Campaigning for Improvements to Drugs Access - Why We Must Not Lose Sight of the Individual

Heather Blake | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK
Heather Blake

This morning a colleague updated me on the situation of a man called Kevin that we have been in touch with over recent months, whose prostate cancer is terminal and has spread to his bones.

New Guidance to Improve Early Detection of Prostate Cancer

Heather Blake | Posted 17.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Heather Blake

I know this is a contentious area. Lots of doctors don't like using the PSA test because it's unreliable and can lead to over-diagnosis and over treatment. But at present it is the best thing men have got. And our clinical consensus will help GPs to use it more effectively.

That First School Trip Abroad

Kathryn Berens | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK Parents
Kathryn Berens

In approximately 1 hour and 27 minutes my son will land back at Gatwick after his first trip abroad with the school. Approximately is not accurate, in exactly 1 hour and 27 minutes my son will land - how do I know this? Because I am his mother and I have been counting down the minutes until his return. I am under no illusions that he has been doing the same.

The Best Health Care Must Involve Kindness and Instil Trust

David Haslam | Posted 18.02.2016 | UK Parents
David Haslam

At a time of unprecedented financial challenge in health and social care, the NHS must never ever find solutions by doing things less well.

Cancer Drugs Fund Reform: Back to the Future?

Heather Blake | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Politics
Heather Blake

Take one NHS with a finite budget, running up an extensive deficit. Balance this against medicine development costs of more than £1 billion per treat...

Milestone or Millstone?

Jim Sherifi | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK
Jim Sherifi

A milestone is defined as a significant stage or event in the development of something. NG23 is not a milestone document but another millstone around the neck of a profession that is trying to maintain the trust that patients have in it.. NICE needs to choose its words carefully. A 'sound bite' can often bite you back.

We Need a United Front to Win the War on Antibiotic Resistance

Rose Gallagher | Posted 20.08.2015 | UK
Rose Gallagher

Compared to most global crises, antibiotic resistance has received little attention. This week, the topic finally found its rightful place at the top of the news agenda but this is just the beginning: it is going to take a lot to even slow this down. Antibiotic resistance affects the health of every single person - and it is going take every one of those people to help overcome it.

Reason and Emotion: The Importance of Responsible Health Journalism

Adam Staten | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK
Adam Staten

People are influenced by what the papers say and the decisions they make based on the information they are given are important. Swinging wildly for or against any particular treatment or intervention in order to sell more papers is quite damaging and quite reckless.

Over 400,000 People Signed the #Clarkson Petition in One Day. Yet Only 5000 Signed a Patient Petition Fighting Cancer Cuts

Mark Flannagan | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK
Mark Flannagan

50% of us will be diagnosed with cancer during our lifetime so we all have a vested interest in how cancer patients are being treated now and in the future.

Mother and Baby Units Can Be the Difference Between Life and Death

Mark Williams | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Williams

Why isn't there a unit in Wales? It's a country in itself, and after being involved in the report in October issues by the MMHA, this shows clearly that prevention and treatment would result in saving the country money in the long term due to the effects of this illness.

Europe's Emerging Quality Hostels: Part One - France

Peter Yeung | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Peter Yeung

Things are gradually changing, and in the past few years quality hostelling has been embraced. Here are the best picks of France...

Are the NHS and Private Health Insurers Failing Patients with Varicose Veins?

Mark S. Whiteley | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark S. Whiteley

Varicose veins are often thought to be "only" a cosmetic problem. However research over the last decade or so has shown this to be wrong. Some 20% of patients with varicose veins will go on to get leg ulcers if left untreated. Others will get swollen ankles, skin damage, discomfort, phlebitis or rarely bleeding.

My Father: From Practitioner to Patient - Living With Prostate Cancer

Mishal Husain | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK
Mishal Husain

There are moments in family life when time seems to stand still, and for me, one of those came in the spring of 2013, when my father Tazi revealed to my mother, my brother and myself that he had been diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer. New drugs are now coming through and one of them has made an immense difference to my father's quality of life over the last year... Every moment that abiraterone continues to work is a blessing. It has helped him maintain his professional life and continue doing the things he enjoys - so much so that at times I almost forget he has cancer, let alone one that has spread and is at an advanced stage.

'Kick In The Teeth' For Prostate Cancer Patients

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK

A decision not to offer a life-extending prostate cancer drug to sufferers on the NHS until after they have received chemotherapy is a "kick in the te...

In Defence of Bedsharing - Dispelling the Shoddy Science and Examining the Facts

Zion Lights | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Zion Lights

We need to inform parents about their choices instead of scaring them into avoiding bedsharing.

Shakespeare's Cities: The Best of Shakespeare's Story Settings

Adam Bown | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Adam Bown

Start at Rialto Bridge to re-live heated conversations from The Merchant of Venice and experience the views this tourist trap offers over the city's canals. Take a trip to the area known as the 'Jewish Ghetto' and see one of the city's stunning synagogues, like the Levantine Synagogue, where Al Pacino prayed in the role of Shylock in the 2004 film.

Care in the New NHS Needs Greater Monitoring and Reporting to Guarantee Improvements

Baroness Delyth Morgan | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK
Baroness Delyth Morgan

The NHS is changing rapidly but care for all patients, including those diagnosed with breast cancer, must remain a top priority. There are around 570,000 people thought to be living with breast cancer in the UK, and each one deserves the best quality care at every stage of their diagnosis and treatment.

#nicenominate FTW

Jack Fletcher | Posted 18.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Fletcher

Yesterday, a small group of us in Leicester shacked up in our students' union armed with a whiteboard, a camera and a load of cakes to give away for free, in return for a #nicenomination. Firstly what struck us was the sheer difficulty people faced opening up and writing something kind about someone they knew.

Should You Be Pushy With Your GP? Professor Haslam Thinks So

Karin Sieger | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

Professor David Haslam, chairman of the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE), says in an interview with the Daily Telegraph, that patients should be more pro-active about their health and 'pushier' with their GPs. How realistic is his view, and where does our responsibility towards ourselves as patients start and that of a medical professional end?

When They Come for You?

Mik Scarlet | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK
Mik Scarlet

If we do begin begin doling out medicine dependent on "societal benefit" how long will it be before we also follow counties like Belgium and euthanize sick and disabled children, as not only are they "suffering" but they will never be useful members of society?

Heart Disease And Stroke-Busting Pills May Be Used More Widely

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle

The US has just released a set of radical new guidelines around managing heart disease and strokes, using the latest research available. Off the b...

Being Nice to Fat People? It Matters

Angela Meadows | Posted 20.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Angela Meadows

How did we become a society where (a) doctors needed to be told to respect their patients, and (b) that the suggestions that fat people deserved respect became so shocking as to be front-page news? But the media were right - this is a story.

More Than 5,000 NHS Nurses Cut In Three Years

PA | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK

The NHS has lost more than 5,000 nurses in just three years, official figures show. Data for May this year reveals there were 348,311 qualified sta...

A NICE End to Vein Stripping

Mark S. Whiteley | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mark S. Whiteley

As we all know, the medical world moves slowly, particularly when it comes to recommendations or guidelines. In many instances when drugs or malignant conditions are being assessed, there is a very good rationale for this slow change and there are many examples to support a thorough and well-reasoned (albeit slow) approach.

New Guidelines Issued For Handling Head Injuries

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Ambulance crews should take people with head injuries to the most appropriate hospital for them even if it is further away, new guidelines suggest. ...