There have been many articles in the newspapers over the past week; all centered a new study from the University of London, which involved data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. After 4 days of looking at a group of nearly 3000 adults over the age of 50 this study has discovered that fat shaming does not help people lose weight.
If you have to take anti-depressant medication I would urge caution as to what you take. Get the very best advice you can find before committing to anything. Realise that they are not a quick fix - it will take time and they should be used in conjunction with other therapies. Above all else, try to look at them as only a plaster cast that will help the 'break' in your mind to heal and be removed when it is.
Clinical medicine is fairly black and white as I'm sure many of you would agree. If I were to treat a patient diagnosed with a myocardial infarction in Asia, Europe or America I would certainly initiate aspirin (among other cardiac meds) in all cases. Why? Because the evidence for its benefit is global.
It's down to you to take care of the health of you and yours and avoid using dangerous medications at all costs. Small changes in our everyday lives can result in big inspiration. Don't forget we are organic creatures so it makes perfect sense that organic products are best for us-not manmade pharmaceuticals.
For many guests the happy occasions of spending one afternoon per month having tea with a group of older guests and volunteers, are the only cross on the calendar. Contact the Elderly would like to draw public attention to what complete isolation feels like and what people can do to help solve the problem.
The long-awaited sunshine enjoyed in parts of the UK this past week will no doubt have got many of us in the mood for a holiday, with some tempting last-minute deals on 'winter sun' getaways to be found. But would you be willing to jet-off to an exotic destination without the recommended vaccinations or malaria protection?
Recently I had the pleasure of observing a team based learning (TBL) session at the newly established Lee Kong Chian (LKC) School of Medicine, a joint initiative between Imperial College London and Nanyang Technological University. As a doctor having trained via problem based learning (PBL) I was able to appreciate the stark difference between the two forms of instruction.
Developments in telemedicine are benefitting patients with a broad range of needs as well as improving hospital services and improving resource allocation across the NHS. Significant progress has been made towards three million people being able to benefit from telehealth by 2017 in the UK, so these programmes could be coming to hospital near you soon.