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Ask the expert: MELANOMA

Summer has officially arrived in the northern hemisphere, and when those elusive hot days grace us, a lot of us spend a lot more time in the Sun. Protecting ourselves from the Sun’s harmful UV-rays is something that is diligently advised because of the carcinogenic nature of the damage caused in sunburn. Melanoma is one … Continue reading

HistoQuarterly: NODULAR SCLEROSING HODGKIN LYMPHOMA

Working in a histology lab means that I get to see a lot of what our body looks like under the microscope.  Quarterly I will share with you some of my photos from the microscopic world of our inner space and tell you a little bit about what we’re looking at. This quarter we’re taking … Continue reading

Ask the expert: CHOLANGIOCARCINOMA

“Cholan….a what?” I hear you say. Well, exactly. How often do you hear about that? So, as February is cholangiocarcinoma awareness month, I decided to raise some of that awareness by asking an expert all about it. Allow me to introduce you to Professor Marco Novelli: Prof Novelli is a gastrointestinal histopathologist based at University … Continue reading

HistoQuarterly: SUPERFICIAL SPREADING MALIGNANT MELANOMA

Working in a histology lab means that I get to see a lot of what our body looks like under the microscope.  Quarterly I will share with you some of my photos from the microscopic world of our inner space and tell you a little bit about what we’re looking at. This quarter I’m returning … Continue reading

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 2014

Today marks the start of the 8th annual Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, which is a campaign led by the European Cervical Cancer Association (ECCA). In 2011, in the UK alone, 970 women died from cervical cancer, which equates to more than 2 deaths every day.  That is a tragically high number given the fact that … Continue reading

HistoQuarterly: CERVIX

Working in a histology lab means that I get to see a lot of what our body looks like under the microscope.  Quarterly I will share with you some of my photos from the microscopic world of our inner space and tell you a little bit about what we’re looking at. As it is Cervical … Continue reading

Stand Up To Cancer

In the UK, the odds of winning the national lottery jackpot are 1 in 14 million.  There’s a 1 in 576,000 chance of being struck by lightning, a 1 in 24,528 chance of getting stuck in a lift and there’s a 1.5 in 100 chance of having twins. The chance of developing cancer is 1 … Continue reading

A smartphone gadget for micro- and tele-scopes

Taking photos down the microscope with a smartphone can be tricky.  You have to carefully line up the camera lens with the surprisingly small and wobbly ray of light that bursts from the eyepiece.  You then have to keep very still while you press the focus and shutter button, otherwise you risk having to start … Continue reading

Endometriosis Awareness Week

Today is the final day of Endometriosis Awareness Week. I’m curious about how well awareness of this condition is fairing. . So what is it? Endometriosis is a condition that affects 1 in 15 women of reproductive age worldwide, and is influenced by the hormonal changes that occur during the monthly menstrual cycle.  During a … Continue reading

How do histologists diagnose tuberculosis?

Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by the bacterium Mycobacteria tuberculosis.  It most commonly presents in the lungs because inhalation of the M. tuberculosis organism is its easiest mode of entry into the body. It can be really difficult for a clinician to suspect if a patient has TB.  This is because visible symptoms do not show … Continue reading

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Della Thomas

Della Thomas

Hello, my name is Della and I'm a Specialist Scientific Lead in histological dissection working for the NHS in England.

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