UK Medicine

That Painful Bend 'Down There'? It's More Common Than You Think

Mr David Ralph | Posted 22.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Mr David Ralph

The condition causes curved and painful erections where fibrous scar tissue forms in the penis, as well as thickened nodules (called plaques) in the shaft. It's unclear why collagen is deposited in the penis like this - it's sometimes due to a genetic condition, or it could be caused by scar tissue formation brought about by an injury.

Medicine Information Leaflets Are 'Unreadable' And 'Impenetrable', Experts Warn

Press Association | Natasha Hinde | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Medicine information leaflets must be improved so they can be easily read and understood, experts have said. The Academy of Medical Sciences warned th...

Avoid Getting Served An Injury This Tennis Season

Ian McDermott | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK Sport
Ian McDermott

Each year, tennis courts across the country experience a surge in bookings as a result of the warmer weather and 'Wimbledon fever'. But whilst it's great that more people are inspired to pick up their racquets, they must also be wary of the injury risks the additional strain is placing on them.

The Healing Power Of Music

Dr Sara Ahmed | Posted 31.05.2017 | UK Entertainment
Dr Sara Ahmed

Unity is what we have seen in Manchester since the tragedy - everyone has come together as one regardless of his or her colour or religious preferences. 'Don't Look Back in Anger' was sung after the minute's silence, the song strengthening the social connection, the lyrics transforming a negative experience into positive words, which for some will steer them towards the path of healing.

Stem Cells: The Miraculous Blood In Your Baby's Umbilical Cord

Kerstin Vintila | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Parents
Kerstin Vintila

My husband and I were at a Baby Show recently and walked past a stem cell storage bank display on our way to the popular pram and cot displays. At the time, we didn't really stop to think about it, however we did make a mental note to have a look into stem cells later on as we weren't too sure what storing stem cells actually entailed or the process involved.

Whatsapp Doc? NHS Failure To Update Cold War Era Tech Forcing Medics To Use Unsafe Apps To Help Save Lives

Dr Felix Jackson | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK Tech
Dr Felix Jackson

Saving lives through great communication is just as valid and important as saving lives through great surgery. This is a message that needs to be shouted from the rooftops - and from the mobile phones - of everyone involved in healthcare.

Chronic Disease Is A Public Health Crisis

Dr G. Richard Olds | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr G. Richard Olds

We may be living longer in The West, but not all of us are living well. In England, an estimated 15 million people suffer from chronic health issues,...

Neanderthals Actually Used 'Aspirin' Just Like Us

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Tech

Most people would agree that having a packet of tablets to hand that can magically make pain disappear is one of the marvels of modern medicine. Espec...

Introducing The Future Of Medicine: Medical Concierge

Kirsty Ettrick | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Ettrick

A medical concierge service is often wrongly perceived as a product for the rich and the elite, but when a member of your family or a close friend receives a devastating diagnosis, you need answers, quickly and at an accessible cost, which is something we are now able to provide.

An Anti-Ageing Hormone Could Unlock Treatments For Kidney Disease

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 13.02.2017 | UK Tech

Despite the seeming inevitability of ageing, humans actually contain many of the tools that allow us to live longer. One of these tools is an anti-age...

You've Got To Be Kidding Me

Samuel Goh | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Samuel Goh

Over those two hours, I was allowed to be silly, to escape from the adult world and into the world of this toddler. Even though it was brief, it was very much needed. Kids aren't that scary, it turns out. You just need to be brave enough to think silly, to not make sense at all, and to have the courage to put a chocolate snowman on your porch in the middle of summer.

This Groundbreaking Device Lets People With Complete Locked-In Syndrome 'Talk'

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK Tech

Four patients with complete locked-in syndrome have finally been able to communicate with those around them. Doctors at the Wyss Center for Bio and Ne...

The Devastating Disease Too Many Men Are Hiding

Mr David Ralph | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Mr David Ralph

So why haven't you ever heard of this disease? Because Peyronie's is an embarrassing condition - it affects the penis. Most men avoid the doctor at the best of times and are even less likely to go if the problem is an intimate one. Others wrongly believe there are no treatments available and try to cope alone.

#MySmearStory

Nathalie Gordon | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Nathalie Gordon

I remember leaving the clinic wanting to throw up. No one had really explained to me what was actually going on or told me what was wrong. Perhaps they thought I knew or perhaps they thought it was best I didn't. I called my mum straight away and she began the wave of 'It will be fine's that crashed down on me for the next month.

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.