London YPAG- November 2018 update by Alexis

By London YPAG,

Hello everyone I hope you have had a happy Christmas, here is my blog from the last YPAG Meeting.

‘Research on a new blood test to help diagnose sepsis and serious infections in paediatric emergency departments’

At the last YPAG, we had in attendance researchers from Great North Children’s Hospital. They said: Doctors don’t always know what your diagnosis is, and will struggle to find a solution. That’s where the study comes in. Doctors and Scientists, gather as many people as possible, to collect as much data as possible so they can help you. However, the scientist running the study needs to ask the participants twice if they are comfortable partaking in the study – once before the study when they are gathering all possible participators, and then again just before they have started the study in case any of the participators are having any doubts. The researchers usually write questionnaires to seek the consent of potential participants. They also informed us that they visited the Birmingham YPAG Group a few weeks before so the Birmingham YPAG’s members could analyse the questionnaire sheet that the researchers had given them, thus they could make it intriguing for younger audiences.

They came up with some ideas such as:

– On the average people over the age of 12 would prefer not to be called young children

– The questionnaire sheet should be worded differently.

‘MRI Scanning: Feedback on a booklet –‘Having an MRI scan”

Another researcher came in and talked about MRI scanning, an MRI scanner is like a big magnet, with electromagnetic fields.

There are billions of connects between neurons, if you cut inside a brain the connections look like little celery sticks! Apparently Brain fluid can be dark or light!

‘Review of a Lay English Summary for a project looking at improving bone marrow transplants’

Another researcher came to talk about bone marrow transplant and how to improve it. Did you know that there are two types of bone marrow red and yellow, in fact as you grow older you gain more red bone marrow!

Thank you for reading my blog I hope to see you in the next meeting!