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.
Low tide is of course, when it all happens for the seaweed forager or for that matter the hunter of razor clams. The tides when there is less differentiation between low and high tide marks are called neap tides. These occur a week after spring tides and are of less interest to a seaweed forager.
Although it seems a lifetime ago, it feels like yesterday. Time doesn't heal; it just makes grief go out of focus. And anything can bring it sharply back again: a photograph, a scent, a memory or just the endless yearning pall of homesickness so familiar to people who've lost their parents too early.
After decades of isolation, three years ago Burma (Myanmar) opened its doors to the world, and on arrival we realize we are literally a world apart. Burma is exquisitely unique, a time-warp completely untouched by Westernised culture. Ironically, this is what entices Westerners to travel there.
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.
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.
Tigers are iconic - perhaps the ultimate icon of the wild. We borrow their image to symbolize power, grace and beauty, yet we invade their habitat and hunt them to extinction. In the early 20th century, there were estimated to be 100,000 tigers in the wild. Today, there are thought to be as few as 3,200 - a catastrophic decline. This hard reality creates the need for business and the conservation community to come together in concerted action.
On 1st September, my virtual disability themed nightclub, Wheelies, celebrates its 8th birthday. The club exists in Secondlife, a virtual world that has millions of residents from around the real world, and it is a place where anything is possible.
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?
Although it's likely the tiger will be young, trained through negative conditioning and fear based domination techniques, and depending on its age, often chained up (all day long), there is very definitely the element of risk.
Hearing the news that someone you love has just been diagnosed with breast cancer is devastating. It's challenging to know what to say or how to act around them but you do know that you're going to offer them your full support, and that is critical in their journey to recovery.
Our hesitancy to have a frank and honest discussion about an activity all of us will participate in at some stage in our life is resulting in young people potentially making silly mistakes through for example thinking HIV isn't something to concern themselves with.
When people are packed together into blocks of flats, enduring a constant hubbub of noise and traffic, cities are notoriously unfriendly. So discovering that London's pensioners experience the greatest feeling of loneliness - at 75% of all we spoke to - is probably to be expected.
Care Workers are vital. We are the eyes and ears on the ground. We know how much Mrs Smith normally eats and sleeps, if she's been this confused before, if she's in more pain than usual. We know what doctors need to know in order to make a diagnosis. We can mean the difference between prevention and cure.
I was born with Gaucher Type 1, which is the most common form of this genetic lysosomal storage disease, but there are in fact three types. You may not know or have heard about Type 2 and Type 3 which are rarer still. As the aim of the International Gaucher Day is to raise awareness, I would like to bring attention to Types 2 and 3 Gaucher disease, that are often overlooked.
After spending a day at Putteridge High School meeting the students and the committed staff members, I am sure that the Inclusive approach to education really works. Putteridge does have two special needs groups, made up of children of all abilities and impairments, but the goal is for those students to enter the mainstream classes eventually.