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 →
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 →
By Nabeela Bhaloo This week, 10 children will find out that they have a brain tumour1. This news will change their lives forever, as brain tumours are the largest cause of childhood cancer deaths in the UK2. Though survival rates are improving, many children are left with disabilities or deficits; side effects from the aggressive... Continue Reading →
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.
Written by Natasha Jewa It’s November … it’s one month to Christmas… and it’s time for the annual 4th year medics musical. Over the last 4 years the bar has been set high by productions of Sweeney Todd and Jekyll and Hyde. This year’s production, Pirates of Penzance, had a lot to live up to.... Continue Reading →