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Nuclear Plants don’t lead to Cancer?!

According to new research, living near a nuclear power plant does not seem to increase the risk of developing certain Cancers, namely Leukaemia. Unlike the common misconception, the radioactive materials used in the Nuclear plants have no correlation to children developing Cancer.

This shocking revelation has initiated numerous new researches by various organisations. ” The British Journal of Cancer study is not the first to rule out a link”.

For detailed information  about this story, I recommend you follow the link to the BBC News Health page, if you’re as intrigued by this as I am.

Child with leukaemia receiving hospital treatment
‘Leukaemia accounts for around a third of childhood cancers’

 

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By Seyanu

UK rejects meningitis B vaccine- Why?

The only vaccine to protect against a deadly form of meningitis should not be introduced in the UK, the body that advises governments on immunisation says.

To my surprise, around 1,870 people contract meningitis B each year and one in 10 dies!
Yet the vaccine to immunise children from the bacterial infection is rejected. Unfortunately,it’s mostly children under five who are most at risk. The infection leads to inflammations of the brain and spinal cord.Of those who survive a meningitis B infection, one in four is left with life altering after-effects such as brain damage or limb loss.

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Tilly Lockey lost her hands after contracting meningitis B

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) said the vaccine, Bexsero, was not cost-effective and should not yet be adopted by the NHS. Is this ethical or morally correct? Should a potentially life-saving vaccine be rejected, simply due to cost effectiveness?

“Tests have suggested the vaccine is effective against 73% of the different strains of the disease. It was licensed for use in Europe in January 2013.However, there are questions about the effectiveness as very large trials would be needed to show how it affects the number of cases or how it would control the spread of the bacterium. So far no country has introduced the vaccine.
The JCVI said: “On the basis of the available evidence, routine infant or toddler immunisation using Bexsero is highly unlikely to be cost effective at any vaccine price based on the accepted threshold for cost effectiveness used in the UK and could not be recommended.”

By Seyanu

BBC News – Three-person IVF should be ‘celebrated’?

Read this BBC Health news article, and post if you agree or not.

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BBC News – Three-person IVF should be 'celebrated'.

Three-person IVF ‘crosses crucial ethical line’
The UK looks set to become the first country to allow the creation of babies using DNA from three people, after the government backed the IVF technique.

It will produce draft regulations later this year and the procedure could be offered within two years.

Experts say three-person IVF could eliminate debilitating and potentially fatal mitochondrial diseases that are passed on from mother to child.

But Dr David King from Human Genetics Alert, says that the process would be the start of a slippery slope.

By Seyanu

Swansea Measles Epidemic claims a life…

Posted on April 21, 2013 by Abigail Oyelayo

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Hello all, I’m sure you’ve all been hearing about the measles outbreak that has swept through Swansea this month. Public Health Wales (PHW), says they’re tackling an epidemic of more than 800 cases, and the numbers just keep increasing! Many have been hospitalised already, and now, the tragic news of a death causes an outcry in Wales for the epidemic to be tackled.
The 25-year-old, named as Gareth Williams, was found dead at a flat on
Thursday. Tests confirmed only that the man had measles at the time of his death. A post mortem examination has yet to confirm the cause of death, however, officials says his unfortunate death is most likely to be associated with measles. His death is the first death in the measles outbreak, this poses the question…how many more?

By Seyanu

Why Medicine?

 

“Why medicine?” is a difficult question I have persistently asked myself. “Why not a teacher, firefighter, or even an astronaut?” each of these provide immense job satisfaction, bringing me to enquire why I aspire to become a fully competent doctor. After thoroughly sifting through the general cliché responses, and reviewing my motives for determining to venture into a career that demands total dedication, I concluded that medicine is definitely unrivalled. The study and philosophy of medicine is a passion for the survival of the human race. By utilizing pioneering technology, applying daily-evolving research, and principally, ensuring high quality patient care, medicine is my sole ambition.

It’s been once quoted that: “The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.” Medicine is a vital part of everyone’s lives. My reasons for choosing to study medicine are simple due to my love for humanity, and desire to gain more knowledge about the human body and how it functions. I wouldn’t call myself a philanthropist, but to bring happiness and health to patients’ day to day would be life changing.

 

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By Seyanu

The Richard Dimbleby Lecture 2013: Bill Gates- The Impatient Optimist

I hope you all saw the Richard Dimbleby annual lecture on BBC on Tuesday 23rd.

This year the American business magnate and philanthropist, Bill Gates gave an insightful and inspiring lecture on his vision of a world eradicated from Polio. He spoke of the effortless work volunteers did in Africa and many other developing countries. The volunteers trek mile after mile to reach millions of homes to vaccinate children under 5, in the sole hope to finally wipe out Polio and stop its spread.

“In the 2013 Richard Dimbleby Lecture, one of the world’s greatest entrepreneurs and leading philanthropists, Bill Gates, explains his optimism for a world free of the debilitating disease, polio. He explains why he is devoting so much of his time, money and influence to eradicating polio, and how we can all help to finish the job.”

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Polio Campaign Launch – Chad. Bill participates in a vaccination drive that aims to reach 2,200,000 children under five.

“Since the launch of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates has become a leading figure on the international development stage, seeking innovative solutions to extreme poverty and poor health in developing countries.”

By Seyanu

Swansea Measles Epidemic claims a life…

Hello all, I’m sure you’ve all been hearing about the measles outbreak that has swept through Swansea this month. Public Health Wales (PHW), says they’re tackling an epidemic of more than 800 cases, and the numbers just keep increasing! Many have been hospitalised already, and now, the tragic news of a death causes an outcry in Wales for the epidemic to be tackled.
The 25-year-old, named as Gareth Williams, was found dead at a flat on
Thursday. Tests confirmed only that the man had measles at the time of his death. A post mortem examination has yet to confirm the cause of death, however, officials says his unfortunate death is most likely to be associated with measles. His death is the first death in the measles outbreak, this poses the question…how many more?
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Teenagers are being targeted as a priority for MMR vaccinations

To have any chance of reducing the increasing cases of measles, MMR jabs are being offered in schools. This is a good initiative, however, initial take-up was said to be “disappointing” by Abertawe Bro Morgannwg health board.
Drop-in sessions have also been provided to immunise as many local residents as possible to combat the epidemic. Last weekend around 2,500 people received the MMR vaccination at special clinics held across south Wales. Vaccinations aren’t only available for infants, but teenagers have been the main target.
Dr Marion Lyons, PHW director of health protection, said: “Although we want children of all ages who have missed vaccinations to catch up now, we are particularly concerned about those aged between 10 and 18. These are the children who would have missed vaccination because of concerns about the safety of MMR in the late 1990s. The vaccine is safe, effective and the only protection against a potentially fatal disease.
Now, it’s fair to say that if these teenagers hadn’t missed out on the MMR vaccination in the late 1990s, this epidemic could have been avoided. Many safety questions were being asked about the MMR at the time. Many parents refused to allow their children to partake in the immunisation during the late 1990′s because they were led to believe the vaccination could cause Autism. However, this claim and misconception was quickly disproved, and the doctor/scientist to began the ‘Autism scare’ was dismissed from his job and publically humiliated.
Dr Marion Lyons concluded by saying: “We can’t bring this outbreak to an end unless the parents of unvaccinated children either arrange vaccination with their GP, call in to one of the weekend drop-in sessions or ensure that if their child attends a school where vaccinations are being offered.”

By Seyanu