Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis is often considered a disease of the past, but it's still kicking around today, so what exactly is it? What is TB? Mycobacterium tuberculosis, along with its close relatives, is a bacterium most commonly known for infecting the lungs and sometimes other parts of the body, spread through droplets coughed or sneezed by a … Continue reading Tuberculosis

Alcohol

One of our most common beverages, particularly on a special occasion, but what harm does this do to our health? What is alcohol? Alcohol or ethanol to be more specific, is a small molecule that is ingested, typically in beverages or some foods, and is absorbed into the blood stream through the lining of the … Continue reading Alcohol

Progressive Supranuclear Palsy and Corticobasal Degeneration

Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (previously known as Steele-Richardson-Olszewski Syndrome) and Corticobasal Degeneration are rare degenerative neurological disorders that have similar clinical pictures and often overlap. Both are caused by aggregation of tau proteins, which stick together to form neurofibrillary tangles, damaging the neurons around them. Both of these disorders are commonly misdiagnosed as Parkinson, Alzheimer's, stroke … Continue reading Progressive Supranuclear Palsy and Corticobasal Degeneration

Heart Failure

Heart failure is one of those medical conditions that you’re guaranteed to hear during handover and is something most members of the public have heard of but often don’t understand. It effects 920,000 people in the UK and between 2015-16, Cornwall had 427 patients with heart failure admitted to hospital. This long-term health condition impacts … Continue reading Heart Failure