The end of ebola?

  • August 28th, 2015
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The scourge of ebola in West Africa could become a thing of the past, claims astounding new clinical trials in Guinea. Responding to the outbreak last year, a coalition of scientists, doctors, drug companies and donors worked together to develop and test a new vaccination. Trials took place in villages in Guinea where the virus had […]

Street triage scheme on the road to success

  • August 28th, 2015
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A scheme being trialled nationwide has been successfully dealing with mental health problems on the street. Nurses are teaming up with local police forces to create ‘street triages’ which involves pairing police with a mental health nurse on the road to provide a rapid response to disturbances where mental health is believed to be an […]

COPD study hits all the right notes

  • August 28th, 2015
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A new study into Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease brought together sufferers of the breathing condition for an afternoon of singing. The study was conducted by Angela Prouse and James Wyatt, two Occupational Therapy students at the University of Northampton’s School of Health. What originally began as a coursework project has grown into a series of […]

A cure for flu?

  • August 28th, 2015
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Scientists may have discovered the secret to curing the flu – forever. As we know, the flu mutates regularly, so every year flu reappears and the elderly and vulnerable require injections. This precaution is the best option available at the minute, but that may be about the change. Existing drugs have targeted molecules on the […]

Jobhunting advice for NQTs

  • August 28th, 2015
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You’ve passed your exams. Your placement class has showered you with gifts and the bell has rung for the last time. The entire school has emptied for summer and of course, you have graduated. So what’s next? It’s time to become a teacher full time. Athona offers some tips for those of you starting your […]

Can We Be Too Clever For Our Own Good?

  • August 24th, 2015
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New studies has claim that bipolar disorder can be triggered by having a high IQ during childhood. The long-term project studied a group of 8-year-olds, who were tested again at 22-23, and the results analysed. The study, which was led by University of Glasgow psychiatry professor Daniel Smith, investigated the group for manic traits. Those […]

Doctors ordered: Give less antibiotics?

  • August 24th, 2015
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Doctors could be penalised for giving out too many antibiotics, says NICE. The National Institute for health and Clinical Excellence is getting very serious about the issue, and for good reason. If studies are correct, the public’s resistance to antibiotics may grow, meaning bacterial infections will become more dangerous. Imagine, for example, the risks to […]

Should a ban on laughing gas spread nationwide?

  • August 21st, 2015
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We’ve all seen the little metal bottles and heard about the dangers of inhaling their contents, but until now, nitrous oxide, better known as laughing gas, has been a ‘legal high’. In Lambeth this is no longer the case, as they have recently become the first council in the UK to ban the substance, citing […]

Diabetes Cases Hit Record High

  • August 21st, 2015
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Those in the medical profession witness the nation’s health problems first-hand. So when a GP says that diabetes is more widespread than it used to be, we should sit up and listen. Dr Joan St John, who practises in Brent, North-West London, told BBC News: “Not a week goes by that you don’t make a […]

Electronic cigarettes on the NHS?

  • August 21st, 2015
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Electronic cigarettes seem to attract praise and criticism in equal measure, but now a report from Public Health England seems to be in favour of them. The report suggests electronic cigarettes should be prescribed on the NHS to help people quit smoking. It found e-cigarettes to be about 95% less harmful than regular cigarettes. Currently, […]

New indemnity regulations & guidance for doctors

  • August 14th, 2015
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The GMC has announced that, as of 1st August 2015, new indemnity regulations have come into effect. The GMC now has powers to check that doctors hold appropriate indemnity insurance. It can also withdraw a doctor’s licence to practise if they work without adequate indemnity cover. A doctor needs to have insurance or indemnity in […]

An NQT’s Story

  • August 14th, 2015
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Teaching is known to be one of the most rewarding jobs around, where no two days are ever the same. But what is it really like being a newly qualified teacher (NQT)? Sarah, 22, gained a bachelor’s degree in Childhood and Youth Studies, before opting to undertake her PGCE at Anglia Ruskin University. Now a […]