Is there a lesson here for the health sector? We speak of assets that could be better utilised or deployed, such as NHS estates or even certain arms of the workforce, but seem to ignore our most gamechanging asset: the smartphone.
Without defeating austerity, and the mixture of ideology, corruption and spinelessness that allowed PFI to happen, we cannot save the NHS. It is for that reason that Jeremy Corbyn is the only leader who I trust as a doctor to not only defend the NHS but to make it the envy of the world.
For the last 6 years, I have dedicated the month of November to the fine art of facial hair related fundraising. I feel proud to state that I have raised £11,000 for Movember, but I am always hungry to increase that figure by as much as physically possible, in the shortest possible timeframe.
So will Prime minister May take a healthy approach to economic and social policy? It seems unlikely given her pro-welfare cuts voting record as an MP and Conservative minister. Likely, there will be a policy focus on interventions aimed at changing individual health behaviours as these blame people for their own health problems.
Health anxiety is horrible. It is debilitating. It has stopped me doing so many things through fear of injury or getting ill. Back at the end of last year it completely run my life. I'd wash my hands constantly and went through so much hand sanitizer. I had even washed my hands with bleach due to being so scared of germs which resulted in horrible chemical burns.
I've learnt a lot about people whilst being here and that's not really surprising, I'm a people watcher and there are a lot of them. One of the things most people will learn about Londoners is that they are always busy. Except that they're not, most people aren't, they just think they are.
I could not stop Alzheimer's from taking my Grandma, but maybe one day I can help stop it taking someone else's Grandma. It might not be this next generation or the generation after, but one day we will find a cure for this heartbreaking disease. It is time for each of us to step up and play our part. It is time to end Alzheimer's.
According to Dr Claudia Black, 70% of chemically dependent people will relapse after attempting to get to clean (there are similar studies to that effect in twelve-step fellowships). If real recovery is truly going to permeate our society, an expanded dialogue of the meaning of "addiction" would be helpful.
David Cameron promised a 'truly seven-day NHS' before and after the general election, even going as far as to use the word 'plan' 18 times in one speech. The fact that there is no plan, that the government is yet to set the objectives or assess the impact of expanding seven-day services, only goes to show that this was nothing more than a headline-grabbing soundbite set to win votes rather than improve care for patients.
We have to take care of ourselves. The points I wish to present in this article aren't meant to embarrass any one person or organization. It is my hope that if we can honestly lay out the problems, we can begin to work together to find solutions; improving the health of our citizens and the strength of our country.
A regular frustration of mine is the continual need to scan and correct nutrition related stories in the media that are written by 'experts' and are so far from being clinically sound. Those who write for the general public have a responsibility to report balanced and researched articles and the majority do
In a box tucked away in the back of my bedroom cupboard I have a small piece of paper that serves as a reminder to a former self. The slip contains some numbers which still haunt me to this day...the digits in question revealed my former weight, one which revealed at the age of 20, I was officially classified as obese.
For me, being admitted to hospital was a big turning point in my recovery. It was the 'kick' that I needed; it was the moment in which I sat down and faced up to why and what I was feeling.
Every year, sci-fi blockbusters offer various perspectives of the future of the human race. As familiar yellow lettering soars across star-filled skies once again, more than just the force should be awakening. Science fiction works such as The Illustrated Man and WALL-E have provided stark projections of the future, and we may be carelessly heading straight for them.
We've all had blood tests, and now we can take a DNA test to evaluate our health. This new technology uses blood and saliva samples to measure genetic markers and biomarkers, including hormone and vitamin levels.
Brown says in order for us to connect we have to allow ourselves to be seen and to feel worthy of connection. Was there something about me, that if other people knew or saw, I wouldn't be worthy of making the connection between actor and audience?