Category: Diseases

My first internship at the World Health Organisation – A formative experience and an education in the value of community-based​ medicine

In the most remote regions of the African continent, where healthcare centers and clinics are few and far between; where a journey on foot or on a bicycle to the nearest healthcare facility can easily last an entire day in the merciless, blistering heat of the sub-Saharan sun; too many children below the age of ...

Antimicrobial Resistance Series : Intro to AMR

The term antibiotic was first coined in 1941 by Selman Waksman to describe any small molecule made by a microbe that antagonizes the growth of other microbes. The antibiotic age occurred with the development of other agents such as tetracycline, streptomycin and chloramphenicol from soil bacteria; amongst others. Modern medicine received a lifeline when Sir ...

SERIES: Part 5 – Conclusions on Causes and Consequences of Rising Obesity Levels in the UK

I’m back! And this is the fifth and final edition of my ‘Obesity in the UK‘ series: Conclusions on Causes and Consequences of Rising Obesity Levels in the United Kingdom. Throughout this series, we have explored causes and consequences; physiological, behavioral, economic and social. All references are available upon request. So, here’s my sum up: A ...

SERIES: Part 4 – Consequences of Rising Incidence of Obesity in the United Kingdom

In my opinion, the consequences of increasing incidence of obesity fall into four key dimensions: individual, societal, structural and economic. This is Part 4 of my Obesity in the UK series. If you missed Parts 1, 2, or 3 - mainly dealing with the consequential factors of obesity.

SERIES: Part 3 – Even more causes of rising obesity incidence in the United Kingdom

This is Part 3 of my Obesity in the UK series. If you missed Part 1, or Part 2, you can find them by following the links. 🙂 Like part two, this part addresses causal factors but with a greater emphasis on some indirect causes. Beliefs, Perceptions and Stigmatisation There is evidence to support that ...

SERIES: Part 2 – Causes of Rising Incidence of Obesity in the United Kingdom

This is Part 2 of my Obesity in the UK series. If you missed Part 1, you can find it here. So back to Causes. Among other factors, rising incidence of obesity in the UK can be explained by behavioral theories relating to changes in physical activity and eating behavior. Basic weight gain is most ...

SERIES: Rising incidence of obesity in the United Kingdom – Introduction

In the past three decades obesity in the United Kingdom has increased three-fold, emerging as one of the UK’s most prominent public health challenges. Obesity is largely a lifestyle and behavior associated condition, although there are also some genetic factors. Obesity is measured by a standard anthropometric measurement of known as Body Mass Index (BMI). ...