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Who’s who in cow’s milk allergy?

Posted by GKA on 17/07/19 15:02

The lowdown

Cow’s milk allergy (also known as cow’s milk protein allergy or CMPA) is an abnormal response by the body’s immune system in which proteins in cow’s milk are seen as a potential threat. This can cause the immune system to be ‘sensitised’, which means there is the potential that when cow’s milk is consumed, the immune system remembers this protein and reacts to it by producing allergic symptoms, which can happen immediately after feeding or at a later time (identified as a delayed reaction).

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Who's who in Crohn's disease? A medical fieldwork guide

Posted by GKA on 06/06/19 11:31

Crohn’s disease is a lifelong condition in which parts of the digestive system become inflamed. The areas of inflammation are often patchy with sections of normal gut in between, and these inflammation patches may be small or extend quite a distance along part of the gut.

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Who's who in Lupus?

Posted by GKA on 31/05/19 09:10

Lupus is a long-term medical condition that causes inflammation to the joints, skin, and other organs. It’s an autoimmune disease that means the body’s immune system attacks healthy tissue, and there are two main types of the condition: discoid lupus and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). It’s not fully understood what causes it, but things such as viral infections, strong medications, sunlight, puberty, childbirth and menopause can all trigger the condition. Unfortunately, there is no cure for lupus, but if treatment starts early then the symptoms can improve.

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Who’s who in Breast Cancer

Posted by GKA on 06/02/19 15:01

The lowdown

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in the UK, with one person diagnosed every 10 minutes. Cancer Research UK predicts that one in eight women in the UK will develop breast cancer within their lifetimes, an increase of 50% over the last 25 years - making breast cancer market research a fast-growing fieldwork area. There are around 55,000 new cases of breast cancer reported in women in the UK every year, and although it’s much less common in men, there are still 390 male cases reported each year.

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Who’s who in autism? A medical fieldwork guide

Posted by Emma Garside on 09/04/18 12:03

What is autism?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others. Autistic people see, hear and feel the world differently to other people, which impacts their social interaction, communication, interests and behaviour.

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Who’s who in transplant surgery? A medical fieldwork guide

Posted by Emma Garside on 29/11/17 11:41

Transplant surgery is the surgical removal of an organ, tissue or blood products from a donor that is then surgically placed or infused into a recipient. It’s generally a final treatment option for end-stage diseases, conditions or injuries that haven’t improved with other medical treatments and therefore have no other options left.

Kidney transplants are the most commonly performed, although transplants of the heart, liver, lungs, pancreas, intestine and even face are now available, with the majority of transplants costing the NHS up to £50,000[1]. After a transplant, patients usually stay in hospital for around two to three weeks, with most people being able to start returning to many of their normal activities within a few months.

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Who’s who in prostate cancer? A medical market research guide

Posted by Emma Garside on 03/11/17 12:06

What is prostate cancer?

Prostate cancer is a type of cancer that occurs when the cells in the prostate gland grow out of control. It usually develops very slowly and it may be some years before symptoms start to appear when the prostate is large enough to affect the urethra. The causes of prostate cancer are largely unknown; however we do know that the risk of developing this type of cancer is higher in men over the age of 50 and that men with first degree relatives who have had prostate cancer also have an increased risk.

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Who’s who in dentistry: a healthcare fieldwork guide

Posted by GKA on 21/03/16 09:11

There are a total of 106,313 dental professionals in the UK registered to the General Dental Council (GDC). Most of these dentists work as general dental practitioners (GDPs) and practice either under the NHS or privately, with the majority doing a combination of both. According to the 2014 register, there are 41,038 dentists and 65,275 dental care professionals (DCPs) currently working in the UK, making dentistry a rich area for medical fieldwork.

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Who’s who in Haemophilia? A medical fieldwork guide

Posted by GKA on 08/02/16 10:13

What is haemophilia? 

Haemophilia is an inherited disorder affecting the body’s ability to clot. Normally when somebody cuts themselves, clotting factors and platelets combine to make the blood stickier and make the bleeding stop. When someone suffers from haemophilia, bleeding episodes will last longer due to abnormal clotting. Bruising can also occur more easily, and it is not uncommon for spontaneous bleeding to occur. The main problem for haemophiliacs is internal bleeding into joints, muscles and soft tissues, which can cause pain and stiffness as well as leading to joint damage.

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Who’s who in Cystic Fibrosis? A medical market research guide

Posted by Emma Garside on 12/11/15 15:34


According to the latest Cystic Fibrosis Trust figures, there are currently over 10,000 people diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis in the UK, five babies are born with CF each week, and two people die.

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