Did you know that 17.5 million people die every year from cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke? Cardiovascular disease is the world’s number one killer today. That means that a third of all deaths on our planet are attributed to CVD! World Heart Day helps us to take stock of what we know and […]
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 […]
More than a few eyebrows were raised when the UK Chancellor, George Osborne, announced in March that he would be taxing the soft drinks industry. Although the move had public support and celebrity backing from the likes of world famous Chef Jamie Oliver, there was more scepticism from the scientific community, which is less easy […]
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 […]
In the US, every year, roughly 50,000 hopeful students, in roughly equal numbers, male and female, apply to get into med-school, according to AAMC statistics*. However, just over 20,000 actually start the first year. Despite successful entrance to med-school increasing by almost 22% in the last 20 years, perhaps a bigger focus on teaching basic medical education to children would encourage these numbers to grow at a faster pace?
Pregnancy, and giving birth, is a roller coaster of a ride, which affects women in many different ways. However, the human body is designed to be pretty much perfect in every way and pregnancy is no exception. Many fundamental changes take place in a woman’s body during pregnancy; some are visible, others invisible and some […]
Breastfeeding is scientifically proven and backed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the best way to provide infants with the nutrients needed to maximize survival and ensure healthy development. In 1990 the “Innocenti Declaration” was drawn up recognizing the qualities of breastfeeding and despite 25 years hard work, there is more to be done.