When we sustain a cut or injury, more than a dozen clotting factors, or special proteins circulating in the body, are activated in a cascade to help us stop bleeding.
Increasing pressure in NHS hospitals could be causing junior doctors to miss essential training, states the General Medical Council. In its most recent training survey featuring the views of more than 55,000 junior doctors, it found that junior doctors are regularly missing essential safety training, cautioning that it could lead to patient safety issues in the future.
At least 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point during their lives, but the disease isn’t the same for everyone. Learn more about the latest diagnosis approach and insight into the impact lifestyle has.
The stigma around impotence means that the condition is still difficult to talk about for many, but the reality is erectile dysfunction (impotence) is a common problem. So common in fact, that the NHS states it affects up to 50% of men between the ages of 40 and 70.
Planning to start a family is an exciting time, but for those with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), the decision has added complications. While IBD is a manageable health condition for most patients, recent studies have highlighted its impact on sexual function, fertility and the health of unborn children.
Once one of the world’s deadliest diseases, smallpox’s complete eradication was the result of a worldwide deployment of a vaccine begun 50 years ago. To date it’s still the only human disease ever to disappear from Earth.
Over six years ago, in November 2010, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) published the first annual report of the European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Network (EARS-Net). We are looking at the 2015 report and its findings, including a direct link.
Detecting the occurrence of many diseases can be challenging without a blood test or other reliable screening tool. So researchers are now listening for the sounds of disease. Speech is a complex process that requires coordination with our brain, muscles, and respiratory system.
The next generation of diabetes treatments involve overriding glucose absorption in the kidneys, an uptick in gut hormones, and ditching the finger prick. Diabetes has become a global epidemic in the last quarter century, quadrupling to 422 million people living with the disease in 2014 from 108 million in 1980.
Jeans don’t always fit right, even though you’ve grabbed your size off the rack. The same can be said of medicinal dosages. They may seem right for your symptoms, height, weight, age and other health specifics. But tweaks are often still needed, especially with a progressive disease like Parkinson’s, where one day’s symptoms can differ from the next.
Failing to tackle the obesity “epidemic” could lead to an additional 670,000 cases of cancer and cost the NHS an additional £2.5bn by 2035, a recent report by Cancer Research UK claimed. Current guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) describes the role primary care has in helping patients make a change to their lifestyles. But is it doing enough?
The more alcohol you drink, the greater your risk of developing some cancers. So why do people still drink more than the guidelines recommend? Are unclear and conflicting media messages partly to blame? An attempt to shed light on the issue...
Ovarian cancer is one of the hardest diseases to diagnose. Its symptoms can also be confused for other less serious health conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome or PMT. But when ovarian cancer is found early at a localised stage, about 94% of patients live longer than five years after diagnosis.
With intensified competition, it is vital that pharmacy owners employ business strategies now to grow their customer base in the face of potential disruption to the industry. Here are five practical steps to protect your business and remain competitive that you can implement now.
United by a collaborative responsibility to manage the threat of antimicrobial resistance, Pfizer and 13 industry partners released a comprehensive plan of action that lays out four key commitments that we pledge to deliver by 2020 to reduce the rising incidence of antimicrobial resistance.
Common viruses are now being engineered to seek out and destroy cancer cells.
Computer programmers and data scientists are working with microbiologists and chemists to unlock the medicinal potential of natural products.
Vaccines have a long and storied history, from milkmaids’ cowpox pustules to snorting the scabs of infected people. Read some of the most memorable moments.
Who would not want to know the medicines they are taking are authentic? Nobody fancies brick dust, floor wax or anti-freeze in their medicine.
From discovering penicillin to mapping the genome, pharmaceutical innovation has changed our lives. Watch the journey from Molecule to Medicine.