World Parkinson’s Week

2017 marks 200 years since Parkinson’s was identified as a health condition by Dr James Parkinson (1755-1824.) The London Doctor recognised that the progressive neurological disease affects an individual’s actions to talk, walk and write. Today, Parkinson’s disease impacts over 1.2 million lives across Europe and European Parkinson’s disease association aims to raise awareness, promoting […]

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Has e-cigarette advice been misleading?

Experts claim that the benefits outweigh the risks Researchers from the University College London team have disagreed with World Health Organisation (WHO) advice about the use of e-cigarettes, claiming current recommendations are alarmist when the devices could save lives. The health experts explained that for every million smokers who switch to e-cigarettes, more than 6,000 […]

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328,000 patients die from prescription drugs

Are new drugs effective or hazardous? Researchers have discovered that new prescription drugs have a one in five chance of causing serious reactions after they have been approved, with systematical reviews revealing that 1.9 million hospitalisations a year are attributed to using new medication. The Harvard Law report explained that 840,000 patients given new drugs […]

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Why doctors make bad mental health patients

Doctors are notorious for being labelled as ‘bad’ patients – delaying seeing their GP and presenting late for treatment are just a couple of key examples. Mental health problems, including anxiety, depression, addiction and even suicide in extreme cases, are becoming increasingly common among medics, with female doctors two and a half times more likely to […]

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Are doctors the ‘second victim’?

Up to 43% of doctors could suffer psychological problems after incidents A recent investigation by leading healthcare experts reveals that doctors can be defined as the ‘second victim’ – clinicians who are traumatised by an adverse patient event, with professionals suffering distress similar to post-traumatic stress disorder. With such incidents affecting both the personal and professional lives of […]

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New gut virus discovered

Results could help combat chronic illnesses Scientists have uncovered a previously unknown virus called CrAssphage, that is found in the human gut. The study, published in Nature Communications, explained that the virus could impact the behaviour of the most common bacteria in our guts, with experts also revealing that these types of viruses, called bacteriophages, have been […]

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