The Success Story of the Tay-Sachs Screening Programme

By Aisling Brinn In 1971 the first carrier screening programme for Tay Sachs amongst the Ashkenazi (Eastern European) Jewish population began. Before the programme began, Tay Sachs disease was 60-100 times more common in Ashkenazi Jews than in the overall population. Now more than 45 years later, carrier screening for Tay-Sachs is the longest-running, population-based... Continue Reading →


Queen’s Medical Centre at 40

by James Persico In July, the Queen’s Medical Centre celebrated 40 years since its opening in 1977 as the largest purpose-built hospital in Europe.  Conceived of in order to address the paucity of medical care in what was deemed one of the worst-served cities in the UK, it has been continually expanding, gaining additional departments,... Continue Reading →

The Long Road to Eradication

Though relatively uncommon in the UK, parasitic diseases are still rampant in areas of the developing world- a staggering 3.2 billion people, which is half of the world’s population, are at risk of malaria. Work is being done to eradicate these diseases around the world, though there is still much work to be done before eradication will be achieved.

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