Rise in Anxiety Amongst Girls and Young Women

Figures show that mental health issues for girls and women are on the rise, with young women being three times as likely to experience a common mental health problem as young men. Statistics from the NSPCC have shown a 35% rise in ChildLine counselling sessions about anxiety in the last year. Mental Health Foundation considers … More Rise in Anxiety Amongst Girls and Young Women

Reckless Distribution of Antibiotics by Online Pharmacies

The media has reported that scientists have found antibiotics illegally available on 45% of websites they tested. Researchers looked at whether the online pharmacy was properly registered – and therefore legal – as well as whether they required a prescription before selling the antibiotics and if safety information was provided. The findings are worrying due … More Reckless Distribution of Antibiotics by Online Pharmacies

Doctors Use Virtual Reality to Prepare Children for Scans

Doctors have started using virtual reality to help children overcome their fear of MRI scanners is hospitals. Although not dangerous, the scanners are very loud and some people don’t like being in very small spaces. Doctos at King’s College Hospital in London have been using VR to reassure patients facing MRI scans before they experience … More Doctors Use Virtual Reality to Prepare Children for Scans

Microsoft Launches Healthcare NeXT

Microsoft is launching Healthcare NeXT, a new healthcare and medical research effort, with a partnership with University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre. The initiative falls under Microsoft Research’s New Experiences and Technologies organisation, creating a new internal incubator to create collaborations with great healthcare companies. Read more at Fortune  

Ketone Bodies for Optimal Health

The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet that is frequently used in medicine to treat drug resistant epilepsy. This diet is becoming increasingly popular in the news due to its suggested ability to cause weight loss and improve brain function. In this post Brianna Stubbs, DPhil student in metabolic biochemistry at Oxford University, explains exactly … More Ketone Bodies for Optimal Health

Thousands at Risk of Sudden Death from Silent Heart Conditions

New estimates show that around 620,000 people in the UK are carrying a faulty gene that puts them at high risk of developing coronary heart disease or sudden death. The overall figure could be more higher due to under-diagnosis and undiscovered faulty genes which can increase a person’s risk of these potentially fatal conditions. These … More Thousands at Risk of Sudden Death from Silent Heart Conditions