Category: Health and Science

Scientists continue to delve further into the study of artificial intelligence (Photo: thefuturesagency.com)

Great Minds Don’t Think Alike

As our society continues to explore the realm of artificial intelligence, we must be prudent in acknowledging the inevitable dangers to come. Science fiction has transfixed people of all ages. As children we play...

Augmented reality allows simulated objects to be superimposed on the real world. (Photo: www.affinityvr.com)

In Defence of the Unreal

Thanks to the rise of augmented reality, we’ll soon be living in a highly simulated environment. This is nothing to fear. High quality augmented and virtual reality technologies are on the cusp of going...

Statistics reveal that 1 in 4 people in the UK experience a mental health problem, maximising the need for effective therapy. (Photo: Mental Health Partnerships)

Therapy without a Therapist

  An overwhelming one in four people in the UK experience a mental health problem each year. With lengthy waiting lists for support on the NHS and costly fees for private healthcare, many sufferers...

Care in the UK is not free and costs can differ between countries (Photo: BBC)

A Crisis in Care

An ageing population means more elderly people in need of care. However, government-funding for care has been insufficient to meet demand and we are left with a struggling care sector. What can be done?...

Big data is crucial for health informatics and research. (Photo: Dr Heather Leslie)

Share.data

Programmes which facilitate the sharing of anonymised patient data from GP practices as well as hospitals are very important sources for medical research. Communicating this with patients to allow informed decision making is vital....

Volunteers from the Christian group 40 Days for Life outside a Marie Stopes clinic in London. (Photo: The Guardian.)

Clinic Protestors: Back Off!

Within the last decade, the UK has seen aggressive anti-abortion clinic protests become commonplace. It’s time for the government to take action against intimidating demonstrators by implementing protection zones. In January, Buzzfeed reported on...

The meningitis vaccine was introduced under the NHS in September 2015, hoping to protect those susceptible to the disease, but only up to a certain age. (Photo: The Guardian)

Is Prevention Better Than Curing?

Should the government be allowed to prevent children from receiving the meningitis B vaccine or will the persistence of their parents prevail? WARNING: This article contains images which some readers may find distressing. Meningitis...

The last time doctors went on strike was in 1975 (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Do No Harm, Jeremy.

Junior doctors rarely take industrial action. What pushed them to the limit with the new contract, will it work, and is it ever right for doctors to strike? What is the new contract? The...

The Aedes group of mosquito is not unfamiliar to man, transmitting diseases such as dengue, yellow fever, and chikungunya, in addition to Zika. (Photo: SPL/BBC)

WHO will respond?

The World Health Organization was criticised for responding slowly to Ebola. Now, many fear the same with Zika. What’s gone wrong? Another global health emergency has been announced by the World Health Organization (WHO)....

A clinical trial of an oral medication by Biotrial left one man dead and four others with severe neurological symptoms. (Photo: Getty Images)

Why Missing Data Kills

The recent clinical trial in France which left one dead and five critically ill raises a question: what can be done to increase safety and transparency? WARNING: Contains images which some may find distressing....

Don’t Let Homeopathy Poison the NHS

Homeopathic “remedies” shouldn’t be offered on the NHS for the same reason “intelligent design” shouldn’t be taught in schools. In 2016, ministers will consider whether or not to blacklist homeopathic treatments. Such treatments are...

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