Google takes aim at arthritis

The prevalence of rheumatic and musculoskeletal conditions are a growing concern, with their implications for healthcare expenditure and the impact on the economy through loss of workdays. Now, arthritis is in Google’s sights as it joins with global pharmaceutical GlaxoSmithKline to develop bioelectronic medicines that could tackle a whole host of ageing concerns. Statistics from the World Health Organisation […]

The future of hip replacements: cartilage grown from stem cells in your fat

There are around 80,000 hip replacements performed every year in the UK to address the pain and lack of mobility that results from cartilage and bone degeneration, yet hip replacements fashioned from metal, polyethylene or ceramic have an expiry date. Now, new research is focused on regenerating cartilage using stem cells. Why do you need a hip […]

Why are women more prone to sports injury?

There may be a gender gap in pay, with men receiving more prize money in 30% of sports, but there is also inequality when it comes to sports injuries. There is no one sole reason why women are more susceptible to sports injury than their male counterparts, as there are a number of factors. We take […]

Vitamin D & the athlete: is the sunshine vitamin invaluable for improved athletic performance?

Could a deficiency in vitamin D be undermining your athletic performance, affecting both muscle function and levels of fitness? Vitamin D insufficiency is on the rise and, in the USA, up to 80% of the adult population have suboptimal levels. Athletes that have a very low body fat or mainly train indoors are at risk […]

New study shows obesity and smoking likely to undermine rheumatoid arthritis treatment

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune condition that causes inflammation in the joints, resulting in joint pain and swelling. There are estimated to be approximately 20,000 cases of rheumatoid arthritisdiagnosed in the UK every year, affecting 700,000 adults in all. The first few weeks and months after the onset of rheumatoid arthritis is commonly known as the […]

Professor Cathy Speed discusses Rio commitment in Cambridge News

This August Professor Speed will be joining our Olympic athletes in Rio as the chief medical officer for the GB badminton team. She talked to the Cambridge News recently about what her job in Rio will entail. She also explained how her experience of the Olympics, which has now encompassed three Games, has informed her Cambridge practice where she […]

Are you just not built to run?

The latest figures released last week by Sport England show a marked upswing in those taking part in sporting activities, with more women than ever getting involved. Running remains ever popular, with a staggering one million more men and women running regularly compared to just ten years ago. As organisations like Parkrun make running accessible to […]

Inflammation and tendon disorders

Tendons are the bands of fibres that attach muscles to bones, producing the movement of our joints. They are a common injury that can cause great discomfort and lack of mobility for the sufferer and, over the last few decades, doctors have debated whether they are due to ‘degeneration’ or inflammation. For many years, the […]