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nucleus: May 2019

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the editor is dead – long live the editor!

Well, not so much 'dead' as having his burden shared. #hellomynameis Zack Millar and it is my immense privilege and delight to be starting as the Student Editor of Nucleus. I will be working alongside Laurence Crutchlow and the editorial team to maintain the high production value and quality articles...

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should Christians care about physical health?

the debate: why is this contentious? 'Practising medicine is simply a means to bring salvation to people's souls.' This statement immediately feels incorrect, outrageous even… but how do we know that? What is our rationale for healing bodies that will die anyway and be resurrected? What if Jesus' healing ministry was...

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a biblical approach to disability

We seem to have come a long way in our view of disability. Disability is a 'protected characteristic' under the Equality Act 2010. A person with a disability can legally expect to have equal access to employment and services. And yet today, many people with disability feel disempowered, vulnerable and...

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does God heal miraculously today?

Old Testament Miracles in the OT are comparatively rare and are mainly confined to times of deliverance. Most are miracles of nature, provision, preservation, or are a revelation of God's will. The most numerous are of judgment. There are only eight healing miracles, (1) three of which involve raising the dead....

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essentials:the life sandwich

I'm a big fan of sandwiches. Whenever I fancy a snack, I open my fridge, grab my nice olive spread, maybe some breaded ham, mature cheddar and a bit of rocket, and I pull it all together into a rather successful sandwich in under two minutes. There's a brilliant video...

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time management

Help! I have so much to learn and the exams and deadlines just keep coming; how do I keep my cool and keep up my Christian faith? I love this question - it's not just about effective time management (and who doesn't struggle with this?), but also about walking with the...

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leadership: leadership and power

Sitting down to write an article on power, I must admit my thoughts drifted to the Marvel franchise and films like them. My favourite superpower? No, not X-ray vision ? I'd like to fly. But seriously, have you attended a lecture on power? Or heard a sermon on the topic?...

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distinctives: diet options

opinion 1: battling the bulge Zack Millar shares how he shaped his dieting Last August, I was tipping the scales with a BMI of 30: obese. I was dreadfully unfit, and any exercise I attempted gave me shin splints and chest tightness. My parents were similarly afflicted...

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treatment of Gender Dysphoria in children

Transgender issues are a hot topic. Management of children and adolescents is generating much disagreement with emotive arguments for and against medical treatment for Gender Dysphoria. So, let's look at the available evidence to help guide us in considering how best to help children struggling with gender identity issues. definition and...

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be prepared : God will always be with you

I imagine that many of you will be pondering the time when you leave medical school and start your foundation years. Rather like sailors on a ship leaving the sheltered waters of a harbour embarking on their first voyage across a sea, many of you may be feeling a little...

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a day in the life: assessing the sick

Over two million (1) people in the UK were claiming Employment Support Allowance (ESA) in 2018. This is money paid to those who are prevented from doing any form of paid work by their medical problems. The current rate is between £73.10 and £110.75 (2) per week. For the majority, they...

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local groups: Leeds

What makes CMF West Yorkshire different? Yorkshire is not called 'God's own Country' for no reason. With the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales, there is also a rich history (York was a Viking settlement) and, if it were a country, Yorkshire would have finished 17th in the 2016 Olympics (ahead...

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counterparts: Romania

It is a great opportunity for me to write for Nucleus, right after my attendance at the Sydenham Conference in London, which was a real blessing. I met many devoted Christians and I saw a lot of passion for medicine and for being a light in the medical community. I...

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my trip to...Egypt

In February 2019, I attended the METNA conference in Egypt. METNA is the Middle Eastern division of the International Christian Medical and Dental Association (ICMDA) and the conference brings together Christian health professionals and students from the region, with representatives from Libya, Jordan and Egypt (amongst others). This year the...

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film: The Greatest Showman

Loosely following the life of Victorian entrepreneur Phineas Taylor Barnum, The Greatest Showman transports us back to the exhilarating and controversial, emerging world of circus entertainment. We meet Barnum, a warm hearted, inclusive individual who seems to want to bring purpose and employment to the lives of the misfits of...

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film: I, Daniel Blake

I, Daniel Blake makes for uncomfortable watching. It follows the fictional story of Daniel Blake, who is told by his doctor he is unfit to return to work following a heart attack. But when he applies for medical disability benefit, he is refused. We follow Daniel as he, and young...

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book: Love Thy Body

Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions about Life and Sexuality Nancy R. Pearcey ISBN 9780801075728 Baker Books, 2018. £12.00 'Human life and sexuality have become the watershed moral issues of our age.' So begins Love Thy Body. Many Christians would agree, looking at the debates on newspapers involving anyone from Saracens rugby player Billy...

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book: 12 Ways your Phone is Changing You

12 Ways your Phone is Changing You Tony Reinke ISBN 9781433552434 224pp, Crossway. £8.39 We've been set free by Christ, right? Then how come our phones often seem to control us? We are quick to affirm our freedom in Christ, yet easily find ourselves living as though still enslaved. Smartphones often exert such...

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news reviews

implications of new in utero surgery for fetuses with spina bifida In October 2018, in utero spinal surgery was performed in the UK for the first time on two fetuses with spina bifida. (1) In February, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock confirmed that the...

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HERO + HERETIC 27: HELEN ROSEVEARE

How is Helen Roseveare remembered? As a pioneering medical missionary? A renowned speaker and author in the late 20th century? A role model for Christian women? She may have been all these things, but I suspect she would not want to be remembered for them. She overcame enormous challenges, but...

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