UK Medicine

The Fable of the Dream of Being Fixed

Mik Scarlet | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

How can society understand we disabled people can have amazing, happy, fulfilling lives if all they see is coverage of the joy of being cured? I know from my own life, and the lives of so many of my disabled friends, that being disabled is no barrier to a rich life and I just wish the media showed that too.

Waste Anti-Depressants Are Having A 'Staggering' Side-Effect On The Oceans

Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Tech

Tiny quantities of anti-depressants are affecting the fertility of aquatic wildlife such as crustaceans and molluscs, a new study has shown. Scient...

Pain - a Personal Insight

Mik Scarlet | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

As I approach my fifth day without sleep I must admit I am finding the thought of battling my way through until bed time a daunting concept. You may notice I use words like fighting, battling and defences. I do so as when you are in the grip of very high levels of pain you really feel like you are at war.

Homeopathy, Bebop and Other 'Revelations'

Tony Lobl | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

Noting a case in which she administered tiny doses of a solution containing "common table-salt" in which there wasn't "a single saline property left", she reportedly cured a patient who had been "sinking in the last stage of typhoid fever".

Eight Ways in Which Blogging Has Changed My Life

Sandhya Matthes | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sandhya Matthes

My blog has reached the 10,000 views mark. It seemed like a good opportunity to think back on the last 8 months. In doing that, I realised how many ways blogging has changed my life. All of them unexpected and some of them surprisingly rewarding.

Is There a Healthier, Healing Way to See Ourselves?

Tony Lobl | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

To many - like myself - mentally challenging this stigma is at the heart of prayer, because if we successfully silence the voice of this self-stigmatisation we're left with nothing but the awareness of being a son or daughter of the divine, as Jesus showed us all to be.

Thumbs up for Team Based Learning

Dr Neel Sharma | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK
Dr Neel Sharma

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.

Jessica Elgot

Romanians Less Interested In UK.. But British Firms Are Crying Out For Them | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK

Recruitment figures from Romania have poured cold water on the notion that its citizens are desperate to move to Britain, and instead reveal how Briti...

Student Sues Uni For Failing Degree, Faces £90k Legal Bill

The Huffington Post UK | Edith Hancock | Posted 13.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A medical student at Newcastle University faces a £90,000 legal bill after trying to sue the university for failing him. Paul Crawford, 32, sued t...

This Is How A Donor Lung Is Kept Alive

Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK Tech

This is the OCS or Organ Care System - or as it's more affectionately called the "lung in a box". The OCS is how donor lungs are kept alive and fre...

When They Come for You?

Mik Scarlet | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK
Mik Scarlet

If we do begin begin doling out medicine dependent on "societal benefit" how long will it be before we also follow counties like Belgium and euthanize sick and disabled children, as not only are they "suffering" but they will never be useful members of society?

Radioactive Drug Could Treat Prostate Cancer

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A radioactive prostate cancer drug that acts in the same way as the murder weapon used to kill Russian ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko has been launched i...

'Rejection' in Medical Education

Dr Neel Sharma | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Neel Sharma

Receiving a tirade of criticism from reviewers isn't exactly what I would deem professional. I know the General Medical Council has a huge interest in doctors maintaining their professional etiquette when it comes to patient care but this seems less so with the domain of doctor vs peer reviewer.

Alzheimer's Breakthrough Drug 'In Five Years', Scientists Hope

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

A drug could provide a breakthrough for Alzheimer's disease within the next five years, UK scientists have said. People aged 55 to 90 are currently...

Blood Pressure Lowering Drug Could Treat Dementia

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Scientists are to investigate whether a blood pressure drug could double up as the first treatment for a common form of dementia. The 4p-a-day drug...

12 Signs That It's Time to Change Doctor

Marek Doyle | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Marek Doyle

If you suspect your doctor is providing you with substandard treatment but can't quite pinpoint where the problem lies, then this list is for you. Here are the dozen most common red flags that will tell you if your doctor is blundering with your health. Ready? Let's begin with the first six.

Materials Are Key Challenge for Europe in Resource-Constrained World

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK
Dirk Jan van den Berg

In the build up to February's European Council Summit on industrial competitiveness, Brussels is in the midst of a major policy review. Industrial strategy is the right topic for Europe to be debating and now is exactly the right time to address it...

Drugs Containing Salt Increase Risk Of Diseases

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle

The high salt content of common drugs such as soluble aspirin is putting millions of Britons at risk of heart attack, stroke and death, according to a...

Bringing Emotions Back Into Medicine

Elizabeth Dzeng | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elizabeth Dzeng

I had always thought I could never be a great doctor because I felt too emotionally bound to my patients. It was impossible for me to hold back tears when feeling that gut wrenching empathy for families mourning the passing of their loved ones. Because it always seemed as if I were the only resident moved by these scenes, I reasoned that this was an unprofessional impulse.

Prayer, Healing and 'Miracles' - Relic of the Past or Medicine of the Future?

Tony Lobl | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

The vast majority of people seem comfortable with the idea that 'there is more to life than meets the eye' and are convinced this 'something more' is spiritual - even if there's a broad array of views as to what that means.

The Human Breast Really Is Best: The 21st Century Approach to Breast Cancer Research

Victoria Martindale | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Martindale

While it is thought that less than 5 percent of breast cancer cases are related to a woman's genes and many cancers are largely preventable -- approximately 42 percent of new breast cancer cases in the UK and 38 percent in the US could be prevented.

The Practice of Medicine - Not Simply a Science But Now an Art

Dr Neel Sharma | Posted 31.10.2013 | UK
Dr Neel Sharma

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.

'Hippie Crack': Drug of Choice in the 1790s

Adrian Teal | Posted 13.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Adrian Teal

Home Office figures released recently suggest that in the past twelve months more than 350,000 young people have used nitrous oxide - also known as 'laughing gas', and 'hippie crack' - to achieve a legal high. This makes it the second-most popular drug in the UK after cannabis, and even Prince Harry was said to have had a toot on it three years ago.

The Third Metric: Grace Belgravia's answer

Grace Belgravia | Posted 13.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Grace Belgravia

Is the Third Metric universe really achievable or simply a utopian redefinition which British corporates may be reluctant to accept?

Nurses Owed Thousands in Overpaid Tax

Vikki Geary | Posted 12.10.2013 | UK
Vikki Geary

The nursing profession requires not just an enormous time and emotional commitment, but a financial commitment as well. In fact, every year thousands of pounds in overpaid tax goes unclaimed by nurses unaware of the financial support available to them.