Kidney health for all: Bridge the knowledge gap to better kidney care

  World Kidney Day (WKD) is a joint initiative between the International Society of Nephrology and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations aimed at raising awareness of the importance of kidney health and reducing the impact of kidney disease. This year, WKD is Thursday 10 March, with hundreds of events all over the world [1]. Since the …

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World Obesity Day: “Everybody needs to act”

  Obesity is one of the biggest public health challenges facing the world. Globally, the incidence of obesity has tripled since 1975,[1] and it now affects around 800 million people, with many more at risk. [2] Today is World Obesity Day, a day to raise awareness of the complex causes of obesity, increase knowledge of …

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Putting our mission into practice: Announcing Porterhouse Medical’s charity partners for 2022

  As part of our mission to help improve people’s lives, each year Porterhouse Medical Group selects a local charity partner to support using our communications expertise to raise awareness for their cause. Our charity team also works hard throughout the year to organise fundraising activities for the chosen organisation through numerous events such as …

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Rare Disease Day 2022: A spotlight on pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP)

Overview There are an estimated 300 million people living with a rare disease and there are over 200 rare cancers globally. To raise awareness for those affected by these rare disorders and to support Rare Disease Day – 28 February 2022 – this article focusses on an extremely rare cancer known as pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP). …

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World Cancer Day: Closing the gap in cancer care

  Porterhouse Medical Group is supporting World Cancer Day and its aim to help ‘Close the Care Gap’ in cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Health inequity is a pressing and persistent challenge that affects everyone, with the greatest impact felt among the populations of developing countries, where 70% of cancer deaths occur. Take a look …

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Pseudomyxoma peritonei: A rare abdominal cancer

  Overview To support World Cancer Day – 4 February 2022 – the aim of this article is to raise awareness of an extremely rare cancer known as pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP). PMP is a malignant disorder of the abdomen and pelvis characterised by the progressive accumulation of mucinous tumour cells [1]. The annual incidence of …

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COVID-19: Changing testing requirements and reducing the self-­isolation period

  As of 21 January 2022, the world has been living with the COVID-19 pandemic for nearly two years. The introduction of vaccinations beginning in the UK on 8 December 2020 and the use of lateral flow tests (LFTs), polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests and self­-isolation following a positive test result have gone some way …

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Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 2022: Screening saves lives

  Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women worldwide, despite being largely preventable [1]. Although the aim of vaccination against human papillomaviruses (HPV) is to prevent the disease from occurring, the aim of cervical screening (also known as a smear test) is to detect the disease early. This is because cervical cancer …

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Announcing the winner of the Porterhouse charity Christmas card competition

  As a bit of festive fun and to raise money for our charity partners for 2021, Young Minds, the Porterhouse creative team have run a ‘design a Christmas card competition’ for all the Porterhouse family. We had a lovely selection of entries and are delighted to announce that the winner of the competition is …

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Could oral antivirals be the key to conquering COVID-19?

  The vulnerabilities of vaccines There is no doubt that the development of vaccines was a pivotal moment in the COVID-19 pandemic and that they have saved hundreds of thousands of lives globally [1]. However, accessibility issues surrounding the vaccines have highlighted huge inequalities between high- and low-income countries [2, 3]. To achieve global herd …

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Can you ‘Spot the Difference’ ? Lung Cancer Awareness Month 2021

  November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the cancer that claims more lives than any other in the UK (approximately 35,000) per year [1]; this is more than the combined number of lives lost to bowel and breast cancer. This year for Lung Cancer Awareness Month, the Roy …

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The fight against antimicrobial resistance: Everyone’s responsibility!

  For the last 2 years, 18–24 November has been marked as World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (previously named World Antibacterial Awareness Week) by the Antimicrobial Resistance Tripartite, which consists of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The theme …

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