Superbugs will ‘kill every three seconds’

May 19, 2016 2:51 pm Published by

Superbugs will kill someone every three seconds by 2050 unless the world acts now, a hugely influential report says. The global review sets out a plan for preventing medicine “being cast back into the dark ages” that requires billions of dollars of investment. It also calls for a revolution in the way antibiotics are used and a massive campaign to educate people. The report has received a mixed response with some concerned that it does not go far enough. The battle against infections that are resistant to drugs is one the world is losing rapidly and has been described as “as big a risk as terrorism”.   see full story @

What is a Heart Attack

April 12, 2016 3:20 pm Published by

Heart attack A heart attack is life-threatening. If you think you or anyone else is having a heart attack, you should phone 999 for an ambulance immediately. A heart attack happens when your heart muscle is starved of oxygen-rich blood. This causes damage to your heart muscle. The signs of a heart attack  Heart attack symptoms vary from one person to another. The most common signs are: chest pain: tightness, heaviness or pain in your chest pain in arms, neck, jaw, back or stomach: for some people, the pain or tightness is severe, while other people just feel uncomfortable sweating feeling light-headed become short of breath feeling nauseous or vomiting What is the difference between a heart attack and a...

Parents take meningitis B vaccine case to Commons

March 15, 2016 10:55 am Published by

Parents of children affected by meningitis B are set to tell MPs why they should reject expert advice and extend a vaccination programme to all UK children up to the age of 11. Currently, the vaccine is routinely given only to infants in the UK. The government’s advisory committee says offering it to more children would not be cost effective for the NHS. But nearly 823,000 people have signed a petition calling for the NHS immunisation programme to be widened. It was set up by Gateshead father-of-two Lee Booth after one of his daughters was refused the vaccine on age grounds. It is now the most signed in parliamentary history. He argues the cost of treating survivors for the rest...

Health anxiety (hypochondria)

March 15, 2016 10:49 am Published by

Most of us worry about our health from time to time, and some of us have to manage serious medical conditions. But for some people, health worries become overwhelming and a problem in itself. Hypochondria (health anxiety) is excessive worrying about your health, to the point where it causes great distress and affects your everyday life. Some people with health anxiety have a medical condition, which they worry about excessively. Others have medically unexplained symptoms, such as chest pain or headaches, which they are concerned may be a sign of a serious illness, despite the doctor’s reassurance. Others may be permanently anxious about their future health, worrying about things like: “What if I get cancer or heart disease?” What causes health anxiety? There are many reasons...

Study suggests gene may turn ‘good’ cholesterol into ‘bad’

March 15, 2016 10:47 am Published by

Monday March 14 2016 Cholesterol is vital for the normal functioning of the body “Some people with high levels of supposedly ‘good’ cholesterol are at much greater risk of heart disease,” BBC News reports. Researchers have identified a genetic variant – P376L – that may cause some people to have higher-than-normal levels of “good” cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein, or HDL) and may be linked to heart disease risk. Researchers followed 328 people with unusually high levels of HDL in their blood. HDL normally picks up and removes other cholesterol from the blood, which is why it is regarded as “good”. Genetics were compared with those who had particularly low HDL levels. Overall, the researchers found that those with very high HDL levels had a...