The Medical Student Diaries

My name means peace and I really wish there was more of it in the world. I am a second year student in college, hoping to become a doctor extraordinaire one day. I am a Palestinian Muslim girl living in New York, ready to take on anything life throws at me. You are welcome to join me on my journey of all kinds of growth.
psych2go:

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psych2go:

You can follow/join the FaceBook group here. 

Here you get to request an invite, introduce yourself, and take part in listening in or being apart of discussions on this blog :)

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humansofnewyork:

"I’m a pathologist, which means that I run the lab, and I’m continually shocked by all the unnecessary lab work that comes my way. Doctors have to find something wrong with you, because preventative measures aren’t sexy. They know that you’re more likely to appreciate them if they tell you something’s wrong, than if they tell you to stop drinking 40 oz sodas."

humansofnewyork:

"I’m a pathologist, which means that I run the lab, and I’m continually shocked by all the unnecessary lab work that comes my way. Doctors have to find something wrong with you, because preventative measures aren’t sexy. They know that you’re more likely to appreciate them if they tell you something’s wrong, than if they tell you to stop drinking 40 oz sodas."

thenewenlightenmentage:


Researchers Show How Lost Sleep Leads to Lost Neurons
First report in preclincal study showing extended wakefulness can result in neuronal injury.
Most people appreciate that not getting enough sleep impairs cognitive performance. For the chronically sleep-deprived such as shift workers, students, or truckers, a common strategy is simply to catch up on missed slumber on the weekends. According to common wisdom, catch up sleep repays one’s “sleep debt,” with no lasting effects. But a new Penn Medicine study shows disturbing evidence that chronic sleep loss may be more serious than previously thought and may even lead to irreversible physical damage to and loss of brain cells. The research is published today in the Journal of Neuroscience.
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thenewenlightenmentage:

Researchers Show How Lost Sleep Leads to Lost Neurons

First report in preclincal study showing extended wakefulness can result in neuronal injury.

Most people appreciate that not getting enough sleep impairs cognitive performance. For the chronically sleep-deprived such as shift workers, students, or truckers, a common strategy is simply to catch up on missed slumber on the weekends. According to common wisdom, catch up sleep repays one’s “sleep debt,” with no lasting effects. But a new Penn Medicine study shows disturbing evidence that chronic sleep loss may be more serious than previously thought and may even lead to irreversible physical damage to and loss of brain cells. The research is published today in the Journal of Neuroscience.

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psych2go:

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Psych2go features various psychological findings and myths. In the future, psych2go attempts to include sources to posts for the for the purpose of generating discussions and commentaries. This will give readers a chance to critically examine psychology. 

psych2go:

For more posts like these, go visit psych2go

Psych2go features various psychological findings and myths. In the future, psych2go attempts to include sources to posts for the for the purpose of generating discussions and commentaries. This will give readers a chance to critically examine psychology. 

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kenobi-wan-obi:

Ibn al-Haytham: The Muslim Scientist Who Birthed the Scientific Method

If asked who gave birth to the modern scientific method, how might you respond? Isaac Newton, maybe? Galileo? Aristotle?

A great many students of science history would probably respond, “Roger Bacon.” An English scholar and friar, and a 13th century pioneer in the field of optics, he described, in exquisite detail, a repeating cycle of observation, hypothesis, and experimentation in his writings, as well as the need for independent verification of his work.

But dig a little deeper into the past, and you’ll unearth something that may surprise you: The origins of the scientific method hearken back to the Islamic World, not the Western one. Around 250 years before Roger Bacon expounded on the need for experimental confirmation of his findings, an Arab scientist named Ibn al-Haytham was saying the exact same thing.

Little is known about Ibn al-Haytham’s life, but historians believe he was born around the year 965, during a period marked as the Golden Age of Arabic science. His father was a civil servant, so the young Ibn al-Haytham received a strong education, which assuredly seeded his passion for science. He was also a devout Muslim, believing that an endless quest for truth about the natural world brought him closer to God. Sometime around the dawn of the 11th Century, he moved to Cairo in Egypt. It was here that he would complete his most influential work.

The prevailing wisdom at the time was that we saw what our eyes, themselves illuminated. Supported by revered thinkers like Euclid and Ptolemy, Emission theory stated that sight worked because our eyes emitted rays of light — like flashlights. But this didn’t make sense to Ibn al-Haytham. If light comes from our eyes, why, he wondered, is it painful to look at the sun? This simple realization catapulted him into researching the behavior and properties of light: optics.

In 1011, Ibn al-Haytham was placed under house arrest by a powerful caliph in Cairo. Though unwelcome, the seclusion was just what he needed to explore the nature of light. Over the next decade, Ibn al-Haytham proved that light only travels in straight lines, explained how mirrors work, and argued that light rays can bend when moving through different mediums, like water, for example.

But Ibn al-Haytham wasn’t satisfied with elucidating these theories only to himself, he wanted others to see what he had done. The years of solitary work culminated in his Book of Optics, which expounded just as much upon his methods as it did his actual ideas. Anyone who read the book would have instructions on how to repeat every single one of Ibn al-Haytham’s experiments.

“His message is, “Don’t take my word for it. See for yourself,” Jim Al-Khalili, a professor of theoretical physics at the University of Surrey noted in a BBC4 Special.

“This, for me, is the moment that Science, itself is summoned into existence and becomes a discipline in its own right,” he added.

Apart from being one of the first to operate on the scientific method, Ibn al-Haytham was also a progenitor of critical thinking and skepticism.

"The duty of the man who investigates the writings of scientists, if learning the truth is his goal, is to make himself an enemy of all that he reads, and,.. attack it from every side," he wrote. "He should also suspect himself as he performs his critical examination of it, so that he may avoid falling into either prejudice or leniency."

It is the nature of the scientific enterprise to creep ahead, slowly but surely. In the same way, the scientific method that guides it was not birthed in a grand eureka moment, but slowly tinkered with and notched together over generations, until it resembled the machine of discovery that we use today. Ibn al-Haytham may very well have been the first to lay out the cogs and gears. Hundreds of years later, other great thinkers would assemble them into a finished product.

But okay, keep putting poc in the backburner/ as background characters / misrepresent/underrepresent them when it comes to Science when the very scientific method was created by a poc.

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23pairsofchromosomes:

A scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a freeze-fractured cross section through a nerve bundle. 
Axons (brown) of nerve cells are surrounded by insulating cells called the myeline sheet (purple). These allow for more efficient conduction of nerve impulses along these huge cells. The sciatic nerve in mammals goes from the base of the spine, to the bottom of your feet. These cells can reach up to more than a meter depending on how tall you are. The perinuerium is the connective tissue (blue) that surrounds the structure.
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For more information on neurons, feel free to check out this wiki page on them!

23pairsofchromosomes:

A scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a freeze-fractured cross section through a nerve bundle. 

Axons (brown) of nerve cells are surrounded by insulating cells called the myeline sheet (purple). These allow for more efficient conduction of nerve impulses along these huge cells. The sciatic nerve in mammals goes from the base of the spine, to the bottom of your feet. These cells can reach up to more than a meter depending on how tall you are. The perinuerium is the connective tissue (blue) that surrounds the structure.

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For more information on neurons, feel free to check out this wiki page on them!

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earth-song:

A woman aged 92 gave birth to a baby 60 years completely petrified .

This may sound a little strange , but the case occurred and was recorded in China with the owner Huang Yijun , in the south . In her belly , the fetus became a lithopedion - in other words, a ” stone baby ” , literally.

This is an extremely rare phenomenon that occurs when there is a serious flaw during pregnancy and the fetus begins a process of calcification .

According to Dr. Natalie Burger , endocrinologist and fertility specialist Fertility Center of Texas , it all begins when the fertilized egg gets stuck on its way to the uterus , then it develops out of it .

An expert said ” Typically, an ectopic pregnancy will mean the occurrence of a tubal pregnancy, but in few cases pregnancy actually occurs within the abdominal cavity - for example , mid- intestine , ovary , or even in the aorta. These latter cases are much rarer , and can be dangerous . “

When a pregnancy occurs outside the uterus , usually doctors usually advise patients to interrupt pregnancy at great risk they face . Many fetuses do not reach full development and die from lack of blood supply .

In other cases , the fetus grows to a certain size, and becomes too large to be absorbed by the body itself . The fetus and the amniotic sac begin to slowly calcify up , turning into a real stone. This occurs because the body wants to protect a woman’s body from infection by decay in the decomposition . How the mother’s body does not recognize that hardened mass as ” foreign ” , complications do not occur and it can basically be deposited at the site for life.Stone babies are extremely rare and there are even mythology around them . An article published in 1996 in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine , showed that only 290 cases of lithopedion were documented by medical literature. Apparently , the first case occurred with a French woman named Madame Colombe Chatri , 68 . The fact was only discovered after his death in 1582 when doctors performed an autopsy . She felt severe pain and his abdomen was hard . She carried a baby stone for over 28 years.

The average length of a ” pregnancy stone ” is 22 years and if the Chinese Huang Yijun was a milestone as it surpassed 50 years of gestation.

The doctor was asked : How can a woman carry a baby stone for decades and not realize that something is wrong ? Dr. Natalie Burger replied that women just think they lost the pregnancy and not think that something so rare may have occurred . In many cases , the lack of money and public health resources in some countries means that people do not seek medical help for the huge financial costs . Huang Yijun said doctors reported in 1948 that she had a baby stone , but she simply ignored the warnings because they had no money to make a removal surgery . Litopédios can weigh up to 9 kg and can cause bowel obstruction , pelvic abscess and problems in another pregnancy . The autopsy of Madame Chatri in 1582 became an instant bestseller among the doctors of the time and calcified baby was sold to a very rich merchant in France . He put the fetus on display in a museum of curiosities in Paris . The fossilized fetus was sold several times , until finally get for a king who put him in the Royal Museum of Denmark in 1653 . Two hundred years later , the museum was terminated and the fetus transferred to the Museum of Natural History Dinarmarca .

After decades , the baby disappeared and was never found.