Comments for http://wwwsearch.bbc.co.uk/blogs/today/tomfeilden/2010/09/could_physics_provide_the_key.html http://wwwsearch.bbc.co.uk/blogs/today/tomfeilden/2010/09/could_physics_provide_the_key.html en-gb 30 Fri 26 Dec 2014 20:31:41 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://wwwsearch.bbc.co.uk/blogs/today/tomfeilden/2010/09/could_physics_provide_the_key.html annib70 http://wwwsearch.bbc.co.uk/blogs/today/tomfeilden/2010/09/could_physics_provide_the_key.html?page=50#comment1 I really enjoyed this feature but of course there is a long history of physics in medicine and not just in imaging techniques. The Institute of physics and engineering in medicine (http://www.ipem.org.uk) will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013 and Cambridge University have just opened a department dedicated to Physics of Medicine (http://www.pom.cam.ac.uk/). As a medical physicist myself I know how important the cross fertilisation of scientific discipline is across all aspects of medicine. Our remit in the build up to 2013 is to get this message across to school kids as well as young scientists at the beginning of their careers; this feature is step towards that, thank you. Sun 19 Sep 2010 07:09:14 GMT+1 Shideh Pouria http://wwwsearch.bbc.co.uk/blogs/today/tomfeilden/2010/09/could_physics_provide_the_key.html?page=0#comment0 This is a great step forward! Science flourishes when there is cross-fertilization bewtween different disciplines with different perspectives and a variety of skill mixes. The reason why medical research especially cancer research has hit a stalemate is that it is often carried out by doctors or scientists viewing the problem from a narrow perspective.The first lesson in genetics at medical school was that epidemics are never genetic in origin but have an environmental root. Only 5% of medical conditions have a genetic cause. In reality what happens is that something goes wrong in the interaction between an idividual's genetic heritage and what he is exposed to in life and this interaction allows the expression of certain diseases such as cancer. There have been several international congresses on the role of xenobiotics and envorinmental pollutants and toxins and the development of cancer through these substances affecting the genetic material. However this remains off the radar of practicing clinicians and is forgotten in the hunt for the 'cancer gene' by the scientists active in this field. It is time that we re-focussed on the key factor that has clearly changed alongside the epidemic of cancer that is besieging us all which is changes in our lifestyle in particular constant exposure to toxic substances. Sat 18 Sep 2010 11:41:05 GMT+1