Category: Medicine

Insomnia in the Time of COVID

I used to be a great sleeper. As a child, I remember there once was a severe storm that caused a lot of structural damage, including blowing down several chimneys in Glasgow tenements. I slept right through it! None of the stresses and strains of my professional life ever led me to lose much sleep, although, to be fair, until I went part-time in my last 2 years of work, I think exhaustion was a great help in leading me to the Land of Nod!

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COVID Bad Hair Days

Covert hairdressing in the Time of COVID One of the most irritating things about Coronavirus Lockdown is not being able to get a haircut. I have a strong family history of baldness, and as I have got older my hair has become pretty thin on top. However, the same can’t be said for the back…

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COVID: Know Thine Enemy—Preamble

Albert Einstein, surely one of the most remarkable humans who ever existed, said “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”. While I would hardly compare my intellect to Einstein’s, I too have always been curious, and keen to learn new things. Retirement has given me the opportunity to do a lot more…

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Behind the Mask

In the era of COVID-19 there was never any doubt that frontline medical staff dealing with infected patients needed to wear gowns, gloves, a face mask and some form of eye protection. The argument for the general population wearing face masks has, up till now, been much more contentious. There seems little doubt that the…

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A Fit of the Vapers

The health risks of cigarette smoking have been recognised for many years. Most of these risks are thought to be related to the many components of cigarette smoke other than nicotine, but it is the nicotine that gets people hooked on cigarettes. Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), particularly in the form of patches but also in the form of lozenges and chewing gum, has been shown to be a useful supplement to will power in those struggling to kick the cigarette habit. Then along came so-called e-cigarettes and the phenomenon of "vaping".

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