SHOULD THE NHS PROVIDE IVF FOR WOMEN OVER 40? 


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

SHOULD SMOKERS BE TREATED ON THE NHS? 🚭

Smoking is a common and unhealthy habit which can lead to the development of many diseases such as lung cancer and bronchitis. A person who engages in this activity is self inflicting these potential diseases upon themselves so can ultimately be held responsible for the deterioration of their health which could follow. Treating smokers requires money out of the tight NHS budget so the statement implies the money shouldn’t be spent on them. Continue reading

MEDICINE – ART OR SCIENCE? 🎨🔬


Art may be defined as a creative medium in which people can express themselves or their opinions. Art ultimately aims to give a message to its viewer whether it’s an emotion, an ideology or for entertainment purposes. Science is defined by the objective principles that govern different aspects of our world and lives. Theories are suggested, tested for their validity through peer review, then later challenged to result in the strongest explanation for phenomena which occur. It can be considered less flexible than art. Continue reading

IS MODERN MEDICINE HINDERING THE EVOLUTION OF THE HUMAN SPECIES?

Recent medical advances have enabled the human race to progress immensely in the field of genetics and disease. With the continuous discovery of new techniques, procedures and surgical instruments, it makes one wonder whether these technological advancements will lead us to being able to defy nature. They evolution of humans relies on the process of natural selection in which individuals who possess less adapted genes will be at a disadvantage, risking endangering the gene. Many of the procedures and medications available today are to some extent able to act as a compromise for the limitations created by a person’s genome.

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