This is a title I grabbed from a Daily Mail article. Now, on the outset this seems like a major catastrophe and anyone would be concerned that it could indeed be ‘health tourism’ that’s causing all the problems of underfunding and shortage of resources in the NHS. But is it really? And is health tourism as big of a problem as it is sometimes made out to be? Continue reading
IVF stands for In Vitro Fertilisation and it is one of the several techniques available to allow people with fertility problems to have children. NICE guidelines recommend that IVF should be offered to women under 43 years of age who have been trying to get pregnant for two years. However, the final decision about who can have NHS-funded IVF in England is made by local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), and their criteria may be stricter than those recommended by NICE. Continue reading
I’m back again today with another topic I want to talk about! I’ve actually touched on the topic of dementia before in a previous post, but as I was reviewing it I realised that I hadn’t discussed whether a cure would be a possibility, which is something that everybody seems to wondering and hoping. I would like to use this post to review current research on dementia and reflect on other ways that scientists are hopeful the condition could be cured. I will be discussing: the development of dementia, trials for a new dementia drug, strobe light therapy, gene therapy, a dementia vaccine and stem cells. Now let’s jump straight into it. Make sure you read the post I wrote earlier for a good background before you delve into this one. Continue reading
The number of people who are considered clinically obese has actually tripled in the last 25 years, making obesity a growing concern for doctors and health professionals. Obesity is also becoming more frequently seen amongst children. I would like to take a step back and think about some of the reasons why obesity has increased so rapidly, and also think about ways in which the issue could potentially be resolved. Continue reading
“What if you were told that you could cheat death by having your veins filled with chemicals, before being hung upside down in a sleeping bag inside a freezing vat of liquid nitrogen, to be resurrected in decades or centuries to come?”
Eating disorders. We’ve all heard of this term. We’ve all heard of words such as anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder associated with it. But do we really know what they are? Do we really understand the impact eating disorders can have on individuals? Continue reading
This article heading without doubt caught my attention. Heart disease was the previous more common cause of death due to an increase in the number of people with obesity in the population. The article states that “last year more than 61,000 people died of dementia – 11.6% of all recorded deaths.” That, to me, seems like a very huge proportion, and develops an increasing sense of concern with regards to neurodegenerative conditions. According to BUPA, every 3 seconds someone in the world will develop dementia! Why is dementia becoming such a huge problem? And how can we stop it?
Today I attended a very interesting ethical discussion session with an A&E consultant. Different situations were presented and then openly discussed. Some of the situations presented were particularly thought provoking and I learnt a lot from the session so I thought I’d take some time to reflect on and compile my thoughts into one lovely blog post. Continue reading
Today I came across this article about the possibility of an Ebola nurse having hidden the high temperature of an Ebola survivor. I’m not planning on commenting on the accuracy of these claims, because I’m clearly in no position to make a judgement on the case. The article itself doesn’t specify whether the claims are true, but just presents the evidence collected by both sides. As I read the first few lines of the article, the word ‘integrity’ came to my head, and that’s just what I want to talk about here as this situation seems to provide a strong example to demonstrate the significance of this quality. Continue reading
Will we run out of effective antibiotics? This is perhaps one of the most worrying questions of this age, and I think the problem of antibiotic resistance is sometimes overlooked and underestimated. In this post I will be gathering my thoughts on this huge issue and reflecting on just how great a crisis this could be for modern medicine.