Would you like to know if your child or grandchild is vulnerable to taking drugs? As a mother and granny, I know I would. Well, a new drug programme has found that a child’s susceptibility to drug taking is high in … Read More
Why do women who have had mastectomies avoid breast reconstruction?
I can remember well the first time reconstruction operations were offered to women who had had a mastectomy. It was revolutionary and motivated by the best intentions – to restore a “normal” anatomy to women who felt disfigured by the … Read More
LGBT health care is beset by prejudice and may be contributing to discrimination
Stonewall, a charity I admire and support, has come up with some startling stats reflecting the health inequalities in the LGBT community – highlighted recently in The British Medical Journal. They reveal lesbian and gay youths are more likely than … Read More
What are the hidden risk if your child is obese – and how can you prevent them?
Life-threatening ailments such as heart disease, cancer, stroke and type 2 diabetes most often afflict adults. But they are often consequences of childhood obesity. The fuse was lit way back. So as a matter of urgency, we must try to prevent … Read More
No blood transfusion link with Alzheimer’s after alarm over patients contracting CJD
A very dangerous hare was set running last year when it was suggested Alzheimer’s could be “caught” from blood transfusions. It can’t, but the alarm was sounded when researchers at University College London warned that some patients who had contracted CJD (Creutzfeldt-Jakob … Read More
The benefits of CT scans outweigh the risks as they help doctors diagnose conditions more accurately
For several years doctors have been concerned about the side effects of CT scans which use a much higher dose of radiation than your common or garden X-ray. The pay-off is CT scans give much finer results of what’s going … Read More
Could liquid aspirin fight brain cancers?
Aspirin is a very simple substance. Its chemical structure is so tiny that, compared to molecular monsters like proteins and carbohydrates, it can cross the “blood-brain barrier” – an obstacle that has so far stopped cancer drugs reaching and attacking … Read More
Revealed: Which is really worse for you and your health – fat or sugar
Oh, I know people are sick of doctors and health experts changing their minds: first you should avoid eating foods high in cholesterol and suddenly they’re OK. Then you’re told butter is bad for you in the battle against obesity, then … Read More
Chiropractic – is it all it’s cracked up to be and do the benefits outweigh the risks?
Anything that does you good without doing you harm is good medicine. That’s a saying I’ve always stood by. However, no treatment that’s effective can escape some side effects. Professor Edzard Ernst, emeritus professor of complementary medicine at Exeter University, … Read More
People who are always dieting will put on more weight when they’re pregnant
We never seem to escape the clutches of dieting, especially the yo-yoing kind where the body has a habit of fighting back to regain lost weight. Dieting even affects the weight you gain in oregnancy. Women who have a history … Read More