UK Medicine

A Big Step Forward In Diagnosing Prostate Cancer

Heather Blake | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Tech
Heather Blake

Today we have taken a big step towards solving this dilemma. The final full results of a ground breaking research study - PROMIS - have been published in the Lancet. The findings show that giving a man a multi-parametric MRI (mpMRI) scan before a biopsy can radically improve the accuracy of the diagnostic process for prostate cancer.

This Incredible Gel Stops Bleeding Immediately

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Tech

Medical science has the potential to do some pretty amazing things, from restoring people’s eyesight to actually regrowing entire organs. While thos...

We're All Superheroes Now

Samuel Goh | Posted 26.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Samuel Goh

As I grew up, I realised that superheroes really did exist. They don't wear capes or spandex, though. You won't seeing them flying in the clouds, riding neon-coloured cars, or swinging across buildings. Some of them wear stethoscopes, some of them wear a uniform and some we will never know their names.

Bad Data Is Bad For Your Health

Claire Woodcock | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Tech
Claire Woodcock

Biases can only be fixed if you're aware of them, yet the clinicians who may have learned from past research are not the people who develop algorithms. How can we expect a programmer with a Computer Science degree to recognise that the data he is looking at is biased?

Students Have Made Martin Shkreli's Life-Saving Drug For Just $20

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Tech

Martin Shkreli became a figure of controversy when he announced he had bought the rights to a life-saving HIV drug Daraprim and then promptly hiked it...

His Name Was Paul

Samuel Goh | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Samuel Goh

Medicine is about treating the patient as a human being - to alleviate symptoms, to calm their worries, to address their concerns. It's about treating Paul, the man bearing the full brunt of life's storm. Not Paul, the patient with irregular bowel habits.

Boosting Medical Morale By Caring For The Carers

Hannah Barham-Brown | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Hannah Barham-Brown

Since qualifying, I have always had one eye to the future, worried about what will happen to my career and my relationships, and how my disability could make a hard career even tougher. While this victory with HEE is not going to improve everything, I now know that I will not struggle alone, isolated from my loved ones, while fighting a body that never learnt the rules. We still have a way to go, but I'm going to savour this win for a long while.

Mayan Medicine Retreat In Rural Kent

Jane Egginton | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Egginton

My intention is to let go of negativity and the past, and the candle in my meditation stops in a little dark cave, its light inviting me to stay with it. It seems emblematic of the lodge itself, dark, primeval, womb-like, a place of death and burial and also of re-birth.

Ebola, One Year On: The Political Economy Of Life And Death

Yannis Gourtsoyannis | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK
Yannis Gourtsoyannis

Last week Sierra Leone marked the first anniversary of the declaration of the end of the Ebola outbreak by the World Health Organisation (WHO). A tot...

Finding A Global Solution To A Worldwide Healthcare Problem

Dr G. Richard Olds | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK
Dr G. Richard Olds

At the beginning of the month, the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, made reference to an ongoing crisis in global healthcare. In a speech to the Conserv...

Doctors With Mental Illness - Time For A Change

Nima Ghadiri | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Nima Ghadiri

This stigma can arise as early as medical school, fostered by a triad of competitiveness, fear and uncertainty. Students sometimes receive conflicting information about mental health, and may fear disclosing illness.

Male Contraceptives - Do We Trust Them?

Frankie Leach | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Frankie Leach

The way men reacted to even the side effects of contraception, makes me very skeptical that they would handle the enormous pressure that comes with taking regular contraception. I would love to live in an ideal world where men could be trusted to take contraceptives, but as far as this entire study has shown, I don't think we're anywhere near ready.

A Chemical Found In US Everyday Items Linked To Host Of Deadly Diseases

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Tech

Hazardous hormone-disrupting chemicals commonly found in plastic bottles, metal food cans, detergents, toys and even cosmetics could be costing the US...

Tasmanian Devil's Milk Could Contain The Key To Killing The Worst Superbugs

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK Tech

The Tasmanian devil could be an unlikely new hero in the fight against some of the world’s most deadly superbugs. Sydney University researchers have...

Researchers Have Successfully Stopped Alzheimer's Developing In Mice

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 14.10.2016 | UK Tech

Researchers at Imperial College London have shown that by modifying the genetic makeup of a virus they can successfully inhibit Alzheimer’s disease ...

Air Pollution Has Been Linked To Dementia

Press Association | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK Tech

Air pollution, along with a range of other environmental factors have been included in a new shortlist linked to the risk of getting dementia. Scienti...

Immortaility Out The Window? Scientists Reveal The Oldest Age A Human Can Live To

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK Tech

Immortality has been considered by many, to be the ultimate achievement for humanity. To defeat death is to defeat the last great hurdle we seemingly ...

We're #NotAllHunts

Dr Siema Iqbal | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Siema Iqbal

Jeremy Hunt pledged to make the NHS "self-sufficient" after Britain leaves the EU by increasing the number of training places by 1500 per year startin...

Jeremy Hunt's Seven-Day Homeopathic NHS: Just The Tincture?

Nima Ghadiri | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK Politics
Nima Ghadiri

When the practical and economic feasibility of a routine 7-day NHS has been roundly debunked by senior doctors, service providers and analyists, it is only natural to ask how this is going to happen. Maybe, we ought to be thinking a little more naturally ourselves, and prepare for our complementary secretary of state for health to give us a very complementary 7-day routine NHS.

British Scientists May Have Cured A Man Of HIV

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK Tech

British scientists could be one step closer towards finding a permanent cure for HIV. A 44-year-old social worker in London appears to be completely f...

2016 Nobel Prize For Medicine Awarded To Cell Pioneer Yoshinori Ohsumi

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK Tech

The 2016 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine has gone to Yoshinori Ohsumi for his pioneering work on autophagy - the process in which cells degener...

Researchers Discover An Antibiotic Replacement That's Kryptonite For Superbugs

Caters | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 13.09.2016 | UK Tech

Antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs’ could soon be a thing of the past after a team of Australian scientists discovered a protein that literally rips ...

Experimental Treatment Slows Progress Of Huntington's Disease For Months

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Tech

An experimental new treatment has been shown to reduce the activity of the gene responsible for Huntington’s disease for several months on end. The ...

Why All The Hate, May?

Samuel Goh | Posted 08.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Samuel Goh

Everyone's A Healer: Letting Vulnerability Heal Both Ourselves And Others

Giles Dawnay | Posted 24.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Giles Dawnay

There seems a deep irony in human behaviour that even though we chase strength in order to be loved and accepted, it is through vulnerability that our truest relationships are formed.