How chemotherapy works

Chemotherapy works by killing cancer cells and has different effects on different types of cancer. Find out how it works and the different ways you might have chemotherapy. How chemotherapy kills cancer cells Chemotherapy circulates throughout your body in the bloodstream. So it can treat cancer cells almost anywhere in the body. This is known as systemic… Continue reading How chemotherapy works

When you’re sick, the support you’ll get may depend on the ‘worth’ of your disease

When you're sick, the support you'll get may depend on the 'worth' of your disease Diseases low on the hierarchy of prestige are often difficult to diagnose and treat. Pixabay Louise Stone, Australian National University The name of an illness can affect the level of care a person receives. Cancer sufferers experiencing fear and uncertainty… Continue reading When you’re sick, the support you’ll get may depend on the ‘worth’ of your disease

The Explainer| HIV/AIDS History, distribution, and mode of Infection

  HIV belongs to a family of viruses called the lentiviruses; it is a Retrovirus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), a condition that causes the degeneration of the immune system. This leaves an individual more prone to opportunistic infections and some forms of cancers. HIV/AIDS is transmitted through the contact of infected Blood, semen,… Continue reading The Explainer| HIV/AIDS History, distribution, and mode of Infection

Respiratory diseases | Definitions, Causes, Symptoms and Major Types

Respiratory disorders Can be divided into those of the upper and lower respiratory tract Can further be divided into those that are caused by infectious particles like viruses, bacteria, and other causes. The upper respiratory system consists of the nasal and laryngopharynx including the larynx while the lower respiratory tract consists of the trachea, bronchi… Continue reading Respiratory diseases | Definitions, Causes, Symptoms and Major Types

Why genetics makes some people more vulnerable to opioid addiction – and protects others

Jill Turner, University of South Carolina; Fair Vassoler, Tufts University, and Kathleen Chiasson-Downs, West Virginia University Every day, 91 Americans die from an opioid overdose. Rates of abuse of these drugs have shot up over the past 15 years and continue to climb. Why is this happening? Is there hope for helping individuals with opioid… Continue reading Why genetics makes some people more vulnerable to opioid addiction – and protects others

Soft drinks sugar tax to tackle obesity ‘has already had an effect’

Cancer Research UK A ‘sugar tax’ on drinks has come into force today. The Soft Drinks Industry Levy (link is external) charges manufacturers based on the amount of sugar added to beverages. Campaigners hope it will reduce obesity levels and improve health. Malcolm Clark, policy manager at Cancer Research UK, said: “Even before its formal… Continue reading Soft drinks sugar tax to tackle obesity ‘has already had an effect’