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.