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A Medical Mockery – 10 healthcare adverts that show just how far we’ve come!

You don’t have to look far to hear about brilliant and exciting strides being made in medical science. 3D printing is being used to create artificial limbs and organs; diabetics can now control their condition with the artificial pancreas; news has broken in 2015 about revolutionary new treatments which provide hope for patients with skin cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Continue reading A Medical Mockery – 10 healthcare adverts that show just how far we’ve come!

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Could you help tackle Eczema and Psoriasis

Post-Menopausal and Surgically Sterile Women can help tackle Eczema and Psoriasis – and earn some extra pocket money!

If you have ever been affected by eczema or psoriasis, you will know how distressing these illnesses can be. Sometimes considered superficial, only ‘skin deep’, these illnesses are usually chronic, resulting in long-term itching, discomfort and mental implications like stress and anxiety. The constant urge to itch inflamed skin can lead to sleepless nights, bleeding and even infection. Continue reading Could you help tackle Eczema and Psoriasis

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Relationships and chronic illness: Can it still be a happy Valentine’s Day?

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Chronic illness can take many different forms, and it is not uncommon even for two patients with the same condition to experience different symptoms from one another. However, some common symptoms which affect many people who are chronically ill include fatigue, pain and depression, and these symptoms can have a profound effect not only on the sufferer, but also the sufferer’s partner and their relationship with each other. Continue reading Relationships and chronic illness: Can it still be a happy Valentine’s Day?

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Multiple Sclerosis – Why a hug might be the last thing you need

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Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune disease, and another prime example of an invisible illness. Physically, an MS patient may look well for most of the time, and might be able to go about normal daily activities like work and family life. However, what’s happening below the surface tells a very different story. The immune system attacks the myelin sheathing which protects the body’s nervous system, leaving the nerve exposed. To visualise this, you might like to think of an electrical wire with its casing worn away. Like that wire, the exposed nerve becomes dangerous and unpredictable. Continue reading Multiple Sclerosis – Why a hug might be the last thing you need

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Type 2 Diabetes: Not Invisible, but Misunderstood

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Type 2 diabetes is a rapidly growing global health concern. It is estimated to affect more than 300 million people worldwide, and around 90% of all diabetics have this form of the condition. However, despite type 2 being well and truly in the spotlight, it is still frequently misunderstood. Much has been said in the media about the connection between type 2 diabetes, obesity and a sedentary lifestyle – so much so that perhaps we’re inclined to feel unsympathetic towards type 2 patients? But even while it’s true that Type 2 diabetes can be prevented in many cases, it remains a serious and incurable condition which can only be controlled through a constant effort on the patient’s part. Continue reading Type 2 Diabetes: Not Invisible, but Misunderstood

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Pelvic Pain: The Master of Disguise

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In July we started a new series of posts about invisible illnesses in conjunction with Covance. This month’s post is one which has a huge amount of relevance to our readers because it’s a problem which will almost certainly affect most, if not all at some point. The reason the subject caught our eye was because one study in particular has stood out for Covance recently – the trialling of a brand new treatment for chronic pain relief.

But should we be searching for a treatment for pain, if that pain is just one symptom of a bigger condition? Why not concentrate on curing the disease which is causing the pain? Unfortunately it’s not necessarily that easy and we thought we’d try and and explain why. Continue reading Pelvic Pain: The Master of Disguise

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The Importance of Women in Clinical Research

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Clinical research is an area of medicine that tests new medical techniques, drugs and other treatments. Without it, our knowledge of medicine doesn’t improve and the treatments patients are offered for their health problems don’t change. As such it’s an essential part of the changing medical landscape. Continue reading The Importance of Women in Clinical Research

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Clinical Trials and Hysterectomy

Over the last few months we’ve been sharing blog posts about how important clinical trials are to the future of medicine. This month I’d like to share how such research impacts directly on women undergoing hysterectomy and related treatments for gynaecological conditions they often present with. Continue reading Clinical Trials and Hysterectomy

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Clinical Trials – A Nurse’s Perspective

Clinical trials, by their very nature are complex and time consuming. They also involve a lot of different people from participants to researchers to medical staff. Each person has their own responsibility and in this instance I was interested in finding out more about what the role of a nurse within a clinical trial. Steve Jepson of Covance was happy to help out by answering my questions. Continue reading Clinical Trials – A Nurse’s Perspective