Sickness

Where do We Draw the Line on Help and Support for People With Mental Illness?

Phill Hudson | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Phill Hudson

Where do we draw the line on help and support for people with Mental illness? I ask this question because I have seen what happens when families and friends say enough is enough you're in this on your own!

Stitch on the Black Triangles and Be Done With It!

Rob McDowall | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Politics
Rob McDowall

Vilification of benefit claimants and disabled people is endemic, perhaps the government should just stitch on the black triangles and be done with it or bring in the Welfare Games to keep us at a more manageable number and remind us how grateful we are for all the 'pitty money' (in Simon Stevens words) that we get.

WATCH: The One Natural Remedy That Can Help Prevent Car Sickness

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Everyone has at least one person in their family who goes green during long car drives. Especially during those hairpin turns. Motion sickness is t...

Being Politicians, Not Protestors

Simon Stevens | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK
Simon Stevens

I would like to propose that there are two main styles of campaigning, which are protesting and being political, with a small p. Protesting is about throwing metaphorical, and sometimes actual, stones at the windows of whoever they have an issue with.

How Ill Have Brits Been? Here's 5 Graphs You Need To See

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK

It's official, British workers are getting healthier. According to the Office for National Statistics, the number of days lost to sickness absence...

Take a Sickie - But Not When Channel 4 Says So

Dale Bilson | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dale Bilson

Lying there, wishing it would end, I was worried they would think I was skiving. Bunking off. Throwing a sickie. I didn't think they would believe I was genuinely ill.

Is the ESA Appeals System Failing Disabled People?

Simon Stevens | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

The WCA has been regarded by many campaigners as being 'not fit for purpose', leading to a divisive and confrontational approach by many claimants, and I fear this has made the situation worse than it could have been. The campaigners have cited the fact that 38% of ESA appeals have been overturned as evidence that the WCA is not working and has to be changed.

When They Come for You?

Mik Scarlet | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK
Mik Scarlet

If we do begin begin doling out medicine dependent on "societal benefit" how long will it be before we also follow counties like Belgium and euthanize sick and disabled children, as not only are they "suffering" but they will never be useful members of society?

Fetch My Orange Segments & Carbolic Smoke Ball: A Pictorial History Of Quaint Flu Remedies

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Tis the season to douse yourself in Lemsip, invest in Kleenex shares and affix your wrist to your clammy forehead in a permanent gesture of despair. ...

Faith? Please Cure Us of This Myth

Mik Scarlet | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

One Sunday one of our merry band was having his regular bedside Mass with his priest and his Mum, when the priest asked us all to join with them. When we all refused the way the priest replied to us has stuck with me throughout my life. "Well if you don't believe then you deserve to be sick. God is punishing you all for your lack of faith".

Sickness and Poverty Are a State of Mind

Simon Stevens | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

Poverty and sickness had always existed and I sometimes feel so embarrassed how soft this generation sometimes appears to be. If some charities and indeed disability activists were around when we were living in caves, we would have all been deemed unfit for work and would never have invented fire, being extinct a very long time ago.

Changing the Conversation on Disability

Simon Stevens | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Politics
Simon Stevens

The current disability conversation is destructive and hostile, and for any future (Labour) government to get an handle on this hysteria over benefits, WCA and ATOS by disabled people and the charities exploiting the situation, they must change the conversation.

Is Solidarity an Excuse for Disabled People Not to Work?

Simon Stevens | Posted 05.10.2013 | UK Politics
Simon Stevens

I say it is time to end the illusion of solidarity of disabled people and let us be the unique and wonderful individuals we are, who can all work in our own ways, rather than being chained together wallowing in the doom and gloom of self-segregation.

Vitamin D - It's the Sunshine Vitamin

Rob Blakeman | Posted 05.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rob Blakeman

Vitamin D sufficiency, along with diet and exercise, has emerged as one of the most important deficiency disease preventive factors in human health. Literally hundreds of studies now link vitamin D deficiency with significantly higher rates of many forms of cancer‚ as well as heart disease‚ osteoporosis‚ multiple sclerosis and many other conditions and diseases.

Life as a Student Carer

Paul M. Davies | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Paul M. Davies

Student carers occupy a blind spot in welfare services. If you're in full time education, you can't access carer's allowance, even if, like me, you provide over 50 hours of care a week. This is why I have to work part time on top of my other responsibilities.

The Result Is Positive

Jess Suter | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jess Suter

The result is positive. My partner and I are thrilled. Tears prick our cheeks and we embrace each other as we revel in the joy of our future. I tell my mum and my best friend. Everyone is thrilled. I started to get sick...

National Sickie Day: Find Out What Your 'Ill' Colleagues Are Actually Up To

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle

So the results of National Sickie Day are in. Following the work day that is reportedly the most popular for people to call in sick (first Monday ...

The NHS and Nursing - The Constant Revolution

Scott Lister | Posted 19.03.2013 | UK Politics
Scott Lister

Like many nurses, I left the NHS because I found it practically impossible to be able to deliver a good standard of care due to what I call the 'constant revolution' within the health service.

Claimants Who Refuse Treatment 'To Lose Sickness Benefits'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.11.2012 | UK

People who refuse to get treatment for their illness will be stripped of their sickness benefit under a new crackdown to be tested in a £25 million g...

At Last, Politicians Are Taking Mental Health Seriously

Louise Kirsh | Posted 29.12.2012 | UK Politics
Louise Kirsh

Ed Miliband, the leader of the Labour party, has a million things in his in-tray. A challenging economy, rising energy prices, badgers, you name it. And yet he chose to speak to the national media about mental health. Whether or not you agree with his politics, the very fact that he made this speech is a good thing - it's a sign that the subject we've been campaigning about for so long has moved up the political agenda.

Victims of UK Contaminated Blood Scandal Speak Out

Ellee Seymour | Posted 25.12.2012 | UK Politics
Ellee Seymour

Let's hope someone in government is listening.

The Norovirus Strikes Again

PA | Posted 28.12.2011 | UK Lifestyle

There have been 46 outbreaks of suspected norovirus in hospitals over the past two weeks, with more than half of them leading to ward closures or rest...

Could This Spell The End Of The Winter Vomiting Bug?

The Huffington Post UK | Kyrsty Hazell | Posted 08.12.2011 | UK Lifestyle

American scientists are developing a nasal spray that protects the body against the norovirus bug. Scientists from Baylor College of Medicine in T...

Is Your Daily Commute Making You Ill?

The Huffington Post UK | Kyrsty Hazell | Posted 31.12.2011 | UK Lifestyle

Commuter rage could be damaging your health, according to new research. Swedish scientists have discovered that those who travel to work by car or pub...

Death And Sandwiches

Andrew Webb | Posted 12.09.2011 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Webb

Whenever human beings gather to celebrate, food and drink is there - wetting babies' heads, birthday cakes, parties, the Christmas dinner, the wedding breakfast. But it's also there at the more wan and sorrowful times, often in a quieter, more humbler guise; it has a part to play in healing the sick, and eventually, in the final commemoration of our lives.