Medical Advancements Since the Start of the NHS

Here are some of the drugs and other scientific advances that have changed the face of medicine and saved millions of lives in the process during the lifetime of the health service.

– Antibiotics

Penicillin was discovered by Scottish scientist Alexander Fleming in 1928 and further antibiotic discoveries were made in the 1940s.

But the medical application and further development of antibiotics really took off in the 1960s, resulting in dramatic declines in death rates and serious ill-health arising from infection.

Heart & Cancer Kills More People in Developing Countries

Diseases such as cancer, heart disease and stroke are deadlier in the developing world than in rich nations. This is the finding of a new analysis from researchers at Imperial College London. The paper, published in the journal Nature, revealed that death rates in low and middle income tropical countries from so-called non-communicable diseases (NCDs), are higher…