Back pain can affect anyone at any age and most people will suffer from it at some point in their lives. It is the UK's leading cause of disability and one of the main reasons for work-related sickness absence.
We all have a stake in helping people to quit smoking, because the chances are that each of us knows and cares about someone who smokes. Even though smoking is less widespread than it used to be, roughly one in five of us still smoke.
The original silicone myth was that 'deadly substances' could enter your bloodstream if your breast implants ruptured. It's important to note this is not the case with the majority of well-made, modern implants.
As I flew out from Stockholm to Denver last Wednesday it occurred to me how far we had come in HIV Cure research since the International AIDS Society held the first HIV Cure workshop at the AIDS 2010 conference in Vienna.
I came across an article in a newspaper which sang the praises about a new study that showed statins can reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease by two thirds. Let's be clear on this: That's just nonsense!
If you are travelling abroad, a little of bit of extra planning is essential. Ensuring that you have the appropriate vaccinations, packing your holiday first aid kit and checking that your travel insurance covers any existing health conditions will help you to have a healthy holiday.
The NHS recognises, on paper at least, that a rapid decline in a person's mental or emotional state can be treated as a mental health emergency; 'It's important to get help as soon as possible.' In practice, however, I would question what commitment exists in our hospitals...
Six years after Somalia's last case of polio, the country has become the epicenter of a fresh outbreak in the Horn of Africa. 128 cases have been reported in Somalia, 13 in Kenya and one in Ethiopia.
In recent months the words 'data transparency' have found their way into our vernacular, with calls for pharmaceutical companies to be more transparent about their research and to publish results from all their clinical trials.
My arrival into medical school back in 2001 launched me, not only into a world of systemic disease, but rather a world of information overload. Verbose medical texts were seen scattered across my room with my typical schedule spent inhaling the multitude of odours as expressed by a cohort of 200 plus students during lecture hall gatherings.
24 hours after a birth fraught with complications, we were told that the medical professionals thought Seb had Down's syndrome. What should have been the happiest day of my life was the worst. For Simon, my husband, it was very different. He accepted the diagnosis from day one and through all my tears and heartbreak he constantly reassured me that we would cope.
The next piece to the HIV puzzle in many ways, is about changing public perceptions. Out-of-date and negative attitudes to HIV can dissuade people from testing - and that's why one in four of those with HIV in the UK are not aware of their status. That's a really dangerous statistic.
It is no secret that dementia is one of the most pressing challenges the UK is facing. Currently there are 670,000 people diagnosed with the condition in this country alone, and this number is set to double over the next 30 years. However dementia is far from a uniquely British problem - it is a world-wide challenge. Similar problems and pressures being played out across the world for families, patients and governments as they work hard to respond to the sometimes significant demands of this growing condition.
The consultant turned to him and straight faced said, 'I would like to thank you for all your hard work these past months, if you need a reference for McDonald's I'd be happy to help,' before turning his back and leaving the ward. The consultant at the time happened to be one of the programme directors for junior trainees at that hospital.
Claims this week of a 'toxic cocktail' poisoning the NHS might be accurate enough, but they do little to aid in the campaign for real change to standards of care in UK hospitals.
Walking into the room, I saw eight people - predominantly doctors - and I could tell that at least five had already made up their minds to reject the project. It started predictably: "Well, we have spent a lot of time discussing this very interesting project, but have some significant concerns." That was why I was there - to allay their fears and get on with this important project. That was not to be.