Magnet mistakes

This is just a short post on the many ways in which films and telly often get MRI wrong, and one thing that they tend to get right. Also, it is a good excuse to post a few interesting MRI videos. 1. The magnet is ALWAYS on. You don't turn on an MRI. Nor do … Continue reading Magnet mistakes

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Neurocomic

Following my list of resources for fresh neuroscientists, I figured I'd share something for those interested in exploring neuroscience but not quite ready to pick up a textbook, namely neurocomic. Neurocomic is a Wellcome Trust supported project that aims to explain neuroscience ideas to a lay audience using comics. The brainchild of neuroscientists Hana Ros (UCL) … Continue reading Neurocomic

Breathlessness and opioids

We've recently published a paper on how opioids can modulate breathlessness. (The whole manuscript is open access here). Low-dose opioids can be used for treating chronic breathlessness, but we don't know exactly how they work. Opioid receptors exist across the brain. These are part of the internal opioid system (endogenous opioid system) for natural pain relief. When … Continue reading Breathlessness and opioids

Predicting trouble: EEG, NO and stroke

We've recently published a paper titled "Electroencephalographic Response to Sodium Nitrite May Predict Delayed Cerebral Ischemia After Severe Subarachnoid Hemorrhage" on how electroencephalography (EEG for short) can be used to figure out which patients with a certain type of stroke (subarachnoid hemorrhage) will develop a complication after the initial brain bleed and which will not. … Continue reading Predicting trouble: EEG, NO and stroke