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Biggest Ever Dataset on Causes of Death in Africa and Asia

Peter Byass | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK
Peter Byass

Today a landmark dataset on causes of death in Africa and Asia is published by the INDEPTH Network. Over 110,000 deaths have been tracked and followed...

The Dark Side of Halloween: Witches, Demons and Death

Paul Beaumont | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK
Paul Beaumont

Europe has an unhappy history in the way it has dealt with the made up 'crime' of witchcraft over the centuries. Professor Owen Davis of the University of Hertfordshire estimates that between 30,000 and 50,000 people, mainly women, were executed after being found guilty in witchcraft trials between 1450 and 1780.

'Dumb Ways To Die' Should Replace All Safety Videos

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

While we're all worried about how we'll pop our clogs one day - will it be cancer? Or a hairdryer in the bathtub? - there are lesser known ways to die...

Bringing Comfort Through Music at the End of Life

Yumiko Sato | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Yumiko Sato

Daniel was showing signs of "terminal agitation." People at the end of life often experience this state characterized by confusion and restlessness. As a hospice music therapist I had seen many patients in this state before.

Does Anybody Really 'Lose Their Battle With Cancer?'

Paul M. Davies | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paul M. Davies

The expression is often used to express regret or in a context of celebration of the deceased, however, it carries ulterior implications, even if they are unintended by the user. Describing people to have 'lost' to cancer suggests that they could have done something differently and the outcome could be changed.

The Death of Professor Ghulam Azam in Custody, a Fresh Wound for Bangladesh

Yasmin Khatun | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Politics
Yasmin Khatun

I wasn't quite sure how I should respond to the death of Professor Ghulam Azam, the name I remember from nearly two years when it was suggested to me that the International Crimes Tribunal of Bangladesh was set up to destroy the prominent figure...

'Lynda's Decision To End Chemotherapy Would've Empowered Her'

PA / The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Lynda Bellingham's decision to end chemotherapy treatment would've given her a huge "sense of empowerment", according to the chief executive of a lead...

Is There Life After Death?

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Is there such a thing as life after death? While this was once a question pondered by philosophers and religious groups, scientists are now seriou...

We (Don't) Have All the Time in the World

Paul Marshall | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Marshall

There really is no reason for being tardy. So to all those people out there who are forever late, you better have a half decent excuse. Or have just dropped dead. As excuses go, I reckon that's as good as any.

On Life, Death... And Grandmothers

Roberta Verdant | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Roberta Verdant

It's Autumn, well and truly. Equinox fell the weekend before last. Autumn is always new year in my heart. Not for me the arbitrariness of a new year in January when the Northern Hemisphere is in darkness. Rather, Autumn, when the air is full of life and death, possibilities and change. That's my new year.

If Death Breaks the Glass

Louisa Leontiades | Posted 02.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Leontiades

I am a scared person. But it doesn't define me. Because I am also a trustful person. A loving person. With a new capacity to enjoy wiping bottoms and screaming tantrums. Because when you think the glass might break... you are thirsty, so terribly thirsty to savour every last drop.

Police Name Mother And Son Killed On Train Tracks In 'Murder-Suicide'

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK

Police have named a mother and son struck by a train at a busy station yesterday as Rubina Khan and her 10-year-old son Amaar Khan. Police investig...

Why I Became a Hospice Music Therapist

Yumiko Sato | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Yumiko Sato

Even though I had never seen anyone die or even been to a funeral, mortality seemed to be an inevitable part of life that had always been just under the surface. And it was not going away, whether I avoided talking about it or used the words other than "death" to describe it.

Grieving From a Distance: Another Perspective

Sonja Lewis | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sonja Lewis

Expat-living raises many questions... coping with loss from a distance is one of the most challenging aspects of expat-living.

My Bucket List...

Liz Fraser | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Fraser

This, for some reason, seems to be a much bigger deal than turning 39, even though it requires the same amount of effort on my part, ie none. A lot of people have suddenly started asking me about my Bucket List, as if turning 40 wasn't already bad enough without also implying certain death.

Acceptance of Chronic Illness

Hafsa Momin | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Hafsa Momin

It is known that acceptance of long-term chronic illness is seen as a substantial problem in patients with chronic illnesses. Absence of acceptance can lead to clinical improvements being delayed considerably. It can also lead to poorer adherence to the current and ongoing medical treatment. They may be branded and judged by others as being in denial.

Louise Ridley

One Death Every 40 Seconds From Suicide

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK

One person kills themselves every 40 seconds, according to the first global report on suicide prevention. Suicide kills more people than conflicts ...

Travelling Back With Mr Izzard

The Mac Twins | Posted 04.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
The Mac Twins

Now presumably Izzard was alluding to the carefree nonchalance of being 10, of the freedom of being able to blame growing pains as reason for being miserable and making money worries minor, but we are to take this far more literally, think hair braids and comic books people.

What NOT to Say to Those in Grief: Part Two

Sarah Wauterlek Pierson | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Wauterlek Pierson

Harsh words spoken from the lips of children can provide a bit of laughter. Harsh words spoken from the lips of adults sting. Here are some more examples of what not to say to those that are grieving, this time as taken from adults:

A Year On: Reflections on 12 Months of Grieving for My Father

Anders Lorenzen | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anders Lorenzen

It's hard to imagine that a year has passed since my father passed away to cancer. It still feels like yesterday. I can still hear his voice and I can feel his warmth. But the reality is that it is now a whole full year since that fateful day.

Aren't You Lucky? Or Another Birthday, Another Miracle

Mik Scarlet | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

It's actually a really big thing reaching this age. I was born with a cancer called Neuroblastoma and my parents were told that I had a maximum life expectancy of five years. They took me home and tried to enjoy the short time they though they had with me...

The Sad Truth Behind Robin William's Suicide

Matt Clifton | Posted 26.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Clifton

It still saddens me to hear about the sad, sad loss of a much loved actor, Robin Williams. Robin contributed much effort and passion towards acting, M...

Depression Is an Illness, Not a Decision

Kadie Regan | Posted 24.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kadie Regan

Knowing how my own mother felt, one of the worst products of suffering from depression or addiction is dealing with the social stigma attached to it. Embarrassment, shame and humiliation are some of the shattering emotions our society has smeared on a very real problem. Who deemed it so, that a person suffering from depression should be less deserving of recognition and compassion?

On Robin Williams and Suicide

Olivia Denyer | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Olivia Denyer

The world is reeling in shock that has been likened to when Michael Jackson died: we simply can't believe it... in the wake of such a sudden departure, we should stop to consider that there are millions of people out there suffering with depression, and not all of them are getting the help that they need.

The Absurd Death of Albert Camus

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ioan Marc Jones

On the 4th of January, 1960, at the age of forty six, Camus had planned to take a train back to Paris after a Christmas holiday with his wife and kids. At the last minute, Camus changed his mind and decided to travel instead with his publisher Michel Gallimard. During the journey, Gallimard's car slipped off the icy roads and smashed into a tree, immediately killing Camus.