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Ask the expert: HEART EDITION

As you may already know, 2012 is National Pathology Year, and this month’s theme is the heart. Having already written a blogpost about how you can help prevent heart disease, I’m now teaming up with thoracic specialist, Dr Paul Cane, who I work with at Unilabs-IHS, to give you the opportunity to ask some of … Continue reading

I was diagnosed with pityriasis rosea

At the end of February, 2009, for approximately 3 weeks, I presented with itchy red scaly plaques on my abdomen and it was diagnosed as pityriasis rosea.  This was characterised by red oval-shaped spots and the presence of a larger very distinctive “herald lesion” that appeared about a week previous to the smaller spots.  This … Continue reading

Love your heart

2012 is National Pathology Year.  The theme for February is “Love your Heart“.  February is also American Heart Month (no prizes for guessing why the heart is a hot topic this particular month). All the cells in your body rely on your heart.  They rely on the nutrients and oxygen that the blood delivers to … Continue reading

Can a sexually transmitted infection literally break your heart?

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a virus that is transmitted via human contact and is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the UK and US.  It can infect the skin, genitals and the oral and anal cavities.  It is a very common virus; in fact it’s thought that about 80% of us will be infected … Continue reading

OGG or not OGG? That is the question.

Lung cancer has one of the worst survival rates of all cancers and this tends to be because at the time when symptoms appear it is so advanced there are few treatment options remaining.  The saddest fact about this is that the main cause of lung cancer is smoking – a voluntary social habit.  But … 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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