Things I learnt whilst intercalating

9 01 2011

Things learnt during my intercalation year:

1) That yoghurt is really easy to make-although does require youghurt to make it.
2) That giving traditional birth attendents cranberry juice will not cure their social phobias.
3) Facebook is the best procrastination tool known to man (well, students anyway).
4) That vital websites will always be down, email inboxes full, library books MIA and coffee machines without any cups the night before a deadline.
5) The hilarity of geeky stats jokes is inversely proportional to the time (in hours) since last using SPSS.
6) That research karma is real – I blame not filling in all those 3rd year PHP questionnaires for my response rate.
7) That “statistics is just REALLY hard” (pearl of wisdom, apparently).
8) That medcaf will never be able to meet the brownie demand caused by intercalators!
9) Not to advertise sexual preferences on emails sent to staff.
10) “It’s a fork” (otherwise known as assume makes an ass of u and me)





New trainers

16 11 2010

OK, it’s been a while. It’s the bloggers curse…that horrible “It’s been ages since I updated, promise I’ll do better in future” post. Busy with the start of final year (and with the start of final year, the start of finals exams!), popped along to local Skeptics in the Pub a couple of times, and just catching up with friends after being away over the summer and on far placements during the week,

But my news is very exciting. I have some super-cool, geek friendly david and goliath trainers:

Ahhh, how super-cure are they?! Nerdtastic.

Jx





Birmingham Mail jumps on Syphilis bandwagon

25 03 2010

Oh dear.

Heard via Twitter that my local paper, the Birmingham Mail, had added a local spin on the Syphilis story [edit 26/3: story removed following request from Birmingham University] we are all watching with bated breath. In it, was information from an outreach officer at Birmingham. This time, it was one teensy, seeminlg innocuous statement which raised a few questions:

“In Birmingham, Ms Hyland said a 2,000 per cent increase in reports of syphilis had been logged in 2007, according to figures from the Heartlands Clinic.”

Now, not one to let things like this slip by, I dropped My Hyland an email. I had an incredibly swift response from her.

It seems she had nothing to do with the figures reported, and is trying to contact the paper and clarify the situation at the moment. She said she was upset by it all, and said that “I never said I was an expert and the figures are nowhere near what have been published! Figures can be obtained from the Health Protection Agency, and the rise of syphilis is nowhere near that of say, herpes or warts. ”

She let me know that she had been told by a masters student who had worked in a Birmingham GU clinic that ” there was a massive increase in syphilis and that babies were being born with the condition, that the disease was becoming resistant to antibiotics so their figures may well be above average the UK average.”

So where did the data come from? A two thousand percent increase is surly not just plucked from thin air…?

Update (14.55.):: Just heard the following from Ms Hyland “I (julia hyland) did not claim to be an expert in this field and the figures quoted did not come from me, I have called the Evening Mail they told me their figures came from Heartlands.”