Growing Old Disgracefully

Tasha Kleeman | Posted 17.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tasha Kleeman

As mortal beings, growing older is an inevitability. Despite our best anti-ageing serums and hair-loss treatments, eventually, old age creeps up on us all. Yet few of us really believe or accept this fact, let alone take the time to consider its implications.

How Do You Explain Death To Little Children?

J.J. Barnes | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK Parents
J.J. Barnes

Life is terminal.  No matter what you do, no matter where you're from.  No matter if you're rich or poor, white or black, Buddhist or Muslim, man or woman, everyone dies.  It's one thing we all have in common.  And it's something my oldest little girl is slowly learning to understand.

Why Are We So Bad At Planning? A Simple Solution

Leila Johnston | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Leila Johnston

Perhaps you're like me on this. I find it very difficult to think very far into the future. Not only do I find it difficult to think about, I find i...

How Can We Spare Tomorrow's Doctors From Early Retirement And An Early Grave?

Dr Tony Rao | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK
Dr Tony Rao

The junior doctors of today will be the ones to suffer the consequences of longer working lives. We owe it to them to secure a more positive future that will save them from an early retirement and allow them to have a work-life balance that seems to be continually beyond their grasp.

Five Ways We Can Take Action to End Early Death in Autism

Dr James Cusack | Posted 25.03.2017 | UK
Dr James Cusack

I remember experiencing the shock and devastation when I read and reviewed the existing research on a Saturday morning in November. I thought of every autistic person I knew, every family member. When you do that, it is hard to deal with such a tragic inequality in outcomes.

These Six Lifestyle Factors Could Lead To An Early Grave

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 09.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle

If you're looking to live a long and healthy life, then you might want to take note of six lifestyle factors that scientists believe could cut it shor...

It's Official: Having A Big Group Of Mates Could Help You Live Longer

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Friends: they laugh with you, drunk cry with you, and most importantly, they put up with your drama 24/7. But sadly, some of us choose to let hecti...

Burst Balloon: First Introduction to Death for Young Children?

Isabelle Lee | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Parents
Isabelle Lee

We all know children have to learn this lesson eventually: nothing lasts forever. But it's a hard lesson to accept, whether you are a child or an adult. And nothing teaches it quite so simply or eloquently as a balloon. There is no escape from balloon grief!

The Seven Reasons to Attend A Death Café

Liberty Forrest | Posted 17.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Liberty Forrest

Generally speaking, Western culture shuns, fears and hides from death whenever possible. It is shrouded in mystery, and in fact, in secrecy to some extent. We don't like to discuss it at all, but when we must, we use euphemisms for it. We shield our children from it, we don't let them attend funerals...

Biggest Ever Dataset on Causes of Death in Africa and Asia

Peter Byass | Posted 28.12.2014 | UK
Peter Byass

Today a landmark dataset on causes of death in Africa and Asia is published by the INDEPTH Network. Over 110,000 deaths have been tracked and followed...

Living With Mortality: The Legacy of Cancer

Jane Sarluis | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Sarluis

Oncology season is approaching again. Next month, I will arrive with sweaty palms and dry mouth at the hospital which summons supressed fear the moment the A-road heralds the big 'H' signpost.

What We Can Learn From Nelson Mandela's Death

Karin Sieger | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

Celebrating a life can lighten the pain of loss - sharing special moments of meaning, private and public. Mixing numbness, heart break, tears of pain and the longing to hold, talk, see, hear the other just on more time with pride, joy and gratitude for what we have experienced with and because of the other, who has gone.

Jonathan Tyers and The Garden of Death

Adrian Teal | Posted 31.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Adrian Teal

Both the success of the Museum of London's recent Pleasure Gardens exhibition, and the establishment of the worthy but ill-fated London Pleasure Garden at Royal Victoria Dock suggest that there is some vestige of nostalgia in the city's collective consciousness for the magical entertainments of its rich past.

Standardised Packs Plainly Part of Public Health Solution

Simon Gillespie | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Gillespie

Last week, more than 50 young people from all over the country travelled to voice their support for standardised cigarette packaging at British American Tobacco's Annual General Meeting in London... Their colourful banners stated 'plain packs protect' while another read 'I don't ever wanna lose my best friend, smoking kills'.

How a Banking Crisis Can Kill You

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 21.05.2013 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

A banking crisis on average is connected with a 6.4% short-term increase in cardiovascular disease mortality in high income countries, and for low-income countries, the estimated effect is roughly four times as large, with a banking crisis corresponding to a 26.0% increase in mortality.

Clutch Bags and Tears?

Naomi Hefter | Posted 20.04.2013 | UK Comedy
Naomi Hefter

I thought about writing about how I haven't seen wood lice in over ten years, but that's just weird right? So, I'm going to write about my funeral. Because that's not weird at all. The reason I'm writing about my funeral is because a friend of mine out of the blue recently said to me "If you die any time soon, can I have your clutch bag collection?"

A Global View of the Newtown Massacre

Peter Byass | Posted 26.02.2013 | UK
Peter Byass

Much has already been written about the tragic events of 14 December in Newtown, Connecticut. It's hard to think of anything much worse than twenty small children being gunned down just before Christmas, for doing nothing worse than attending school. But what is the global perspective on this awful event?

Top 3 Most Dangerous Health Risks Across The World

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 13.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle

High blood pressure, smoking and alcohol abuse are the most dangerous health risks in the world, a major study has shown. In the space of 20 years,...

The Hard Facts: Weather Kills People in Africa and Asia

Peter Byass | Posted 24.01.2013 | UK
Peter Byass

What can't be emphasised too strongly here is that these are analyses of real deaths and actual weather. They are not simulations or models - and it reflects the great strength of the INDEPTH Network that it is possible to analyse factual information in this way from parts of the world where reliable data are usually in short supply.

Physical Inactivity As Deadly As Smoking, Warns Report

The Huffington Post | Sarah O'Meara | Posted 18.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle

A stark report published in The Lancet today suggests that physical inactivity is a greater risk to public health than smoking. Exercise can no lon...

Does Drinking Coffee Help You Live Longer?

The Huffington Post UK | Kyrsty Hazell | Posted 17.05.2012 | UK Lifestyle

If your most important meeting of the day is with a barista, you're not alone, as the average Brit consumes 500g of coffee a year (around 200 cups). ...

Counting HIV/AIDS Deaths

Peter Byass | Posted 26.10.2011 | UK
Peter Byass

We have all become used to seeing sad headlines about the numbers of people dying from HIV/AIDS. Current global estimates are well over one million per year. But have you ever asked yourself the question "Who's counting?".