Monday, 27 October 2014

Why should I vaccinate my baby?

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Hi sexy science readers! :)

Did you know that smallpox was the first, and the only infectious disease of humans that has been completely eradicated through our medical advancements? The eradication of this disease was kick-started by Edward Jenner, who led the vaccine revolution…
“Should I vaccinate my baby?”
…But even then, there was resistance to the concept of vaccination, and this resistance still continues today. Indeed, there are lots of myths and misunderstandings about whether it’s safe or not to vaccinate your baby. So to help sort out fact from myth, I’ve created a quick infogram that addresses some of these misconceptions.

Thanks for taking the time to read through this. At the end of the day, it’s info that shows vaccines can save lives!


Monday, 20 October 2014

What is Osteoporosis?

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My Dear Sexy Readers,

Today we are addressing a request from a fellow blogger who posted about her newly diagnosed osteoporosis. Coincidentally, I have been working on this at work so I have all the scientific literature at hand AND on the 20th October is WORLD OSTEOPOROSIS DAY

Osteoporosis, the basics:
Osteoporosis is a common, skeletal disorder characterized by a lower bone mass and a deterioration of bone tissue. As a consequence, you are more susceptible to have an increase in bone fragility and are more prone to fracture.
The diagnosis of the disease relies on assessing the bone density which is considered as a marker for bone strength and can be predictive of risk fracture.*

Fracture sites
Common sites for osteoporotic fracture are the spine, hip, distal forearm (wrist) and proximal humerus (shoulder). The likelihood of a fracture at any of these sites is 40% or more in Western Europe, which is close to the probability of coronary heart disease.
Fractures can also happen at many other sites of course such a the pelvis, ribs and distal femur and tibia.
Common fractures sites

Approximately 50% of fracture-related deaths in women were due to hip fractures, 28% to clinical vertebral and 22% to other fractures.

Who's at risk?
Apart from medical conditions, there are some risk factors we cannot do anything about such as getting old (!). Other factors include gender (after menopause, female hormone deficiency leads to a rapid reduction in bone density), family history, a previous fracture, ethnicity (European or Asian ancestry has strong predisposition).
However, there are things that we do to ourselves that can influence our risk of fracture. These include smoking, heavy drinking, Vitamin D deficiency, low calcium intake, poor nutrition and eating disorders, imbalance between Omega-3 and -6.

What to do to avoid a fracture?
Essentially, some risk factors are unchangeable but a healthy lifestyle could potentially help you reduce your risk of fracture, such as eating well, not drinking too much, keeping a healthy weight and BMI, doing some daily exercise, bending smart (bending at the knee and not the waist), taking supplements.

The most commonly used agents in Europe are raloxifene; the bisphosphonates (alendronate, ibandronate, risedronate and zoledronic acid); agents derived from parathyroid hormone; denosumab; and strontium ranelate. They have all been shown to reduce the risk of vertebral fractures and in some cases, some of these agents have been shown to specifically decrease the risk of fracture at the hip.

Do you know someone who suffers from osteoporosis? What do you think of the fact that the healthy lifestyle is again given as advice to reduce risks?

Let me know, my Sexy Readers, in the comment box below. Soon, we'll have Seran's second post up, it will focus on baby's immunisation programme! A contentious topic, so don't forget to come back soon to check it out ;)

See you soon for more Sexy Science,

* It's very important not to fall for "low bone density=fracture".
To use an analogy we might be more familiar with:
Blood pressure - Hypertension - Stroke:
Although we cannot directly link high blood pressure to the inevitability of a stroke, we measure our blood pressure to diagnose a hypertension which put us at a higher risk of a stroke.
The same way here:
Bone density - bone strength - fracture
We measure the bone density to diagnose bone fragility which puts us at a higher risk of a fracture.

Further reading

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

What is Ebola?

6 Sexy People gave their opinion

My Dear Sexy Readers,

Here is Seran's first official post:

As of 2014, an epidemic of the Ebola Virus Disease has engulfed West Africa, killing 1 in 2 people who have caught the virus. Ebola seems like the disease from nightmares. Asides from the high mortality rate from the disease, it also causes horrific symptoms including bleeding from virtually every orifice of the body- including the mouth, genitals and eyes.

…And it’s got the potential to become even worse.

We currently don’t have a cure for Ebola and we’ve been finding it difficult to contain Ebola for a variety of social, political and economic reasons.

I’ve created a quick infographic explaining these points in a bit more detail…

…In short, however, the ‘big deal’ about Ebola is that it’s very deadly!

Thanks for taking the time to read!


Monday, 22 September 2014

3 years !

4 Sexy People gave their opinion
My Dear Sexy Readers,

Science is So Sexy is 3 years old!!!! I am delighted that I've kept this project running for so long, I think it was definitely a learning curve. I remember my first posts, I wasn't writing as if you sexy guys and gals were real people. I would start my article by "Right, today we are gonna talk about this and that" like I was some sort of teacher, which defeated my blog objectives! How funny!
Nowadays, I have the sexy laid back but excited attitude to Science that I'm hoping to transfer onto you, my Sexy readers. I hope you can feel that this is not the usual Science blog and that when you're here, you are at ease to ask me whatever you would like me to cover.
I would like to thank all my readers, regulars or not: You guys Rock, you are all super Sexy :)

See you Soon for more Sexy Science,

Monday, 15 September 2014

National Eczema week 13-21 September 2014

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My Dear Sexy Readers,

If you suffer from eczema, you will know how frustrating it can be and how hard it is to avoid scratching!  But you are not alone - it is estimated that 5 million people in the UK suffer from some form of this inflammation of the skin.
While some may have a few patches of eczema around the body, there are many different kinds of this dermatitis, some of which can really affect your day to day living.

We already addressed this subject in an earlier post with the amazing participation of Sugarpuffish.

But I thought I would draw your attention to it this week as this is National Eczema week, so maybe we can share some stories to raise awareness between us Sexy blog readers :)

I'll start.
When my son was born, I met a lot of new friends, I call them my Mummy besties. One of them, her son was badly affected by eczema. She tried everything, every cream. She was breastfeeding her child so she also took notice of what she was ingesting. Slowly, one scab at a time, his eczema cleared and at 2 years of age, he is the most beautiful little blondie blue-eyed boy you could meet. Now and again, his eczema flairs up like for example, when they went on holiday, he was constantly scratching the small of his back because of nappy heat rash. It is difficult to pin point the reason for his eczema and to know if it will flair up again later on in life, but help is out there, and awareness days or weeks like this one are important for everyone!

What about you, do you suffer from Eczema, or do you know anyone who is?

See you Soon for more Sexy Science,

Sunday, 7 September 2014

SiSS introduces Seran

6 Sexy People gave their opinion
My Dear Sexy Readers,

As promised, let me introduce to you Sexy Seran who will be posting her very first SiSS article very soon.
To know her a little better, I sent her a questionnaire about her interest for Science - which BTW you can all fill :) - and here are her answers:

When or why did you first think about pursuing your interest for Science?
When I was in school, I really enjoyed Biology lessons and I had brilliant biology teachers throughout secondary school. When I had to choose subjects to study at A-level, I chose to study Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, English and Critical Thinking. I was one of the few in my class who didn't know at this point what career I wanted, but I knew that I enjoyed these subjects so it made sense to continue to  study them.

What did you do about it?
A-levels, Degree, Master

How did you find it?

If you are happy you academically pursued your interest in Science, what was the best bit?
That rare moment when an experiment with a really long protocol actually generates useful results. (Also a big perk was knowing that I don't have to work in front of a computer doing a 9-5pm job near Old Street station wearing office clothes by the end of it).

What is your current career path or what will your next career move be?
Right now it could be anything from carrying out a PhD, to working at a science editorial position to a hospital lab.

Is there anything you would have done differently?
Being completely honest, I know I could have worked a lot harder during my undergraduate degree.

How important do you think Science is?
If you had to choose an adjective for Science, what would it be?
An acquired taste.

That is a very good adjective Seran, one that I'm sure many of our Sexy readers will agree with. Thank you for answering SiSS questionnaire on your interest for Science, we are all looking forward to reading your article,

See you Soon for Seran's Sexy Science,

Monday, 1 September 2014

Science is So Sexy - the launching pad

10 Sexy People gave their opinion
My Dear Sexy Readers,

Fantastic and exciting news coming up very soon on Science is So Sexy!!!!

First of all, I'd like to apologise for not updating you on all things amazing and Sciencey for the past 2 months!!!! The reason is I have found a job in medical communications and with a little monster approaching the Terrible Twos, life is a bit hectic!!!

But fear not, Science is So Sexy will keep on living: I will try to keep up with your requests and MOST IMPORTANTLY, Science is So Sexy is welcoming new writers!!!!

I'm very excited about creating a launching pad for scientists who dream about engaging with the public and who would like to make a living off science communication.

As you all know, and as in any field, you are more likely to get a job if you have some experience, but you can't get experience without a job!!! Terrible and frustrating! And the eternal question is How do you gain experience?
I was in this situation not a long time ago and because I myself used this platform to launch my career in medical writing, I thought I could extend it to keen and passionate Science graduates who desperately need this thought-after experience.

So, with that in mind, I'd like to invite everyone to forward/share/pin/tweet this post with someone they think might be interested. There are loads of topics to cover so any scientific/medical background is appropriate.

My only condition is the writers to be of minimum at degree level because I want to make sure the level of Science is maintained and all information can be appropriately and accurately referenced. I think that is why people come back to this blog, because they know there's no crap and sensational BS going on, what is written is proven and tested Science, there's no suppositions nor extrapolations, yet it's interesting and accessible by everyone.

The recruitment process has already begun and I'm happy to announce that we have a couple of new writers who are super excited about embarking on this Sexy Science journey.

I will introduce them to you very soon, but you can already see their names in the right sidebar. I can't wait for you to read what they have been preparing, it's amazingly interesting!!!

So, See you Soon for Some Sexy Science,