Diagnosis

Labels - For Jars or People?

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 14.12.2014 | 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 31.10.2014 | 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 30.10.2014 | 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...

What Triggers Parkinson's Disease?

Elaine Benton | Posted 23.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

What causes Parkinson's? A frequently asked question, to which there is not yet a definitive answer. It is clear however, that some forms are hereditary, such as my case. I have my own theory - call it a gut feeling or an inner voice, but invariably I follow my instincts.

Could Squeezing Your Breasts Prevent Cancer?

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 18.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle

A little squeeze may be all that it takes to prevent malignant breast cells triggering cancer, research has shown. Laboratory experiments showed th...

Dementia, Memory Problems and Making it a Christmas to Remember

Andrew Chidgey | Posted 04.02.2013 | UK
Andrew Chidgey

Christmas can also be the time when early signs of dementia first become apparent. Here at Alzheimer's Society, we often see a spike in the number of calls our Helpline receives just after Christmas, so we really do appreciate how difficult a time of year this can be.

Bone Cancer Often 'Misdiagnosed' By Doctors

PA | Posted 08.10.2012 | UK Lifestyle

A dangerous form of bone cancer is often being misdiagnosed by GPs as growing pains, a charity has warned. Just 42% of people who develop osteosarc...

Postman Vs Psychiatrist - Who's the Best Person to Make a Diagnosis?

Kerry Hudson | Posted 03.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Kerry Hudson

It recently came to my attention that the best person to assess a client with mental health needs is in fact, the postman. Firstly, yes I have been taking my lithium. Now, think about it, the postman, if a regular to the same address, ticks the box that good psychiatry practices, but very often fails.

The Artistic Temperament and Creativity

Sian S. Rathore | Posted 05.06.2012 | Home
Sian S. Rathore

We all know about the insanity that Van Gogh, Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath lived with, and we perhaps are guilty of believing their work is made more beautiful because of our knowledge of their suffering. However I tend to wonder if we overlook the integrity of such works in light of their illness, and how condescending this really is.

Diary of a Cancer Patient: I've Never Really had the 'why me?' I Guess I'm Just a Realist

Laura Smith | Posted 07.12.2011 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Smith

It was the one thing I was most scared of in life - cancer. I think most people are. I think it's the word more than anything. Anyway, I have it. Sorry to sound dramatic. I'm not meaning to. It is funny coming to terms with it... actually, more weird than funny.