About 30 years ago even the idea of printing a human organ seemed ludicrous. However, now the possibility of bioprinted organs being used in transplants becomes more and more likely every day. Over the past few months, I have been researching this topic for a school project as I have always been fascinated with modern … Continue reading 3D Printed Organs
The acknowledgement of Cannabis as a drug in the UK has been unclear for many years. Prior to 2008, it was considered a Class C drug, and if caught in possession of the drug, the penalty would be up to two years’ imprisonment. After 2008, it got promoted to a Class B drug and if … Continue reading The legalisation of Medical Cannabis
As you may be aware, the consumption of alcohol has many short-term effects e.g. drowsiness and slurred speech as well as the better known long term health issues such as organ failures. If you have drunk alcohol before, you may be aware that having a bit too much to drink can lead to blurry and … Continue reading Does alcohol affect our eyes?
Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability in the UK. There are around 32,000 stroke-related deaths in England each year. The current rehabilitation methods are not effective in successfully treating stroke patients but neuroplasticity could be the way forward. Our brain is constantly changing as we experience different things, new brain maps are … Continue reading Can neuroplasticity be used to help stroke patients?
Can a feeling really present itself as a mental or a physical illness? This is one question I asked myself whilst I was walking back home from a care home. Volunteering regularly at a care home has really opened my eyes to some issues that the older generation faces. For example, many of the residents … Continue reading Can loneliness and other feelings manifest themselves as illnesses?
What is Laser Eye Surgery? Laser eye surgery is a way of correcting vision to reduce the dependency on glasses. The Royal College of ophthalmologists have said that over 95% of people who have had refractive surgery are pleased with the outcome of improving their vision. Laser eye surgery involves using lasers to change the … Continue reading Are you at risk with laser eye surgery?
What is organ donation? Organ donation is when a person offers to donate their organs and/or tissues to someone else through transplant for medical purposes. The donor can give a “living donation” by donating organs such as kidneys or liver while they are alive. However, most donations are given when the donor is deceased. What … Continue reading Organ Donation: Should we have an opt-in or an opt-out system?
What a week it’s been for England. David Davis resigns, Boris Johnson leaves his role as Foreign Secretary and the public learned that football isn’t coming home. The man replacing Boris Johnson is Jeremy Hunt, meaning the empty mantle of Health Secretary was given to Matt Hancock, who I admittedly never heard of till this … Continue reading 3 things you need to know about Matt Hancock
When you think of controversial medical topics I’m sure the first thing many of you think of is abortion. Before reading this article you must remember to keep your mind open and we have tried to keep this article as unbiased as possible. We have chosen not to take a position in this debate and … Continue reading Abortion: Pro-Life or Pro-Choice
Doctors have an array of responsibilities; from diagnosing a patient to dictating letters, but one responsibility which we, as the public, sometimes take for granted is that they make the difficult choices so we don’t have to. In the world of Medical Ethics, there can be many reasons why making a choice is difficult: there … Continue reading Who should get the final say: Doctors or Parents?
Can you spot the myths about eyes? There are so many out there that I’m sure you’re as curious as I am to distinguish between the fact and fiction! Are carrots really good for your vision? Does sitting too close to the TV cause sight problems? Will looking directly at the sun damage your eyesight? … Continue reading The Eyes: Fact or Fiction?
11th April- Breakthrough for Alzheimer's Research at the University of California presents a new way of treating Alzheimer's. Dr Huang and his team found that a form of the gene APOE, called APOE4 increased amyloid production in human neurons but not in the neurons of mice which shows why some of the drugs have not … Continue reading Recent medical news
Every single one of us should have, at one point in time, thought about what makes us walk and sleep and eat. The answer is, of course, the brain! Inside our skulls, we all possess an extremely powerful muscle that dictates what we say and do. In this article, I will relay a few … Continue reading 10 amazing facts about your brain!
It amazes me that I decided that I wanted to become a Doctor 2 years ago. Not because I chose a career path at such a young age – but because 2016 marked a time when news channels, radio programs and the public would only talk about two things: The Junior Doctor’s Contract Dispute and … Continue reading Looking back at the Junior Doctors Contract Dispute
Monday 2nd April-Young Children’s Mental Health A survey of teachers has shown that children as young as four are showing mental health problems with the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASWUT)concluding that the poll they carried out shows that anxiety ,panic attacks and depression are some of the symptoms that these you … Continue reading This week in Medical News
If there’s one thing I love to do the most it’s definitely to play a good game of chess! It’s a challenge but its gets my brain working hard and after a little research I found that playing chess could potentially prevent the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that physically affects … Continue reading Can playing chess help prevent Alzheimer’s disease?
1.Where do organs come from? Organs such as the heart, lungs, pancreas and cornea have to come from cadavers, where as kidneys, livers, bone marrow or skin can come from a living patient. This is because some organs like the liver can regenerate quickly from only half their mass or humans can survive with only … Continue reading 10 things you’ve always wanted to know about transplants
Before going onto the news this week, I’d like to point out the importance of critical analysis of information presented in the media, especially when it comes to the hoaxes and exaggerations of medical news. For example, an article might claim that drinking coffee increases your risk of developing disease X by 20%. If the … Continue reading This Week in Medical News
A few weeks ago, Jasleen talked about a headline in her blog post regarding a pay gap of 12% between women consultants and their male counterparts; which I personally believe is very disappointing and that action should be taken to change this. In this post, I want to focus on achievements that have been accomplished … Continue reading Women in Medicine
Monday 5th March – Does long term depression change the brain? Depression is a common mental illness and scientists are investigating how it alters the brain. Research shows that across the United States 8.1% of people have depression over any given 2 week period. However for some it may be episodic and come now and … Continue reading This Week in Medical News
Some people really can taste the rainbow. When you hear the overplayed ballad 'Let it go' do you see a barrage of colours? When you read the grey words in this sentence can you smell freshly bakes cupcakes? If so, you may have a condition called 'Synesthesia'. It is a mysterious neurological disorder in which … Continue reading Can you smell music?
26th February- Another approach to medical depression New guidelines by american academy of pediatrics have been released in treating adolescent depression. The recommendations include depression screening for children 12 and above. One way to prevent depression may be a healthier diet including fruits, vegetables and whole grains. A study at Rush University, showed that foods … Continue reading This Week in Medical News
Ever wonder what do you get when you combine the average British persons’ top 2 favourite things to complain about (besides the weather)?
19th February- Doing as little as walking the dog is enough to help older men live longer A recent study has found a link between the total amount of time active with a lower risk of death from any cause. The research showed that half an hour a day of any level of activity which … Continue reading This week in Medical News
If you’ve ever been for an eye test, you’ll know that one of the common questions asked is “ Have you been getting any headaches at all?”. This led me to question why this was being asked and explore what is going on in our complex heads to have the ability to cause this. Suffering … Continue reading Are our eyes causing headaches?
12th February – Parents are urged to use Pharmacies to relieve pressure NHS England launched a campaign to promote the use of Pharmacies instead of GP practices for minor ailments. Top health officials are now saying that millions of children will get help much quicker if young children with non-urgent illnesses were taken to local chemists … Continue reading This Week In Medical News
Every organ, every muscle. every blood vessel in your body is continually repairing and renewing itself. And it is this constant regeneration that allows your body to stay healthy even after the number of stressors it faces everyday. Just in the time it takes you to read the first few lines of this post, millions … Continue reading Your bodies amazing renewal system
5th February - This week marks the beginning of mental health week With Mental Health Week beginning today, the Duchess of Cambridge, sent out a personal message of encouragement and endearment to children and families of those suffering with Mental Health Illnesses. In her message, as well as during her visits to some primary schools, she … Continue reading This Week In Medical News
Medicine is an ever-changing field with new discoveries being found all the time and with technology being such a powerful tool in todays day and age these discoveries are found even more quickly. A few months ago, I read an article online that discussed the research of using CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing to fix a disease … Continue reading Designer babies- Should we get to choose the baby we have?
Monday 29th January – Is omega-3 from fish best for preventing breast cancer? Studies have shown that the increased consumption of omega-3 from fish reduces the chance of developing breast cancer. Scientists at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada have revealed that the fatty acids are around eight times more effective than plant based … Continue reading This week in medical news
Let’s say two women both have lung cancer. Miraculously, a lung donor is suddenly available. Who would you give the lungs too? You know that Woman 1 needs them more than woman 2; you also know that both women have children. But you find out that woman 2 is higher on the waiting list than … Continue reading Self-inflicted diseases- Should the NHS pay for the treatment?
22nd January– Combination chemo may significantly improve treatment for deadly brain tumour A group of researchers have found that adding he chemotherapy drug hydroxyurea to the current chemotherapy for the brain tumour glioblastoma significantly increased survival when tested on animals. The experiments showed that around 40-60% of the mice used became tumour free. The team … Continue reading This week in medical news
I recently took part in the RSCU challenge and decided to post the transcript of my video entry. I chose to answer the question “What small area of current research has the potential to revolutionise the world and why?” When trying to choose a small area of current research, one of the last areas … Continue reading Using Immune Cells as a Drug Delivery System
Monday 15th- Risks of an early menopause Research has found that women who go through early menopause are at higher risk of developing heart disease and stroke. In addition, a study by the University of Oxford found a strong link between women’s reproductive health and danger of developing cardiovascular problems. Cardiovascular disease is the biggest … Continue reading This week in Medical News
Diabetes is one of the major causes of blindness. There are a number of ways in which the two are linked but not everyone who has diabetes will suffer with eye complications. Those who are affected will have different types of problems which vary in severity. However the most serious condition is diabetic retinopathy. What … Continue reading The Eyes and Diabetes
Monday 8th- Women dies after eating raw oyster's on family trip Jeanette LeBlanc went fishing for crabs with her friends and family on the coast of Louisiana in September. During the trip, she ate about two dozen raw oysters and shortly afterwards developed breathing problems and a rash on her legs. The Texas women had developed … Continue reading This week in Medical News
Latest research at the University of Nottingham could lead to the beginning of biological immortality, a way to overcome the ageing process and remain youthful. Dr Aziz Aboobaker from the university's biology school says that planarian worms demonstrate an ability to maintain telomere length during regeneration. Telomere length refers to a region of repetitive nucleotide sequences … Continue reading An end to the ageing process?
1st January A new Alzheimer’s drug is showing capability to become a treatment After tests on Mice, scientists in China and the UK believe their new drug can prevent brain damage caused by Alzheimer’s disease. This drug is being conceptualised as a triple action drug. 2nd January Commercial Anti Smoking Drug linked to stroke … Continue reading This Week In Medical News
Have you ever felt an irritating crawling feeling or bubbling sensation under your skin in your legs? Does this feeling come to life when you begin to relax? Does it interrupt your sleep? Leave you with an overwhelming urge to just get up and move your legs?
Monday 25th December - Scientists say that Super Mario could help prevent dementia Researchers say that playing 3D platform video games or logic games may increase the grey matter in the navigation area of the brain called the hippocampus. This is because players need to use spatial memory to build a cognitive map of the … Continue reading This week in medical news
Recently, I started watching a new television show called ‘The Good Doctor’ which is about an autistic doctor who successfully manages to navigate through a surgical internship regardless of personal setbacks and discrimination at every step. The protagonist, Dr Shaun Murphy, has been diagnosed with Savant’s syndrome and has joined the surgical unit at a … Continue reading Autism
It’s incredible, and almost a little unnerving, how much power the subconscious brain has over us. When your mind is working subconsciously it can change how you think, eat, sleep, feel. But to what extent can it control you? Can it control how you sit? The way you walk? The name you respond to? Well, … Continue reading What is Dissociative Identity Disorder?
Monday 11th- Huntington's disease breakthrough Huntington’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease which involves the gradual loss of structure and function of neurons, including the death of them in specific areas of the brain. This can leave patients with emotional disturbances, uncontrolled movements and loss of intellectual and logical abilities. For the first time the … Continue reading This week in Medical News
Does being blind mean that you can only see certain things? Or does being blind simply mean that you just see darkness? Before we can explore visual impairment, it is important to understand the true meaning of what it actually means to be blind. There are different aspects of sight loss: Peripheral sight loss is … Continue reading The Leading Causes of Visual Impairment
Monday 4th – Police in Colorado start a 'cuddle club' to help look after a prematurely born baby The heroic nature of blue uniformed police officers is shown by the formation of 'cuddle club' to look after baby Axle. Axle was born prematurely and his condition immediately deteriorated which meant he had to receive immediate … Continue reading This week in Medical News
The transfer of a healthy head to a surgically beheaded body may sound like something out of Frankenstein but, Italian professor Sergio Canavero believes that it is possible. Canavero claims that a full head transplant has already taken place in China where a monkeys's head was grafted onto another animals's body. The doctors connected … Continue reading World’s first human head transplant
Monday 27th - NHS bosses warn, children should be given the flu vaccine soon to prevent putting relatives at risk of infection. The flu virus spreads more easily within nurseries and schools, so a children's Flu Vaccine is being presented to help protect young children against it. The NHS also recommend that children get their … Continue reading This week in Medical News
Charlie Gard passed away on the 28th August 2017 in a hospice with both his parents by his side; just a week short of his one-year birthday.