Health & Medicine

A neoteric’s view

Governments change. Heads of state change, but what really happens behind the frenzied ADHD of electioneering? The effect on hospitals is very difficult to assess. Paper money and promises abound, but we can never really tell whether decision makers have enough power and status in their hospitals to affect any change during their time on […]

In these troubled times, we all like to hear good news and health care is one area that seems to abound with uplifting language. Daily posts about “cures” and “new treatments” raise our spirits and are antidotes to the bleak predictions about shrinking health services and budgets. Even “groundbreaking”, which usually refers to some treatment […]

Healthy eating can keep us healthy but what is the health of the foods we eat? Unfortunately, we know very little about the quality of what we ingest. Many of the foods we believe are healthy are not what they say they are. Food fraud, where high value products are replaced by those of lower […]

Proportionate to the numbers, few women manage break to through the glass ceiling in health care and end up having to both lead and manage from below. In the US, whilst almost half of medical school graduates are women, less one in five of these women have positions as full professors and permanent department chairs. […]

Hospitals are full of sick people and not all of them are patients. More and more staff in our hospitals are turning up for work that they are unable to do. They are present, but not working at their best, either due to health problems or other events that are distracting them or both.  It […]

One in three adults use daily medicines that don’t require prescriptions. Most of these over the counter (OTC) medications are our first treatment for common problems such as pains, aches, sprains, colds and rashes. Non-prescribed use of pain killers comes in fourth in the list of most frequently used drugs: behind alcohol, tobacco and cannabis, […]

The consequences of the challenge to the Affordable Care Act will extend beyond the US. Whilst woefully inadequate, the Act at least tried to address some of the inequities in health care in the US. On the side lines, countries such as the UK which have national health schemes, have remained silent and self-righteous, resting […]