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The UK is below average in terms of healthy life expectancy

The healthcare system in the UK has gradually developed to be the envy of the world. It is free to all citizens, ha brought in a well authorized smoking ban in public places, has good immune systems, cancer screening and reduced the levels of salt in the food Brits eat. However, the institute for Health [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:19:12+00:00 March 23rd, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The UK is below average in terms of healthy life expectancy

Are Underweight Children Getting the Treatment They Need?

A new study suggests that Doctors in the UK may be failing to notice the signs that a child is underweight and in critical condition.   The University College London asked paediatricians at 177 hospitals in England and Wales and found that a concerning amount of doctors were unable to identify underweight children and their [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:19:12+00:00 March 21st, 2013|Health research|Comments Off on Are Underweight Children Getting the Treatment They Need?

Early treatment of HIV proves successful for US infant

On March 4th 2013 the news broke that a baby, born in rural Mississippi, had been cured of the HIV virus. This amazing claim came after a lengthy period of treatment and recovery. The infant girl, now 2 and a half years old, has since been tested by a number of doctors since the conclusion [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:19:12+00:00 March 21st, 2013|Babies|Comments Off on Early treatment of HIV proves successful for US infant

Targeting “super-spreaders” could stop spread of Hepatitis C

A study among injecting drug users in Greece found those who contract Hepatitis C will likely spread the disease to 20 other people - half of them within the first two years of infection. Although up to 180 million people worldwide carry the hepatitis C virus, only around one in four develop symptoms within the [...]

By | 2013-02-13T08:15:28+00:00 February 13th, 2013|Healthcare|Comments Off on Targeting “super-spreaders” could stop spread of Hepatitis C

Surgeons call for end to cosmetic procedures by the unqualified

Cosmetic surgery, such as breast augmentation and face lifts should only be carried out by qualified surgeons, according to new guidelines published byThe Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS). The new guide, titled Professional Standards for Cosmetic Practice, also suggests non-surgical cosmetic treatments such as Botox should only be carried out by trained doctors, dentists [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:19:12+00:00 February 1st, 2013|Healthcare|Comments Off on Surgeons call for end to cosmetic procedures by the unqualified

Could prescribing self-help books really treat depression?

Giving patients self-help books on the NHS, backed-up by "support sessions" could be an effective treatment for depression, according to evidence from a Glasgow-based study. The study, published in the journa lPlos One, featured 281 patients who diagnosed with depression by their GP. Around half of these were also prescribed anti-depressant drugs. After a year [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:19:12+00:00 January 29th, 2013|NHS|Comments Off on Could prescribing self-help books really treat depression?

The Horse Meat Scandal- A Serious Health Risk?

Consumers across the nation have been shocked by the revelation by a consumer watchdog that Tesco and other major supermarkets are selling ‘beef’ products that contain traces, and in several cases high percentages, of horsemeat.  But as the dust settles, what are the implications of the revelation, and is this a moral dilemma or a [...]

By | 2013-01-28T13:14:26+00:00 January 28th, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Horse Meat Scandal- A Serious Health Risk?

Deaths from cancer in middle-age at lowest level

Figures from Cancer Research UK indicate that the number of cancer related deaths for people in their 50s is at an all time low. For people between 50 and 59 years of age, the number of cancer related deaths has fallen by 40% in the past 40 years. In the early 70’s there were more [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:19:12+00:00 July 18th, 2012|Cancer Care|Comments Off on Deaths from cancer in middle-age at lowest level

Researchers in Scotland find potential for new male contraceptive

Researchers from the University of Edinburgh have identified a gene involved in the production of healthy sperm which may be a potential target for a male contraceptive pill. By altering the genetic code in mice, the researchers were able to identify a gene called Katnal1, which caused the mice to become infertile once it had [...]

By | 2012-07-17T19:42:24+00:00 July 17th, 2012|Healthcare|Comments Off on Researchers in Scotland find potential for new male contraceptive

Research suggests exercise gives no additional help in treating depression

Recent NHS funded research has suggested that exercise provides no additional help when treating people who are suffering from depression. Previous research had suggested that exercise could help to treat people with mild depression. This led to the National Institutes for Health and Clinical Excellence issuing guidelines in 2004 that advised suffers to take three [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:19:12+00:00 July 11th, 2012|NHS|Comments Off on Research suggests exercise gives no additional help in treating depression