Time to End the Autism Diagnosis Crisis

Mark Lever | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK
Mark Lever

I've been at The National Autistic Society (NAS) for over eight years now and I'm still taken aback when I hear just how difficult it is to get a diagnosis - the days, months and years of pain and distress families have to go through just to understand who they are and to have a chance of getting support.

Breathing Away: Bringing Down Child Deaths From Pneumonia

Ilya Jones | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK
Ilya Jones

A girl in Cambodia is assessed for pneumonia. Copyright Malaria Consortium/Peter Caton Today is World Pneumonia Day - a time to recognise the fact ...

Is Mental Suffering Really 'Just Like Any Other Illness'?

Dr Jay Watts | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Jay Watts

Alastair Campbell, Ruby Wax, Bob Geldof are amongst the signatories of a powerful open letter published this week. The letter argues that mental healt...

What My Son's Dyspraxia Taught Me About His Autism

Matt Davis | Posted 18.09.2015 | UK Parents
Matt Davis

The impacts on everyday tasks are huge. Picking up cutlery on a laid, full table and eating a meal is terrifically tortuous for him such are the fine spatial and visual skills needed. He sees everything, all seemingly separate unconnected objects; this photographic memory is a handicap as well as something incredible.

A breath Test to Diagnose Parkinson's - Hard Science or Hot Air?

Steve Ford | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK
Steve Ford

We've been struggling for decades to find the answer - a definitive diagnostic test for Parkinson's. So far brain scans, blood tests and urine samples haven't come up with the goods. As a result there's often doubt, and even error, in Parkinson's diagnosis, particularly in the early stages.

It's Every Mother's Fear That She Will Leave Behind Her Children

Jean Gross | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jean Gross

It's every mother's greatest fear that she will have to leave her children. My daughter Kate Gross lived with that fear for more than two years, before she died of colon cancer a few weeks ago. I wish she was here now so I could tell her that the boys are getting on just fine. Oscar and Isaac were three when Kate was first diagnosed. Twins, but very different little beings. Oscar dark-haired, violet-eyed, solid - and with an astonishing ability (in Kate's words) to 'focus on things, to know them utterly'. Isaac, blond and agile and restless. 'Each of them,' she says, 'carved out his own space in my heart, a space which fits him exactly.'

Diagnosis: Infertility

Jane Newman | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Newman

More needs to be done to educate people in fertility matters. By this I mean that when trying for a baby it is not as simple as making the decision, doing the deed, and nine months later your baby arrives.

Labels - For Jars or People?

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

I don't like my labels. I didn't ask for them, and I would certainly rather I didn't have them. But I do. They don't define me, and they're not all I am, not by a long shot. But accepting them, rather than fighting them, has brought me just that bit closer to being able to manage them. So go ahead, label me, it helps. Just don't judge me.

Screening Our Bodies...or Screening Our Thoughts?

Tony Lobl | Posted 30.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

That's certainly the case for prostate cancer screening in men, according to researchers in Canada who last week recommended scrapping PSA (prostate-specific antigen) testing, even for those considered high risk.

The Dementia Crisis- It Wont Be Improved By Biasing Doctors' Advice

John Watson | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
John Watson

Right at the beginning of Jerome K Jerome's masterpiece "Three men in a boat," the hero picks up a medical dictionary and discovers that he has the symptoms of every disease mentioned with the exception of housemaid's knee. The prescription he is given surprises him. After beer, steak, exercise and early bedtimes, it ends with the words "and don't stuff up your head with things you don't understand."

Life After Cancer...

Jayne Molyneux | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jayne Molyneux

For many, these fears don't evaporate when they finish treatment. We spoke to post-cancer patients and found that nearly a third (30%*) felt under pressure to 'bounce back' more quickly that they would have liked after treatment. For more than a quarter (28%) the expected 'euphoria' of being given the 'all clear' was actually replaced by the fact they simply felt 'emotionally drained'.

On Jellyfish and Listening to the Futures

Green Futures | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK
Green Futures

As atmospheric carbon levels reach seemingly implacable heights, the degree to which sustainable solutions must be implemented follows suit. And yet, little headway has been made on this critical issue, at least according to recent forecasts from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which released its Fifth Assessment Report earlier this year.

Borderline Personality Disorder

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 13.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

When I'm depressed it's really pronounced - I can go from ok to dangerously low to barely contained anger in a matter of hours. When I'm well, my mood tends to follow those around me - if I'm with people who are in good form, I'm in good form. If there's stress or angst around me, I take it on. As Therapist described it today, I'm a chameleon when it comes to mood.

Cancer Survival Rates - We're Getting Better at It

Sue Dewey | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Dewey

The improved statistics are clear justification of the billions of pounds that are currently being spent on cancer research in the quest for earlier and more accurate diagnosis - particularly for hard to pinpoint cancers.

Does Dyslexia Exist?

Alex Dyer | Posted 03.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Dyer

Dyslexia is characterised by difficultly reading, phonological (auditory) encoding problems, poor processing speed and the inability to use language skills effectively. It's also a reading disorder. Recent Professors from Durham and Yale University have suggested that Dyslexia is a Myth, that dyslexia should be abandoned as it lacks scientific clarity and educational value.

Recovery From Eating Disorders: The Crucial Role of the GP and Diagnosis

Sam Thomas | Posted 27.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

It's easy to point the finger at GPs for not picking up on the signs but are they really to blame? Currently, doctors have no training on eating disorders as part of their seven-year degree. They have approximately 10 minutes - if that - with each patient and hardly sufficient to investigate a patient presenting the symptoms.

Renewables Could Make Farms Financially Viable

Green Futures | Posted 18.04.2014 | UK
Green Futures

Clean energy generation offers a tremendous opportunity: "In some cases, additional income from renewables may be the only way for the next generation to make a farm financially viable."

Informal Networks Provide Essential Services in Cities

Green Futures | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Tech
Green Futures

In cities across the world, people are coming together in informal networks to deliver services in waste collection, water supply and community welfare that officials fail to deliver. It's time to recognise their value, says Ben Goldfarb.

World AIDS Day: Reflecting on HIV testing

Professor Kevin Fenton | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Kevin Fenton

So where are we on testing? Today we have a range of HIV tests that are able to identify the virus early and accurately, using a range of biological samples, with the results being available immediately or after a brief period.

We Still Need Precaution, Says Poritt

Green Futures | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Green Futures

The CEOs of the world's biggest chemical and agribusiness companies recently petitioned the Presidents of the EU Commission, Parliament and Council to downgrade the Precautionary Principle and focus instead on a new 'Innovation Principle'. On what grounds? That taking an excessively precautionary approach to policy-making and regulation is holding Europe back in the cut-throat world of global competitiveness.

A Broken Bone Could Be a Warning Sign

Julia Thompson | Posted 18.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Julia Thompson

I'm always keen to remind people that osteoporosis can be treated and there are simple things you can do to help keep your bones healthy, whatever your age. I regularly speak to people who, despite a diagnosis of osteoporosis, are leading happy pain free lives.

Why Must Everything Be a Medical Condition

Katie Hopkins | Posted 18.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Hopkins

In many cases, medication seems to be more about making life easier for the parent than relieving symptoms for the benefit of the child. Given this very modern phenomenon for ADHD, I would argue that for some children a lack of exercise, poor diet and absence of parental control is also an issue.

Over-Medicalisation and the Therapeutic State

Bill Dare | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Bill Dare

When I was a child, someone was only mad if they thought they were Napoleon or a teapot, and everyone else was 'normal'. Thankfully, things are a little more nuanced now, but how far from 'normal' do you have to get before you have a 'condition'? The answer seems to be: not very far at all. The latest edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) was published last month. It lists mental disorders and symptoms, and every edition is fatter than the last. Why is there this boom in new disorders?

World Autism Awareness Day: Is Autism on the Rise?

Hannah Gal | Posted 29.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Hannah Gal

The latest figures from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) point to one in 88 children in the U.S having an Autism spectrum disorder, marking a clear increase from 2006 when the rate was one in 110. Is this condition spreading or are we simply getting better at diagnosing it? 

Experts Warn Of 'Public Health Emergency' As Diabetes Diagnosis Rate Hits 3 Million

PA | Posted 04.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle

A record three million people have been diagnosed with diabetes in Britain, according to research. The figure - equivalent to 4.6% of the UK popula...