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Lorena Tonarelli M.Sc.

MEDICAL WRITER, COPYWRITER, JOURNALIST

Location icon United Kingdom

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Futurehealthindex
Innovative ways digital health can help manage cancer

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), by 2030 the number of new cancer cases will reach 21.6 million per year - a 53 percent increase from 2012.Cancer is a chronic condition, which requires long-term commitment by both patients and healthcare professionals.

Medical News Today
07/17/2017
Did I understand you correctly, doc?

Chronic disease patients are often unaware of their potential health complications. How can doctors ensure that their patients know and understand these?

Senior Life
What is deep brain stimulation?

Consultant neurologist, Dr Tom Foltynie, from the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London, discusses deep brain stimulation (DBS).

Health Awareness
A tough but breakable challenge

With nearly 44,500 people diagnosed annually, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death, killing over 35,000 people every year.

Global Cause
Correct dieting can improve quality of life for hepatitis patients

Correct dieting can improve quality of life for hepatitis patients - Hepatitis C is a blood-borne viral infection that affects the liver. A liver-friendly diet is therefore central to its effective management and to improved quality of life for patients, says top celebrity chef and food writer, Gizzi Erskine.

Diabetes Advice
Preventing amputations caused by diabetes

People with diabetes who do not care for themselves properly are at risk of serious complications such as amputations... but these issues are preventable.

The Times newspaper and Raconteur
How software can improve patient care

In healthcare, as in most industries, software-based innovations are gradually replacing traditional hardware technology - unsurprisingly. Without a centralised integration system that allows for the effective gathering, storage, analysis and retrieval of information, devices like desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile phones have very limited potential in terms of improving patient care.

The Times and Raconteur
How can smartphones and apps improve health?

Increasing patient expectations, chronic disease prevalence and budget constraints are placing unprecedented pressure on the NHS. This is paving the way for technology to transform radically care pathways in the UK. Giving people greater control over their health and wellbeing through digital innovations is a crucial part of this process.

The Pharmaceutical Journal
09/19/2015
Placebos: more than meets the eye

Often dismissed as fakes, placebos seem to work on the same brain pathways targeted by ‘real’ treatments and involve a complex network of genes.

The Sunday Times and Raconteur
09/20/2015
Children's eye health is at risk

You will rarely hear children complain about their vision. Yet the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust estimates that one million in the UK have an undetected eye condition. This means that one in five children are unlikely to reach their full visual, learning and social potential because they missed out on something as simple as an eye examination.

The Independent newspaper and Mediaplanet
Redesigning diabetes care

Diabetes in the UK Increased collaboration between GPs and specialists can bridge the divide between primary and secondary care, improving diabetes services and, in turn, patient outcomes. Over three million people have diabetes in the UK, 90 per cent of whom have the type 2 form of the condition.

Futurehealthindex
7 ways data is driving a summer of world records

For teams competing in Brazil, this year, dreams of gold galore rely on more than training. Helping them gain edge over the competition are streams of biometric data that enable them to make smart decisions on how to boost their performance.

The Times newspaper and Raconteur
Cancer: awareness and early diagnosis are key

Estimates suggest about 80 per cent of cancers are caused by environmental factors, as opposed to endogenous agents, such as genetic mutations, oxidative stress and inflammation. The most common of these factors are smoking, alcohol, obesity, inactivity, ultraviolet radiation, air pollutants, food carcinogens and chemicals, including asbestos and benzene.

The Times newspaper and Raconteur
Measuring cancer patient experience

The management of cancer has come a long way in the past few decades and this has significantly changed the outlook for patients. In the 1970s, most people with the disease would die within a few years. Today, cancer is less of a death sentence and more a chronic illness.

Pharmafocus and pharmafile.com
Renal cell carcinoma: votrient to challenge Sutent's lead

After decades of no new medicines emerging to treat renal cell carcinoma, no fewer than five new drugs were approved to treat the cancer in 2006 and 2007. Pfizer's Sutent (sunitinib) and Bayer's Nexavar (sorafenib) arrived first, and brought important new treatment options to patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC).

The Times newspaper and Raconteur
Steps in stroke diagnosis and care - raconteur.net

Infographic detailing a stroke patient’s care pathway, from onset to rehabilitation and recovery, in 11 steps, accompanied by key statistics from SSNAP and Stroke Association.

The Times newspaper and Raconteur
Making hearts using 3D printers

Three-dimensional (3D) printing is a major driver of innovation in cardiovascular medicine, with surgeons already using the technology to create synthetic heart models that enable them to plan or even rehearse complex operations - a procedure that can substantially reduce surgery times and improve patient outcomes.

InPharmacy
Beating the stroke challenge

Lack of information, inadequate support, and discontinuation of secondary preventive treatment hamper the delivery of quality stroke care. Lorena Tonarelli looks at how pharmacists can help address these challenges.

The Independent and Mediaplanet
Diabetic macular edema

Regular screening and eye checks are crucial. They can spot the condition early on, when treatments to preserve vision are still effective.

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