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Aysha Mendes

Freelance journalist specialising in healthcare, psychology and nursing

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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