Death with dignity: patient autonomy in the wake of Charlie Gard and Noel Conway

Death is relevant to us all, but end of life care – particularly for the terminally ill – is something few consider before they have to confront it. Two pressing cases have recently caught the world’s attention, both in London, and both challenging what it means to die with dignity. One was of an 11-month-old […]

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Medicine and Comedy Make a Perfect Combination: An Interview with Ed Patrick

Ed Patrick is a very busy man; he’s currently wrapping up the final performances of his first stand up show whilst simultaneously preparing for an exciting new show that’s coming to the Old Fire Station for previews before its run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August. I should also mention that he’s a working […]

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Profile: Christopher Bateman reflects on his Oxford experience 60 years on

As a long retired alumnus of Oxford, Christopher Bateman has borne witness to decades-worth of change at this university, the world of medicine and British society as a whole. After studying medicine at University College from 1955 and clinical training at St Thomas Hospital, London from 1959, Christopher qualified as a doctor in 1962. Generously […]

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LMH to host homeopathy conference over Easter

Lady Margaret Hall has come under fire from scientific groups for agreeing to host a conference for homeopathy over the Easter Vac. Michael Marshall, Project Director of The Good Thinking Society, attacked the college’s decision to host the conference. Speaking to The Independent, he said “It’s pretty clear the Society of Homeopaths is seeking venues […]

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Danish drug behemoth to make huge investment in Oxford

The Danish drug company Novo Nordisk will invest £115 million over the next ten years in a new science research centre to be based in Oxford. The facility, which will work on new treatments for type 2 diabetes will employ roughly 100 academics and scientists. David Gauke, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, described the decision […]

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Abortion policies: the human right to health

The large majority of those reading this will be entitled to healthcare under the National Health Service (NHS). This means that if needed, free contraception and free safe, legal abortions are generally available to you. Many women in other countries do not have this same entitlement. 56 million abortions are performed worldwide per year. Twenty-two […]

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Ben Goldacre on his work, the future of medicine and his Oxford Career

With his quizzical look and flyaway hair, Ben Goldacre’s departmental photo makes him look every bit the mad scientist, but this scientific polymath (currently an author, broadcaster, doctor and academic) is at the forefront of one of the biggest medical movements in the last 50 years. With the enthusiasm of a Teach First chemistry teacher, he describes himself […]

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Oxford to conduct human trials of Ebola vaccine

A leading Oxford University scientist has called on the residents of Oxfordshire to help him challenge the deadly virus Ebola. Professor Adrian Hill is leading clinical trials at Oxford’s Jenner Institute from next month, with the hope of producing a vaccine for the deadly virus. Ebola has killed around 1,500 victims in West Africa this […]

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‘BBC Horizon: Mend Me’ – tales of modern medicine’s successes, and a bit of bodysnatching…

The BBC’s ‘Horizon: Mend Me’ programme, aired this week, was a whistle-stop tour through the outstanding –and often unsettling– progress made in the field of organ transplantation. Introductory scenes included jarring images of a young man who had had his face entirely burnt away. Even the presenter Michael Mosley, presumably hardened to horrific injuries during […]

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Technology: Meeting healthcare demands affordably

Meeting healthcare needs affordably is truly a global challenge. Rapidly expanding populations, fast changing lifestyles and demographics all over the world make the issue manifold and complicated. Even in countries with well-developed healthcare infrastructures such as the UK, which has relatively straightforward access to care, affordability is not to be taken for granted. We are […]

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