Legal Highs: The new Lethal High

Legal highs have become the ‘new’ drug for younger people. They are easily accessible and easily purchased in central London shops and around the UK as well as online. Online drug barons market legal highs which are sold to anyone with a credit card and willing to lie about their...

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Silver bullet for HIV?

A new HIV prevention pill has been found to be remarkably effective in reducing the transmission of the HIV virus. In a study using 545 very high risk HIV negative men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women, the French National HIV research agency (ANRS) showed that the...

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Ebola: The Ugly Virus

I took a call early one Saturday morning in late November to ask if I would consider going to Cairo to attend an Ebola conference. I could hardly spell the word Ebola and had not been that focused on the dreadful events in west Africa especially in Sierra Leone. I...

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It’s not me, it’s evolution

Valentines feeling a little stale? Is your eye still roving? Is it ‘Dad’ or ‘Cad’? Psychologists Raj Persaud and Helinä Häkkänen-Nyholm examine why our lust for new flesh could be evolutionary. (Warning: do not attempt to use this to justify yourself when you’ve been caught with your pants down.) A...

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Can we delay Alzheimer’s disease?

At the age of 60, only about 5% of adults suffer from dementia, but by the age of 80, the proportion rises to a worrying 20%. Most cases of dementia are due to Alzheimer’s disease. The symptoms are general memory loss followed by progressive irreversible loss of intellectual function. Unfortunately,...

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Creeping Cancer

The funny thing about cancer is that it is not always painful. I laughed, joked and chatted my way through life for more than two years; normal behaviour for a sixty-something-year-old married man in London. I was unaware that something was steadily growing inside me, eventually developing to resemble, “a...

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Thamesbrook closure inspires fightback.

The imminent closure of Thamesbrook Nursing home on Dovehouse Street has angered residents to the extent that they have started a petition with global campaigning website 38 Degrees. The closure, as we reported here, threatens to put greater strain on local hospitals by taking nursing beds out of local council responsibility....

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Latest Council property sell-off will put ‘unbearable’ strain on local hospitals

Residents asked to act now to save provision for Dementia patients. Local NHS services are set to be stretched to breaking point by RBKC Council’s apparent eagerness to sell off a prime Chelsea property with 56 nursing home beds. Though the Council are proposing to build more ‘Extra care housing’ (flats for the...

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Residents reminded to make use of 7 day GP access

Residents in Kensington and Chelsea and Queen’s Park and Paddington are being reminded that many GP surgeries now offer seven day access as winter pressures continue to affect A&Es across the country. The following surgeries in the area are all open between 9am and 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays: Knightsbridge...

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Living with it

Alongside birthdays and wedding anniversaries, my calendar has a new significant date.  On the 9th July 2014 I found out I had breast cancer. My family was due to take the trip of a lifetime to Borneo just 7 days later, and I had just started a new job that...

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