UK Medicine

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 19.08.2014 | 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 16.07.2014 | 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 15.07.2014 | 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.

Junior Doctors Are in Need of a Good Mentor

Dr Neel Sharma | Posted 24.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Neel Sharma

Medicine seems to be devoid of instructors dedicated solely to effective mentoring. The concept of educational supervisors does no doubt exist. However, many of whom are trampled by increasing clinical commitments leaving little time to focus purely on their juniors.

10 Plants And Foods That Are Natural Remedies For Illness

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 23.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

If you're concerned about the amount of tablets you take, it might be time to consider using natural remedies. Natural remedies are alternatives to...

Skeletons in the Cupboard: Open the Door on Hidden Clinical Trials

Michelle Beckett | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK
Michelle Beckett

Last year I put my house on the market. Mostly, I'm too busy to notice the clutter and untidiness that accompanies the life of a lone mum working full time, but I guessed the prospective viewers might...

Honouring Peter Gilbert - a Giant Voice for Spirituality's Role in Compassionate Care

Tony Lobl | Posted 05.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

When Rowan Williams uses the word "special" you take note. But when he mentions it three times in one sentence and prefaces it each time with the word "very" we're clearly being called to attention.

Is Taking Ibuprofen Safe?

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Many of us are guilty of reaching for ibuprofen to ease pain, without considering the long term effect the drug could have on our health. We are g...

Why I Chose The IUD: The Comeback Kid of Birth Control

Abby Norman | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Abby Norman

Maligned for decades, the IUD has slowly started to build up a trustworthy reputation with millennial women. Despite hearing our mother's insistence that these T-shaped death wishes would destroy our body, and enduring years of misguided motherly peeps of "It's uterUS not uterYOU."

Drug-Resistant 'Superbugs' Are On The Rise

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Resistant superbugs are spreading world-wide and threaten that common infections will once again become killers despite antibiotics. A new report f...

Why Evidence in Medical Education Should Be Taken With a Pinch of Salt

Dr Neel Sharma | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK
Dr Neel Sharma

Clinical medicine is fairly black and white as I'm sure many of you would agree. If I were to treat a patient diagnosed with a myocardial infarction in Asia, Europe or America I would certainly initiate aspirin (among other cardiac meds) in all cases. Why? Because the evidence for its benefit is global.

The Fable of the Dream of Being Fixed

Mik Scarlet | Posted 13.06.2014 | 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 28.05.2014 | 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 26.05.2014 | 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 23.05.2014 | 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 19.05.2014 | 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 01.05.2014 | 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.