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Thursday 16th January 2014

The Birmingham Institute of Translational Medicine: world class made in Birmingham

The Birmingham Institute of Translational Medicine: world class made in Birmingham
Description
Remarkable progress in the treatment of human disease was made in the 20th century but much remains to be done. Many cancers are still incurable and new antibiotic resistant infectious diseases pose an increasing threat.
Date:
Thursday 16th January 2014
Categories:
Medical and Dental Sciences, Research
Thursday 22nd August 2013

Why do so many people think they're addicted to food?

Why do so many people think they're addicted to food?
Description
Animal studies have shown that high-fat and high-sugar foods have similar effects on the brain as do substances more usually associated with addiction, such as alcohol or drugs. The research also suggests these foods can cause similar problems, such as withdrawal symptoms or going to great lengths to obtain the food. Yet, the existence of food addiction in humans remains extremely controversial within the scientific community.
Date:
Thursday 22nd August 2013
Categories:
Medical and Dental Sciences
Friday 19th July 2013

Gum disease – a silent killer?

Description
Healthy nutrition may be key to helping fight gum disease, which is not only important to oral health, but also to general health and wellbeing. Gum, or periodontal, diseases are ubiquitous long-lasting inflammatory diseases of humans. The most common type is chronic gingivitis, which affects approximately 90% of adults, but is reversible with professional and careful home tooth cleaning. Chronic periodontitis is a more severe form of gum disease that destroys the tissues supporting the teeth and associated bone in the jaws, leading ultimately to tooth loss.
Date:
Friday 19th July 2013
Categories:
Medical and Dental Sciences, Research
Thursday 12th May 2011

Regulating the complementary health professions: is the government doing enough?

Description
About half of the UK population use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) during their lifetimes. Yet despite this, successive governments have appeared remarkably reluctant to engage with the regulation of these therapeutic practices, despite its stated commitment to responsive and appropriate regulation of the health sector.
Date:
Thursday 12th May 2011
Categories:
Medical and Dental Sciences, Research, Social Sciences
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