Authored by: Sabrina G. Before medical school, your frame of reference is coming from a point of really only knowing what it’s like going to class everyday, studying and taking exams. It’s important to realize that that is only the first half of medical school (depending on how your school works). I would argue that the clinical years of medical are significantly more important to … Continue reading Is Medical School As Stressful As They Say It is?
Authored by: Sherry R. 4:30am – Alarm 5:15am – Leave for work 5:30am – Arrive at work 5:30am – Start rounding 6:50am – Meet pre-op patient answer questions etc. 7:00am – M&M (or some other business meeting etc.) 7:45am – OR for first case 10:00am – Out of OR from first case, finish up any rounding, grab a quick bite, meet next pre-op patient 10:40am … Continue reading The Daily Schedule Of A Neurosurgeon
Authored by: Anonymous Becoming a doctor costs a lot. I ran some numbers. Background: I’m 25. It’s not unlikely that I would be accepted into medical school. Top marks: 520 MCAT (98th Percentile), 3.8 GPA, Cornell undergrad (2016) Good research: 5 Publications, 18 Abstracts, 3 years in biomedical engineering lab at UPenn (2016-2019) I’m a snowflake: a disadvantaged applicant, family received welfare, cash assistance via … Continue reading Is It Worth It To Be A Doctor?
Authored by: Christina G. I was recently accepted to medical school by Western and good-waitlisted by Ottawa after my first cycle applying. I promised myself that when I got in, I would share my experiences and help others in any way that I could. So without further ado, here is my story: I began my first year of undergrad at UofT in the Life Sciences … Continue reading My Low MCAT Success Story