UK Medicine

Back to the Future - How to Dismantle the NHS

Youssef El-Gingihy | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK Politics
Youssef El-Gingihy

What do the next five years hold for the NHS? The pre-election jamboree is quickly evaporating. The promise of billions more in funding now feels like a distant sound-bite. The Daily Telegraph recently set the tone with a front page headline in which Jeremy Hunt declared that the NHS now has enough money and will have to make do. However, all the talk on funding in the election debates completely missed the point.

An Astounding Number Of Health Workers Actually Believe In Gay Conversion Therapies

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 23.07.2015 | UK

Britain's leading LGBT charity, Stonewall, is calling for the government to publicly condemn gay conversion therapy after research revealed that one i...

Ask the Expert: How Do I Get Into Medical School?

Dr Hinnah Rafique | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Hinnah Rafique

I'm Dr Hinnah Rafique, the Director of Medicine and Surgery at Help Me I'm A Medic. My top tip - it is never too early to start thinking about what ...

Prevention Not Cure? Taking Pride in HIV Care

Rae Duke | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK
Rae Duke

Now dubbed the 'miracle' HIV pill, PrEP poses some provocative questions for the UK. Does this medicine represent sheer liberation for MSM

In The Future We'll Heal Ourselves Using Electricity

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Tech

Cincinnati scientists may have found a way to use electricity to help our bodies quickly heal from injury and wounds. Their experiment works on the...

This Single Test Detects Every Virus That's Ever Infected You

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK Tech

Scientists have come up with an incredibly cheap blood test that can detect every virus that has ever infected you. VirScan can screen a person fo...

Science Can Now Regenerate Entire Limbs

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK Tech

For the first time ever, scientists have produced an entire limb complete with veins and muscle, in the lab. The artificial rat limb is an exciting...

The Future Of Surgery Is Terrifying Micro Robots Tearing Your Gut Apart

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK Tech

If you're squeamish look away now. Scientists at John Hopkins' have come up with an alternative way to perform colon biopsies (as seen in the above...

Alligators Are Going To Cure Your Chest Infection, Not Antibiotics

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK Tech

On 2 June microbiologists will be discussing how crocodiles, frogs and snakes can help us fight infections. Antibiotics are of course, so 20th cen...

How 'Uncooking' An Egg Gave Us A Better Way To Treat Cancer

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Tech

When Australian scientist, Professor Colin Raston from Flinders University came up with a way to "unboil" an egg, few at the time thought it would one...

Your Body Contains 'Serial Killer' Cells That Can Destroy Cancer Like This

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 21.05.2015 | UK Tech

Inside each of our bodies live an "army of serial killers" that has the potential to destroy unwanted materials. These assassins go by the name of...

We're Running Out Of Antibiotics, And Fast

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 14.05.2015 | UK Tech

A UK government funded review has suggested that unless new antibiotics are found, over 10 million people could be dying every year by 2050 due to unt...

Personalised Vaccines Show Huge Potential To Revolutionise Cancer Treatment

PA | Posted 22.04.2015 | UK

A first step has been taken towards revolutionary cancer treatments that use personalised vaccines to target individual genetic defects. In early test...

Tiny 3D Printed Organs Could Mean The End Of Animal Testing

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Tech

While this might be hard to imagine, the image you're looking at below is actually that of a tiny heart and liver. You can see a collection of tiny...

Springing Into Action for Medicines

Alex Kent | Posted 24.05.2015 | 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 16.05.2015 | 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 03.05.2015 | 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.