UK Medicine

It's Make Your Mind Up Time: What Do You Want GPs to Do? Part 2 of 2

Dr John Cosgrove | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK
Dr John Cosgrove

There is little doubt that GPs have the skills and position within their communities to fulfil a variety of different functions. As costs rise, society must consider how it wants to use and pay for such a scarce resource.

It's make your mind up time: what do you want GPs to do? Part 1 of 2

Dr John Cosgrove | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK
Dr John Cosgrove

It should come as no surprise, that the existing shortage of GPs is due to become extreme. Many already close to retirement age are deciding to retire early. Others are emigrating, to the Middle East and Australia. Saddest of all, practices are closing altogether as they become unviable.

The Senior Junior Divide - the Major Issue in Medical Education

Dr Neel Sharma | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK
Dr Neel Sharma

When I completed medical school, I left bemused. I was eager to start working but less enthralled by the fact that my tuition fees were spent funding a problem based learning (PBL) programme. I was young and foolish to believe that teaching myself medicine case by case with no expert guidance was how things should be done.

Things You Should You Know About Taking Medication

Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh

I thought I was maybe nearing my way to remission. I thought I had got to a point where the illness didn't define my life any more, where it didn't disable me. I thought I had it under control.

Misrepresenting Scientific Data Exacerbates Public Misunderstanding, say ME Sufferers.

Mark Brewer | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK
Mark Brewer

By examining too little - i.e. the narrow scope of one set of data - a bias is ushered in through the backdoor.

General Practice: Selfridges or Tescos?

Dr John Cosgrove | Posted 08.02.2015 | UK
Dr John Cosgrove

payers, government, council and local community will strain every sinew to see that a more suitable alternative is provided. Can GPs please get back to fitting suits and let others go back to supplying socks, shirts and bread?

12 Signs It's Time to Change Your Doctor: Part Two

Marek Doyle | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Marek Doyle

His response to a bad reaction to drugs is to maintain or increase the dosage... You would think this one would be quite simple. If you had spent years without rashes, started taking a new item and then looked like a victim of contagion within a few hours, you may be wise to consider if this novel pill is causing a reaction.

Is This The Ultimate Hangover Cure?

PA / The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A drug has been created that could reduce the harmful effects of binge-drinking on the brain, according to scientists. Researchers believe it may ...

Let Food Be Thy Medicine

Dr Sally Norton | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Sally Norton

It may seem shocking that you can be both obese and undernourished, but perhaps it isn't so astonishing if you look at the nutrients in many of our regular snacks. How many nutrients do you get in biscuits, pieces of cake, crisps, fries, pizza, white rice, pasta and bread? Not a whole lot.

Paralysed Man Does Something More Impressive Than Walking On The Moon

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK

A man completely paralysed from the waist down after his spinal cord was sliced in half in a stabbing attack is able to walk again after undergoing pi...

Why Misjudged Reporting of Ebola Could Kill

Michael Brooks | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK
Michael Brooks

Newspapers and broadcasters already self-censor when reporting suicides. That is because studies have shown that detailed reports of suicide lead to copycat cases. Perhaps it is time, then, for the media to help reduce the impact of Ebola by showing a little restraint. Tales of desperate, gruesome deaths make better newspaper copy than tales of survival, but they also fuel the hopelessness that can kill those unlucky enough to contract the virus.

Antibiotics 'Failing To Treat Common Infections'

PA / The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Antibiotic resistance is becomingly an increasingly "real and worrying threat", according to new research. This comes after a health study found th...

The Future of Medicine Is in the Kitchen

Christopher James Clark | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Christopher James Clark

According to recent polling, less than one in eight visits to physicians include any counseling or discussion about nutrition and more than 75 percent of physicians feel their medical school training didn't prepare them to speak with patients about diet and nutrition.

Dear Instagram: I Love You... But You're Not a Doctor

Natasha Lipman | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Tech
Natasha Lipman

For about five months, my 'writing about health' thing has moved over to Instagram. And while it is an amazing platform, it doesn't do justice to the complexity and importance of understanding the science and the why behind a lot of what I choose to do.

What Are The Symptoms Of Meningitis?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Meningitis is an illness we usually associate with children - this makes sense as it is most common in those under the age of five. But that doesn'...

Some Antibiotics Could Be Doing You More Harm Than Good

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Antibiotics are usually prescribed to make us feel better, but one antibiotic could actually be damaging to our health. New research suggests a com...

Help - We've Run Out of GPs

Jim Sherifi | Posted 18.10.2014 | UK Politics
Jim Sherifi

The current situation is not unique. GP recruitment goes through cycles although why this should be so is little understood. It is facile to suggest that graduates are moving abroad, taking up hospital careers or just giving up on medicine altogether

Choosing Choice: Abortion

Emily Hay | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Emily Hay

Choice - it's the very basis of our humanity... but in some places we are being denied that right to choice. In countries where abortion is illegal thousands of women every year are denied their human rights and forced into motherhood... lack of access to abortions doesn't save lives, it ruins them.

The Ground Is Shifting on Assisted Dying

Jo Cartwright | Posted 13.09.2014 | UK
Jo Cartwright

The reason it appeared that disabled people, healthcare professionals and people of faith were opposed to a change in the law was that leaders of these groups were unfairly misrepresenting the majority... This Friday these issues will be discussed at length in the House of Lords.

Your iPad Could Be Giving You A Rash

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Tech

Got a strange rash? Well it turns out the cause could well be your iPad Air. New research has suggested that Apple's tablet could contain traces of ni...

'Cured' HIV Baby Still Has Infection

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Tech

A Mississippi baby that had reportedly been 'cured' of HIV has been confirmed as still having the virus after traces were found in a routine bloody te...

You're Living Too Long, Doctors Say

PA | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK

More must be done to improve the efficiency of the NHS and address the "budget crisis" affecting it as people enjoy longer life expectancies, experts ...

This Super Jab Could Be The Answer To Your Hayfever And Eczema Nightmares

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Suffering from asthma or eczema can have a serious impact on a person's work, social life and overall wellbeing, but all that could be about to change...

When "No" Means "Yes" For "Your Own Good"

Mik Scarlet | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK Politics
Mik Scarlet

Last week the House Of Lords debated Lord Faulkner's Assisted Dying bill. The bill argues that that people with six months or less to live should be able to call on the medical profession to assist them to die, as an act of mercy for those who are suffering...

Generation NCD: Searching For the Scientists to Tackle Africa's Next Healthcare Challenge

James Shannon | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK
James Shannon

Africa and its healthcare needs are changing. As its economic landscape shifts, burgeoning wealth co-exists with extreme poverty. While infectious diseases like malaria and HIV still place huge pressure on Africa, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancer and diabetes pose an increasing threat.