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Could I have cervical cancer? - cervical cancer screenings and symptoms

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, May 10, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

Worldwide screening programmes for cervical cancer are one of the great success stories of modern medicine and have been responsible for a massive decrease in the disease. In the US there has been a 50% decrease over the past 30 years due to screening, and results in the UK are not far behind. But the impact of this potentially devastating disease is not shared equally around the world. More than 8 in 10 deaths from cervical cancer occur in low to middle income countries, who tragically can’t afford the screening, or as it’s more commonly known, the smear test. Cervical Cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women with more than 527,000 cases being diagnosed worldwide every year, with approximately 50% of those leading to death.

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World Mental Health Awareness Month | Stress and staying fit

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, May 03, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

In recent years the subject of mental health has been gaining more and more publicity, as we start to become both more conscious of the effects mental health have on our general wellbeing, and also more accepting. Removing the long held stigma surrounding mental health is paramount to us being able to research, treat and, most importantly, prevent the often complex diseases surrounding mental health. Amazingly, since 1949 the US have run their Mental Health Awareness Month in May, but it is only in the last decade that people have really started to accept mental health as an intrinsic part of our overall health. The UK also host Mental Health Awareness Week from 14th-20th May. The US are focussing on fitness, with the hashtag #4mind4body, highlighting the impact of good exercise and physical wellbeing on the mind, whilst the UK are exploring stress. Whilst not a mental health problem in itself, when stress is not dealt with effectively it is potentially the largest cause of mental health issues today. We wanted to explore both of these themes this May, and so we’ve written a little bit about each, to inspire everyone to think about their fitness, their stress levels, and their overall mental health.

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3 ways engaging with technology can make you healthier - Healthline guest post

Posted by Kate Willett on Thu, Apr 26, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

This week’s blogpost is a guest post from Healthline, a health information site. The post is written by Kate Willett, a freelance writer located in Brooklyn, NY.  She writes about health, politics, and comedy.  She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. 

The word “technology,” isn’t usually associated with “health.” In fact, for many, technology may bring to mind negative health associations, such as being a couch potato playing video games or numbing out on social media.  Despite the potential negative impacts of technology when used addictively or in place of other healthy activities, there are many ways technology can be an important tool for taking care of your body and mind. 

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1 Minute Read - Mitochondrial Disease - The Quest for a Timely Diagnosis

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Apr 19, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

Results of a recent survey published in the journal Neurology Genetics, on patients with mitochondrial disease, have stated that genetics identify the ‘diagnostic odyssey’ experienced. Diagnostic odyssey is defined as the time taken between a patient first developing symptoms and receiving a correct medical diagnosis. 210 patients participated in the survey, all of whom had physician diagnoses of mitochondrial disease and were recruited through the Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network.  The results were alarming:

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Could I have age-related macular degeneration (AMD)?

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Apr 12, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) has been in the news a lot recently for different reasons. The American actress, Roseanne Barr recently announced that after 2 years preparing herself for a life with severely impaired vision following a diagnosis of AMD, a second opinion from a different doctor has revealed a more positive diagnosis: her so called ‘blindness’ was actually caused by a mole growing on the inside of her eye which, given time, could be removed. And in another similar story and an even more positive note, an 86 year old patient who had all but lost sight in one eye due to AMD, has now recovered his sight again, following pioneering stem cell therapy at London’s Moorfields Eye Hospital.

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Health for All - World Health Day 2018

Posted by Jason Maude on Thu, Apr 05, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

Every year we like to highlight the World Health Organization (WHO) World Health Day, and this year is no different. We’ve written on many subjects from food poisoning to diabetes to mental health. This year, WHO have decided to focus on Universal Healthcare (UHC), a subject which has been the driving mission behind WHO since its conception in 1948. Their “Health for All” campaign encompasses not only ensuring quality healthcare is available for everyone around the globe, but also the services and attitudes towards our healthcare systems, in order to make them as efficient as possible.

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10 Facts you didn’t know about Autism - World Autism Awareness Week 2018

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Mar 29, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

This week is World Autism Awareness week, with countries around the globe learning about and discussing this neurological spectrum condition. Autism was first researched and considered in the 1940s by the pioneers Hans Asperger and Leo Kanner, although it would be another 40 years before this work would be translated and published, and research could gain momentum. Even by the 1980s, however, there was still a lot to learn about the condition, with many people confusing definitions of autism with those of psychosis or other mental and physical illnesses.

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ECRI Institute says Diagnostic Errors Are a Top Patient Safety Concern

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Mar 22, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

The ECRI Institute (formerly the Emergency Care Research Institute), has announced diagnostic errors as the top concern within its 2018 Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations report. ECRI Institute is an independent non-profit organization which dedicates itself to applying scientific research to discover which medical processes, devices, procedures and drugs are best and improve patient care. The ECRI Institute serves 5,000 members and clients include hospitals, health systems, public and private payers, U.S. federal and state government agencies, health clinics, patients, policymakers and ministries of health.

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Could I have endometriosis? - Endometriosis symptoms and diagnosis

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Mar 15, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

A recent article in the UK ‘Times’ newspaper has highlighted shocking statistics relating to the diagnosis of endometriosis, a common condition affecting girls and women of childbearing age. As many as 10% of women around the world have endometriosis, meaning 176 million people worldwide are suffering with the condition. Despite these numbers, the average sufferer has to wait over seven years, often enduring constant pain and repeated miscarriages, among other symptoms, before finally receiving a diagnosis. Caroline Overton, a senior consultant at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, has called for more teaching and awareness on the condition, stating that “more must be done to recognise and understand the symptoms and to encourage women to voice concerns about their health.”

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National Brain Injury Awareness Month 2018 - TBIs and their symptoms

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Mar 08, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month in the US, led by the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA). A brain injury is quite literally any injury to the brain, and so is a very wide subject encompassing many different injuries. From sports injuries and traffic accidents to strokes and damage from drug abuse, a brain injury affects up to 1.5 million Americans every year, and those are just the ones that report to the emergency room or doctor. This year BIAA are focusing on breaking down stigmas and misconceptions surrounding brain injuries and the disabilities resulting from them. They are using the hashtag #changeyourmind to help spread awareness, and we’ll talk more about what you can do once we’ve done our bit. We thought we would go over the basic information, terminology and of course symptoms of brain injuries, to help educate everyone this National Brain Injury Awareness Month.

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