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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 Emma Garside 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 Emma Garside 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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Stem Cell Transplants – transforming the cancer battleground

Posted by Emma Garside on 15/07/15 15:30

 

Cancer remains the second largest cause of death in the UK. While diagnosis and treatments continue to improve thanks to the work done by world-leading researchers and specialist experts, there is still much to learn, and a very long way to go, before we can completely defeat this dreadful disease.

One scientific area that may yet prove to be highly influential in discovering a cure for cancer is cancer stem cell research. One place dedicated to pioneering, world-leading research and improving our understanding of the role cancer stem cells play is the European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute.

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Growth Hormone Deficiency and healthcare market research

Posted by Emma Garside on 29/06/15 11:00

Facts about Growth Hormone Deficiency

  • Growth hormones deficiency affects 1 in 3,800 children
  • Although the importance of the pituitary gland for growth was recognised in the late 19th century, growth hormone therapy was only made available in the late 1950s
  • Growth hormone is also known as somatotropin
  • Growth hormone was first isolated from the human pituitary gland in 1956 and the first patient was given human growth hormone in 1958 in Boston, USA
  • Since October 1985, biosynthetic growth hormone has replaced the pituitary-derived hormone in the UK
  • Early diagnosis and treatment means most children with growth hormone deficiency will catch up with other children’s growth and achieve a normal growth rate

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How Caregivers can add insight to your Healthcare Market Research

Posted by Adam Irwin on 23/06/15 14:00

 When we think of healthcare market research, we tend to think of patients and doctors. We may even think of pharmacists and commissioners if we’re taking a broader view. But one group – a silent army of invaluable helpers – is often entirely forgotten, and that is caregivers. 

They go by a few different names: unpaid caregivers, non-professional caregivers, informal caregivers. These are the family members and friends who take on the task of providing regular assistance to someone who has limited ability to take care of themselves.

Most often these caregivers can be adult children caring for their aged parents, one spouse taking care of the other, or one family member caring for another. In some cases, it may even be a close friend or lifelong neighbour offering essential assistance.

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What's the history behind Cystic Fibrosis?

Posted by Emma Garside on 05/03/15 15:56

 

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a disease with an unusual history. In the past, the condition was often diagnosed by mothers who noticed their baby’s skin tasted salty when kissed, a symptom scientists used to develop the first diagnostic test in the later 20th century.

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Learn more about HIV in healthcare market research...

Posted by Emma Garside on 18/02/15 15:53

 

In 1981, when doctors started to notice that an increasing number of gay men were succumbing to opportunistic infections, alarm bells began to ring, yet few could have guessed the terrible impact and global reach of the human immunodeficiency virus.

Since then, an estimated 39 million people have died from AIDS-related illnesses, including 1.5 million people in 2013. 

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Explore ADHD in healthcare market research...

Posted by Emma Garside on 03/02/15 10:39

 

Although often thought of as a modern condition, the key symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) were first described over 2,000 years ago.

 

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