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I've Lost My Mum, Dad And Sister To Cancer, But I'll Keep Fighting It

Jo Walker | Posted 21.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Walker

My mum Rita was just 49 when she died from ovarian cancer. John, my dad, was 69. He had pancreatic cancer, while my sister, Gina, was 55 when she died, and Aunt Lilian, who died last year, also had pancreatic cancer. My other sister, Lesley is a breast cancer survivor.

Research Holds The Key To Helping Those Affected By Rare Diseases

Dr. Francesco Del Galdo | Posted 18.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Francesco Del Galdo

More training for GPs and health care professionals in recognising the symptoms would undoubtedly help in reducing diagnosis times. Practically, together with training, a flow chart on how to address symptoms that may be very common if isolated, but together can define the onset of a connective tissue disease like scleroderma, would be a good starting point.

Smarties Only Have Part Of The Answer

Pam Jarvis | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Parents
Pam Jarvis

While inequitable marking of such high stakes assessments is of course an issue that must be urgently dealt with, it seems to me that the core problem lies at a more fundamental level of the process, a misunderstanding of the relationship between data and assessment.

Heading For The Hill Forts

Mike Collins | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Collins

The beauty of this research project is that it showcases the whole range of hillforts that can be found in the countryside like pearls on a necklace. It takes you beyond the really well-known and much visited sites and demonstrates how fundamental these places have been to the story of these islands over hundreds of years.

Virtual Company Is The Next Step To Create New Drugs For Parkinson's

Steve Ford | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK Tech
Steve Ford

200 years since Parkinson's was first recognised as a condition, science has unlocked key discoveries that could transform lives. Now, this innovative new way of working will enable the charity to help harness these research discoveries and help find a cure in years - rather than decades.

Only 1% Of Facebook Video Goes Viral: How You Can Too

Dror Ginzberg | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK Tech
Dror Ginzberg

Today, all publishers are looking for virality. If done right, viral videos can make up to 60% of all a publisher's shares over a three month period. While this pressure may be intimidating, don't despair. Focus on tackling some of the above areas and developing a solid strategy - then you too could obtain viral fame.

Asking The Important Questions About Mental Illness

Cynthia Joyce | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Cynthia Joyce

One in four people are affected by mental illness, whether through your own experience or that of friends or family, you are unlikely to have travelled through life without being touched in some way. It's therefore unsurprising that so many of us are compelled to demand some sort of understanding. For us, and for future generations.

How Do You Balance Clinical Guidelines With What Young People Want From Their Treatment?

Dr Nick Midgley | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Parents
Dr Nick Midgley

Clinicians could support young people through this process by opening a dialogue where young people can ask questions and express any concerns or worries they may have throughout the decision-making process, both about whether or not to use medication, and if they do, whether it is working for them and how and when they may want to stop.

Innovation Can Transform The Way We Look At Exercise

Dr Wendy Holden | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Wendy Holden

Most of us know that being physically active is important for our overall health and wellbeing. Not only does exercise help to control weight, but it also boosts energy and can help combat health conditions and improve mood. This especially holds true for people with rheumatoid arthritis.

Personal Shopping Is Dead. Long Live Virtual Styling!

Danae Varangis | Posted 27.04.2017 | UK Style
Danae Varangis

These results seem to indicate that the idea of professional, one-on-one styling is all but dead. While it might have been an innovative and exciting concept when it was first introduced, the expectations and needs of consumers have evolved in accordance with the digital age we live in and traditional personal shopping has simply failed to keep up with the times.

Why Artificial Intelligence Still Needs A Human Touch

Vivian Chan | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK Tech
Vivian Chan

Rather than thinking of AI as a replacement for human intelligence, information providers such as Facebook and Google ought to consider how one can enhance the another. Only by blending AI's ability to quickly process vast quantities of data with the ability of humans to understand nuance and context can we ensure facts remain facts in this post-truth era.

Screen Time To Wild Time: 60 Years Of The BBC Natural History Unit

Mike Collins | Posted 03.04.2017 | UK Entertainment
Mike Collins

Telling stories that inspire must be at the heart of getting people back into nature and captivating the next generation. Films and radio produced by the Natural History Unit will without any doubt play an essential role in allowing us to see the sheer beauty and diversity of wildlife around the world and getting us in to nature in our own backyard.

As Female Scientists, We Can't Give Up On Leading The World Of Research

Frances Evans | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK Tech
Frances Evans

all women everywhere During my undergraduate and my master's degrees, I always wondered why so many of my lecturers were men and why there were hardly any women in our faculty. Especially when my classes were made up of mostly female students; it just didn't add up.

Researches Climate Change, Funds Climate Change: Why Fossil Free UCL Will Escalate

Olivia Goldin | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Politics
Olivia Goldin

As a society, we must push all energy companies to become accountable green investors and contribute meaningfully to the global shift away from fossil fuels. Until they do so, we will continue to intensify pressure on our institutions to reject an industry that compromises all of our futures in the name of profit - and, ultimately, remove its social license to operate.

From Science Fiction To Science Journals: How AI Is Reshaping Research

Vivian Chan | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Tech
Vivian Chan

AI no longer belongs to the realm of science fiction. From voice recognition to self-driving cars and medical diagnosis, 'artificial intelligence' has, in just the last few years, woven its way into our lives at work and at home.

BRCA And Me: The Impact Of Screening High-Risk Women Against Ovarian Cancer

Caroline Presho | Posted 05.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Caroline Presho

Eight years ago, I had a double mastectomy when I was just 35 years old. Four years later, I had my ovaries and fallopian tubes removed. Yet I hadn't had a cancer diagnosis, or even signs or symptoms. This was purely an act of prevention.

Science And The Brexit Mountain

David Docherty | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Tech
David Docherty

The government is sending all the right signals of intent about ensuring that Brexit will not undermine the research base, but businesses and universities must continue to send the strongest of signals to government about the consequences of any drop in funding.

The Day My Novel Saved A Life

S.D. Robertson | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
S.D. Robertson

As an author I love hearing from my readers - but I never expected one to thank me for saving their mum's life. After my debut novel was published la...

The Girls - Proving We Are All Capable Of The Extraordinary

Jack Abrey | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Jack Abrey

Last week I was lucky enough to attend the dress rehearsal of Gary Barlow and Tim Firth's new musical 'The Girls' in my role as a Bloodwise Ambassador...

The Technological Revolution Shows No Signs Of Slowing Down In 2017, But Challenges Remain

Graham Hunter | Posted 26.01.2017 | UK Tech
Graham Hunter

We are living in an era where our working environment is drastically changing. Technology has become one of the key components of organisations across all types of businesses, whether it's a multinational corporation or an SME, and our reliance will only increase. We are in the midst of another industrial revolution that shows no sign of slowing down and IT firms are reaping the benefits of this.

Why We're Swearing To Take On Mental Illness In Young People

Cynthia Joyce | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK
Cynthia Joyce

The message of our new campaign is one that I hope will make people not just stop and take notice, but stop and take action: 'It's time to swear to take on mental illness in young people'. Why swearing? Because it perfectly encompasses how so many of us feel about the state of mental healthcare today.

Why The Unreliable Polls Of 2016 Must Awaken New Methods Of Market Research

Mark Lund | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Politics
Mark Lund

What is left to say about the US election and Brexit? There seems to be a sense of fatigue now when people discuss these two events - a sense of disbelief and tiredness. However, the implications of both are so huge that we can't shy away from it and have to push ahead; not only to understand what's next, but how it all happened in the first place.

What Should We Expect From Child And Youth Mental Health Services?

Professor Miranda Wolpert | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK
Professor Miranda Wolpert

For the first time since I entered the children and young people's mental health sector more than 30 years ago, I feel like a baseline for realistic expectations of outcomes is finally starting to emerge.

Death Of The School Gate - How Can We Strengthen Parent Communities?

Susan Burton | Posted 05.01.2017 | UK Parents
Susan Burton

This month, we've seen the UK falling again in the global Pisa rankings for both Maths and English. So just how should parents follow UK OFSTED guidance and increase "parental engagement" with their school and with other parents?

Does Evidence Make A Difference To People's Lives?

Nancy Hey | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK
Nancy Hey

There is strong evidence that brief music therapy is an effective way to support wellbeing in palliative care patients in hospitals. We also now know that there's initial evidence that music therapy has a positive effect on mood in post-stroke patients.