Disease

Paving the Way for a Good Life With Dementia

Dr Nori Graham | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Nori Graham

Too often I meet people who have been too afraid to seek medical advice because they fear the diagnosis of dementia. We must reinforce the reality that people can live a good life with dementia, so that people may receive a timely diagnosis without the fear of being stigmatised.

Cat Owners Could Catch Tuberculosis As Disease Is Widespread In Wildlife

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A leading vet has made his fears known about the potential risk of cat owners catching tuberculosis (TB) from their pets. In the Mail On Sunday, Ro...

'Drug-Resistant Superbug' Kills 16 People In Manchester

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK

In Manchester, a dangerous ‘superbug’ has killed sixteen people in the past four years. Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act r...

EU Pet Passport Is Not an Open Door to Rabies

Deborah Briggs | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK
Deborah Briggs

There is a coloured etching currently in the collection of the British Museum by the artist Thomas Lord Busby, depicting a dog stalking the streets of...

Why the Valuation of Natural Capital Is Key to Protecting the Planet

Barry Gardiner | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK Politics
Barry Gardiner

"Grow your economy. And become poorer!" Not a very inspiring message. It doesn't even sound coherent. But however stupid it might sound, that is what is still happening in many developing countries. And if you don't believe that it is possible to grow your GDP at the same time as seeing a decline in your national wealth then consider the following...

The Hidden Cost of the Silent Killer

Deborah Briggs | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Deborah Briggs

In many ways, rabies takes advantage of the special relationship between man and dog. The two species have lived in close quarters and relied on each other for protection, food and companionship for thousands of years. Preserving this cherished bond and delivering populations - urban and rural - from untold suffering and financial cost, must be a priority for governments wherever rabies holds sway.

Movember Puts Spotlight on Men's Health

Professor Kevin Fenton | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Kevin Fenton

Over 50,000 men between the ages of 15 and 64 die each year in the UK. They're dying too young, many from diseases we should be able to prevent. In the UK, the death rate for men between 15 and 44 years old is nearly double that of women.

Can Syria Rebuild Its Devastated Health Infrastructure?

Resham Khiani | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Resham Khiani

Your local hospital has been bombed and you're sitting in a makeshift waiting room when masked men burst in and drag your doctor away for questioning. This scenario may sound like something from a far-fetched film but this has been a nightmare reality for many Syrians.

Preventing Rabies: It's a Public Health Issue for Animals and People

Mike Baker | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK
Mike Baker

Rabies is one of the world's most tragic diseases, not only because of the dreadful effects it has on the people and animals who become infected but also because it is entirely preventable. Its greatest burden falls on poor rural communities across Africa and Asia, where it causes one death every 10 minutes and where tragically children under the age of 15 are at a particularly high risk of dying.

Education Transforms

Pauline Rose | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Politics
Pauline Rose

People around the world know that education is the key to a better life. Voters from over 190 countries who responded to the United Nations My World survey said providing a good education for all was the best way to build a better world. There's a huge gap between that goal and reality, however: 250million children are still being denied a chance to learn the basics.

In the USA Obesity is Now a Disease

Alan Jackson | Posted 08.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Alan Jackson

Obesity is set to be the biggest medical cash cow of all time. One out of every eight dollars the U.S. government spends on healthcare goes to provide care for people with type 2 diabetes [T2D] (over one hundred billion dollars) and it is evident that the global T2D epidemic is being driven by obesity. By giving obesity clinical legitimacy, spending on healthcare is destined to soar.

Fan Run Sci-fi Event Boosts Gaming Strand

Tomas Rawlings | Posted 28.09.2013 | UK Tech
Tomas Rawlings

Following the hugely successful Kickstarter campaign, London based Sci-fi convention Nine Worlds Geekfest, has steadily been adding a roster of amazing guests and speakers to its inaugural lineup.

Could Drugs Meant To Lower Cholesterol Actually Help People With Parkinson's?

PA | PA | Posted 25.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Cholesterol lowering drugs taken by millions of people could form the basis of new treatments for Parkinson's, research suggests. Scientists found ...

An Interview With Dr. David Hughes, The Zombie Ant Expert Behind PS3 Phenomenon 'The Last of Us'

Tom Ward | Posted 15.08.2013 | UK Tech
Tom Ward

The main area of David's work is the Cordyceps fungi, or the 'zombie ant' fungi. Cordyceps works by effectively taking over the ant's systems, before killing the insect and bursting out of its skull, often high above an ant nest, so that infecting those below becomes that much easier.

The Unintended Cost of Intensive Modern Farming Might Just Be Our Health

Mike Baker | Posted 03.08.2013 | UK
Mike Baker

I believe that the well-being of animals and people is inextricably intertwined, as highlighted in this report. A different approach towards food production is urgently needed. WSPA wants to change the way we perceive and treat the billions of farm animals the world relies on for food.

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome: My Invisible Illness

Natasha Lipman | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Lipman

"EDS is considered a rare disease...and it is incredibly discouraging when no one has ever heard of it, when you have to spell it for your doctor and watch him Google it to find out how to treat you, when no one you know has it, and you are forever the weird one. It makes for a very challenging, lonely journey."

The Marginalized Alexander Pope

Robert McNamee | Posted 21.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Robert McNamee

Spring 2013 marks two significant anniversaries for Alexander Pope, perhaps the most representative and alien English poet of the 18th Century.

I Am Breathing

Jon Spira | Posted 06.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jon Spira

At a time when most people would want to retract from the world and slip away, leaving a memory and image of themselves in their prime, Neil decided to come forward. He decided to put the underfunding of MND research and the realities of the condition front and centre.

Cancer's Hidden Price Tag

Ciaran Devane | Posted 19.06.2013 | UK
Ciaran Devane

Everyone knows cancer is one of the toughest fights anyone can face. Struggling with gruelling treatment and dealing with the emotional impact of a diagnosis is difficult enough. What many people don't realise is that cancer is an expensive disease.

Time to Talk About Dementia

Beth Britton | Posted 10.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

In all the coverage following Margaret Thatcher's death, very few headlines have been made by the fact that she had dementia. Many refer to her 'failing health' and 'deterioration', and report the stroke that caused her passing, but it seems that mentioning the word dementia when you are talking about a former prime minister is rather taboo.

Be Lungworm Aware

Jennie Bond | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jennie Bond

Lungworms are parasites that are carried by slugs and snails. And - with the wet weather we've all been having - slugs and snails are having a population explosion. Which is fabulous news for lungworms - but very bad news for dogs.

Primary Care, Access Denied

Katherine Murphy | Posted 22.05.2013 | UK Politics
Katherine Murphy

Our research shows that the public often face a complex and convoluted system at a time when they need urgent care. Nearly 80% or respondents to our survey said they didn't feel safe relying on NHS out-of-hours care.

Surely People Don't Die From a Toothache?

Mark Topley | Posted 19.05.2013 | UK
Mark Topley

It is 2013 and people are still dying from untreated dental decay. Two of our teams have just returned from the regions of Musoma and Bukoba in Tanzania, where for 10 days they have been training local health workers in emergency dentistry.

The Problem of Antibiotic Resistance Could Provide a Stimulus for Economic Recovery

Stephen Caddick | Posted 18.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Stephen Caddick

If we take the right approach to this major challenge, we could improve our economy along with the health of our nation we have all of the pieces we need at our disposal, but we need concerted action to get them to work together.

We Must Avert This 'Miserable Crisis' for Older People

Ciaran Devane | Posted 18.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ciaran Devane

Over the next 20 years the number of over-65s living with cancer will more than double, from around 1.3 million in 2010 to close to 3 million by 2030. Today, around one in eight over-65s will have received a cancer diagnosis; by 2030, this will be more like one in five.