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  As we have seen in dozens of countries in the Northern Hemisphere, it has been an extreme summer of heat. Scorching temperatures have triggered devastation in North America, the Arctic, Africa and Europe.  In Japan 125 people have died while 57,000 people were hospitalised with heat-related…

Imagine you’ve recently had a heart attack. You’re a lucky survivor. You’ve received high-quality care from nurses and doctors whilst in hospital and you’re now preparing to go home with the support of your family. The doctors have made it clear that the situation is grim. It’s a case of:…

  The link between gut microbes and health is now well established. As a result, researchers have been investigating the effects of probiotics, prebiotics and synbiotics on various diseases. Worryingly, though, they haven’t been reporting on the safety of these treatments – as one would for…

  The recent release of specialist outpatient waiting times by the new South Australian government caused outrage when it was revealed some patients had been waiting more than 16 years for an appointment. This is not a new problem. A 2000 Senate Committee Report cited consumer concerns about long…

  A visit to family in Glasgow for Christmas in 2015 nearly had a tragic ending for me. Two days earlier I had been repairing the lock on my garden gate, when I scratched my hand on a nail. By the time I arrived in Glasgow I was feeling unwell. Twenty-four hours later I was in University Hospital…

  While the ageing of society has become one of the givens in today’s world, less is made of the lived experience of the very elderly in society. And although there is some suggestion that the much trumpeted steady expansion of the human lifespan has begun to slow down, the numbers of very old…

  This week it was reported an online medical appointment service, HealthEngine, was sharing patients’ private information with a firm of solicitors specialising in personal injury claims. As reported, HealthEngine, which boasts 15 million annual users, requested details of the patent’s symptoms…

  Vision is an important tool when creating a painted artwork. Vision is used to survey a scene, guide the artist’s movements over the canvas and provide feedback on the colour and form of the work. However, it’s possible for disease and disorders to alter an artist’s visual perception. There…

  Many of us will have been in situations with older loved ones where a doctor says surgery is too risky given the patient’s advanced age. Why is it surgery becomes risky in the elderly, and is it based on chronological age or their health? During surgery and anaesthesia, there are many changes…

  Who is going to die by suicide? This terrible mystery of human behavior takes on particular poignancy in the wake of suicides by high-profile and much-beloved celebrities Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. It is only natural that people want to know why such tragedies occur. Those closest to those…