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INFOGRAPHIC: Film’s Most Frightening Medics

Halloween only comes once a year, but the scariest movies and tales of evil can stay with you long after the dusty decorations have been stowed. From the unthinkable evil acts of Dr. Hannibal Lector, the cannibal psychiatrist, to the misguided misdemeanors of Ernest Menville, the submissive plastic surgeon, the horror genre is littered with downright dangerous doctors. But, characters and crimes aside, why do we even watch horror movies in the first place? The side effects of such viewing in many people include a racing heart, perspiration, goosebumps and even nightmares, so why put ourselves through the mental anguish when we could be watching Scrubs? Dr Linnie Blake (not included in our list of evil doctors!), Head of the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK, answers this question. “Horror cinema offers its audience rather more than squealy thrills. In focusing on what frightens us and pushing our endurance to the limit – though in a highly controlled and essentially safe manner, it opens a creaking door on the workings of the human mind and the cultural norms of our societies. “Horror may make us feel – the racing heart, the laughter of relief, the howl of disgust. It also makes us think – about outsiders and deviants, the monster and those made monstrous by the societies in which they live. It enables...

Can We Predict Your Specialty With The Enneagram?

It’s a very popularly known expression, one that usually goes unnoticed by the few looking into picking out their specialties. But what does it truly signify? Is it the amount of hard work you put in? Or perhaps it’s about the time that you dedicate to moving forward? If you’re looking into the context, it might seem like it might be those but allow us to rewire your brain, a bit. Being a medical student, you tend to meet all sorts of people and deal with all sorts of cases which means, based on the type of person you are, it will matter quite a lot when you’re picking out a certain field. It’s actually a fact that’s been proved right through several studies as well. You can’t be a straightforward extrovert and go into nursing; imagine telling your patients straight out about how annoying they are! Because let’s face it, some patients will be quite the handful. Well then, how should you pick it out? You already have a lot of responsibilities on your shoulders, life isn’t easy for a millennial who’s figuring out the world! That means handling a decision as crucial as your career would need a little extra help. Millennials such as yourself tend to face the trouble of not knowing how to handle such pressure. You know what would be a good solution in...

How Exactly Does Smoking Affect the Environtment?

We all know that smoking is harmful to the human body, but there is actually a second damaging side to smoking and cigarettes. Both cigarette smoke itself and the waste from cigarettes can have a major impact on the environment. In this infographic below, we’ll take a look at just how much damage smoking does on the environment and highlight some off the shocking statistics surrounding recklessly discarded cigarette butts too. Now only does smoking have an effect on your health; it also has an effect on your wallet. Smoking has been one of the biggest health concerns for decades now, but did you know smoking can cost a person between $6,500 and $13,500 a year? The average cost of a cigarette averages out to be around 31 cents, which comes out to $1,358 a year. The hidden costs come in the form of higher insurance premiums and loss of insurance credits. The total cost of smoking with these factors adds up to a much greater financial sacrifice. So, if you’re looking to quit, how do we kick the habit? This study shows the difference between reward and penalty based systems: In a study of 2,500 smokers affiliated with CVS, participants were enrolled in two different programs: a reward-based one and a penalty-based one. In the reward based-program, individuals were offered an $800 reward if they were able to...

QUIZ: Learn To Stay In Shape With The Right Exercise Program

So, you’re thinking of getting into shape. There are plenty of options available ranging from the rush of competitive sports to the tranquillity of yoga. Not everything is going to be a perfect match for you and it’s best to do some research before you dive head first into a new fitness regime. Whatever your personality, it’s vitally important to keep fit and make sure you exercise regularly. This quiz will help you decide which type of physical activity is right for you. Find Your Ideal Exercise Match Group Activities You’re a competitive, spontaneous exercise machine. You thrive testing your abilities against others whether it be on the track or at the gym. Recommended Workouts: – Team Sports – Competitive Running – Martial Arts – Zumba – Spinning Solo Workouts You’re confident in your abilities and don’t mind being around others when working out but prefer to focus on your own development. Recommended Workouts: – Weight Training – Jogging – Mountain Biking – Skiing – Cardio Conditioning Calming Exercises You prefer to be alone when you exercise and predominantly use it as a way to decrease stress. The perfect work out is one that not only keeps you fit but also centres you. Recommended Workouts: – Yoga – Thai-Chi – Swimming – Cycling – Walking Do you like to be spontaneous? What is your biggest motivation to exercise? Would...

There Are More Jobs At Hospitals Than Just Doctors

People are coming into the healthcare system by droves because of the Affordable Care Act and the aging population. Hence, the demand for advanced educated nurses to take the reins on caring for a big portion of them has grown immensely. That means that nurse practitioner (NP) and physician’s assistant (PA) are two professions playing a vital role in America’s changing healthcare panorama. These two positions make up a lot of jobs at hospitals. NPs and PAs include direct patient care at the advanced practice level, including working independently or collaboratively. With so many baby boomers aging, the need for more graduate level health care providers is increasing by the day. Plus, the need for these professions have escalated because of the Affordable Care Act with more than 40 million more people added to the primary care systems after finally getting health insurance in the last two years. “Physician assistants and nurse practitioners are more cost effective in a health care system, and there has been an amazing up swell interest in how to integrate them into hospital systems in more and more ways,” says Jonathan Bowser, director and associate dean of the Physician Assistant Program at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Read about what nurses can do that doctor’s can’t.  Here is a look at the growth outlook, salary range, strengths and advancements of a PA and...

Robots Are The Future Dentists in China

Scientists from both the Fourth Military Medical University’s Affiliated Stomatology Hospital in Xi’an and Beihang University’s Institute of Robotics in Beijing, China have developed hardware and software capable of autonomously performing dental implant surgeries within a margin of error of 0.2 to 0.3 millimeters — in short, robots have taken over as dentists in China. By supporting this research, the national government is attempting to address China’s shortage of dentists along with the high surgical error rate currently seen in their dental industry. Although medical staff were present during the successful pilot operation, they did not intervene in the one-hour surgery. If being a medical doctor isn’t your thing and want to be a dentist, check out the top medical schools in the world. Dentistry is a great career path and can lead to living a secure life. If you have decided to go with dentistry, you have to consider which school is the best to complete your course. Being part of the medical field, you will have great earning potential. If you like interacting with different people every day, but do not see yourself as a doctor, dentistry might be a great option for you. Before you can become a dentist, you are going to have to consider where to study and this is where I come in. Here is a list of the top dental schools in the...

Pig DNA is Considered Identical to Human DNA

Scientists at Recombinetics are conducting research on pigs in an effort to accelerate cancer cure development and potentially create a sustainable source of genetically-matched human organs for transplantation. While experiments involving farm animals are nothing new in the world of medical research, the pigs at Recombinetics farm in Minnesota are unique because they have been modified to express human traits using TALENs technology. Cancer has been cured in mice models many times, but the same techniques do not seem to translate well in humans. The company believes the 98% similarity between the human genome and the pig genome may help close the gap between successful cures in animal models and resulting efficacious treatments and/or cures for humans. Click here to read more about this company’s research on CNBC. Earlier this year, researchers were able to identify that DNA Bacteria can store information, like hard drives: Researchers at Harvard Medical School have used the CRISPR gene-editing tool to encode five frames of a vintage motion picture into the DNA Bacteria of E. coli bacteria. By reducing each frame into a series of single-color pixels and matching each color to a DNA code, the scientists were able to string together DNA strands that represented the video frames. Non-biological information has been encoded into DNA before, going back as far as 2003. However, this is the first time living organisms have been used as the message’s vessel. Living...

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