What do you picture when you think of Madagascar? If it's not a scene from the infamous cartoon of the same name (complete with talking penguins), then it's most probably a nation ravaged by ecological disaster.
One of the things I am most proud of our party for in government, is the emphasis we are putting on mental health. I want to pay tribute to Paul Burstow and Norman Lamb for their work on this and I also want to thank Lib Dem party members like Lee Dargue who have put in hours and hours, campaigning on this issue. Mental health services are absolutely vital but tragically find themselves swept under the carpet all too often. This silence must end. It costs lives, divides our society and harms our young people. We must have the courage to open our eyes to the truth about mental health and act.
I was eight years old when I accidentally walked in on my mum injecting heroin in the kitchen. I'll never forget the confused look on her face - the warm embrace of the opiates blunted any acute feelings shame and panic, leaving her with an ugly, dumbfounded grimace. Luckily, this episode was the turning point in both our lives...
When we find out that a friend or relative has cancer, it often brings out the best, or the worst, in us. It can turn us into super-attentive, meal-making, help-giving super mates, or send us shuffling, scared, in the opposite direction.
To live longer, we need to start living better. So, if the mutterings of "I need a break" are doing the office rounds, plan a healthy holiday knowing that the reward is not only an escape but the chance to live life longer.
My life was a train wreck, but I was committed to recovering, and over time, I learned how to manage my illness so effectively that it doesn't negatively impact upon my life anymore. Below are 14 self-care practices that I learned from various therapists, doctors, self-help books, athletes, artists and my parents that helped pull me out of the abyss and lead me to happiness.
Researching and practising sleep techniques with patients has led me to realise that there are a host of practical, highly effective and sustainable strategies that one can adopt, helping avoid a trip to the doctor... Here are ten tried and tested strategies that I have been recommending for years, which have helped patients learn how to sleep again.
We all know it. Older people live it and younger generations understand it. Think tanks continue to issue warnings about it. The health and social care sector, politicians and the media have raised the alarm about it. Yet successive governments ignore it.
Mindful moments can occur during the simplest of tasks - taking the register, hanging out the socks or making a cup of tea... Whatever profession you are in; whether a teacher, a nurse or an architect; you will be more effective, productive and creative when you include a mindful practice into your working and personal life.
Malnutrition happens in wealthy countries in part because access to nutritious food depends on income. There are proven policies governments can embrace to eliminate nutrition inequities, improve health and increase prosperity. Food fortification is one such policy.
I admit it: I've had issues. Whether stumbling into the office bleary eyed from lack of sleep, stressed out from the commute, or plain grumpy and in need of a boost, there has always been one thing I've gone to. Coffee. One delicious, double shot, skinny cappuccino and the world snapped back into focus, tiredness was held at bay, and energy returned.
Fitness myths plague the industry. Lose weight quick schemes and fads just don't work, and worse, can cause long term health issues... So today I want to blast 10 of the top fitness myths that might be stopping you from getting fit and healthy and losing that extra weight.
A new study, just out, has given more evidence to support the idea that brown fat could help our fight against obesity and diabetes. Whilst we all know that 'brown is best' when it comes to bread, pasta and rice, did you know that your body is made up of both brown and white fat and brown is better than white here too?
With the Commonwealth Games in full swing, it seems like a good time to take a look at the link between veganism- often considered a very restrictive diet- and athletic success. Can you excel as a world class athlete without meat, eggs or milk?
The increase in death rates from liver disease in middle-age is particularly worrying, especially given that death rates from the problem are falling across Europe. Since we've succeeded in improving mortality for many other diseases, most notably for cardiovascular disease, why can't we get the trends moving in the right direction for liver disease?
Telling my daughter she's autistic is one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. She'd had the assessment, she'd been to the psychologist's office and she's not daft, she knew exactly why she was there; she'd read the posters on the walls. She'd have to know. I had to tell her.