Month: March 2015

According to WHO the likelihood of death from a non-communicable disease is much greater than dying from cancer. In Italy, more than a quarter of people living with a cancer diagnosis have similar death rates to the general population. Moreover, nearly three quarters will not die as a result of their cancer. And, as with […]

As Daffodil Day approaches our airwaves fill with the usual topics: finding a consistent cause that can be eradicated; identifying a credible carcinogen that can be prevented, or just nailing a cure. But despite the best research into cancer, which is just a generic term describing out-of-control cells in multiple locations, control of the disease remains […]

Recent legislation that permits mitochondrial genetic transplanting to embryos finally acknowledges that all chromosomal material in our bodies doesn’t come from our mother and father. This is important because the human body is really one big family comprising parent organs, the offspring and visitors who come to stay and never leave. But not every member […]

When a plethora of information exists aggregation is important to find meaning. Systematic reviews provide a neat way of aggregating a backlog of information. The hierarchy of evidence-based medicine separates the medical ‘wood from the trees’ by allowing the sieving of essential information. Linear connections are important to our simple minds; cause and effect is […]