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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

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?

Scientists identify potential mutations for bird flu

Researchers have identified five possible ways in which the H5N1 bird flu virus could mutate and lead to a deadly pandemic. Bird flu has caused the deaths of millions of birds and is deadly to humans. At present it can only be spread to humans by close contact with infected birds and as such only [...]

By | 2012-07-03T04:03:17+00:00 July 3rd, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Scientists identify potential mutations for bird flu

BMA recommend weekend consultants in hospitals

A growing amount of research has indicated that there is an increased death rate in hospitals over the weekend. The chairman for the British Medical Association, Dr Mark Porter, has now suggested that hospital consultants should now consider working over the weekend to help address the issue. Consultant cover over the weekend is common in [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:19:12+00:00 March 15th, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off on BMA recommend weekend consultants in hospitals

Research suggests LSD as a treatment for alcoholism

Recent research from Norway has suggested that the dangerous Class A drug LSD may help in the treatment of alcoholism. LSD is known to be a powerful hallucinogenic drug. It can sometimes cause people to place themselves in danger, inducing intense anxiety and panic attacks. It is also thought that it may trigger some psychotic [...]

By | 2012-03-12T16:23:37+00:00 March 12th, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Research suggests LSD as a treatment for alcoholism

HPA warn of rise in whooping cough cases

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) have warned that over the past year, cases of whooping cough have more than doubled to over 1,000. Whooping cough is characterised by severe coughing fits which are often followed by a ‘whooping’ sound in child patients. Whilst it can be an unpleasant illness for adults, it can be serious [...]

By | 2012-01-09T17:40:49+00:00 January 9th, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off on HPA warn of rise in whooping cough cases

Research in Scotland suggests people ignore lifestyle advice

A report from NHS Health Scotland suggests that many people choose disregard healthy lifestyle advice. It also suggests that there is a gap in people’s perceptions of their own lifestyle and how healthy they actually are. The report looked at responses to the 2010 Scottish Health survey to reach its conclusions. The researchers suggest that [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:19:14+00:00 December 28th, 2011|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Research in Scotland suggests people ignore lifestyle advice

Stem cells cloned from human egg

Similar techniques to those used to clone Dolly the Sheep have been used to create a human embryo for stem cell research. Dolly was created as a clone from another adult sheep using somatic cell nuclear transfer. The new technique involves removing a cell nucleus from a skin cell and transplanting it into an unfertilised [...]

By | 2011-10-12T14:42:18+00:00 October 12th, 2011|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Stem cells cloned from human egg

WHO to take action on drug resistant TB

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned over the rise in drug resistant tuberculosis in Europe and has drawn up a plan to address the problem. The highest level of tuberculosis infections is found in Eastern Europe and tends to be concentrated in large cities. London has the highest rate of any capital city in [...]

By | 2017-05-18T20:19:16+00:00 September 17th, 2011|Uncategorized|Comments Off on WHO to take action on drug resistant TB

Chemotherapy drug hindered by fish oil

Recent research has suggested that the type of fat found in fish oils may hinder a chemotherapy drug used in the treatment of cancer. The researchers are now advising chemotherapy patients not to take fish oil supplements and consult with their doctors. The team of researchers in the Netherlands were looking into how tumors are [...]

By | 2011-09-16T14:20:54+00:00 September 16th, 2011|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Chemotherapy drug hindered by fish oil