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  • Laminectomy & Spinal Fusion and Spinal Surgery

    Laminectomy & Spinal Fusion and Spinal Surgery

    4 July, 2020

    This week I am outlining the most common spinal surgery procedures performed in hospitals. These are decompression surgeries (or laminectomies) and spinal fusions

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  • Lower Back Pain is Increasing in Prevalence. What are the Reasons?

    Lower Back Pain is Increasing in Prevalence. What are the Reasons?

    20 June, 2020

    In the UK, over the last 20 years, there has been a 12% increase in how likely a person is to experience disability because of low back pain.

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  • COVID-19 Pandemic: Was this inevitable ?

    COVID-19 Pandemic: Was this inevitable ?

    12 June, 2020

    Pandemics: In 20 years we have attempted to dodge six bullets in the shape of Ebola, SARS, MERS, Swine Flu (H1N1), Avian Flu (H5N1) and COVID-19.

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  • Herniated or Prolapsed Discs: Could our Distant Origins Be to Blame?

    Herniated or Prolapsed Discs: Could our Distant Origins Be to Blame?

    12 June, 2020

    Herniated Discs: Compared to other primates we are unique as we can walk upright on our hind limbs. A common evolutionary issue is unintended consequence.

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  • COVID-19: Much More than Just A Respiratory Virus

    COVID-19: Much More than Just A Respiratory Virus

    5 June, 2020

    COVID-19: We have learned in a few short months what we normally learn in 100 years for other diseases

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  • Snake Venom has led to Significant Breakthroughs in Medicine!

    Snake Venom has led to Significant Breakthroughs in Medicine!

    22 May, 2020

    Snake venom offers a bewildering number of possible ‘lead molecules’ due to the plethora of biochemical and pharmacological activities.

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  • Vitamin D Status & COVID-19

    Vitamin D Status & COVID-19

    17 May, 2020

    Vitamin D influences several immune pathways, with the net effect of boosting mucosal defences in our lung tissue while simultaneously dampening excessive inflammatory responses.

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  • Hip Replacements: A Brief History

    Hip Replacements: A Brief History

    9 May, 2020

    Hip replacements are one of the most successful and cost-effective interventions in orthopaedic medicine.

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