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CommonwelathgamesCommonwealth Games organisers have produced a Glasgow 2014 Factsheet that outlines the history of the event, information on the participating countries and the venues for each event. There is also a Game On Scotland site that “aims to provide inspiration and learning and teaching opportunities related to Glasgow 2014 and other momentous events happening throughout Scotland in the coming years”.

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skeletonThe Anatomage Table is the most technologically advanced anatomy visualization system for anatomy education and is being adopted by many of the world’s leading medical schools and institutions. Jack Choi lectures on the development of the table and some of the remarkable features it displays. St Mary’s Hospital in London has become the first hospital in Europe to purchase a digital anatomy table. It is changing the way surgeons teach anatomy, and even how they plan real operations.

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bikram-poseWhile all are agreed that physical activity and exercise are beneficial for health there is less consensus surrounding the length and duration this activity should take. The science journalist Catherine de Lange casts a critical eye over the pros and cons of some recent developments in this field. Whether it is the relatively leisurely jog or the more intense Tabata workouts, the mysteries of spinning classes or the enigma of Bikram Yoga, de Lange consults the various sports scientists to help throw some light on the heat generated.

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GlasgowGlasgow City of Science is a partnership of over 50 organisations including Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Life, universities, Glasgow School of Art, colleges, research pools and local industry. Their mission, “To inspire the curious, stimulate the creative, empower the wise and connect those with passion”, determines that their site has something for everyone with an interest in any aspect of science. Whether you want to keep up to date with current developments, or sign up for one of their Science Walks, the site has something for you.

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mouthIt would appear that there is more than meets the eye in a winning smile. Dentists have found “striking” levels of bad teeth in athletes competing at the London 2012 Olympic Games. A fifth of athletes surveyed said their oral health actually damaged their training and performance. One in three said their oral health affected their quality of life and one in five said it affected training or athletic performance.
The report concluded that the oral health of athletes attending the dental clinic of the London 2012 Games was poor with a resulting substantial negative impact on well-being, training and performance. As oral health is an important element of overall health and well-being, health promotion and disease prevention interventions are urgently required to optimise athletic performance.

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120px-Ifosfamide-3D-spacefillIn the decade since the sequencing of the human genome, there has been a steadily increasing flow of knowledge about the detailed molecular landscape of cancer, and this is now moving from research into clinical practice. The falling price of molecular analysis, in particular sequencing of DNA, is allowing us to routinely interrogate cancer tissues at a level of detail that was hard to imagine at the beginning of this century, and this in turn is posing challenges for the way we conduct clinical trials. It seems likely that our old models, which served well at a time when cancers were classified by their tissue of origin, will progressively give way to both a new taxonomy and new ways of determining the value of therapies for the entities that we define.

Peter Johnson, Chief Clinician at Cancer Research UK, provides insight into molecular stratification and the changing face of cancer trials…

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1300060409_177086993_1-Pictures-of--FREE-Exercise-and-Nutrition-TipsExercise is Medicine Month is a time for everyone to recognize, emphasize and celebrate the valuable health benefits of exercise on a national scale. Exercise and physical activity are important to health and the prevention and treatment of many chronic diseases.

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