Illness

No, I'm Not a 'Bit OCD'

Charlotte Peach | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Charlotte Peach

To explain mine better would be to tell her that since she told me as I sat down, that they'd had a woman in earlier that day that had been 'up all night with a dodgy tummy', I could literally FEEL the germs on my chair.

Stroke: it's Time to Act Fast

Professor Caroline Watkins | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Caroline Watkins

Awareness of stroke and its symptoms is going from strength to strength, looking at the success of the annual and well-recognisable F.A.S.T stroke campaign substantiates why this worthwhile activity must continue year on year.

The Realities of Not Vaccinating

Sarah Mehta | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Mehta

In our individualist culture, it's tempting to think that the vaccination is an individual choice. But diseases like measles remind us that no person (or family) is an island, and vaccinations are an essential responsibility towards our community as well as ourselves.

To Smear or Not to Smear... Why Don't They Have a Choice??!!

Naomi Orme | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Naomi Orme

Once upon a time there was a beautiful teenage girl who had everything to live for and a bright future ahead.. Then she began to experience severe abdominal pain and irregular bleeding.. She was sensible and body conscious and went to her doctor immediately.

Silent Heroes

Elaine Benton | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

Keeping up appearances is an important coping mechanism for many living with Parkinson's, who fully understand that were they to drop this necessary façade of sorts, the distressing picture would likely send family and friends running in the opposite direction.

8 Home Remedies For Sickness That Actually Work

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

From soup to Echinacea, a lot of classic home remedies for illness actually have some scientific background. Thanks to Mitchell Moffit and Gregory ...

People With Parkinson's Confused and Abandoned After Diagnosis

Steve Ford | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Steve Ford

This chronic lack of information and support is leaving people with Parkinson's feeling discarded and deserted at the toughest time of their lives. This is simply unacceptable.

Men Suffer Eating Disorders Too: A Heartbreaking Story Shows That Anyone Can Be a Victim of Food

Duncan Lindsay | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Duncan Lindsay

Spare a thought also, therefore, for those who don't fall into the stereotypical profile of a skinny young girl who wants to look like a Cosmo cover girl. The elderly, the children, the middle aged and the men who also suffer from conditions that take over a whole life.

Prevention Is Better Than Cure - Observations From the Baby-Maker

Emma Cannon | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Cannon

I hope that this generation learn from us; look after your health, it is the most important asset you have. You may think that your health and your fertility is a given and that when you decide it's the right time to have a baby it will somehow just happen.

Brave Mum Is Fighting The Stigma Over Crohn's Disease With Style

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A mum-of-two is being praised across the world after posing in her bikini with a stoma on show and posting the picture online. Marcia Paterson, 40,...

Instinct, Illness and Finding Your Way

Roberta Verdant | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Roberta Verdant

Somewhere between childhood and my teenage years, I realised something: I wasn't straight. Eventual marriage to a man began to look less likely. Later I'd realise that my queerness was fine, great, even, but it'd take a while.

Turn Me "On" Please!

Elaine Benton | Posted 15.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

Being newly diagnosed, I was far from suffering what would become in future years, one of the most annoying debilitating symptoms of Parkinson's. At the time, unfamiliar with the term 'on' and 'off' I asked for clarification of this phrase.

Man Who Was Trapped Inside His Own Body For 12 Years Tells His Story

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A man who experienced Total Locked-in Syndrome for 12 years has given a devastating account of his painstaking desire to be noticed, to be heard, and ...

Learning to Be Kind to Me

Ruby Wax | Posted 07.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

I've decided, in the deluded spirit of making resolutions in the new year, to try and change an aspect of my lifestyle; I'm going to dip my toe in the water of an attempt to be kind to myself. My problem is I can't tell when I'm being nice to myself and when am I just being a lazy pig, so I never stop with the self-flagellation to keep going. If I thought about what's the greatest thing I could do for myself, I'd tell you it was 'to never have to get out of bed'. I'm my happiest when I have a virus and have an excuse to lie there without the nagging mother in my brain screaming, "Get your ass up and out".

Does Anybody Really 'Lose Their Battle With Cancer?'

Paul M. Davies | Posted 25.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paul M. Davies

The expression is often used to express regret or in a context of celebration of the deceased, however, it carries ulterior implications, even if they are unintended by the user. Describing people to have 'lost' to cancer suggests that they could have done something differently and the outcome could be changed.

Everyone Is Ill. You Don't Want To Get It. You Should Probably Watch This

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but, if you hadn't noticed already, we're entering virus season. *Sniffles* Yep it's the time of the year where ...

Chickenpox: How To Spot The Signs

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

The first thing that springs to mind when you think of chickenpox is children, and you'd be right to think that as the virus mainly affects their heal...

How To Prevent Autumn Cold And Flu For As Long As Possible

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

We're sorry to use the A-word, but that chill down your neck and the should-I-shouldn't-I decisions around central heating spell only one thing: Autum...

Aren't You Lucky? Or Another Birthday, Another Miracle

Mik Scarlet | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

It's actually a really big thing reaching this age. I was born with a cancer called Neuroblastoma and my parents were told that I had a maximum life expectancy of five years. They took me home and tried to enjoy the short time they though they had with me...

Students - Protect Yourselves Against Meningitis

Chris Head | Posted 09.09.2014 | 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.