- App-controlled medical implant could replace addictive opioids by jamming pain signals to the brain – but it will cost patients thousands.
- Spinal cord stimulators are implanted along the spine and use electrical impulses to interfere with pain signals sent to the brain from parts of the body.
- The technology has been around since the 1970s, but recent developments are making the devices far more user-friendly.
- Studies have shown that patients with chronic pain are able to wean themselves off of prescription opioids after getting spinal cord stimulator systems implanted.
A tiny, surgically-implanted device for treating pain may offer an alternative to addictive opioids for many patients.
Can you CATCH Alzheimer’s? Disease could be spread via blood transfusions during surgery in the same way as CJD, say scientists
Alzheimer’s disease can be caught from blood transfusions, operations and dental work, it is feared.
A potentially explosive study has provided the first evidence that the devastating condition can, like mad cow disease, spread through ‘medical accidents’.
The British researcher, Professor John Collinge, said we ‘need to rethink our view of Alzheimer’s and evaluate the risk of it being transmitted inadvertently to patients’.
One of the UK’s leading brain surgeons warned that we don’t know if the techniques used sterilise medical instruments are effective and said that the research ‘must be taken seriously’.
- Professor Robert Winston has worked in fertility for 40 years
- Says many couples are being exploited by a grasping, unethical industry
- He believes that the government and NHS are not doing enough to help
Babies are noisy, deprive you of sleep, destroy free time and are extremely expensive. Yet we feel like melting when we see them: their wide, gummy smiles, the adorable way they curl their tiny fingers around your thumb.
This is not rational – it’s in our genes. The urge to reproduce is burnt into human consciousness. It is innate, instinctual, essentially programmed through evolution.
But what if you are infertile?
The huge problem of antibiotic resistant germs will ‘finish’ modern medicine unless confronted, the Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies, warned
Modern medicine is’ finished’ if the problem of antibiotic resistant germs is not confronted, the Chief Medical Officer warned today.
Dame Sally Davies said prescribing antibiotics for conditions for which they will do no good only made the problem worse.
She has called before for the development of new antibiotics as the current ones get increasingly less effective.
She told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: ‘Modern medicine as we know it – if we don’t halt this rise of resistance – will be finished.
- Losing 5% of weight improves glucose control, reducing diabetes risk
- This has knock-on effects on the heart, blood pressure and kidneys
- And losing 1lbs of weight takes 4lbs of pressure off the knees
- Dr Sally Norton advises doing more walking, swapping fizzy drinks for water and a coffee shop latte and a muffins for a black coffee and an apple
It’s an age-old issue that I’ve seen women struggle with all the time… Is just a little bit of weight loss worthwhile?
The answer is… Yes!
We would all like to be in the ‘ideal’ weight range and get disheartened when we feel as though that goal is unattainable.
We may lose a few pounds and then feel that the goal is too far away… and we give up and the weight goes back on.
Recent reports that Prince Charles had been lobbying the Health Secretary to back homeopathic medicine provoked howls of protest. Critics pointed out there was no scientific evidence it actually worked.
Indeed, both the British Medical Association and the Commons Science and Technology Committee have said the NHS should stop funding homeopathic treatments.
Sceptics say the therapies are no better than placebos, yet some medics argue they are backed by strong evidence. And a report from website NetDoctor says half of all GPs are thought to provide access to ‘therapy outside conventional medicine’, including osteopathy and acupuncture.
Doctors Want Payments To Stop Patients Turning Up ‘For No Reason’
- Poll finds 51 per cent of doctors in favour of introducing charges
- But some fear fees will discourage sick people from seeking treatment
Most family doctors think patients should be charged for appointments to deter them from turning up at surgeries ‘for no reason’, according to a poll.
They want the NHS to impose fees of between £5 and £25 per consultation, with some arguing that wealthier patients should pay £150 a time.
The numbers of patients seeking appointments is expected to double over the next 25 years driven by the ageing population with more people falling ill.
Tesco drops 11-year ban on eggs from chickens fed on GM soya diet as it blames farmers and suppliers for the decision.
- Controls were put in place in order to reflect concerns of shoppers
- Tesco claims U-turn was dictated by its farmers and their suppliers
- No products from birds given GM diet will be labelled as being so
Tesco, Britain’s biggest seller of fresh chicken and eggs, claims the U-turn has been prompted by its farmers and their suppliers, who say they are finding it increasingly difficult to source non-GM soya.