Will more female doctors be enough?

80 percent of lab rats, guinea pigs, or whatever test animals, are apparently male.  That is, according to a report done by Joséfa Lopez for Le Monde. (24 november, 2017)

When it comes to human test subjects, les than a quarter is a woman.

As a result, many medicines that have been tested on men are not suitable for women.  Not only do they have untested side effects, they may even be counterproductive, having the opposite effect of what is intended. Continue reading “Will more female doctors be enough?”

Are the nurses really leaving?

Politicians give their opinions on every element of human life.  Consequently, many people blame politicians, or even voters, for changes in supply and demand.  After all, these issues were brought up before the election.

It is true that, while there is net migration into the country, many people are leaving the UK (and perhaps doctors and nurses have a net outward migration).  One British man gave the following reasons for becoming French:

The list of dead ends seems grotesque, worthy of a Marx Brothers’ film: the record number of European nurses leaving the NHS, for fear of not being allowed to stay in the country; people in poverty-scarred Cornwall having massively voted Brexit then worrying, just a day after the vote, that their (vital) European subsidies would stop; the British farmers, pro-Brexit, also getting indignant at the stopping of subsidies – a detail they seem not to have thought of; the Home Office considering recruiting Polish customs officers, because there are too few Britons for the job – yes Britain needs Poles to help keep out the Poles!

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Coming soon: book an appointment on your smart phone

In what Britain’s health secretary calls “a decade of patient power” plans are being made to give NHS patients the same kind of smart phone access that banks give their customers.

“People should be able to access their own medical records 24/7”  Jeremy Hunt planned to tell an NHS conference on Tuesday (according to the Telegraph and the Guardian.)  Patients should be able to access records via smartphone by the end of 2018.

Continue reading “Coming soon: book an appointment on your smart phone”

Angel investor prescribes Dr Google.

Dr Aniruddha Malpani, who describes himself as an Angel investor with Malpani Investors, is gaining a lot of attention on LinkedIn by claiming that, “Lots of #doctors don’t like patients who visit #DrGoogle, but I find these #patients are usually smarter and more proactive.” Continue reading “Angel investor prescribes Dr Google.”

Is healthcare Britain’s biggest worry?

If you follow the media, you’ll see that health care has become a political issue.  In the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and elsewhere, candidates lay down their plans for medicine.

As much as ten percent of political speeches are devoted to health funding, and to health infrastructure, whether it be “Obamacare” or the NHS.  But does the electorate care? Continue reading “Is healthcare Britain’s biggest worry?”

See?

The eye has been called “the window to the soul” by people who have no idea how it works.

There were once a variety of theories on how we see:

Extramission: The theory that eyes emit a light, like the fire of the sun, onto objects they see, and then the image object is reflected back onto the water of eye.

Intromission: The theory that everything projects a smaller version of itself, with a smaller number of atoms, in all directions.  The eye catches this smaller image.

Intermission: The break in a long film, when your eyes get watery from looking at the screen in the dark for so long.

But now what causes vision more clearly, even if we don’t see objects in front of us as clearly as we used to. Continue reading “See?”