Disease

Treating Multiple Sclerosis: We Need To Address Gaps In Care And Conversations

Trishna Bharadia | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Trishna Bharadia

everybody banner Imagine you're 28, developing your career, relationships, trying to get on the property ladder and starting to make your way in the world. Then you're diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, the most widespread disabling neurological condition for young people around the world, for which there is currently no cure. That was me in 2008.

Humour To Protect, Heal And Hurt

Evelyn Wood | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Evelyn Wood

Some years ago I was asked to attend an older person's health check by my local surgery. It involved a blood test and a meeting with my GP. He asked questions, reading from a computer screen. Everything went well until he asked, "How is your memory and have you fallen over recently?" Too good to miss! I replied, "I don't remember.

Why It Is Okay To Grieve When You're Diagnosed With A Chronic Illness

Anna Gaunt | Posted 03.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Anna Gaunt

everybody I wouldn't be the strong, empathetic, open-minded, make-the-most-of-everyday kind of person that I am. When I talk to people about my illness, I am very often met with confusion or pity. You should know that you shouldn't feel pity, because I don't either. This is my life now, and it's a bloody good one at that.

That Painful Bend 'Down There'? It's More Common Than You Think

Mr David Ralph | Posted 22.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Mr David Ralph

The condition causes curved and painful erections where fibrous scar tissue forms in the penis, as well as thickened nodules (called plaques) in the shaft. It's unclear why collagen is deposited in the penis like this - it's sometimes due to a genetic condition, or it could be caused by scar tissue formation brought about by an injury.

Saving The World, One Patient At A Time

Janet Davies | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK
Janet Davies

Tales of superhuman strength, commitment and compassion have come in from far and wide. What we've found is that it's not the moments of great drama that people remember as much as the quiet moments of support, the kind words that help them to be brave.

Don't Make Your Kids Quit Dancing To Study

Karen Laing | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK Parents
Karen Laing

Quitting all fun stuff doesn't encourage discipline. If anything, I'd argue we need to show our children how their dance or exercise can help with their exam revision. It can help manage stress and re-focus their brain.

Gene Editing 'Could Wipe Out Cancer And All Inherited Disease'

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK Tech

Gene editing could usher in a golden era of health free of cancer and all inherited disease, according to a British expert. Dr Edze Westra, a scientis...

When Is It OK To Laugh At People With Disabilities?

Amanda Elias | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Elias

I get it, people don't understand Parkinson's, it's just a condition that makes you shake right? Wrong, sadly very very wrong. The thing with Parkinson's is that there is no one box fits all label, each sufferer will experience different symptoms.

Every Half An Hour, Another Child Is Diagnosed With Leprosy

Tanya Wood | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK
Tanya Wood

That same year, 210 758 new cases of leprosy were reported from 106 countries. This means nine out of every hundred people newly diagnosed are children under 16 years old. Experts have identified 22 priority countries worldwide where 96% of all new leprosy patients are reported; the majority (81%) of these are in India, Indonesia and Brazil.

Canine Babesia Infection Spreads: How Concerned Should UK Dog Owners be?

James Greenwood | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK
James Greenwood

Babesia canis is a protozoan parasite that lives inside certain species of ticks and can infect a dog when the tick bites. This leads to the clinical...

International Day Of Charity - Challenging Public Perceptions

Sarah Nancollas | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK
Sarah Nancollas

As a sector, we've been burying our heads in the sand and hoping that the negative press and public opinion will soon subside but it's been a year and the angst and anguish doesn't seem to be getting any better. The longer there is a misconception about the work we do, the fewer funds there are being brought in and, as a result, fewer lives are being changed.

Living With Lupus: 5 People Reveal What It Is Really Like

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 31.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Lupus is an autoimmune condition that affects roughly 15,000 people in England and Wales. The condition means that the immune system starts to attack ...

'Vacciner C'est Aimer': DRC's Yellow Fever Outbreak

Sarah Frattaroli | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK
Sarah Frattaroli

The country's first cases of the deadly disease were detected earlier this year and the virus has since found its way to the capital, where large-scale transmission is a looming risk. Luckily, there is a highly effective vaccine - but about 7 million people in Kinshasa alone have never been vaccinated.

The Consequences of Misdiagnosis

Sarah Nancollas | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK
Sarah Nancollas

In the UK, when you're sick you go to the doctor and expect a swift and accurate diagnosis. It is rare to be told that your symptoms are unheard of or to be given a completely incorrect diagnosis. In many countries though, this is commonplace, especially when it comes to lesser known diseases like leprosy and lymphatic filariasis.

Dengue: Five Facts You Should Know

Ilya Jones | Posted 14.06.2017 | UK
Ilya Jones

Today is ASEAN Dengue Day - a time for experts and the public to come together and raise awareness in the fight against dengue. In honour of the occasion, we have put together five interesting facts about this neglected yet rapidly growing disease.

Artificial Intelligence vs The Human Brain

Steve Furber | Posted 13.06.2017 | UK Tech
Steve Furber

By the beginning of the 21st century computers did, indeed, typically have a gigabyte of memory, and they were a million times faster than the 'Baby', but still they could not pass his test. Even today, with still far more computing power and memory, no machine has convincingly passed the test. This would have surprised Turing had he lived to see it.

Mobile Technology Used for the First Time to Beat Leprosy

Sarah Nancollas | Posted 25.05.2017 | UK Tech
Sarah Nancollas

The innovative use of free software and some internal crafting of questions has allowed us to process this at low cost. Further funding for the mobile phones and training could help us to scale this further and ultimately change more lives.

Dear Endometriosis - You're Fired

S.K. Hartley | Posted 19.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
S.K. Hartley

"I can't take it anymore!" It was a statement I would make more often than not to my husband. I couldn't take the pain anymore, I couldn't take the fatigue, the aches, the excessive bleeding and the desperate need to be normal. But I wasn't normal, at least my body wasn't...

Prevention, Prevention, Prevention: What a Ground Breaking Study Means for Health in England

Professor Kevin Fenton | Posted 29.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Kevin Fenton

Things have generally changed for the better: we are living longer. But the picture is complicated. Yes we're living longer but we're spending more years in ill-health, often living with a combination of conditions, some of which would have previously killed us.

We Need a United Front to Win the War on Antibiotic Resistance

Rose Gallagher | Posted 20.08.2016 | UK
Rose Gallagher

Compared to most global crises, antibiotic resistance has received little attention. This week, the topic finally found its rightful place at the top of the news agenda but this is just the beginning: it is going to take a lot to even slow this down. Antibiotic resistance affects the health of every single person - and it is going take every one of those people to help overcome it.

Mum Warns About Lyme Disease Symptoms After A Facebook Post 'Saved Her Son's Life'

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK Parents

A mum want to raise parents' awareness of the symptoms of Lyme disease, after she found "bullseye" spots on her one-year-old's temples, legs and arms....

This Single Test Detects Every Virus That's Ever Infected You

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK Tech

Scientists have come up with an incredibly cheap blood test that can detect every virus that has ever infected you. VirScan can screen a person fo...

This Lady Took A Friend's Antibiotics To Relieve Her Flu, Ended Up With 70% Burns

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

When Yaasmeen Castanada took a friend’s antibiotics in November, she hoped it would offer relief from her flu-like symptoms. Instead the 19-year-...

This Very Simple Action Can Stop Flu Spreading

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 22.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Vaccinations provide an effective form of response in the face of a flu outbreak, but there may be a far more simple way to halt illness. Staying ...

Should We Be Worried About Eating 'Mad Cow Disease' Lamb?

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Creuzfeldt Jakob Disease (CJD), known more commonly as 'mad cow disease', caused a major scare in the 1990s. But now it's lambs rather than cows that ...