New Safety Warning on Painkiller Pills

EVERY year, tens of thousands of people in Britain turn to drugs like ibuprofen to ease the agony of arthritis, back pain and sports injuries. It belongs to a class of medicines known as NSAIDs – or non-steroidal anti-inflammatories. Since it was first developed over 50 years ago by scientists in a lab in Nottingham, […]

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Stop Taking the Tablets

Patients with chronic ailments are normally told – ‘keep taking the tablets’. But when does it make more sense to actually STOP taking the tablets? The question has come under the spotlight recently with a controversial plea for GPs to no longer prescribe medicine such as statins (for high cholesterol) and anti-hypertensives (for high blood pressure) […]

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How Gut Bacteria Affects The Brain and Body

Award winning blogger, number one selling author, nutritionist and lifestyle expert Lee Holmes looks into each area of the brain and body to see how gut bacteria may exert an influence over almost every aspect of our health. Don’t you just love a good infographic? This one shows the mounting research that suggests the bacteria living in […]

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The Gift of New Life

It is 86 years since the foundation of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG). Here, current President Dr David Richmond describes how, despite its many achievements over the years in shaping women’s healthcare, the specialty still faces some difficult challenges ahead. By Pat Hagan. The role of the RCOG So much of medicine […]

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The De-Medicalisation of Midwifery

The midwife profession is currently in a state of flux according to Susan Baines, Expert Midwifery Advisor for the Care Quality Commission and lecturer of midwifery at The University of Salford. By Ali El Moghraby. “It’s a wonderful profession to be in”, says Susan, “but professional confidence and resource and time restrictions within the NHS […]

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On the Front Line of Palliative Care

Gayle Hemlock began her career in medicine and respiratory, working her way up from a staff nurse to a senior sister ward manager. A passion for palliative care led her to undertaking a degree in palliation and ultimately to her current post as a Senior Sister Palliative Care. What is it about palliative care that […]

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Plan for Death Like You Plan for Life

It’s not an easy message. But planning for death is something we must all learn to do, says Professor Mayur Lakhani, who believes the NHS needs many more GPs to provide good palliative care. There’s no doubting Professor Mayur Lakhani’s professional credentials when it comes to spearheading change in the provision of palliative care. And there’s […]

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What is Parenteral Nutrition?

What is parenteral nutrition and what does it do? When you are in good health, it is easy to take eating for granted. It’s a normal everyday function that not only sustains the body but can bring considerable pleasure too. But what happens when illness and surgery has deprived us of our ability to absorb […]

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