My Christmas pledge. I will continue to make the case for tackling health inequalities and highlighting policies which promote the inverse care law, and I will continue to be a beacon for the case that the wider determinants of health and wellbeing are fundamental to health and general practice, where relationship continuity is a paramount. Will you join me?
Every minute someone in the UK dies, but despite some really welcome progress many of us still don't talk to our loved ones about our end of life wishes.
While I can laugh now, the portrayal of dwarfism in pop culture and entertainment can be damaging to young people coping with their condition in vulnerable early years. Growing up there were few, if any, positive role models in mainstream culture.
In terms of the support women need, there are very practical and vital services women need to escape from domestic violence and to protect themselves. Women need safe refuge for both themselves and, where necessary, their children. They also need an understanding and effective police force
Of those who will speak to their neighbours over Christmas, 71 per cent said that they were likely to speak to neighbours who are of a different age. The figure stands at only 23 per cent for people who say they are likely to talk to neighbours from a different ethnic background to themselves.
I guess the difficult thing for me is that as of right now, there is no-one (that I am aware of) who has been immersed to completely in 45 different charitable organisations. A feeling and experience I cannot share with anyone else. But, today I want to try and share that feeling with you.
I chose to get drunk last night so my hangover is 'legitimate' in the eyes of society. But many people prefer different ways of letting it all hang out - a joint, a line or a pill. Just to help make the party pop that little bit more. We call them recreational drug users. There are at least three million of them in the UK and chances are you are one of them...
Homelessness is fast becoming an unwelcome Christmas tradition. New government figures, released last week, show that the number of children in Britain who face waking up homeless this Christmas has reached a staggering 109,000, as homelessness across the country continues to rise.
The hunts will claim they do not hunt foxes any more, but simply follow a 'trail'. Then why did at least 13 of the individuals investigated over the last year have links to hunts? Why are hunts often accompanied by terriermen and their terriers on quad bikes? Hunts need terriermen to accomplish what they are trying to do - kill foxes.
This year, although I've just moved into a new house, I've found myself telling family and friends there's nothing I need for Christmas. Of course there are things I would like, a car, new shoes, jewellery etc. But there really is nothing I feel like I urgently need.
Since starting this project, some commentators have put it to me that women-only shows are the answer. I do not agree, for numerous reasons. I am not an economist, or schooled in the music business, but how would the cost of this impact on smaller, independent labels, venues and acts?
The scale of this challenge demands teamwork. Already, we've seen great partnerships created in the face of malaria. Now, there's another one taking shape. Comic Relief and GSK have formed a five-year partnership to help fight malaria and strengthen health systems in five countries worst affected by the disease across sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.
There are more than three million people displaced from their homes in Iraq, in addition to several hundred thousand refugees from the war in neighbouring Syria. For elderly Iraqis suffering from diabetes, who are forced to leave their home to travel to a distant camp, it can be difficult to manage their disease with insulin or other medications.
One of the main themes that I have heard time and time again is the importance of each resident experiencing the Christmas that they want, whether it's a morning tipple in bed or an afternoon of old Christmas films. I have worked in the sector for a number of years and am still struck by the variety of days that make up a care home Christmas.
The dangers facing women are so palpable and real that UN Women has issued urgent requests for humanitarian agencies in the KRI to provide psycho-social support for traumatised women, as well as livelihood programmes for non-camp based women refugees in order to increase their incomes and reduce their vulnerabilities.
All this talk of factory farming may leave you seeking out a so-called 'higher-welfare' turkey, but no matter how they are reared, all farmed turkeys meet a terrifying and brutal end at the slaughterhouse.