Liver tumours – a lesser known side effect of the pill

In a cruel twist of irony, imagine the reason you may never be able to have a baby is because of the contraceptive pill. Some women using the pill long term may find themselves faced with a rare but serious side effect; a liver tumour. Ranging up to 20 cm in size, these masses are linked to high levels of oestrogen. During long term pill use or pregnancy, these tumours can grow and over time may even rupture leading to death, or turn cancerous. But how many women are aware this side effect even exists? And if women are diagnosed with these tumours, why is the medical treatment so different from person to person?

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What happens when you mix Science with Politics?

This week I took part in The Royal Society Pairing Scheme 2017, which aims to “build bridges between parliamentarians, civil servants and some of the best research scientists in the UK.”. It was one of the most eye-opening experiences in my career to date. If you are a scientist in the UK, I urge you to apply.

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Southampton’s Largest International Women’s Day Celebration in Decades

I have lived in Southampton for nearly six years and feel like I’ve only just uncovered the tip of the iceberg on what this city has to offer (no Titanic pun intended). There is a definite underground scene here and once you delve into its waters, you’ll find a hive of bustling businesses, independent music venues and a truly thriving community.

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Early Career Scientists in Parliament

The look upon my face as I sat in the “horseshoe”, normally reserved for MPs to interrogate witnesses, was one of a nervous disposition. Hidden below this angry exterior however was excitement and believe it or not, happiness. Invited to represent The Royal Society, one of the most prestigious and historical societies in the world, dating back to 1660, was something I never thought would happen. Maybe this was imposter syndrome, but I did wonder how I managed to be so lucky. As I try to keep reminding myself however, it was not luck, but hard work and determination which brought me to Parliament on that very day.

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