Is grief a mental illness that needs treatment?
Medical Minefield
by Mail+
2w ago
This week, we focus on grief. Historian, author and broadcaster Tessa Dunlop talks about the phenomenon of anticipatory grief, as she struggles with the changing relationship she has with her mother, who is creeping into old age and frailty; while Dr Clare Gerada, President of the Royal College of General Practitioners, and a specialist in mental health, talks about when it might be necessary to medically treat patients with severe grief. And end of life doula Anna Lyons gives her point of view on grieving – and how all the ‘messy’ emotions it throws up are, in fact, perfectly normal and part ..read more
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Why are pregnant women still dying from a sickness condition that can be treated?
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by Mail+
3w ago
This week the team talk about the shocking case of a young pregnant woman who died in November, driven to despair by the severe sickness condition hyperemesis gravidarum. The illness, which famously affected Catherine, Princess of Wales, during her first and third pregnancies, hits three per cent of expectant mothers. And Dr Caitlin Dean of Pregnancy Sickness Support reveals that it's 'not uncommon' for women with the nightmarish condition, which some describe as 'feeling like you're dying', to have suicidal thoughts. Yet many are dismissed by doctors who think it's just morning sickness. We a ..read more
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Do we need to talk about the harm lockdown did to our children?
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by Mail+
1M ago
This week, Barney and Dr Ellie Cannon ask the question: did the health harms of putting our kids through lockdown and school closures during Covid outweigh any potential benefits? We hear from Professor Stephen Griffin, who supported the lockdowns but believes they should not be a strategy for future pandemics; and to Molly Kingsley, parent and co-founder of the campaign group Us For Them, who rejected the idea of school closures from the beginning of the pandemic and reflects on the abuse she received for speaking on behalf of the children who suffered throughout the pandemic. See omnystudio ..read more
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Is Strep A the new Covid?
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by Mail+
1M ago
Tragically, at least 15 children have died so far from Strep A infections in the last couple of weeks. This week, Medical Minefield is asking: Is the Government doing enough to protect our children? We hear from resident GP columnist Dr. Ellie Cannon, who is concerned about local shortages of antibiotics, while Adam Finn, Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Bristol, says the outbreak may not be as alarming as it seems... See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information ..read more
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Is obesity a disease?
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by Mail+
2M ago
Startling new research shows that a weekly injection can help obese people shift a fortune of weight – by turning off their unusually ferocious appetite. It’s led experts to be even more convinced of the idea that obesity is not a result of greed or lack of willpower – but a biological fault that causes extreme hunger. Daily Mail columnist Sarah Vine tells of how the injection, called semaglutide, changed her life by curbing her overwhelming desire to eat junk. Meanwhile, obesity campaigner Sarah Le Broq argues that treating larger Britons as patients with a sickness is the only way to tackle ..read more
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Are too many children being given antidepressants?
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by Mail+
2M ago
Recent reports that found adolescents are being prescribed antidepressants by GPs – against NHS guidance that says they should be offered psychotherapy first. Eve Simmons opens up about her struggle with anxiety as a teen, and how an understanding GP who prescribed Prozac was the answer to her problems. With ever growing waiting lists to see mental health specialists, what other choices are there? The Medical Minefield team speak with Dr Ian Goodyer, a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist based at the University of Cambridge, and to Ruth Glover, Consultant Child ..read more
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Should we add lithium to our tap water to protect our mental health?
Medical Minefield
by Mail+
3M ago
It’s been used since the 1970s as a mood stabiliser for people with bipolar disorder – but now, experts say lithium has fallen out of favour, and patients are paying the price. Dr Allan Young tells Medical Minefield of his concerns that not enough psychiatrists are prescribing the medicine, despite the raft of evidence proving its benefits. But Dr Joanna Moncrieff, psychiatrist and academic from the University College London, passionately disagrees – and says the serious risks, including kidney damage and extreme drowsiness, are not worth the benefits, and the drug is best avoided. See omnystu ..read more
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Why won't health chiefs approve the new Covid drug that’s proven to save lives?
Medical Minefield
by Mail+
3M ago
Hundreds of thousands of Britons remain vulnerable to Covid because they have not responded to the vaccines. A drug exists which could protect them. Called Evusheld, the medicine has been rolled out in dozens of countries including the US and France. However, the UK Government refuses to fund it. This week, The Mail on Sunday launches a vital campaign to provide Britain's most vulnerable with Evusheld. The Medical Minefield team speak to Imogen Dempsey, who has been shielding since the beginning of the pandemic and desperately needs Evusheld to return to her normal life. Meanwhile, L ..read more
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Why are so few people taking up their Covid booster?
Medical Minefield
by Mail+
4M ago
This week, the Medical Minefield team revisit Covid jabs: Are people still having them? Reports are showing a major decrease in Covid booster uptake among those most vulnerable to the virus. Mail on Sunday health reporter Ethan Ennals shares stories of the scores of Mail on Sunday readers who have written to tell us of problems accessing the vital vaccines, while Paul Hunter, Professor of Medicine at the University of East Anglia, who speaks of the effects of ‘vaccine fatigue’ – when the momentum of having jab after jab wears off. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information ..read more
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CASE STUDY: I was given too much HRT by a menopause doctor
Medical Minefield
by Mail+
6M ago
This week, the Medical Minefield team speak to Paula Rastrick, who recounts the harrowing experience of being prescribed twice the maximum dose of oestrogen to treat what might have been perimenopause. Far from making her feel better, her life – and health – almost imploded, and she believes it was partly due to the drugs. The team also speak to Dr Philippa Kaye, a GP who specialises in women’s health, about the right, and wrong way to treat women going through hormonal changes. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information ..read more
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