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…

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OBESITY – A GLOBAL EPIDEMIC

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…

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EATING DISORDERS 🍴

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?

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DEMENTIA IS NOW THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH

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…

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MEDICAL ETHICS DISCUSSION WITH A&E CONSULTANT 💉

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…

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NURSE WAS ACCUSED OF CONCEALING SYMPTOMS OF EBOLA 

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…

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CAN WE AVOID AN ANTIBIOTIC APOCALYPSE? 💊

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…

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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…

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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…

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A ‘PAPER-FREE’ NHS? 📋

The drive for a paperless NHS has been a hot topic for a while now, but only recently it has truly sparked my attention. I read this article on BBC Health just today and I was really able to relate to it following the experiences I have gained through my work experience and volunteering.

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Stopping Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis is a progressive autoimmune disease in which an individual’s immune system attacks their own cells, specifically, the myelin. It is a lifelong condition that has a wide range of symptoms including vision, balance, movement, sensation and sometimes serious disability. It’s mostly diagnosed in people ages 20 to 30. About 100 people a week…

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