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Aysha Mendes

Freelance journalist specialising in healthcare, psychology and nursing

Refreshing the way we approach cancer therapy

First offered to patients in the UK in early 2019, chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR-T) therapy forms part of a newer class of medicines designated advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs)....

Shifting pain management in the community

Current thinking, developed over many years of turning routinely to pharmacological measures, presumes that pain should never be experienced in the modern world, and that there is a pill that can...

Experimenting with gene silencing in cardiovascular medicine

The gene-silencing research outlined in this article is just some of the innovative work taking place in cardiovascular medicine. Next month's column will discuss tissue engineering and regeneration,...

High volume of opioid prescribing and the apparent consequences

According to new figures from NHS Digital, more than half of all hospital admissions for drug misuse poisoning are related to opioids other than heroin, such as codeine and morphine (NHS Digital,...

Tackling antibiotic resistance

The development of antibiotics has been revolutionary for medicine and public health. However, given the resistance that is now building up against them, we are facing one of the most significant and...

Depression, antidepressants and withdrawal in the community

The review (PHE, 2019) was a response to a call from the minister for public health and primary care in 2017 for PHE to identify the scale, distribution and causes of prescription drug dependence, as...

Raising the bar in asthma management

England and Wales are facing the highest death rate from asthma seen in the last decade, with 12 700 people dying from asthma in the last 10 years—an increase of 33%, according to an Asthma UK...

Vaping for smoking cessation

‘We know that vaping is a route to cutting down or quitting smoking, and there is evidence that it is not a route into smoking among young people, a group whom we would actively discourage from...

Community interventions for prostate cancer

In a new phase II feasibility study published in the British Medical Journal examining both quantitative and qualitative data, it has been reported that men living with prostate cancer have benefitted...

Developments in medical cannabis

Research to build up the evidence base is under way, and a new study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology has shown that, while cannabis does have some harmful effects on the brain,...

Greener treatments: the NHS carbon footprint

In a bid to decrease the carbon footprint, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) (2019) has produced a patient decision aid to support people living with asthma to choose inhalers...

The power of placebo

Interestingly, a UK study conducted in 2013 found that 97% of 783 surveyed GPs have prescribed a placebo to patients at some point in their careers, and that prescription of placebos, such as sugar...

Smoking cessation in 2019

Encouragingly, smokers in Great Britain are on the decline, as an increasing number of people are attempting and succeeding at quitting (Office for National Statistics, 2018). Nonetheless, the overall...

How will a no-deal Brexit impact medicines in the UK?

According to the Minister of State for Health and Social Care, Stephen Hammond, the storage for medicine stockpiles in the event that the UK withdraws from the EU on 29 March 2019 without an agreement...

Genomic medicine: past, present and future

New treatments are on the horizon as a result of ongoing advances in genomic medicine and the growing number of nurse prescribers will be at the forefront of a new generation of genomic treatments....

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