Tag: Medicine

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Why does Tu Youyou inspire me?

Tu Youyou will not only be remembered by history as the first Chinese woman to have been awarded the Nobel prize, but also for her discovery of artemisinin, a malaria-fighting drug that has prevented the death of millions. Her success was not an easy feat, but it has inspired many scientists and put the significance…

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What’s happening to the NHS post-Brexit?

Upon leaving the EU, healthcare benefits will change, with staffing losses, a lack of free healthcare abroad, and limited access to important public health information. Staffing losses are expected to be monumental, with leaked government estimates suggested shortages in nursing could read 20,000 by 2025 if migration is shut off. These losses starting from a…

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Brexit and medication supply

Three quarters of all medicines enter the UK by way of the English Channel, using the main crossing between the UK and France. In the event of a no-deal Brexit, delays along the shipping routes in the English Channel are expected to last up to six months.  Some medications can be stockpiled to avoid shortages,…

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Improving person-centred care

Patients with chronic and terminal illnesses often also struggle with depression and fear, both of which can be caused by the illness itself. Those that remain in hospital must then navigate these feelings along with boredom and isolation, which can lead to deterioration in both their physical and mental wellbeing. It is clear that medical…

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Death by fake drugs

Before a drug is deemed suitable for human use it has to undergo rigorous testing, which can take up to 12 years. However, counterfeit and poor-quality medicines have surged the global pharmaceutical market and are thought to be responsible for the deaths of over 250,000 children each year.   Many falsified medicines include anti-malaria drugs,…

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