NHS ‘poor’ on treating deadly illnesses

This topical and controversial report, from the BBC, reflects the findings of a recent report into the care provided by the National Health Service that concluded there were areas of weakness in the care provided by the NHS, particularly with regard to the management of cancer and respiratory infections. That being said, the NHS was shown in the report to be a strong performer with regard to “out of pocket spending” per household on healthcare. This report made me think about the challenges faced by a form of healthcare “free at the point of delivery” as the NHS is,  and the struggle of clinicians to provide a consistently excellent service during times of significant budget cuts and pressure.


Study highlighting the link between E-cigarettes and cancer and heart disease

Whilst E-Cigarettes can be argued to a viable tool in combating addiction to cigarettes, the topic of the danger posed by E-cigarettes is often disputed. This article, published in Medical News Today, reflects the health risks associated with the use of e-cigarettes, devices viewed as harmless by some. The investigation, conducted at the New York School of Medicine, found mice exposed to electronic cigarette vapour experienced damage to cells within the lungs, bladder and heart. Despite these finding, another academic at Queen Mary University, disputes the study’s controversial findings. Despite the polarity of the study’s findings, the article proves for interesting reading.



Link between parental type 1 diabetes and child ADHD risk

Whilst the research into this aspect of diabetes is new, and the findings somewhat unexplained, I felt this article presented a fascinating and troubling trend into a topic I am passionate about. The article outlines the findings of Swedish researchers at Lund University in Sweden that ADHD risk within a test group of 15,600 children was heightened by 29 percent if one parent suffered from type 1 diabetes. I encourage you to read this intriguing article.


Mercy Ships Information

I thought in this post I would reflect upon a charity I recently discovered and thought I might raise awareness for. The charity, named Mercy Ships, is a hospital boat comprised of various clinicians and crew members travelling around the world in an altruistic setting, to provide medical care for the world’s poorest people. More information can be found via the link below


Type 1 Diabetes in Adults

A new study, conducted by the University of Exeter, has uncovered diabetes is more common in Adults than had been recently believed, it argues that some adults may have been incorrectly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes when they may actually have type 1. This issue caused me to reflect upon what is considered the truth in medicine, and how scientific  discoveries can alter clinician’s understanding of what scientific truth is constantly.


Increase in taxation of “white cider”

The Chancellor, Phillip Hammond, recently announced an increase in taxation for ” white cider”, a higher in alcohol, paler variant of conventional cider that is typically cheaper. The Chancellor argued this addresses  “excessive consumption by the most vulnerable people”. This topic made me think about the ethical side of public health and the effect government policy has upon the state of public health.


The shifting role of technology in the delivery of Medicine, from the perspective of Neurology

Whilst completing my work experience at at the Limes Medical Center in Epping, London I reflected upon the role of IT in how General Practicioners at the practice delivered primary care including the recent and controversial introduction of systmone software at the practice . This article, from the New England Journal of Medicine explores the trials and tribulations of an increasingly digital realm of medicine, from the perspective of neurology.