Health Matters


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.

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.

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.

50years on from the first moon landing we are entering into a new era of space flight – space tourism. Yusaku Maezawa, the Japanese online fashion tycoon, has bought the first civilian ticket to fly to the moon and back on Elon Musk’s rocket SpaceX.

The flight is planned for 2023, so there is still time for would-be space tourists to both find the money required (which is considerable) and get fit enough for the journey. The journey, a figure of eight loops taking you around the earth, the moon and back again over 5 days in SpaceX’s Big Falcon Spaceship.

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