Stuart Farrimond

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Hospital doctor turned lecturer and medical writer. I love writing about science, watching movies, drinking coffee, eating ice cream and wine tasting (not usually at the same time).

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  • April 9, 2014
  • 06:33 AM
  • 69 views

What is Ebola? Why is it scary? A really simple answer

by Stuart Farrimond in Dr Stu's Science Blog

“Ebola Virus outbreak” is a headline that produces terror. Well, it should… but I’m not sure that it does. There’s been an outbreak of Ebola in Guinea and Liberia in West Africa, but how many of us actually know what Ebola is – let alone why it is so scary? A quick poll of friends … Continue reading →... Read more »

Bwaka, M., Bonnet, M., Calain, P., Colebunders, R., De Roo, A., Guimard, Y., Katwiki, K., Kibadi, K., Kipasa, M., Kuvula, K.... (1999) Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever in Kikwit, Democratic Republic of the Congo: Clinical Observations in 103 Patients. The Journal of Infectious Diseases, 179(s1). DOI: 10.1086/514308  

  • April 7, 2014
  • 07:03 AM
  • 38 views

Why “7 a Day” is the new “5 a Day”

by Stuart Farrimond in Dr Stu's Science Blog

You probably saw the news last week that you should “Forget five a day: You need SEVEN portions a day for a long life”. Yes you read that correctly, research now tells us that should eat seven – or possibly even ten – portions of fruit and veg every day to help keep disease at … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • March 14, 2014
  • 01:05 PM
  • 24 views

Could Sir Elton John be immune to HIV?

by Stuart Farrimond in Dr Stu's Science Blog

It is a little known fact that some people are born with an immunity to HIV/AIDS. Such a person could be exposed to infection again and again and yet not contract the illness. They are the lucky ones. But more than that, they could also be the ones who hold the cure for the world. … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • March 14, 2014
  • 11:43 AM
  • 176 views

Do other animals experience pleasurable female orgasms?

by Stuart Farrimond in Guru: Science Blog

Yes, other species experience pleasurable female orgasms, or at least it appears that way. It is hard, after all, to ask the female chimp after her artificial ‘stimulation’ in the lab how it felt. But the signs are all there […]The post Do other animals experience pleasurable female orgasms? appeared first on Guru Magazine.... Read more »

  • March 13, 2014
  • 01:35 PM
  • 116 views

I gained two stone in weight since stopping smoking 10 months ago – why?

by Stuart Farrimond in Guru: Science Blog

Gaining weight is one of the most feared consequences to stopping smoking. So firstly, good on you for kicking the cigarettes. The majority of people will gain some weight after stopping smoking. On average, ex-smokers put on a couple of […]The post I gained two stone in weight since stopping smoking 10 months ago – why? appeared first on Guru Magazine.... Read more »

  • February 19, 2014
  • 05:11 PM
  • 37 views

Why did doctors prescribe Guinness to pregnant women?

by Stuart Farrimond in Guru: Science Blog

Back in the day when real men smoked and doctors wore white coats, prescribing beer to pregnant women was an acceptable thing to do. They don’t do that sort of thing anymore. But for many people, the question of the […]The post Why did doctors prescribe Guinness to pregnant women? appeared first on Guru Magazine.... Read more »

  • February 13, 2014
  • 07:11 AM
  • 12 views

Isn’t it time that fad diets went out of fashion?

by Stuart Farrimond in Dr Stu's Science Blog

Channel 4’s Supersize vs Superskinny is back on the telly. The long-running health show, which challenges two ‘extreme eaters’ to swap diets for a week, used to be my TV-watching guilty pleasure. Previous series’ were known for the infamous ‘feeding tube’ – a huge Perspex cylinder into which a week’s worth of food is emptied. … Continue reading →... Read more »

Roberts DC. (2001) Quick weight loss: sorting fad from fact. The Medical journal of Australia, 175(11-12), 637-40. PMID: 11837873  

  • February 6, 2014
  • 10:50 AM
  • 15 views

Why playing a musical instrument is good for you

by Stuart Farrimond in Dr Stu's Science Blog

A horrifying screech is coming from 221B Baker Street. Dr Watson and Mrs Hudson look at each other despairingly. Sherlock is practicing his violin. Again. The character depicted in the recent BBC series, Sherlock, has no musical ability. (Although the literary version was a good musician). He would scratch his fiddle to unwind and help his mind solve the latest case. … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • January 29, 2014
  • 12:04 PM
  • 39 views

The direction a dog’s tail wags says what it’s thinking

by Stuart Farrimond in Guru: Science Blog

In show business, they say that you should never work with animals or small children. The reasons are obvious: they are both unpredictable and you never know exactly what they are thinking. Children grow up and learn to communicate via […]The post The direction a dog’s tail wags says what it’s thinking appeared first on Guru Magazine.... Read more »

  • January 15, 2014
  • 06:43 AM
  • 39 views

Why do women stop losing their hair when pregnant?

by Stuart Farrimond in Guru: Science Blog

Want thicker, shinier hair? Just try nature’s solution – get pregnant! During pregnancy, hair falls out less and many women say it looks incredible. The reason: hormones. When expecting, levels of the hormone oestrogen (US: estrogen) steadily increase. This, alongside […]The post Why do women stop losing their hair when pregnant? appeared first on Guru Magazine.... Read more »

  • December 13, 2013
  • 12:56 PM
  • 263 views

Take the smartphone addiction test! Are you hooked to your iPhone?

by Stuart Farrimond in Dr Stu's Science Blog

It’s dinner time and the log fire is burning. My wife and I sitting in a pub on a rainy day and we are eyeing the menus – the seafood looks nice. Yes, this is the stuff of an English holiday by the sea: sitting on wooden chairs near an open fire with harassed-looking bar … Continue reading »... Read more »

Kwon M, Lee JY, Won WY, Park JW, Min JA, Hahn C, Gu X, Choi JH, & Kim DJ. (2013) Development and validation of a smartphone addiction scale (SAS). PloS one, 8(2). PMID: 23468893  

  • August 27, 2013
  • 12:05 PM
  • 267 views

The science behind a midlife crisis: are you having one?

by Stuart Farrimond in Dr Stu's Science Blog

Rock concerts, fast cars and beach holidays – a midlife crisis sounds like a dream. If you happen to be a child of a parent going through a 40-something identity crisis – then you’re probably in for a great time. Just because you’ve bought a ridiculously overpriced motorbike and you’re over 35, does it mean … Continue reading »... Read more »

Alexandra M. Freund, & Johannes O. Ritter. (2008) Midlife Crisis: A Debate – A Mini-Review. Gerontology. DOI: 10.1159/000227322  

Elaine Wethington. (2000) Expecting Stress: Americans and the “Midlife Crisis”. Motivation and Emotion, 24(2). info:/

  • July 15, 2013
  • 05:27 AM
  • 289 views

Does hot weather make you act like an idiot?

by Stuart Farrimond in Dr Stu's Science Blog

At the height of summer, tempers fray: drivers honk their horns and couples bicker in the car park. It’s a hot day and I’m in a rage because the person in front of me has decided to walk at a pace that would embarrass a very slow snail. With a mobility impairment. ‘GET OUT OF … Continue reading »... Read more »

Craig A. Anderson, Kathryn B. Anderson, Nancy Dorr, Kristina M. DeNeve, & Mindy Flanagan. (2000) Temperature and aggression. Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, 63-133. info:/

Holland RL, Sayers JA, Keatinge WR, Davis HM, & Peswani R. (1985) Effects of raised body temperature on reasoning, memory, and mood. Journal of applied physiology (Bethesda, Md. : 1985), 59(6), 1823-7. PMID: 4077790  

  • June 6, 2013
  • 04:24 AM
  • 311 views

More Money makes you Bad at Work: The Myth of Performance-Related Pay.

by Stuart Farrimond in Dr Stu's Science Blog

Motivated by money? I confess I am. Well ok, not always: there are plenty of things that will trump a stack of greenbacks. However, few of us would object to a kindly benefactor plopping a million quid into our current account. Even for the least materially-minded, it would be difficult to ignore such an offer: … Continue reading »... Read more »

ARIELY, D., GNEEZY, U., LOEWENSTEIN, G., & MAZAR, N. (2009) Large Stakes and Big Mistakes. Review of Economic Studies, 76(2), 451-469. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-937X.2009.00534.x  

  • May 3, 2013
  • 03:04 AM
  • 263 views

Online reviews and movie critics are fantastic – so why do we ignore them??

by Stuart Farrimond in Dr Stu's Science Blog

The carpet is sticky and the smell of hotdogs mingles with sweet popcorn. The trailers are rolling. Even though person’s knee from the seat behind jabs into my back, I don’t care. The summer blockbuster is about to start and I’ve heard great things about it… But two hours, a bursting bladder and numb bottom … Continue reading »... Read more »

  • April 15, 2013
  • 04:21 AM
  • 241 views

A little less money could do us some good

by Stuart Farrimond in Dr Stu's Science Blog

It can get depressing to reach Wednesday and the week’s food budget has already run out. It reminds me of college life. You young folk who are going to college, you’ve got it all to look forward to: independence, parties, lectures and beans on toast (not necessarily in that order). Let’s face it, with the … Continue reading »... Read more »

  • March 13, 2013
  • 05:14 AM
  • 403 views

Why do Zebras have stripes? Are zebras white with black stripes or black with white?

by Stuart Farrimond in Guru: Science Blog

We’ll get to the eternal question of whether zebras are black with white stripes or white with black stripes in just a little bit.  Let’s focus in on why they have the stripes in the first place! There are five main theories as to why zebras are striped:  camouflage, confusion, recognition, cooling, and repellant… 1. [...]... Read more »

  • March 6, 2013
  • 12:07 AM
  • 353 views

‘Cancer Free’? What kind of Cancer did Hugo Chavez really have?

by Stuart Farrimond in Guru: Science Blog

Did the Venezuelan president really die of cancer? Rumours started in July 2011 that the Venezuelan ‘dictator was’ unwell. Officials vociferously denied it. Now it is known that Hugo Chavez had been suffering from cancer, underwent chemotherapy, and initially survived kidney failure. It seems impossible to imagine that some form of cancer hasn’t led to [...]... Read more »

  • March 5, 2013
  • 06:27 AM
  • 402 views

Does watching the news make you feel more miserable than not watching it?

by Stuart Farrimond in Guru: Science Blog

That’s a really great question. Whether we watch, read, or listen to the news, I’m sure we have all had the feeling of being sick about it; be it the story itself or how it is presented.  A huge proportion of our news seems to be negatively biased – but why? The answer has, in [...]... Read more »

  • February 27, 2013
  • 01:10 PM
  • 336 views

Coming soon to a high street near you… horse meat burgers?

by Stuart Farrimond in Dr Stu's Science Blog

A Findus ‘100% beef’ lasagne made from 100% horsemeat now has a market value of over £50 ($75). A bargain. The woes of the processed meat industry may continue unabated. The exposé of recent weeks has been staggering: horsemeat and pork in ‘beef’ burgers, Non-Halal meat in ‘Halal’ meals and, staggeringly, 100% beef lasagne without … Continue reading »... Read more »

SafeFood. (2012) What's in that Bun?. Nutrition Takeout Series. info:/

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