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Why is Cambridge a phenomenon?

The Cambridge Phenomenon is 50 years old and a gripping story which constantly fascinates. To mark this incredible milestone, which saw the creation of home computers, pocket calculators, bluetooth – as well as the technology behind round teabags – its history is being told in a new book, The Cambridge Phenomenon: 50 Years of Innovation and Enterprise, with a foreword written by...
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Is Alzheimer’s hereditary?

Many congratulations to author Alice LaPlante, winner of the Wellcome Trust Book Prize on the theme of health and medicine, and for her creative approach to Alzheimer’s disease in her novel, Turn of Mind. LaPlante’s  knowledge of nature’s cruelty comes from personal experience as her mother suffers from the disease. Fictionalised in her novel, Alzheimer’s is suffered by...
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Antibiotic Action media frenzy

Do look out for Prof Laura Piddock and Antibiotic Action on Sky and BBC News today following a media frenzy after the Independent’s page one splash warning about the “unthinkable scenario of untreatable infections.” It follows a parliamentary launch and petition delivery last week to 10 Downing Street. The story also featured today’s Daily Mail, saying that the demise of...
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FBI launches app for missing people

It’s been a while since I have written about missing people, yet they remain some of my most sought after posts. After reading today about Neville Hobson interview  with an American PR professional, Tony Loftis, and his use of social media to track down his missing 13-year-old daughter who ran away from her home in Boston, I wanted to let him know about the FBI’s new app for...
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Seeing the Four Nations rugby in Hull

I’m so looking forward to our weekend in Hull to visit our student son David and his lovely girlfriend Fiona. It has coincided with the very exciting Four Nations England v New Zealand rugby match on Saturday which they had already bought tickets for, and  I instantly said I would like to go along too, even though David kept protesting that I wouldn’t understand it. “Do they...
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How to petition 10 Downing Street

Having been to 10 Downing Street twice in the last 10 days to deliver petitions with clients, I thought I would share my experiences in case you were considering this. While it is great that the government is encouraging e-petitions, and it’s easy to get a viral buzz going to direct supporters to your online petition website, I don’t think you can beat delivering a petition straight...
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Antibiotic Action petition at 10 Downing Street

Antibiotic Action’s message was delivered straight to the heart of government yesterday by two of its lead campaigners, Prof Laura Piddock and Tracey Guise, as well as nurse Vickie Longstaff and ITV’s best known doc, Dr Hilary Jones. They delivered a petition signed by almost 5,000 clinicians and researchers urging government to support the urgent need for new antibiotics. It...
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Antibiotic Action on TV

I do hope you will  be glued to both BBC Breakfast and ITV Daybreak tomorrow morning when they both feature the launch of Antibiotic Action, a global initiative to highlight grave concerns about the shortage of  modern antibiotics. The BBC will include some case studies to highlight our desperate dilemma, with fears that one day human health could suffer by returning to a pre-antibiotic era as...
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Steve Jobs and pancreatic cancer research

All the money in the world couldn’t sadly save Apple’s supreme Steve Jobs who died from pancreatic cancer. But hopefully our latest technological advances and medical research will enable others to be saved from an early death. Recalling Jobs’ gaunt and hollow expression is a potent reminder for us all that early diagnosis is vital for survival. So I congratulate my clients...
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How often will you take antibiotics in your lifetime?

Dr Mark Porter who today highlights important issues regarding antibiotics in his article today in The Times. Do you know how many times you will take antibiotics in your lifetime? If you read Dr Porter’s article you will find out. And he urges caution against over reliance for their use, for which guidelines have recently shifted. Dr Mark Porter: Don’t ask for antibiotics The average...
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Race against time to find new drugs to beat superbugs

This article appeared in today’s Times, as well as our letter from Antibiotic Action and fellow supporters.. Because of the Times’ pay wall which restricts readers, I have published the report here. Please do visit Times online if you are signed up to read the comments and join in the debate: Race against time to find new drugs to beat superbugs Patients face an “impending crisis”...
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The Times and our Antibiotic Action letter today

The Times has today published our letter urging the government to support the urgent development of  desperately needed new antibiotics: November 5 2011 12:01AM The dearth of new antibiotics threatens the management of superbugs and the success of many routine treatments Sir, The NHS faces a grave situation because of a serious shortage of new antibiotics. As these drugs are part of many routine...
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We face “catastrophe” without new antibiotics

Prof Laura Piddock warns that we face”catastrophe” without new antibiotics. She is professor of microbiology at the University of Birmingham and leads a research team investigating clinically important antibiotic resistance. She is also President of the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy and leads Antibiotic Action, a global initiative established by BSAC.  Antibiotic...
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3,000 clinicians and scientists warn government it faces ticking time bomb over lack of new antibiotics

Almost 3,000 clinicians and scientists have already signed Antibiotic Action’s petition highlighting its grave concerns over the lack of effective, modern antibiotics – and there is another week to go before it will be delivered to 10 Downing Street next Wednesday after an event which is being held in parliament to raise awareness about the ticking time bomb the government and NHS...
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