September 28th 2007, 13:16
Health experts are concerned that the uptake of the MMR vaccine is still far too low to provide 'herd immunity' for the population. Vaccination levels have risen to 85 per cent overall following the autism scare - but they are still well below the 95 per cent recommended by the World Health Organization in order to achieve global protection from the disease.
The premise that supports the herd immunity theory is, of course, that the vaccine works, and offers years of protection.
But, at best, it works for some of the people some of the time - a fact that governments and health officials are loathe to reveal.
September 21st 2007, 18:38
There seem to be as many diets as sub-optimal mortgages - but which one is the best?
The accolade has to go to the low-GI (glycaemic-index) diet because not only does it help you lose weight, it is also great for your health, and may well help you live longer.
September 14th 2007, 12:16
Spare a thought for the M.E.(myalgic encephalitis) sufferer. For years he and she has been scorned by a medical establishment that has seen the problem as being all in the mind. As such, the M.E. sufferer has been labelled an hysteric who is merely attention seeking.
This attitude has become so bad that medical associations - and even the World Health Organization - have urged doctors to take the condition seriously, and to treat it as they would any other health problem.
September 7th 2007, 10:13
Doctors and medicine are part of the current scientific zeitgeist to reduce things down to their smallest component part. That way, they think they can really understand things.
So, the greatest achievement for any doctor is to become a specialist - someone who knows more about a particular function, organ or part of an organ than any of his colleagues.