Could Brexit impact our health?

With just over a month to go until the European Union (EU) referendum, the debate raging over whether to leave or remain is heating up, and every day brings news of yet another public figure or organisation wading into the debate. The arguments put forward by both sides mainly focus

Antibiotic resistance – a ticking time bomb

Only a century ago, those suffering from bacterial infections had no hope of effective treatment. Millions of people died from infections, tuberculosis being one of the main killers, famously claiming the lives of many including the Brontë sisters and Frédéric Chopin. This all changed, however, with the discovery in 1928

Junior doctors contract debate: the future of the NHS?

If you are from the United Kingdom I am sure you have heard about the uproar over the changes to junior doctors’ contracts over recent months, and the disputes between the government and the British Medical Association (BMA), who have been negotiating on behalf of the doctors. The changes to

Managing disease in the digital health age

Social entrepreneur Paul Sonnier sees digital health as the “convergence of the digital and genomic revolutions with health, healthcare, living and society.” Developers argue that digital health technologies can empower users to manage the health of themselves, their family and – ultimately – society. By bridging the communication gap between

Lessons in global health from the pharma bad boy

If pharmaceutical companies had a human face, it would probably be that of Martin Shkreli, former chief executive of Turing Pharmaceuticals who notoriously increased the price of life-saving drug Daraprim (pyrimethamine) by more than 50-fold in the US. Pyrimethamine is an essential antiparasitic drug listed in the World Health Organization