The official line is that some medical conditions are considered to be of 'low clinical priority' - in other words they are not sufficiently serious for the NHS to be bothered with. Of course the main driver behind these changes is to save money. The fewer cases the NHS does, the less money it will spend on the equipment needed, the staff costs involved and so on.
As a whole, we are living longer and we are healthier than any generation before us. However, unfortunately this is leading women into a false sense of security by thinking their eggs are healthy, therefore leaving motherhood later. The truth is at 35 a woman's fertility begins to decline with her fertility having almost halved by the time she reaches 40
One of the biggest differences between health tech and other tech is that health tech is always pressed for data to prove effectiveness. But where do you get data from if you are advocating for something that is actually novel? Does not one necessarily preclude the other?
Doctors have topped the league tables for the most-trusted professionals since 1983. 89% of us believe they tell the truth. We assume that their expertise and experience is diligently applied in making the right diagnosis and prescribing the right treatment for our various ailments.
Dementia has always been personal to me; it has touched my family since I was nine years old and by my mid-teens both of my grandmothers were diagnosed with the condition. Yet, I was too young to understand fully what was happening to them and how I could help.
And then everything fell apart. For the second time. The second time. Secondary. I can barely say the word let alone write it. The shock was immense. I was blindsided. How could it be back so silently and without warning?
I'm willing to bet that if you are reading this, you have been affected by cancer. I wish that I knew this because of some startling powers of deduction. However, the sad truth is that cancer is incredibly common.
Last Saturday 8th October marked World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, and this year the theme is 'living and dying in pain: it doesn't have to happen' - an important message on an even more important day. It has now been statistically proven that people who receive palliative care can live for longer.
Thrombosis can affect anyone, regardless of their age, gender or ethnicity. Even those who are young and active can be susceptible to blood clots. However, there are steps that you can take to protect your health:
Thanks to advances in medical care, the rate of survival in the UK has doubled over the last 40 years and around half of cancer patients survive for ten or more years. It is therefore important to appreciate that cancer can have lasting psychological effects extending beyond treatment and into remission.
While it is positive that patients are taking an active role in their healthcare, it can mean that a patient enters the consulting room with preconceived and firmly held views about what is wrong with them and what the treatment should be.
Today, I am very lucky to be able to say that my cancer registers on my life via two little pills taken daily, and six monthly CT staging scans to check my metastatic disease is still behaving. So I'm not being hard-hearted and selfish when I say that Breast Cancer Awareness Month means less to me now.
Of all the areas in which the Internet of Things can revolutionise the world, in my eyes one of the most exciting - with the potential to help some of the most vulnerable people on a massive scale - is healthcare.
So might the series on Maternal Obesity achieve nothing more than heaping an extra burden of responsibility on mothers, calling them to solve yet another of today's problems and making them feel guilty if they can't do so? I sincerely hope not.
We're asking the Government to recategorise this form as an NHS form, so that no GPs can charge for it - removing a barrier that prevents many getting the help they need. When I posted on social media, most of the support was great. Yet as usual, some people like to see mental health as a weakness, or made up.
Loneliness is not an illness. Like dehydration or hunger it is the body's call for something crucial it lacks, though like an illness it can be debilitating to an individual, stripping them of their happiness and self esteem, not to mention potentially dangerous physical symptoms, such as high blood pressure. It is recognised and certifiably dangerous, and loneliness isn't nearly as talked about as it should be.