The HPV vaccine is safe, effective and helps prevent many types of cancer, not just cervical. That’s why it’s now being rolled out to boys, writes Helen O’Callaghan. It’s a compelling statistic that would make you glad the HPV vaccine will be offered to teen boys as well as girls in Irish schools from this September. A comparison between the rates of throat cancer in 2009-2013 and 2014-2018 in eight cancer centres around Ireland found a 37% increase in this cancer type. “Of that 37%, 50% is directly related to HPV infection and of that 50%, 78% are male,” says James Paul O’Neill, professor of otolaryngology, head and neck surgery at Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Beaumont Hospital. These statistics emphasise the importance of the vaccine for boys, says O’Neill. “We presented the results to Hiqa, which ultimately recommended boys be included in the vaccination schedule and thankfully the Government agreed.” HPV … [Read more...] about Vicky Phelan (guest editor): Why it’s essential children get the HPV jab
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0 Have your say Police are the latest group to hail an index of child trauma that offers a key to health and behaviour. But is it good science, asks Chris Marshall In the mid-1980s, doctors running a weight loss programme at a clinic in San Diego happened upon a startling discovery. Struggling to understand why successful slimmers were quitting, lead physician Dr Vincent Felitti began interviewing the leavers and found many had experienced sexual abuse in childhood.His findings led to a conclusion that would have major implications for public health – overeating was being used unconsciously as a protection from trauma suffered early in life.Contrary to all the medical evidence, it seemed obesity did provide benefits for some; it helped people deal with physical, sexual or emotional experiences they had undergone as children.It was out of Felitti’s research that the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Study was born. Between 1995 and 1997, 17,000 … [Read more...] about ACEs: Light bulb moment or magic bullet for social ills in Scotland?
THE DEVASTATED family of a DJ with terminal brain cancer claim that the "inhumane" NHS is denying him access to "life-saving" cannabis oil. Entrepreneur George Gannon, 29, was diagnosed with at least 12 tumours on the brain after complaining of chronic headaches. "George woke up one night, covered in sweat and unable to process his own thoughts into words or make sense of anything that was happening to him. "He was paralysed with fear and pain," his girlfriend, Natalie Hobbs, remembered. He eventually collapsed at his home in Koh Pangang, Thailand, last September where he's been living since 2014 and was flown back to the UK where he was told that he had terminal cancer. George, from Basingstoke, Hants, has been taking CBD oil to manage the symptoms of the invasive treatment he's been having to fight the cancer. But his family has been forced to buy it online for £1,200 a month. They claim that doctors are ignoring their request for him to access it on the NHS. Last October, home … [Read more...] about NHS blasted as ‘inhumane’ by terminal brain cancer patient, 29, ‘denied life-saving cannabis oil’
The problem is likely to continue growing in its seriousness and might attain the magnitude of the major epidemics of the previous centuries, with the lethality of pathogenic bacteria being equal to that of HIV, flu and tuberculosis combined. READ MORE: Professor Explains Why Consumers Shouldn't Be Worried About 'Mad-Cow Disease' Slower and less research, as well as the increasing number of infectious, deceases contracted in hospitals are two other alarming facts, which render the problem much more complex and dangerous. Antibiotics Losing Effectiveness According to experts, medical science is engaged in an ongoing struggle with bacteria that are mutating and finding mechanisms to defend against the antibiotics effect. This tendency caused no doubts for his colleague from the Belgian University of Liege, Professor Frederic Kerff. Stijn Deborggraeve, a diagnostic expert … [Read more...] about Deaths From Infectious Diseases in Europe to Surpass Cancer Deaths by 2050
When Nicola Dady was diagnosed with an aggressive form of kidney and bladder cancer, her first thought was not of herself but her children. “My first feeling was, oh my God, what’s going to happen to them,” says Dady, a Londoner and single mother to two small children. “All I could think about was them. I didn’t want to die before my kids know who I am. Corey was only three at the time, and I thought if I die he’s not going to remember me at all.” She embarked on chemotherapy, with a poor prognosis of surviving more than five years. While she was in hospital, her children stayed with friends and relatives, but she felt terrible guilt when she realised her illness, and her absence, was taking an emotional toll on them. “I’m a single parent so we spent all of our time together, I was everything to them.” They felt sad and confused, she says. “Shenai became really clingy. I’d drop her off at school, she would go in … [Read more...] about When a parent gets cancer, what about the kids?