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Thursday 28th May 2015

Nearly all of us have gum disease – so let's do something about it

Description
Several studies have been conducted to look at the association of periodontitis with other systemic diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, chronic kidney disease and obesity. For example, the periodontal research group at the University of Birmingham has found higher death rates in periodontitis sufferers, as well as stiffer arteries in kidney disease patients and poorer kidney function in those who have periodontitis compared with those who are disease-free.
Date:
Thursday 28th May 2015
Categories:
Medical and Dental Sciences
Thursday 12th February 2015

Reclaiming the realities of anorexia

Description
The concerning trend for terms such as 'thinspiration' on social media highlights the growing chasm between how we commonly discuss anorexia nervosa, both clinically and as a broader society, and the realities of the condition.
Date:
Thursday 12th February 2015
Categories:
Medical and Dental Sciences
Thursday 30th October 2014

Education and awareness needed to combat 'global epidemic' of liver disease

Description
Despite significant advances in our knowledge of how to diagnose and treat chronic liver disease, we are currently experiencing a global epidemic in cases. In Europe alone, 29 million people suffer from chronic liver disease, and this rapid upward trend is reproduced in England, where liver disease is one of the leading causes of premature mortality.
Date:
Thursday 30th October 2014
Categories:
Medical and Dental Sciences, Research
Thursday 16th October 2014

Patient-reported outcomes: the heart of healthcare research?

Description
The moment a patient is recruited to participate in a clinical trial, we start to collect data. Much of this data derives from the information that only patients can give, that we cannot acquire through any test or scan. Are they experiencing pain? What are the side effects? These important insights are captured in a trial using PROs (patient-reported outcomes).
Date:
Thursday 16th October 2014
Categories:
Life and Environmental Sciences, Medical and Dental Sciences
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