Dear 16 Year Old Me

A genuinely engaging video about Melanoma.

Worth watching: hopefully it should challenge you on how much suntan lotion you use from now on!

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September Competition

Here at MedRevise, we love giving stuff away! This month we have 3 cool items for our readers! 

In partnership with our excellent excellent sponsors – ElsevierPastest & Oxford University Press – we can offer one lucky winner a free copy of “Gray’s Anatomy for students“, another winner 6 months access to the Pastest Medical Student Online Revision, and another a copy of the “Oxford Handbook of Acute Medicine“.

Gray’s Anatomy for Medical Students provides a unique coverage of surface anatomy, correlative diagnostic images, and clinical case studies demonstrate practical applications of anatomical concepts. And, an international advisory board, comprised of more than 100 instructors, ensures that the material is accurate, up to date, and easy to use.
Find out more about it on the Elsevier website.

Pastest Medical Student Online Revision features 3271 exam theme questions in MTF, SBA, EMQ and OSCE formats, plus data interpretation, so there’s more than enough to keep your brain ticking over through the summer.
Find out more about it on the Pastest site.

The Oxford Handbook of Acute Medicine is a stalwart of doctoring in the UK. Copies can be seen on nearly every ward, and every doctor knows the familiarity of it concise helpful notes during an on cool. Win your own copy this month!
Find out more about it on the OUP site.

 

 

How to Enter

We are giving away 2 prizes, and there are 4 ways to win:

    1. Follow us on twitter.
    2. Retweet the message below:
      RT @medrevise I want to be an awesome doctor, and win prizes from MedRevise –  http://medrevise.co.uk/blog/2011/september-competition/
    3. Leave a comment below.
    4. Like us on facebook.

Do all 4, and you get entered into the prize draw four times! Not bad at all, eh?

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Upgrading, please be patient!

Picture of a tin of spamWe’ve been having a lot of spam attacks, so we are upgrading to the latest version of the software that we use for MedRevise.

There may be a couple of hours/days/years of downtime whilst we do this, so please be patient.

In the meantime, why not enter our current competition, and win some exciting medical revision resources…

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August Competition

Here at MedRevise, we love giving stuff away! This month we have 3 cool items for our readers! 

In partnership with our excellent excellent sponsors – PastestElsevier & Oxford University Press – we can offer one lucky winner 6 months access to the Pastest Medical Student Online Revision, another winner a free copy of “Kumar and Clarks Medical Management & Therapeutics” and another a copy of the “Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine“.

Pastest Medical Student Online Revision features 3271 exam theme questions in MTF, SBA, EMQ and OSCE formats, plus data interpretation, so there’s more than enough to keep your brain ticking over through the summer.
Find out more about it on the Pastest site.

Medical Management & Therapeutics is a synoptic guide to medical disorders accompanied by detailed information on evidence-based managements, guidelines, and therapy. Written by Kumar & Clark, editors of the definitive textbook Clinical Medicine, this latest addition to the family provides a seamless transition from the study to the practice of medicine.
Find out more about it on the Elsevier website.

The Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine is a stalwart of doctoring in the UK. Copies can be seen on nearly every ward, and every doctor knows the familiarity of it concise helpful notes during an on cool. Win your own copy this month!
Find out more about it on the OUP site.

How to Enter

We are giving away 2 prizes, and there are 4 ways to win:

    1. Follow us on twitter.
    2. Retweet the message below:
      RT @medrevise I want to be an awesome doctor, and win prizes from MedRevise –  http://medrevise.co.uk/blog/2011/august-competition/
    3. Leave a comment below.
    4. Like us on facebook.

Do all 4, and you get entered into the prize draw four times! Not bad at all, eh?

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June’s competition winners are…

Our June competition has ended (a bit late), and again with around 50 entries, we have two winners. As ever, chosen totally randomly from all our entrants, the winners are:

Kris, who has won a 3 month membership of Elsevier’s Exam Consult with a comment on the blog.

@Benjaminholden, who has won a copy of Pastest’s Data Interpretation for Medical Students with a retweet.

For those of you who missed out, the good news is that you still have the opportunity to win every month – with a new competition being announced later this week.

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June Competition

Here at MedRevise, we are very excited to be offering a monthly competition! In partnership with our excellent excellent sponsors – ElsevierPastest – we can offer one lucky winner a free 3 month access to Exam Consult  Medical Finals, and another winner a free copy of “Data Interpretation for Medical Students“. Both these prizes will make an excellent addition to any revision arsenal…

Exam Consult features more than 2000 exam questions, with both short and extended rationales to answers – linking to high-return content from Kumar and Clark’s Clinical Medicine, Davidson’s Principles and Practice of Medicine and the Crash Course series.
Read more about it on the Elsevier site.

 

Data Interpretation for Medical Students, by Dr Ian Bickle and Dr Paul Hamilton, provides comprehensive practice of data interpretation questions, with systems-based chapters provide a wide variety of source material – ECGs, blood tests, radiographs – encompassing scenarios which undergraduates are likely to encounter.
Find out more about it on the Pastest site.

 

How to Enter

We are giving away 2 prizes, and there are 4 ways to win:

    1. Follow us on twitter.
    2. Retweet the message below:
      RT To win 6 months free medical revision! Monthly competitions from the best medical revision website: http://medrevise.co.uk/blog/?p=73
    3. Like us on facebook.
  1. Leave a comment below.

Do all 4, and you get entered into the prize draw four times! Not bad at all, eh?

This competition is now closed. Check out the front of the blog for the latest competition!

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Medical Evidence on Wiping Your Bum

I recently became a contributing medical expert for the lifestyle website Lifehacker.com. My input was used on a recent article about what evidence there is on wiping your rear. Below is a more in depth, referenced look at the subject:

Medical Evidence on Wiping Your Bum

Image of a Toilet RollAll of us do it: using your anus is (almost) as inevitable as dying. However, not all of us clean our rears in the same manner. The question is: have the billions spent on medical research found the healthiest way to wipe our bum?

And the short answer is… No. Not really. The long answer is that, obviously, there is not much money for research into butt wiping. All the studies quoted below share one thing in common: they are small, and thus not very reliable.

What evidence we do have shows that the paper you use can make a difference, with some people having reactions to moist wipes1, and recycled paper proving more irritant to those already with skin irritation around the anus2. There is no evidence that wiping causes haemorrhoids, although abrasive paper can make them worse3.

One well known claim is that wiping from front-to-back rather than back-to-front is healthier, especially in women, as it stops germ laden poo going into the cleaner urinary tract and causing a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI). It makes sense, but the scientific research is pretty patchy. If we look over the last decade, there were three key studies specifically commenting on wiping

  • One study of wiping after passing urine, showed a small increase in infection when wiping back-to-front.4
  • However, another study on college age women with UTIs showed that there was no increase5.
  • A final one looking at how frequently women had a second or third UTI also showed no increase6.)).

If we look at the related topics of alternatives to wiping: Japanese toilets often contain a water jet and blow dryer that cleans the anus for you. Apparently, some Japanese doctors are now claiming to be seeing cases of “Washlet Syndrome”, where cleaning that is too effective leads to problems such as weak sphincter muscles, dry skin and anal sores7. However, I was unable to track down a documented case study, though this may be more down to my inadequate Japanese than anything else.

Worldwide, whilst most of us in the West sit down to go to the loo, there is some more, again patchy, evidence that points to squat toilets being the healthier option8. Across the world, anal conditions such as haemorrhoids and colon cancer are less common, a statistic attributed to the high fibre diet that most of the third world eat910.

Finally, an honourable mention for one researcher, who has selflessly experimented with various alternatives for wiping, including dried corncob, rocks, newspaper, leaves and vinegar on a sponge11. Whilst his experimental methods leave much to be desired, it’s an entertaining read!

In conclusion: eat a diet high in fibre, then poo in a squatting position, and finish up by wiping front to back with soft, non moist, non recycled toilet paper. Or don’t, and you’ll probably still be fine.

References

  1. Contact allergy to moist toilet paper” by de Groot et al. – Contact Dermatitis 1991;Volume 24, Issue 2:135–136 []
  2. Tolerance to Different Toilet Paper Preparations: Toxicological and Allergological Aspects” by Blecher et al. – Dermatology 1995;191:299-304 []
  3. What causes hemorrhoids? A new theory of etiology” by Graham-Stewart – Diseases of the Colon & Rectum 1963;6:5:333-344 []
  4. Association between urinary tract infection and postmicturition wiping habit” by Persad et al. – Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica 2006;85:11:1395-1396 []
  5. Urinary Tract Infection in the Adult Female: Pathophysiology, Evaluation, and Treatment” by Heisler et al. – Journal of Pelvic Medicine & Surgery 2008;1:1-14 []
  6. Risk Factors for Second Urinary Tract Infection among College Women” by Foxman et al. – American Journal of Epidemiology 2000;151(12):1194-1205 []
  7. Washlet Syndrome on Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toilets_in_Japan#Washlet_Syndrome : Last accessed 2/6/11 []
  8. Squatting for the Prevention of Haemorrhoids?” by Martin et al. – Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients 1996;159:66-70 []
  9. Office evaluation and treatment of hemorrhoids” by Alonso-Coello et al. – The Journal of Family Practice 2003;52:5:366-374 []
  10. Effect of dietary fibre on stools and transit-times, and its role in the causation of disease” by Burkitt et al. – The Lancet 1972;300:7792:1408-1411 []
  11. Techniques of Wiping – http://www.poopreport.com/Techniques/Content/Wiping/wipingbc.html : Last accessed 2/6/11 []
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And the winner is…

Our April competition has ended, and with around 50 entries, the winner is Efhap (who commented on the blog)!

You have won a 6 month membership of Pastest’s Medical Student Revision, and we have sent you an email about it.

For those of you who missed out, the good news is that you still have the opportunity to win every month – with a new competition being announced later this week.

Also coming later this week is another article looking at the medical evidence for a common task: wiping your bum!

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April Competition time

Here at MedRevise, we are very excited to be able to offer you a new monthly competition! In partnership with one of our excellent sponsors – Pastest – we can offer one lucky winner a 6 month subscription to the Pastest Medical Student Online Revision.

Featuring 3271 exam theme questions in MTF, SBA, EMQ and OSCE formats, plus data interpretations, there’s more than enough to keep your brain ticking over, especially as finals loom closer and closer.

So, how to enter?

We are giving away a 6 month membership, and there are 4 ways to win:

    1. Follow us on twitter.
    2. Retweet the message below:
      RT To win 6 months free medical revision! Monthly competitions from the best medical revision website: http://medrevise.co.uk/blog/?p=73
    3. Like us on facebook.
  1. Leave a comment below.

Do all 4, and you get entered into the prize draw four times! Not bad at all, eh?

This competition is now closed. Check out the front of the blog for the latest competition!

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MedRevise advertising update

Seems like a long time ago…

Before I talk about our changes with advertising, let me just tell you about how we’ve changed since we started. We started in bonny 2005 as a fixed page revision website, with some basic anatomy and physiology notes. A year later, we took the jump to a wiki, allowing others to contribute. At the time, I was pretty much our only visitor, and a few other from Sheffield Medical School.

Jump forward 6 years. We now have 1,750+ articles, over 450 registered contributors, and around 16,000 visitors a month, viewing a total of more than 100,000 pages between them! That’s someone loading a page every 23 seconds. When you search “medical revision” on Google, we are top. Things have changed a little since 2005.

Opportunities, at a fair price

As a result, we have had to upgrade our hosting a few times (we get our web hosting from Salt and Light Solutions), and there is a lot of time and energy put into the site by a fair few, already rather busy people.

To try and meet these costs, whilst remaining a free, non profit website, this year we started providing advertising. Thanks to Pastest and Elsevier who have taken us up on this – it has been supportive, and has given us an opportunity to provide special offers to our visitors too!

Ringing the changes

After 6 months trialing the layout of our adverts, we think there are a few changes that can be made. From now on, there will be 4 options for advertising:

  1. Top bar – The top bar will read “MedRevise, sponsored by Your Business” (advert size 415×53).
  2. Top side bar – Have one of our new, larger (140×140) adverts, visible above the twitter tool bar.
  3. Bottom side bar – Have a smaller advert (140×75), shown below the twitter bar, on the right.
  4. Bottom side text – Get your business linked to, with the text of your choice, underneath the adverts.

Sounds good, how much…?

Get your site/business/service advertised on MedRevise with the prices below. We are, however, open to haggling, and giving us items for free giveaways, or services for the admin staff is something we can take as part exchange:

  1. Top bar – £85
  2. Top side bar – £65
  3. Bottom side bar – £40
  4. Bottom side text – £20

All advertisers also get featured on our Sponsors page on MedRevise

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