On 18th June 1971, Richard Nixon, the president of the United States declared the War on Drugs. Today, the US alone spends $51bilion every year on that endeavour, with over a quarter of a million dollars already spent since I started my summation. In summer 2016, we will be reaching almost 50 years of that war, and there is still no victory on the horizon.
When hearing loss becomes so severe that hearing aids no longer help, a cochlear implant not only amplifies sounds but also lets people hear speech clearly.
Music is a different story.
“I’ve pretty much given up listening to music and being able to enjoy it,” says Prudence Garcia-Renart, a musician who gave up playing the piano a few years ago.
“I’ve had the implant for 15 years now and it has done so much for me. Before I got the implant, I was working but I could not use a phone, I needed somebody to take notes for me at meetings, and I couldn’t have conversations with more than one person. I can now use a phone, I recognize people’s voices, I go to films, but music is awful.”
Following a successful application of the Fellow for Honours, before the House on Thursday 9th February 2017, Lex Maximus I [02/0005], Nicholas Bridger has been nominated to serve as the Honorary Praetor, and has been designated to preside over the Curia for Ethics.
I’ll warn you at the beginning. This article will be a bit longer. It’s because I wanted to talk you through the visual signal from the single photon entering your eye to the beautifully sophisticated system of little brain nuclei. By the end of that post, you may be a bit tired, but one I can promise.
A patient who is the first in the UK to receive the world’s most advanced ‘bionic eye’ has been able to read the time for the first time in more than five years.
The moment Rhian Lewis, 49, realised she had correctly told the time is captured on BBC’s ‘Trust Me I’m A Doctor’, to be broadcast on Wednesday 6 January 2016.
Surgeons at the Oxford Eye Hospital at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital implanted a tiny electronic chip at the back of Rhian’s retina in her right eye as part of ongoing NHS-funded research of the technology.
Cannabis, weed, grass, hash… a striking variety of names used to describe this well-recognized drug illustrates its popularity. It may be smoked with tobacco, or using bongos in different forms, including hashish. Known for its recreational and medical uses, cannabis still seems to be an intriguing source of natural substances, of a remarkable potential in treating popular diseases. What if nature has hidden a clou to medical development between green leaves of herbs, like Cannabis sativa?
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It’s time all clinical trial results are reported.
Patients, researchers, pharmacists, doctors and regulators everywhere will benefit from publication of clinical trial results. Wherever you are in the world please sign the petition:
Thousands of clinical trials have not reported their results; some have not even been registered.
Information on what was done and what was found in these trials could be lost forever to doctors and researchers, leading to bad treatment decisions, missed opportunities for good medicine, and trials being repeated.
All trials past and present should be registered, and the full methods and the results reported.
We call on governments, regulators and research bodies to implement measures to achieve this.