The world’s population is the oldest it has ever been. The number of people aged 60 or over has tripled since 1950 and is on course to reach 2.1 billion by 2050. An ageing population used to be a developed world phenomenon but better healthcare across the globe, and a decreasing birth-rate, means that it’s […]
Adult Onset Anorexia Eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia are conditions which instantly bring to mind the stereotype of a teenager, usually a girl, who is struggling with multiple issues. We all know that eating disorders, and especially anorexia, have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, and there are an estimated 30 […]
E-cigarettes and other “vaping” devices have really taken off in the last decade. However, these devices have a history dating back to the 1960s, when an American inventor patented a smokeless nicotine delivery system. This version of the e-cigarette never reached consumers and it wasn’t until 2006 that electronic cigarettes were launched in the European […]
The ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture has been back in the news recently after a report that excessive crying in babies can be effectively treated by a course of acupuncture. A study of babies suffering from colic was carried out by a team at Lunds University in Sweden and found that babies who were treated […]
John Lennon famously said “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one" – and he was right. Whilst researchers are still debating what the function of dreaming actually is, the scientific community agree, almost unanimously, that we all dream. We also know that our dreams are most abundant during the REM […]
What answer would you give if you were asked “What’s the difference between a Cardiac Arrest and a Heart Attack?” How well do you know your own heart?
We’re all aware of the need to give blood. Every year the NHS runs high-profile advertising campaigns to encourage more people to give blood, and the various uses for the donations which are given. Despite the fact that we all know about giving blood, and most of us are in agreement with the life-saving work […]
Imagine an excruciating throbbing pain down one or both sides of the head, sensitivity to light, dizziness, distorted vision, possible hallucinations, muscular problems and a feeling of nausea with possible continuous vomiting. Now imagine this lasting anywhere from four to 72 hours+ and a pain so severe that it may even prompt a visit to […]