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My illustrated medical talks and writing cover a range of subjects, all of which I have researched, investigated or have personal experience of. I have studied the effects of smoking on a variety of diseases and have invented a simple test to measure nicotine intake. The effects of tobacco are detailed in my book entitled Smoking – what all healthcare professionals need to know (M&K Publications).
My other research projects included the effects of electronic cigarettes, alcohol, especially on the gut; and antibiotic resistance, especially in relation to tuberculosis and MRSA. Finally for personal reasons I am interested in post-
Tobacco smoking is dangerous, but why? Burning tobacco creates thousands of different chemicals which damage the delicate linings of the mouth, throat and lungs and enter the blood stream and reach every cell in the body. This talk describes, in simple terms, why the heart, lungs and blood vessels are affected, as well as other parts of the body including the bones and skin. What steps can be taken to reduce the effects of smoking?
Global smoking and its impact on health (2016)
Smoking and the risk of TB treatment failure (2015)
How smoking during pregnancy affects the mother and fetus (2015)
The use of electronic cigarettes has been one of the most significant changes to public health in recent times. Most people are aware of the harmful effects of tobacco and are looking to alternative, ‘healthier’ forms of nicotine, for use when they cannot smoke or as a means to quit. Many doctors suggest that e-
Current knowledge about electronic cigarettes (2016)
Electronic cigarettes and the role of the cardiac nurse (2016)
Flavour of the moment? (2016)
Alcohol is both a tonic and a poison but the difference lies in the dose. Moderate drinking may be good for the heart and circulation and possibly protects against diabetes and gallstones. But heavy and frequent drinking is a major cause of accidents and harmful health effects. What are the dangers, who should be worried and what are the current guidelines and how do you calculate the safe amounts.
Alcohol consumption in patients with colorectal adenomatous polyps (1991)
Antibiotics are the main weapon to treat infections but since the discovery of penicillin bacteria have been evolving to resist their effects. More ‘super bugs’ are emerging, with hospital acquired infections such as MRSA a major problem. Antibiotic resistance has been described as 'the biggest threat to modern medicine', but why does it happen and what can be done to prevent the spread of these deadly bugs?
Antibiotic resistance -
Antibiotic resistance and how to act on it (2013)
Fees for this talk will be donated to the British Polio Fellowship
Other topics covered
For my research into smoking I have become familiar with the causes and treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Comparing the range and costs of COPD treatments in primary care (2016)
I have also become familiar with gastrointestinal disease particularly bowel cancer and inflammatory bowel disease.
The Bowel Cancer Screening Programme: examining its successes and challenges (2015)
Innovations in IBD treatment (2015)
Overview of dietary choices for ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease (2015)
• The ugly truth about cigarettes – with no filters
• Uncomfortable truths