Illness

Students - Protect Yourselves Against Meningitis

Chris Head | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Head

It is vital that UK students are aware that there is a new freely available Meningitis C booster, which they need before they head off to university... New students are at increased risk of encountering the bacteria that cause meningococcal disease because they are often living in busy halls of residence and in close contact with other new students during fresher's week.

'Illness Contracted From Rat's Urine While Kayaking Nearly Killed Me'

M&Y News Agency | Laura Molyneaux | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Adventurous Sam Owen is lucky to be alive after contracting a disease from rat urine while kayaking down a river. Brave Sam, 24, believes the bacte...

When "No" Means "Yes" For "Your Own Good"

Mik Scarlet | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK Politics
Mik Scarlet

Last week the House Of Lords debated Lord Faulkner's Assisted Dying bill. The bill argues that that people with six months or less to live should be able to call on the medical profession to assist them to die, as an act of mercy for those who are suffering...

The Trouble With Looking Healthy

Adrian Grist | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Adrian Grist

I look healthy. Healthy enough, anyway. And that's just great, but here's the thing. For the better part, my outward appearance comes with a sense of 'got away with it', and how very empowering that can feel. But the physical disabilities lurking beneath the scars and lumps are never far from the surface...

'I Wish I Had Breast Cancer'

Kate Leaver | Posted 27.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Leaver

We're talking about actual human beings existing in the twilight of grief and primal fear that comes with cancer. And if a lung, bowel, or pancreatic cancer patient feels, in that horrific state of mind, that it'd be easier to have a more socially acceptable cancer like breast cancer... We can't judge that. What are we doing, policing the private fears of terminally ill people now?

The Story of a Boy Who Nearly Wasn't

Mik Scarlet | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

After a short stay in hospital, to allow Joyce to recover from the delivery, mother and son came home. Waiting for the boy was a tiny Luton Town football strip, and a house full of love. However baby Michael, for it had been decided to name the new born after his father, would not stop crying.

Why Kick It Out Is My Valentine

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

In the year or so that I've been an Ambassador for Kick it Out I've seen them reach out to people of all ages, from incredibly challenging socio-economic backgrounds. I've seen them give hope.

Take a Sickie - But Not When Channel 4 Says So

Dale Bilson | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dale Bilson

Lying there, wishing it would end, I was worried they would think I was skiving. Bunking off. Throwing a sickie. I didn't think they would believe I was genuinely ill.

When They Come for You?

Mik Scarlet | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK
Mik Scarlet

If we do begin begin doling out medicine dependent on "societal benefit" how long will it be before we also follow counties like Belgium and euthanize sick and disabled children, as not only are they "suffering" but they will never be useful members of society?

Does Being Cold Make You More Likely To Get Ill?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Ever wondered why people get colds more often in the winter than at other times of the year? ASAP Science explore whether there is any correlatio...

Don't Ignore Health Problems Over Christmas, Leading Health Expert Warns

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle

One of the nation's leading doctors has urged people not to ignore niggling health problems just because it is Christmas. Professor Keith Willett, ...

Christmas and Me

Jamie Stangroom | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Comedy
Jamie Stangroom

Christmas seems to get longer every year. I noticed that shopping-channel BidTV started flogging Christmas decorations in September... As the build-up gets bigger and bigger, by the time it eventually comes around, the intensity is so excessive that it could never be as good as you'd hoped.

The Fun's Over - Being Ill at University

Fionn Shiner | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Fionn Shiner

This week I was struck down with what only can be described as 'The Worst Chesty Cough Anyone Has Ever Had'. It was really bad; phlegmy, disgusting and quite painful.

Fetch My Orange Segments & Carbolic Smoke Ball: A Pictorial History Of Quaint Flu Remedies

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Tis the season to douse yourself in Lemsip, invest in Kleenex shares and affix your wrist to your clammy forehead in a permanent gesture of despair. ...

Faith? Please Cure Us of This Myth

Mik Scarlet | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

One Sunday one of our merry band was having his regular bedside Mass with his priest and his Mum, when the priest asked us all to join with them. When we all refused the way the priest replied to us has stuck with me throughout my life. "Well if you don't believe then you deserve to be sick. God is punishing you all for your lack of faith".

Oh, Lucky Man

Mik Scarlet | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

I have always been lucky when I needed help though. When I was a child my Mother was always there for me, and when I was very ill as a teenager she got me through a period that was one of the darkest imaginable. That is lucky enough, but to then find a partner who equally cares for me is like winning the lottery every weekend.

Are You Guilty Of Self-Diagnosing On The Internet?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle

We know self-diagnosing is such a bad idea: it starts off as a simple pain in your elbow. Then, a few minutes later via Google, and you've already dia...

Rabbits: Common Illnesses and Infections

David Lewzey | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Lewzey

As we move into summer it's very important to keep a sharp eye out for flystrike - especially if you're the owner of a longhaired breed. This can often be fatal, and a horrific experience for both rabbits and owners. Unfortunately, we see many rabbits lost to flystrike every year.

Dream Your Way to Recovery

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

Don't let anyone laugh at your dreams. Or let them tell you they can't become a reality. Sick or well. People used to laugh at me all the time, which is fine, some of my dreams seemed fairly ridiculous.

Not Just Surviving But Thriving

Ian Spero | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK Tech
Ian Spero

So here's the good news; the number of young people surviving life changing conditions (like cancer for example) is increasing. In fact in the UK the number has nearly doubled in the past decade, at least in part due to recent advances in the quality of medical science. So what's the bad news?

My Left Lung

Scott Capurro | Posted 14.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Scott Capurro

My liver was shutting down and that is how people die at home. They self diagnose. F*cking internet... I'd had to cancel my entire Edinburgh Fringe run, a show partially about my mother's lung disease, because I couldn't talk without coughing. Irony is a cruel mistress.

Thoughts From a Sickbed

Mik Scarlet | Posted 11.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

I could bleat on about how sad and tragic the last few weeks have been for poor little sick me, however I would rather use the experience to explore how these hidden elements of any impairment impacts on the lives of many disabled people.

Vitamin D - It's the Sunshine Vitamin

Rob Blakeman | Posted 05.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rob Blakeman

Vitamin D sufficiency, along with diet and exercise, has emerged as one of the most important deficiency disease preventive factors in human health. Literally hundreds of studies now link vitamin D deficiency with significantly higher rates of many forms of cancer‚ as well as heart disease‚ osteoporosis‚ multiple sclerosis and many other conditions and diseases.

The English patient

Elaine Benton | Posted 26.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

Patients who suffer any chronic, degenerative condition, should be seen on a regular basis by the same doctor, thus ensuring an on-going picture whereby the best care can be given. I think it must be incredibly difficult to continually show compassion towards a patient, whilst for self preservation keep a certain distance not allowing emotions to engulf and cloud the issue.

Life as a Student Carer

Paul M. Davies | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Paul M. Davies

Student carers occupy a blind spot in welfare services. If you're in full time education, you can't access carer's allowance, even if, like me, you provide over 50 hours of care a week. This is why I have to work part time on top of my other responsibilities.