Sunday October 7, 2018
NHS will cost less in the future, not more
Many of the things you think you know are complete rubbish. To take a fairly uncontroversial example: the dinosaurs were not wiped out by a meteorite. Why would they be? Many had similar lifestyles to the crocodilia, who were certainly not wiped out.

Birds, one of the most numerous living groups today, are simply dinosaurs by another name. If you don't believe me take a close look at an ostrich.

Another idea that is complete rubbish is the oft repeated mantra that health costs inevitably go up much faster than inflation. Extreme right wing bigots will tell you that the NHS will become unaffordable as health costs spiral.

This is simply nonsense.

Take the extraordinary development of using the immune system to destroy cancer, which got the Nobel prize the other day ( Although there have been similar panaceas in the past that have turned out to be false trails, this one looks very promising.

You don't get a Nobel prize for a perpetual motion machine❤ Apart from saving lives and preventing people from having horrible, painful deaths, if it works it will also save a great deal of money.

My guess is that oncology takes up about 20% of hospital costs (not to mention the costs of keeping seriously ill people living in their owns homes). A simple treatment (perhaps matched to DNA tests that predict cancer, or the fabled blood test that is supposed to diagnose a dozen different forms of cancer long before there are any symptoms) will save the NHS billions.

Oh, and by the way, there were no Vikings. Just thought I'd slip that in.

Click to see The cool science behind the Nobel prize-winning treatment for cancer on the Wired web site.
Posted by Jonathan Brind.
Sunday October 7, 2018