“HEALTH TOURISM IS COSTING THE NHS BILLIONS!”

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…

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WILL WE BE ABLE TO FIND A CURE FOR DEMENTIA? 💡

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…

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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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CONFESSIONS OF A GP | Dr. Benjamin Daniels

The first sentence of this book started with: “Humans have a universal desire to be listened and share their stories of pain and suffering.” I really loved this simple and accurate observation…the author went on to describe his role as a GP of listening to patients and hearing their stories. I think that is a…

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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 life long 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…

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THE CHECKLIST MANIFESTO | Atul Gawande

This book was authored by a surgeon and based around the idea that a simple checklist can act as the solution to all the problems faced within life’s complexities, particularly within medical procedures. He argued that having a checklist can prevent us from making silly mistakes or forgetting basic steps. They provide a basic, but…

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