Published June 22nd, 2012 | Last updated September 19th, 2012
In 1982, world-renowned vet Dr Bruce Fogle, and Lady Beatrice Wright of the Royal National Institute for Deaf People (now called Action on Hearing Loss), introduced to the UK a charity that has gone on to radically change the lives of over 1600 deaf people right across the country.
The scheme was launched following a trip to the USA where Bruce attended an event at Washington State University where he came across the American Hearing Dog Scheme. This scheme involved training dogs to alert deaf people to a range of sounds in the home, workplace, and public buildings.
Published June 19th, 2012 | Last updated June 19th, 2012
As the days are at their longest, my sleep is at its shortest and it’s got me wondering about how much sleep I actually need. I have often stated that without the recommended 8 hours I am a zombie, but who recommended those magical 8 hours, and are they right for everyone?
Published May 2nd, 2012 | Last updated May 2nd, 2012
This week (30th April - 6th May) is MSmultiple sclerosis Awareness Week and the Multiple Sclerosis Trust are reminding people to Be Bold in Blue in order to raise awareness of this common neurological
Associated with the nervous system and the brain.
condition, the most common condition of its kind in the UK. Senior doctors have warned that not enough is known about MS and that most people in the country do not understand the symptoms of multiple sclerosisA progressive disease of the central nervous system., nor its prognosisAn assessment of the likely progress of a condition. or treatment.
Published March 14th, 2012 | Last updated August 22nd, 2012
The informed patient in the UK is now not only finding access to top quality medical information and treatment options for their diagnosisThe process of determining which condition a patient may have., but is being offered a choice of consultant with whom to have their treatment on the NHS.
Published February 10th, 2012 | Last updated February 10th, 2012
There certainly was a chill in the air this morning and the early commute was full of the usual suspects: sleepy, sneezy, coughy… At this time of year, leading medical experts advise us that influenzaA viral infection affecting the respiratory system. does not have to be a fundamental part of the winter season.
Professor Kimberlin of the University of Birmingham, Alabama, USA writes that “Each year, an average of 24,000 people in the United States start the flu season alive and by the end of it have been killed by it…” He believes that this number could be greatly declined by getting an annual flu shot – available at most times of the year.
Published January 9th, 2012 | Last updated August 16th, 2012
After the champagne has been popped, the chocolates scoffed, and the clock struck 12 on New Year’s Day, the nation begins a tidal wave of all things healthy: from gym memberships to crazy celeb diets. Before you begin to starve yourself into oblivion it would be wise to know which fads are fantastic, and which are just fiction.
Published December 21st, 2011 | Last updated December 21st, 2011
Although Christmas Phobia may not be an officially recognised medical condition I, for one, know that the anxiety and panic induced by the arrival of Saint Nick are very real. Graham Price, a Chartered Psychologist and Stress Management Consultant, writes that a phobia is an “irrational fear that generates anxiety whenever we’re exposed to the thing we fear.” Christmas can be one of these fears except that it has not been named as such.
Published December 2nd, 2011 | Last updated December 2nd, 2011
Numerous symptoms which patients may consult with their doctors about have no obvious physical cause leading to confusion on both the side of the patient and the doctor. Many of these, Shakespeare claimed, were due to psychological problems resulting in emotional effects on the body.
Published October 28th, 2011 | Last updated July 17th, 2012
So, another Breast Cancer Awareness Month is drawing to a close and the healthcare industry is hoping that all of us have learnt something. Despite this, it appears that the facts surrounding breast cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body.screeningA way to identify people who may have a certain condition, among a group of people who may or may not seem to are more controversial than ever. How can all women, especially our mothers and grandmothers, be made aware of the risks and benefits involved in screening?
Published October 14th, 2011 | Last updated June 22nd, 2012
The scientific evidence on the theory that curry induces labour is sparse to say the least. Numerous methods of inducing labour have been suggested over the years but do they have any basis in fact or are they all a coincidence?
Published September 30th, 2011 | Last updated May 8th, 2012
I certainly discovered something new about cholesterolA substance present in many tissues and an important constituent of cell membranes although high concentrations of a certain type of cholesterol in the blood are unhealthy. and healthy eating last week during National Cholesterol Week. For example, did you know that cholesterol is needed to manufacture vitaminEssential substances that cannot be produced by the body and so must be acquired from the diet. D and sex hormones? Too much cholesterol, however, can be very damaging to your health and results in heart disease, strokeAny sudden neurological problem caused by a bleed or a clot in a blood vessel. and circulatory disease.
Juvenile idiopathicOf unknown cause.arthritisInflammation of one or more joints of the body. (JIA) is a group of conditions characterised by chronicA disease of long duration generally involving slow changes. arthritis in children. Systemic JIA is the subset of JIA with the worst long-term prognosisAn assessment of the likely progress of a condition. and is the most serious type of childhood arthritis.
Published April 15th, 2011 | Last updated March 20th, 2012
Anyone who, through injury or disability, is unfortunate enough to rely on crutches to get around will be all too familiar with the extreme pain that normal crutch grips can cause to the hands. Frequently, people who have suffered an injury say that the pain caused by the broken ankle or torn ligaments is nothing compared to the pain caused by the subsequent use of crutches. This was the experience of engineer Chris Slack, who explains here how a rugby injury led to the invention of a simple device that allows standard crutches to be modified to prevent painful and blistered hands.
Pain in the chest is a worrying symptom. It can have a simple and relatively harmless cause, such as indigestionDiscomfort after eating. or muscleTissue made up of cells that can contract to bring about movement. strain, but it can also be caused by a heart attackThe death of a section of heart muscle caused by an interruption in its blood supply. Also called a myocardial infarction., an alarming and potentially life-threatening condition. It is therefore extremely important to find out quickly and precisely what is causing chest pain but it can often be difficult for doctors to reach a diagnosisThe process of determining which condition a patient may have. based simply on the symptoms and medical history. A new laboratory test called Troponin greatly assists with this task.
Clinical trial treatments aim to discover if a drug is safe, has side effects, and works better than established treatments. They offer important opportunities for patients to access the most innovative treatments for cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body., giving them the best possible chance of survival or extended life, and they are an essential part of developing the cancer treatments of the future.
Cancer Research UK-funded scientists have discovered four new geneticRelating to the genes, the basic units of genetic material. variants linked to bowelA common name for the large and/or small intestines.cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. by combining data from three major genome studies, reveals a study published in Nature Genetics. Pooling the data in this way created the largest study of its kind, involving over 45,000 volunteers with and without bowel cancer, allowing previously undetected genetic sites to be pinpointed.