Friday, 22 Feb 2019
Category: Health

OCD isn’t about being over-tidy. I had intrusive thoughts about sex | Rose Cartwright

Confronting and understanding the disorder has been a lifelong journey for me. My memoir, Pure, is just the latest step Defining obsessive-compulsive disorder is tricky. Redefining it against the grain of near-universal misunderstanding is trickier. For decades, OCD has been conflated with perfectionism, rigidity, neatness, cleanliness. I hope that Pure – the Channel 4 TV […]

High risk: anti-vaxxers in the delivery ward

What can a doctor say to a mother who refuses a potentially life-saving treatment for her newborn? By Rachel Pearson For paediatric resident physicians, the newborn nursery at a high-risk delivery centre is a potent mix of the mundane and the terrifying. We spend most of our time teaching new parents how many wet nappies […]

Island of garbage: the all-female voyage to battle Earth’s plastic crisis

Plastic is everywhere, and it’s not going anywhere – potentially posing serious risks to our health. A crew of scientists and activists is conducting a hands-on investigation When I arrive at the marina in Victoria on a late-July morning, the sky and water are complementary shades of azure. On the deck of the 72ft shiny-bright […]

Britons urged to get flu vaccine as critical cases rise above 2,000

Virus has killed 200 and left many more in intensive care units over winter period Flu has left more than 2,000 Britons needing life-or-death treatment in an intensive care unit (ICU) this winter, even though the virus is circulating at unusually low levels. Senior doctors said as many people were at risk of dying as […]

Letter: Julian Pratt and GP support

Julian Pratt was an unusual doctor and an unusual person. In 1986 he joined six others of us – myself, Ruth Kennedy, Hugh McCullough, Andrew Manasse, Dilys Noble and Ros Rosser – in forming a GP support group in Sheffield. At the time such an activity was rare: doctors were often in positions of loneliness […]

Figures show soaring number of homeless hospital patients

NHS Digital figures show admissions in England rose from 1,539 in 2008/9 to 10,259 in 2017/18 Thousands of homeless people in England are arriving at hospital with Victorian-era illnesses such as tuberculosis, as well as serious respiratory conditions, liver disease and cancer, with hospital admissions for such conditions surging over a decade, the Guardian can […]

Cervical cancer could be eliminated in most countries by 2100 – research

Millions of cases could be prevented with high HPV vaccine and screening coverage Cervical cancer could be effectively eliminated in most countries around the world by the end of the 21st century, according to research. The HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccine, which protects against the virus that causes most cases, has dramatically reduced incidences of […]

Voyage to the Garbage Patch: the female sailors taking on plastic

Plastic is everywhere, and it’s not going anywhere – potentially posing serious risks to our health. A crew of scientists and activists is conducting a hands-on investigation When I arrive at the marina in Victoria on a late-July morning, the sky and water are complementary shades of azure. On the deck of the 72ft shiny-bright […]