Health Care

Stroke: Not Just A Disease Of The Elderly

Vijeya Ganesan | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Parents
Vijeya Ganesan

Strokes are rarely associated with children and young people, and yet around 400 children in the UK have a stroke every year. As with adults, the impact of childhood stroke is often devastating. Many children are left with severe permanent physical and mental impairments, and the impact on the wider family is often significant.

Why You Should Never Promise Your Parents You Won't Put Them Into A Care Home (And Why Parents Should Never Ask)

Claire Goodman | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK
Claire Goodman

The recent furore around so-called "dementia tax" has placed the costs of care homes firmly at the forefront of public debate and consequently minds. ...

How Can Prisons In Crisis Help People In Crisis?

Peter Dawson | Posted 29.06.2017 | UK
Peter Dawson

Prisons will always have to care for people who are suffering from a range of mental health conditions. Imprisonment will always do damage, and will always make recovery from mental illness harder. But why should we expect prisons to have to rise to that challenge for people who will spend only a few days or weeks inside, and in institutions that have space for only a fraction of the human beings they are asked to hold?

10 Things You Should Do When A Loved One Is Diagnosed With Motor Neurone Disease

Susan Graham | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Susan Graham

Jaspal lived with the disease for 10 years. I was one of her carers for this time and through my experience supporting Jaspal, I have compiled a list of 10 things you should do when a loved ones tells you they have been diagnosed with MND.

How Technology Can Enable Us To Live A Healthier Lifestyle

Martin Blinder | Posted 19.06.2017 | UK Tech
Martin Blinder

Helpfully, today we have a new generation of digital health technologies that not only offer consumer friendly features, but more importantly, have been designed with a deep understanding of the human condition, to make it easy for people to adopt healthy behaviours - empowering anybody with a smartphone to manage their own health, without the need to visit a healthcare professional.

Men's Health Month

Ben Edusei | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Edusei

It is a month where men come together and begin to talk and raise awareness of preventable health problems and diseases. To help educate men in disease prevention or early detection of illnesses for males of all ages. It's the perfect opportunity to share your story and pay it forward to allow men to be inspired and do something about their own health and well-being.

The Role Of Creativity And Technology In Dementia Care

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 31.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Ashcroft

This Dementia Awareness Week we have seen incredible first-person accounts of how creativity and technology can make living with dementia more manageable. Although we don't have a cure for the disease, there are still innumerable ways to bring as much joy as possible to the lives of those living with dementia.

Theresa May's Dementia Tax For Social Care Is A Disgrace

Chris King | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK Politics
Chris King

The message from the government is loud and clear: this is your fault and you are going to pay for it... May's Britain is a country where the lucky prosper and the unlucky, ill and vulnerable suffer. Make sure you are on the right side.

Whatsapp Doc? NHS Failure To Update Cold War Era Tech Forcing Medics To Use Unsafe Apps To Help Save Lives

Dr Felix Jackson | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK Tech
Dr Felix Jackson

Saving lives through great communication is just as valid and important as saving lives through great surgery. This is a message that needs to be shouted from the rooftops - and from the mobile phones - of everyone involved in healthcare.

How Come We Don't Have An 'International Doctors Day'?

Jane Ball | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK
Jane Ball

I checked in case it was just me, being nursing-centric, who had missed the fact we annually celebrate medicine and the work of doctors. But no, it wa...

What's The Point Of Planning Finances If We're Not Planning Our Health?

Dr Nick Summerton | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Nick Summerton

We put a lot of time and effort into financial planning, making sure we have the kind of savings needed to secure a comfortable retirement. But what's the good of financial security and a long retirement if that's a long period of ill-health? It's an issue that the stats on longevity don't cover.

Why Healthcare Needs To Be Free And Accessible

April Wilson | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
April Wilson

I have two twin sisters. They are kind (selectively to me of course as I am their sister); intelligent and though being a good person is more than this, and being a woman is much more than this; they are beautiful inside and out. They were also born premature. Devastatingly so. 10 weeks to be exact.

What Will Healthcare Look Like In 2027?

Theo Priestley | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Tech
Theo Priestley

Understanding the future of a digital, autonomous and patient-first healthcare system is in fact the first step in realising that every industry is ab...

The Rise Of The Silver Surfer: How Technology Is Enriching The Lives Of The Aging Population

Fran Whittaker-Wood | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Tech
Fran Whittaker-Wood

There is an assumption amongst younger generations that the senior members of our society have no interest in technology. Labelled rather patronizingly as a generation of 'digital dinosaurs', there are often exaggerated claims of an ever-increasing 'digital divide' between the old and young.

Politicians Ignore The NHS At Their Peril

Jeeves Wijesuriya | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Politics
Jeeves Wijesuriya

With another General Election taking place in just a few weeks, politicians of all parties can no longer duck the crisis in the NHS. Funding, public health, patient safety, the crisis in general practice, the future of EU staff working in the NHS - these should be key election issues rather than pushed to the margins because of a narrow focus on Brexit. Consecutive governments have been in denial about the state of the NHS and when it comes to elections have chosen to use it as a political football. Our health and social care systems can no longer cope without urgent action.

Celebrating LGBT Lives In Care Homes

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK
Jane Ashcroft

Looking after and valuing older people in our society is fundamental - especially as our population gets older - but it is by no means a simple task. Alongside physical well-being, there are emotional and mental health needs to consider, too. That means providing personalised care, designed around every individual.

Five Free Beauty Tips For Women Who Wish To Stay Ageless

Stella Ralfini | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK Style
Stella Ralfini

One of the good things about being seventy is that younger women can judge whether my advice has any bearing by looking at my skin. I admit to taking good care of it and going for regular beauty treatments (since at my age I need all the help I can get!).

Somalia's Silent Killer Is Flourishing As Hunger Tightens Its Grip

Laura Polaine | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK
Laura Polaine

The Hargeisa TB Hospital ©2017 World Vision Travelling to Somalia two weeks ago, I saw first-hand the devastation that drought and hunger is having ...

The Importance Of Good Food For Older People

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK
Jane Ashcroft

We won't become complacent. As England's largest not-for-profit provider of care and housing for older people, all the money we generate is ploughed back into our services so we will continue to improve the facilities at both our retirement villages and our care homes for the benefit of all older people.

Five Housing Models That Can Save NHS And Social Care Budgets

Will Prochaska | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK Politics
Will Prochaska

At the heart of Britain's NHS and Social Care crisis is an increase in demand for services from our ageing population. The right housing models can play a critical part in preventing a cycle of demand from starting and allow older people to return to their own homes after treatment, thus freeing up NHS and social care resources.

Four Ways To Keep Your Body Strong As You Age

Imogen Watson | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Imogen Watson

Did you know that we start to lose muscle mass from the age of 40 - slowly to start with but this accelerates over time at a rate of approximately eight percent per decade? Muscle loss - the silent ageing factor - is one of the most underrated health issues after 40.

What Trying To Stay Young Does To Your Body

Dr Nick Summerton | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Nick Summerton

We all want to stay young for as long as possible. But trying to cling onto the lifestyle you had in your 20s doesn't keep you youthful. It might do something for you psychologically, but physically there are repercussions.

Healthtech For Good: Living Better With A Long-Term Illness

Tamara Rajah | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK Tech
Tamara Rajah

We're so familiar with the wellness tech for the well - trackers and monitors for every measurable body signal. It's time for the similar tidal wave for the chronically ill. It's looking very hopeful. There are four things I'm most excited about making a big difference to everyday life:

So My Job Doesn't Feel Like A Job Really. It's An Extension Of Me. It Fits Me

Helen McEntire | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK
Helen McEntire

Time. It's the most important part of my role as a caregiver for older people. I couldn't love my job as much as I do without having enough time to ca...

We Need To Talk About Tinnitus

David Stockdale | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK
David Stockdale

Tinnitus can be distressing and debilitating. It can affect anyone, at any age. But with the right support, treatment and guidance, it can be managed and there is hope. Let's stand together for tinnitus this Tinnitus Awareness Week, and aim for a better understanding.