August 31, 2017

Blockchain and Healthcare: data integrity and overall patient security, privacy and accessibility

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BLOCKCHAIN AND HEALTHCARE

Using Blockchain within the healthcare industry is a fairly new concept. Blockchain has been around for several years, and one of its more famous assets Bitcoin is increasingly in the media. Blockchain is basically a digital ledger that records all transactions that have taken place on it. These transactions are secure, they cannot be edited or deleted. Many see blockchain as a digital currency platform, yes banks are taking advantage of the technology but the technology can be used for anything, such as contracts, messaging, data sharing, file storage, file transfer- anything that needs to be independently recorded and verified as having happened.

August 29, 2017

Lung Cancer: How to Manage Treatment Side Effects

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MANAGING TREATMENT SIDE EFFECTS

The body’s reaction to chemotherapy, radiation, or targeted treatments depends on a number of factors such as length of treatment, dosage prescribed, and a person’s health history. Most side effects are short term, but some can last throughout your treatment and even for some time afterward. Although side effects can be uncomfortable or painful, doctors now have many ways to reduce and even prevent side effects from treatment.

August 27, 2017

Lung Cancer: Staging and Treatment

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STAGING & TREATMENT OF LUNG CANCER

In the previous article, we noted that if lung cancer is suspected as a result of a screening procedure (CT, MRI or PET scan), then a follow-up biopsy would be required, and also that a bronchoscopy might be needed in some circumstances. Please see symptoms and diagnosis of lung cancer for more. In this article, we will discuss the staging and treatment of lung cancer.

August 26, 2017

What Is Lung Cancer: Symptoms and Diagnosis

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SYMPTOMS & DIAGNOSIS OF LUNG CANCER

Different people have different symptoms for lung cancer. So it’s important to report unusual physical feelings to your doctor. Often, these unusual feelings are attributed to other causes, such as bronchitis. But a doctor should check anything that is unusual or worrisome. Some people have symptoms related to the lungs. Others whose lung cancer has spread to other parts of the body (metastasized) have symptoms specific to that part of the body. Some people just have general symptoms of not feeling well.

Diploma in UK Medical Practice for International Medical Graduates

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DIPLOMA IN UK MEDICAL PRACTICE (DipUKMP)

The DipUKMP was developed through a partnership between Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and the Royal College of Physicians of London (RCP) and now incorporates a partnership with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH).

August 22, 2017

What Is Lung Cancer: Risk Factors, Genetics and Types

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WHAT IS LUNG CANCER?

Cancer is a disease in which cells in the body grow out of control. When cancer starts in the lungs, it is called lung cancer. Lung cancer, therefore, is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in one or both lungs. These abnormal cells do not carry out the functions of normal lung cells and do not develop into healthy lung tissue. As they grow, the abnormal cells can form tumors and interfere with the functioning of the lung, which provides oxygen to the body via the blood.

August 19, 2017

What is Cancer? Understanding the Basics (cont'd)

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CANCER--DETECTION, CARE, TREATMENT AND WHO RESPONSE

We previously defined cancer as a generic term for a large group of diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control and can invade other tissues. We learnt cancer cells can spread to other parts of the body through the blood and lymph systems; and that this is not just one disease, but many diseases with more than 100 kinds of cancer.

What is Cancer? Understanding the Basics

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CANCER--CAUSES, RISK FACTORS AND PREVENTION

Cancer is a generic term for a large group of diseases that can affect any part of the body. Other terms used are malignant tumours and neoplasms. One defining feature of cancer is the rapid creation of abnormal cells that grow beyond their usual boundaries, and which can then invade adjoining parts of the body and spread to other organs, the latter process is referred to as metastasizing. Metastases are a major cause of death from cancer.

August 15, 2017

What is Candida auris? Understanding this bug, how it is spread and how to avoid it

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CANDIDA AURIS
First published 15.08.17; Edited and republished 00.00.00

Candida, which is a type of yeast, is an uncommon type of fungus that can cause a range of illnesses. Healthcare facilities in several countries have reported that a type of Candida called Candida auris has been causing severe illness in hospitalized patients.

Safety Alert: Drug-resistant Fungus In 55 UK Hospitals

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ALERT: DRUG RESISTANT BUG IN MANY UK HOSPITALS
First published 15.08.17.; Edited and republished 00.00.00.

The UK Government health agency, Public Health England (PHE), reported last year it had been notified of a number of cases of Candida auris (C.auris), an emerging drug-resistant yeast. Since then, the fungus which is largely resistant to known drugs has spread to at least 55 hospitals across the UK.