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WHAT'S ON THE HORIZON?
Opinion & insight from our Clinical Steering Group
Horizons, led by a team of experts from our Clinical Steering Group, is a series of scientific articles which take a deep dive into the emerging trends in the healthcare landscape, kickstarting a dialogue about how treatments and strategies should be best implemented for the benefit of patients. Click below to find out more.
What's on the horizon?
Over the past couple of decades, there have been advances in a class of drugs which for a long time was purely theoretical: antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs). The concept underlying ADCs is elegant – what if it were possible to ‘target’ particular groups of cells with a cytotoxic agent, rather than exposing every cell of the body to it?
It was the winner of the 1908 Nobel prize for medicine, Paul Ehrlich, who is first credited with discussing the concept of a “magic bullet”, able to target specific cells without damaging healthy tissue. With the advent of immunotherapy, as well as antibody-drug conjugates, we are beginning to realise this vision.
Ahead of World Cancer Day on Saturday (February 4), Fiona Holland, Psychology Lecturer, discusses what to say and what not to say to someone with cancer.
Fiona worked in the fitness and wellness industry in the US for 13 years, supporting behaviour ...
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Virologist-turned-Science Writer, Dr. Heather Lander, discusses the emergence of Zika virus and what we know so far.
Heather Lander has a PhD in Experimental Pathology and spent her research days studying hemorrhagic ...
Not everyone is convinced that education courses help people look after their diabetes. And the GP I was chatting to a couple of months ago was one of them. He wasn’t sure they worked. People didn’t seem that interested and he wasn’t really sure what people would learn anyway.
Whenever I criticise their methods, homeopaths claim that my arguments are invalid because I know next to nothing about the subject. Is this because they feel threatened by my arguments? Or could it be that the allegation is incorrect?
You can judge for yourself - here is a (slightly shortened and revised) excerpt from my recent memoire ‘A SCIENTIST IN WONDERLAND’ which recounts my exposure to and experience in homeopathy.
Overdiagnosis is the diagnosis of disease that will cause neither morbidity nor mortality during a patient’s lifetime. Doctors are trained to listen, examine, test, diagnose and treat patients, but we are not warned of the possible dangers of “diseases”, the diagnosis of which will not benefit the patient and may also lead to harm. I would argue that the Hippocratic oath, in particular “Primum non nocere” (first, do no harm) should be at the forefront of every clinician’s mind when seeing patients.