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Medical student in the United Kingdom, having previously studied Biology at A-Level. I spend a good deal of my time volunteering with St John Ambulance, which I find fantastically rewarding and when I'm not writing essays I'm handling flags here on Bio.SE.


Aug
31
comment Pharmacology: Drug Administration
I would say that the reason sildenafil is typically preferred over alprostadil is largely due to Viagra being a nice friendly tablet and alprostadil being a particularly daunting injection into a sensitive area for patients. Perhaps this goes some way to indicating one of the main reasons many drugs are enteral in administration - patients find it easier.
Aug
22
comment Can humans survive without consuming life?
Hi all - I've removed a lot of the comments on this question that were not requesting clarification etc. - please remember to use Chat for extended discussions
Aug
21
comment Can humans survive without consuming life?
The ingredients in Soylent get its calorific value from rice, oats, soy and other plant products. As such it doesn't fulfil the criteria of the question asker
Aug
6
comment What could cause no pain but sense of touch?
CIPA?
Jul
27
comment Why doesn't Diabetes cause death by starvation?
Diabetes before the advent of insulin therapy
Jul
24
comment What causes morning wood?
Question discussed in comments has been asked: biology.stackexchange.com/questions/19915/…
Jul
23
comment Dark veil when getting up too fast
If your interest is academic then you may wish to look further into orthostatic hypotension. I don't know why this causes visual disturbances however.
Jul
23
comment Why does chewing enrage me?
Please try to use quotes to support your answer rather than form it in its entirety
Jul
23
comment Are human infants inherently frightened by anything?
Loud noises are something that infants of any age certainly are not fond of?
Jul
23
comment Should pasteurised milk go bitter instead of sour when it is close to its expiration date?
Could you explain the difference between sour and bitter?
Jul
23
comment Cause of secondary symptoms of common cold
The shoulder pain is likely to be referred along the phrenic nerve from your diaphragm as a result of it becoming fatigued during extended periods of coughing rather than a cellular cause
Jul
22
comment Why does chewing enrage me?
Without first finding a documented precedent for this affecting other people your question isn't really answerable
Jul
11
comment Are there any cases of observed extreme speciation
Hi @randomblink. Please note that your question was put on hold by the community and up till now has had no moderator intervention. Privileges are earned by the amount of reputation a user has on the site, which is a indicator of how trusted that user is. In this this way, it is the community that determines the scope of the site. I can see that you have made efforts to improve your question to get it out of the hold - can I ask why the first question linked to would not be a duplicate before I vote to reopen? At a glance it seems to provide you with an answer.
Jul
6
comment Why does Hunger lead to the aggressive behavior?
As I recall hypoglycaemia leads to a sympathetic response that can promote fight/flight behaviour.
Jun
25
comment What does irregular heartbeat mean in simple language?
There are still a number of issues remaining. Could you clarify what you mean by "too high T waves"? The only T wave related arrhythmia I'm aware of is T wave alternans, which certainly isn't benign. White coat syndrome might be expected to raise a persons blood pressure (partially through a rate increase) but I don't think it causes paroxysmal arrhythmias.
Jun
25
comment What does irregular heartbeat mean in simple language?
There are a number of inaccuracies within this answer - statins are not prescribed for the control of arrhythmias for example
Jun
16
comment Pedigree analysis : autosomal or mitochondrial
Actually, all offspring of females with the trait are affected ...
Jun
1
comment Why are antibiotics prescribed with a viral infection like a cold?
Please read the FAQ section on civility and keep comments on track.
May
30
comment Why are antibiotics prescribed with a viral infection like a cold?
Viruses tend to have tropisms towards one cell type or another dependant on receptor expression. TB and HIV both affect cells of the immune system (TB by proliferating inside of macrophages) which is the mechanism behind their secondary infection link. Babies tend to be more vulnerable in the window where they are not protected by maternal IgG but haven't had time to synthesise their own yet. However, there's no real reason for someone on effective HAART to be taking prophylactic antibiotics whilst living with HIV.
May
25
comment What is the best time to exercise
Your post could still do with references for it's points, particularly: "Short-term exercise can work sometimes as prophylactics for allergic symptoms". HIV treatment is also not by immunosuppresant drugs (this is what you are trying to avoid). There has been some very limited research into trialling immune suppression but clinically it's treated with HAART - antivirals not immune suppressors.