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  • Birthday 12/27/1996

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    Movies, music (where shall I start ...), neuro-oncology (with special interests in gliomas), neurology and neurophysiology (with special interests in epilepsy and (problems of) consciousness), endocrinology (with special interests in fertility, andrology, and endocrinology of the adrenal cortex)
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    BSc in Medicine
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    Medicine: neurology, neurophysiology, endocrinology
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    1st year graduate student - Master of Medicine

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  1. If anyone, or anyone's kid(s), is planning on watching the second season of 13 Reasons Why, please note this warning for the last episode. There is a specific scene that concerns an important social problem in community, but is so graphical that lots of viewers were left shocked and aghast. Truth be told, I'm confident that we (members of this forum) ought to be intelligent and educated enough so that we need not be confronted with this scene for making us attent of this social problem in society. However, it was a really good series after all, and I enjoyed watching it. Except for that scene. It left me shocked, staring at a paused screen for about 15 minutes and I personally did not have any added value from that scene (38:24 until 39:49).

    1. StringJunky


      I read a review on it but this is my own thought on such topics. If it makes viewers feel like that, then that negative experience was communicated effectively. What is the point of restricting the effect such that one feels no real empathy. if, for example, people saw gun victims in the schools as they really were, or realistically portrayed in films/dramas, the NRA wouldn't stand a chance. In order to instigate change you've got to tell it how it is.... showing it at the appropriate time and place of course.

    2. Scott of the Antares

      Scott of the Antares

      I watched this and whilst I enjoyed it, I thought that the main character was a little harsh calling out some people who didn’t deserve to be lumped in with the main antagonists.

    3. Prometheus


      I agree with String. Came across some rap music also depicting a brutal rape in some detail. Utterly harrowing, as it should be. Far better rap than the safe and mainstream stuff which glorifies violence and misogyny with bitches and bling.

  2. Pretty sure the German term "lebensunwertes Leben" was invented for mosquitoes.

    1. DrP


      Try telling that top a pregnant mozzie as she stalks her sleeping pray just before she goes into to suck the blood out of them. She risks her life for the blood that will give her the nutrients she needs to nourish her offspring before birth so they can leave her body and become her legacy to the world for another generation.

    2. Function


      Survival of the fittest.

    3. CharonY


      Sadly, it was not.

  3. Penultimate examination period is upon us. I'm going to be so relieved once our internships begin in January. Welp, there we go!

  4. Origin of your UserName?

    Welp, I can't really remember why the hell I baptised myself "Function". Guess I liked maths at the time. Yup. Liked. I would still like it, if I hadn't forgotten even how to sole the easiest integrals. But hey, medicine and maths may start both with an "m", but that's about the only thing they have in common. After all, I didn't (and still don't) have the time to adequately maintain my knowledge and skills in maths. I regret, however, that I forgot most of the physics we were taught; I'm actually planning on re-learning physics when I get the time. But I'm quite fond of brain tumours. Hence the avatar.
  5. what is 0^0?

    Well have you ever. I'd expected the first answer to this post to be "Undefined", but I'm rather surprised, too.
  6. 4 months and [CENSORED] kgs later, I'm going to start running again this evening ... Wish me luck!

    1. NimrodTheGoat


      break a leg! 

    2. Function


      I'd rather break my record, but I'll keep that in mind! Thanks!

    3. koti


      Look out for your joints if you gained significant weight. I found that stairs are better when I'm in the fat mode.

  7. Big toenail got grown in and infected, base of the nail came loose. Gave it a hard yank, but the nail was still firmly attached from about halfway up to the distal end. Totally ripped off. I've never seen a toe bleed so much before. One of my worst mistakes ever. I don't think I've ever felt such excruciating pain before.

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    2. Function


      Aha! At least I'm having a fair chance of having some sort of nail by then! Can't wait!

    3. koti


      Did you save that nail? :P 

    4. Function


      Nay, it's laying torn apart in pieces in some trashcan.

  8. Going to present some first results for my thesis at the European Conference on Clinical Neuroimaging in Brussels! :lol:

    1. koti


      Eatem up during the presentation. And remember to engage people, provoke discussions, this way they will remember you as a star. 

  9. Body odour and race

    Hello everyone Just to make some things clear: Everything mentioned in here is mentioned from a scientific point of view and results from personal observations. This thread is not meant to be racist; if anyone feels in a more or less direct way offended by this post, please let me know what can be changed to work towards a solution that works for both parties. So I sat on the train today, after spending too much money on some sweets, a little reward to myself for successfully taking the exam on pneumology, haematology, and nephrology earlier today. Looking into my candy bag, and picking some sweets, I suddenly noticed a specific odour. An odour that was very well known to me, an odour that I had come to associate with black people over time. Without knowing who sat in my vicinity, I noticed some frizzy afro-american hairs protruding above the seat in front of me; and it was clear to me that the odour was indeed coming from that person. And I have totally no problem with that; I just noticed it and found it remarkable that I could determine the presence of a person of a certain race in my vicinity just by smelling. Above all, I have 2 black nephews and a black aunt and whenever I'm near them, I cannot help but notice the same familiar, typical odour. I'm trying to find what correlation can be made between race and body odour, but I only find some shifty fora with discussions that lead to nothing. I'm looking for scientifically validated data and articles that state that indeed different races do have specific body odours. Can someone help me in this search? Thank you kindly. Function
  10. Algoritm coefficient correlations

    Ahh yes; sorry, my bad. SPSS has a period as decimal separator, but forgot that Excel is still set in my regional standards (where a decimal separator is a comma)
  11. Algoritm coefficient correlations

    Not everyone And how so? I genuinely believe this is "a 10 x 10 table with 10 by 10 variables and in the cells their correlation coefficient" (correlation coefficient being the correlation coefficient of 2 variables). So I'd need every possible set of variables, with none of the inter-variable correlation coefficients of the set exceeding, let's say, 0.1.
  12. Algoritm coefficient correlations

    It's in SPSS, but I need to make a new table, e.g., in Excel, with variable-variable correlation coefficients. However, I'm afraid I cannot program whatsoever, so I'd appreciate any help ... You can find the original true values attachted in csv format. Map1.csv
  13. Hello everyone Consider a 10 x 10 table with 10 by 10 variables and in the cells their correlation coefficient. Suppose that I want to select every combinatory set of variables that have a correlation smaller than 0.1. Is there a way in, let's say, Excel, or SPSS, to do this? E.g., VAR1 has a correlation smaller than 0.1 with VAR2, VAR3, and VAR4. VAR2 and VAR3 have a correlation smaller than 0.1, VAR2 and VAR4 too, but VAR3 and VAR4 have a correlation of 0.2 The resultant sets are (1) VAR1, VAR2, and VAR3, and (2) VAR1, VAR2, and VAR4. You can imagine that this gets really complicated for 10 variables of which some have correlation smaller than 0.1 with at least 6 other variables. In short: of 10 variables, I need to define every possible set that is made from any combination of variables, of which their inter-variable correlation is less than 0.1. How can I do this? Thank you very much! F.
  14. Hello everyone I was wondering something while designing a diagnostic model for brain tumours for my thesis ... Suppose you have two tests do differentiate high-grade tumours from low-grade tumours. Let's call these tests A and B. Test A checks whether tumoural metabolism exceeds a predefined threshold, let's say alpha. Let's say that test A measures averaged metabolism value of all cells exceeding 1.5 times background metabolism value. When this averaged metabolism value exceeds alpha, test A is positive. Test B checks whether tumoural metabolism exceeds a higher predefined threshold, let's say beta. Let's say that test B measures averaged metabolism value of all cells exceeding 2.0 times background metabolism value. When this averaged metabolism value exceeds beta, test B is positive. Let's assume that higher tumour metabolism correlates with higher grade and thus, when test A or B is positive, a tumour is deemed high grade. When one of the tests is positive and another is negative, whether a tumour is deemed high grade or low grade is based on the demonstrating or exclusive power of test A and B, and thus, their positive and negative likelihood ratios, respectively. Let's say the pre-test odds for high grade is 1. Let's say the positive likelihood ratio of test A is LRA and the positive likelihood ratio of test B is LRB. When tested separately: Odds for high grade in positive test A will be 1 * LRA Odds for high grade in positive test B will be 1 * LRB My question is: when both tests are ran, can you simply say that the post test odds = 1 * LRA * LRB? If there is a problem, it will most likely be that both tests cannot be called independent of one another, but I don't know whether those tests must be completely independent from one another. After all, consider this: both tests measure the metabolism value of a group of cells that exceed a predefined value. Value beta is higher than value alpha, so all cells satisfying the conditions for test B automatically satisfy the conditions for test A. However, test A includes more cells, since test A requires a lower threshold value to be exceeded for cells to be included in the test. Argument à décharge (in favour of combining both tests to post test odds = 1 * LRA * LRB): the tests might be considered somewhat independent since the cells that satisfy conditions for test A, but not for test B (that is, all cells that show metabolism values between 1.5 and 2.0 times background metabolism value), are independent from the cells in test B. Thank you for your insights. Regards
  15. Graphs

    Yup, I'd also think that it's GraphPad Prism. Thanks!