Amara Nwosu

MBCHB MRCP PhD


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MyPal podcast: Social media and palliative care – Episode 15

In this episode I discuss social media and palliative medicine. I focus on my recent blog that was published on the EAPC website about my study about the use of Twitter to evaluate communication about palliative care on social media.

‘Social media and palliative medicine: a retrospective 2-year analysis of global Twitter data to evaluate the use of technology to communicate about issues at the end of life’ by Nwosu AC, Debattista M, Rooney C, et al published in BMJ supportive & palliative care2015;5(2):207-12.
spcare.bmj.com/content/5/2/207

EAPC Blog – Social media and palliative medicine: An opportunity for community and professional engagement
eapcnet.wordpress.com/2015/08/17/soc…al-engagement/

EAPC Blog: With great power comes great responsibility: Using Facebook to explain palliative care – Dr Leeroy William
eapcnet.wordpress.com/2015/08/12/wit…lliative-care/

Palliative Medicine Teaching – Facebook and Twitter
www.facebook.com/PallMedEd
twitter.com/PallMedEd

E-Hospice: Discussion of palliative care on Twitter is largely positive, and increasing – Dr A Nwosu
www.ehospice.com/uk/Default/tabid…ArticleId/12212/

E-Hospice: Harnessing social media to enhance hospice care
www.ehospice.com/uk/Default/tabid…ArticleId/11617/

E-Hospice: Social media and palliative care
www.ehospice.com/uk/Default/tabid…ArticleId/10009/

Symplur and the Heathcare Hashtag project – Dr Mark Taubert
blogs.bmj.com/spcare/2015/08/16/…pcare_blog_sidetab

Palliative social media – Mark Taubert et al
spcare.bmj.com/content/4/1/13.ab…943e-bce5b3763321

Why don’t end-of-life conversations go viral? A review of videos on YouTube. Imogen Mitchell et al
spcare.bmj.com/content/early/201…be1a-bcbfa3a40024

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MyPal Podcast: Bioelectrical impedance to assess hydration in advanced cancer (overview) – Twycross prize – episode 11

I provide an overview of my PhD research “The use of bioelectrical impedance vector analysis (BIVA) to assess hydration in patients with advanced cancer in a specialist palliative care inpatient unit”. This study won the 2014 Twycross Research prize of the Association of Palliative Medicine.

National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Conference prize winning abstract presented in 2014:
conference.ncri.org.uk/abstracts/201…cts/A222.html

Information about Early Career Researcher Award of the European Association of Palliative Care (EAPC)
www.eapc-2015.org/Early_Researcher_Award.html

Nwosu AC, Mayland CR, Mason S, Khodabukus AF, Varro A, Ellershaw JE. Hydration in advanced cancer: can bioelectrical impedance analysis improve the evidence base? A systematic review of the literature. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 2013; 46(3):433-446.e6
www.jpsmjournal.com/article/S0885-3…0499-X/abstract

Nwosu AC, Mayland CR, Mason SR, Varro A, Ellershaw JE. Patients want to be involved in end-of-life care research. BMJ Support Palliat Care 2013, Dec;3(4):45.
spcare.bmj.com/content/early/201…13-000537.extract

Copyright Dr Amara Nwosu, KingAmi media 2014.www.amaranwosu.com

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MyPal Podcast: Undergraduate medical education in palliative care – interview with Dr Daniel Monnery – episode 10

I interview Dr Daniel Monnery (Speciality trainee registrar in Palliative Medicine in the Mersey Deanery) to discuss a variety of topics including: postgraduate training in palliative medicine, medical handover, undergraduate medical education and its relevance to palliative care.

Student in library

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MyPal Podcast: Palliative Care Day Therapy – Interview with Jane Isaac

Dr Amara Nwosu interviews Jane Isaac (Occupational Therapist at Marie Curie Hospice Liverpool) to discuss the role and services offered by of palliative care day therapy.

Copyright Dr Amara Nwosu, KingAmi media 2014. www.amaranwosu.com

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Peer Led Learning In Palliative Care #8

Dr Amara Nwosu discusses his paper about peer-led learning as a mechanism to facilitate palliative care education in medical undergraduates.

Nwosu A, Mason S, Roberts A, Hugel H. Does peer-led education have a role in teaching medical students about palliative care? The evaluation of an examination question-writing task. The Clinical Teacher 2013;10(3):151-4
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23656675

Peer learning pic

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MyPal podcast ep6: Publishing in palliative care: importance, opportunities and tips for publication

In this episode of MyPal Dr Amara Nwosu provides an overview publishing in palliative care, discussing the importance of this and sharing some tips for potential authors. The audio was recorded to support an educational session as part of the Merseyside & Cheshire Palliative Care Network Audit Group.

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MyPal podcast: 3D printing in clinical practice – episode 5

In this episode of MyPal I discuss the recent BMJ editorial (by Mahiben Maruthappu) detailing the potential use of 3D printing in clinical practice.

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www.amaranwosu.com

Music by Year of the Fiery Horse
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References:

Mahiben Maruthappu, Bruce Keogh. How might 3D printing affect clinical practice?
BMJ 2014; 349 doi: dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g7709 (Published 30 December 2014)

Surgeon creates pelvis using 3D printer (Telegraph article)
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/106…3D-printer.html

3D printed heart saves baby’s life (article in Independent newspaper).
www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gad…d-9776931.html

3-D printed windpipe gives infant breath of life (Nature)
www.nature.com/news/3-d-printed-…h-of-life-1.13085


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MyPal podcast: Nanotechnology to monitor cancer? The GoogleX project #4

Nanotechnology to diagnose and monitor cancer? Nanopills and smartwatches in disease management and treatment? Sounds like science fiction but that is what researchers at Google are working on right now! Dr Ami Nwosu discusses this in more depth.

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References:
http://news.sciencemag.org/biology/2014/07/google-x-sets-out-define-healthy-human


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The new MyPal podcast: technology, innovation and palliative care. Episode 1 now available.

This is the first episode of an exciting new project that I’m undertaking. This podcast blends discussion of technology, innovation, health, palliative care and research. This first episode provides an overview of the project and outlines what you can expect in the coming weeks.

MyPal is a podcast about technology, innovation and research relevant to Palliative Care. Come and join the conversation about these issues in a way you just might like.

Copyright Dr Amara Nwosu, KingAmi media 2014.www.amaranwosu.com

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Nanotechnology to diagnose and monitor cancer – can palliative care benefit? The Google X project

Google have entered into the health research arena. They aim to use technology to diagnose cancer early. I believe is exciting and should cause us to question how technology could be used in palliative care.

Computer science has arguably overtaken medicine as the newest academic discipline. Modern applications like the iPhone (only developed in 2007) have irreversibly changed the way we interact with technology on a daily basis. However, it is not common to hear about medics collaborating with computer scientists or undertaking computer science courses or research. This is in contrast with  other academic disciplines such as natural sciences, social sciences and psychology.

The ‘Google X’ project aims to avoid unnecessary deaths. In terms of cancer Google propose a diagnostic ‘smart pill’ that can be swallowed by an individual which. The pull would contain magnetised nanoparticles that would be released into the blood when swallowed. These particles would travel round the body looking for biomarkers, only to return (by action of their magnets) to a wearable device on the wrist to download the results. In addition to cancer Google indicate that other markers (such as sodium) could be monitored.

Google’s aim to reduce unnecessary deaths is admirable; however, should we also be asking how we can use computer science and concepts like nanotechnology to improve palliative care? Or, conversely, should high tech, high cost interventions be avoided at the end of life? This is interesting food for thought. What is certain is that technology and innovation will continue and the role this has in palliative care needs to be considered.

http://news.sciencemag.org/biology/2014/07/google-x-sets-out-define-healthy-human

http://online.wsj.com/articles/google-to-collect-data-to-define-healthy-human-1406246214