UK Medicine

Springing Into Action for Medicines

Alex Kent | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK
Alex Kent

I'm dreading Spring. Forget the season of new beginnings, all I can think of are the looming months of itchy eyes, snot filled tissues and freak sneez...

Meningitis Research Foundation Welcomes Protection Against Rising MenW Meningitis

Chris Head | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK
Chris Head

While the rise was initially seen in adults, it has now extended to all age groups and, for the first time in a decade, young children have died as a result of MenW. A rise in cases in students has also been observed.

Putting Technology at the Fingertips of Patients and Doctors Might Just Transform Healthcare

David Lancefield | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK Tech
David Lancefield

There's no one place to see all of the information on our son, whether that's his medical records or progress reports. We combine this information and analysis ourselves on our home PC and in multiple ring binders.

McDonald's To Phase Out Antibiotics In Chicken Amid Resistance Fears

PA / The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

McDonald's has revealed that it will be phasing out the use of antibiotics in chicken sold across its UK restaurants. This comes amid health concer...

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

Dr John Cosgrove | Posted 17.04.2015 | 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 17.04.2015 | 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 07.04.2015 | 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 04.04.2015 | 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 29.03.2015 | 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

Reforming the Interactions Between Doctors and the Healthcare Industry

James Shannon | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK
James Shannon

Have you ever wondered how your doctor chooses which medicine to prescribe? For some diseases they might have two, three or even 10 medicines to choose from, each of which has been approved as safe and effective by regulators.

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...