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Antibiotics in Livestock

12th March 2018

Livestock farmers use antibiotics to help protect their animals from illness and disease in the herd. They are also often abused to promote growth, making the animals bigger and therefore worth more. The practice of giving livestock these medicines is a well-known and widespread one, but what does it mean for people consuming meat that…

Vaginal Mesh Scandal

The UK government has launched an official audit, following pressure from an all-parliamentary group on surgical mesh implants, to examine how many women are being affected by life-changing side effects of transvaginal mesh (TVM) implants to determine whether the UK and the NHS should follow New Zealand’s lead and ban the use of TVM for…

Heart Attacks and Gender

Most people think that a heart attack presents with excruciating pain in the chest along with shortness of breath and severe discomfort travelling down the arm – the type of attack that is often televised in a hospital dramas, or seen on the big screen. This is true for some cases, but it does vary…

Statins and Children

One of the most common drugs administered by Western healthcare professionals is the statin. As many people are nowadays aware, statins are a group of medications used primarily in the treatment of hypercholesterolaemia, and administered to many patients – often in their middle-age and beyond – exhibiting high blood pressure and/or heart diseases. The primary…

The Little Blue Pill OTC

6th March 2018

Being able to obtain Viagra over the counter in your local pharmacy may be a relief for men who find it difficult to visit their doctor with something that they feel is embarrassing, such as impotency or erectile dysfunction. Psychologically, men may consider themselves a failure and would prefer not to admit it, nor discuss…

Do You Have Selfitis?

Selfitis. The chances are that you either don’t know what it is, or if you are suffering from this relatively new illness, you don’t realise it. Beyond a Joke ‘Selfitis’ began as somewhat of a joke about four years ago, but is now considered a mental illness according to psychiatric experts in several countries. Perhaps…

The Miracle of Cannabis?

5th March 2018

In the UK, cannabis is listed as a class B drug and it is illegal to buy, sell, or possesses it. The active ingredient in the drug is a chemical called THC which produces the effects people feel when they have ingested it. Once THC reaches the brain it effects memory, coordination, and in some…

Does Mindfulness Work?

You will not doubt have heard a great many people discuss mindfulness in recent times, often with incredulity that it will actually work. Just what is this supposed panacea to all of life’s ills? Can it really be effective when we find ourselves under duress? The answer to the latter question is yes, provided you…

Healthcare in Winter

Winter is a difficult time of year for healthcare providers because of a toxic combination of factors that make illnesses and injuries more likely. Cold weather takes its toll on the body – especially in the very young and very old – which in turn puts pressure on the healthcare system. Coughs and Sneezes As…

The NHS – Pretty Vacant?

It is clear that there are a relatively high number of unfilled staff positions in the NHS. According to the latest quarterly report from NHS Improvement, there are currently about 1.1 million whole-time equivalent (WTE) staff employed by the NHS in England and about 100,000 vacancies (around 9% of the total staff). This compares to a…

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