Have you ever considered that the niggling back pain that’s been bothering you may have nothing whatsoever to do with a back problem? Or wondered why your knees are hurting when you can’t remember injuring them? Turns out that all sorts of aches and pains further north in the body are actually caused by your gait – the way you walk or run. Correcting an abnormal gait early on can help prevent all sorts of musculoskeletal problems later in life.
Choosing a private consultant, or other private healthcare practitioners, could be one of the most important decisions you ever make. After all, in some cases, particularly surgery, you are literally trusting your life to this person. But how do you make this decision? Fortunately, there are a number of sources of advice.
Doctors’ pensions are big news at the moment. Wherever you look, there is someone telling you that you are not saving enough, or saving too much, or doing something wrong. With many healthcare practitioners paying into both an NHS pension and a private pension, the situation is even more complicated.
Get two or more medical consultants in a room, and chances are that the conversation will soon turn to what is becoming known as ‘the NHS pensions crisis’.
Clinical photography is, perhaps, not the first medical profession that might spring to our minds and it often goes under the radar.
However, despite its mysterious nature, it is instrumental within the medical world. Without it, we’d struggle with both learning and teaching, as the images provided by clinical photographers can play a significant role in ensuring medical students and junior doctors have all the information surrounding surgical techniques and conditions.
Have you ever been lain awake at night dwelling on a thought that you just can’t seem to get rid of. It may be, for example, worrying that something bad will happen to a family member, a sense that something catastrophic will happen in your next exam, or that your blog post will be horrendously reviewed. If you have, it is possible that you have experienced intrusive thoughts.
Medstars met with renowned head and neck surgeon, Mr John Watkinson, at The Priority Hospital in Birmingham. John has performed approximately 5,000 head and neck treatments and 3,000 thyroidectomies. He has also edited seminal ENT textbooks, and helped to establish the ‘Get-A-Head’ Charitable Trust. In between surgery and editing, we’re happy to say John still made time for a chat with Medstars!
I type this whilst munching on a hearty handful of sunflower seeds – a healthy snack, rich in nutrients and low in carbs. Plants and flowers have long provided the human species with sustenance (as well as life itself with the whole photosynthesis thing). And, as if they haven’t given us cause to be grateful
It is rare for medical decisions made by doctors to be tried in a criminal court but in November 2013 a jury at the Old Bailey found David Sellu, an experienced consultant specialising in gastrointestinal and colorectal surgery with a previously 40 year impeccable record of care, guilty of gross negligence and convicted him for manslaughter. Sellu’s name has since been cleared following a period of imprisonment, leading to debate amongst health professionals as to whether or not medical errors amount to criminal acts, and whether some of us are more likely to be convicted in a criminal court than others.
While many people consider addiction to be a problem of personal weakness because of an unwillingness or lack of sufficient willpower to stop; experts now think that many people engage in potentially addictive activities to escape discomfort, both physical and emotional.
A new study by Alcohol Concern recently found that parents are much more likely to be dependent drinkers than non-parents. Newspapers published headlines about mothers being more likely to open a bottle of wine than make a cup of tea after the school run.