UK Lifestyle

With At Least Half Of Sight Loss Cases Being Avoidable, Why Aren't We All Having An Eye Test Every Two Years?

Dr Nigel Best | Posted 22.09.2017 | UK
Dr Nigel Best

One of my privileges as an optician is to see my patients' faces light up when a new prescription means they no longer need to squint at their mobiles...

Why Every Home Really Does Need Smart Meters

Jackie Gallego | Posted 22.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Imagine being offered something that won’t cost you a penny to install, that’s simple to use and that can help you to save money. With those sort ...

Is The Workplace Driving The Obesity Crisis?

Rob Brouwer | Posted 22.09.2017 | UK
Rob Brouwer

With September's arrival comes confirmation that autumn is officially here, with shorter days and longer nights drawing in - there's certainly a new c...

Eight Things I Want People To Know About Genetic Disorders

Emily Clarke | Posted 21.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Emily Clarke

There are about 6,000 different known genetic disorders in the world. It is estimated that one in 25 children in the UK is affected by a genetic disorder, equating to around 30,000 babies and children being newly diagnosed each year.

'Snowflake Students' Need Reason And Debate, Not Wristbands

James Gullis | Posted 21.09.2017 | UK Universities & Education
James Gullis

Over protection and excessive safeguarding of the 'smartphone generation', has led to a hypersensitive, 'politically correct' society . The only way to diversify the views and opinions available is by encouraging debate, discussion and reason both in society and on campus.

Why We Need To Teach Pupils Sex Is Not Just About Warding Off Groomers And Avoiding STIs

Elsie Whittington | Posted 21.09.2017 | UK
Elsie Whittington

While everyone needs to be taught about consent, it needs to be done in a way that focuses on how more communication, although awkward to begin with, is likely to enable more pleasurable experiences in the longer run, rather than simply teaching that consent is important so that you don't get in trouble with the law. 

Paralympic Dressage Champ Natasha Baker On Her Mission To Change Perception Of Those With Disabilities

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 20.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Paralympian Natasha Baker is proof that nothing should hold you back from achieving your dreams. At 14 months old, the five times Paralympic champion ...

No, The World Doesn't Need Straight Pride Festivals. Here's Why

Quora | Posted 20.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle

When I was a child, I saw this story on TV about the Make-a-Wish Foundation, and how they brought so much happiness to children. I remember seeing their faces, their joy, it looked like they were having the best day of their lives, and I felt so much envy.

Some Much-Needed Perspective: Your Simple, Boring Life Is An Enormous Achievement

Quora | Posted 20.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle

If you stop for a second and think about a boring and simple life you'll realize it's not that easy to obtain that lifestyle. I'll just assume that your definition of "simple boring life" is this: married with kids, employed, mortgage.

I Can Taste Words And Sounds - And I Wouldn't Want it Any Other Way

James Wannerton | Posted 20.09.2017 | UK
James Wannerton

life less ordinary banner Whenever I hear a sound I experience an involuntary and automatic mouth-feel flavour. If I hear my dog bark, I get the taste and texture of runny custard in my mouth. The word "like" has the taste and texture of thick, creamy yoghurt, the name "Martin" is made up of a complex mix not dissimilar to a warm Bakewell Tart. Individual voices all have taste and texture as does all music.

Can't Decide About Your Career Direction? Here's How To Choose A Job That's Right For You

Victoria McLean | Posted 19.09.2017 | UK
Victoria McLean

Maybe you're in a job that's making you miserable or you're just bored but can't think of a fulfilling career. Maybe you've lost your job and are unsu...

We Need Women In Maths, Science And Up In Space

Katy Brand | Posted 18.09.2017 | UK Comedy
Katy Brand

In her new show, I Could've Been An Astronaut, comedian Katy Brand explores her love of astronomy and her 'crapness' at maths. In the show she also talks about the lack of encouragement girls receive to study STEM subjects - and in an exclusive vlog for HuffPost UK she discusses this further. Katy says that: "Without female engineers and architects, how will we ever get away from massive phallic buildings dominating the sky-line of every city in the world?

The Week My Husband Left And My House Was Burgled I Secured A Grant To Begin The Project That Became BRCA1

Dr Mary-Claire King | Posted 15.09.2017 | UK
Dr Mary-Claire King

life less ordinary banner It was the middle of spring quarter at Berkeley, so the next morning I had my class, as usual. And I had to either teach it or explain why not. It was far easier to teach, so I dropped off our daughter, Emily - who was five and three-quarters at the time - at kindergarten, along with her faithful Aussie, her Australian shepherd, who went everywhere with her. I headed down to school and taught my class.

What Do Doctors Think When Patients Google Their Symptoms?

Quora | Posted 14.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle

On one hand, patients who take the time to Google their symptoms are clearly engaged in their care and well-being. They can usually articulate how they're feeling, provide detailed time courses for their symptoms, and are well aware of any existing medical problems.

So Many Reasons Not To

Dawn Nisbet | Posted 13.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dawn Nisbet

Since we last met I have done so much. I have been to the mecca of Parkruns and visited the very first Parkrun in Bushy Park London. I went with a Manchester contingent of women (I now call them friends), all whom I met through running and had the most epic of weekends running in a Royal Park amongst deer and just the smallest amount of beer!

Jodie Stimpson Reveals What It Really Takes To Be A Triathlete With Gruelling Training Routine

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 13.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle

As a triathlete, Jodie Stimpson has to not only balance training for three different sports, but also do it to a competitive standard. And that doesn...

After My Last Health Scare I Decided On A Treat That Was Life-Changing

Karin Sieger | Posted 13.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

Fear, uncertainty, relief, reprieve and human resilience - these are all part of going through a health scare. And regardless of the outcome, such scares can become personal milestones, we want to mark and celebrate. But how?

Five Things I Learned After Moving Back In With My Parents

Poorna Bell | Posted 12.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Poorna Bell

I'm away for about 8 months, and unlike the last time I went on a shorter sabbatical in my 20s and wazzed my entire budget in three weeks, I've decided to be sensible. Rather than pay a mortgage for an extra month for the convenience of having my own flat, I decided to be frugal and stay in Kent.

Losing My Memory Helped Me Discover Who I Really Was

Cole Kazdin | Posted 13.09.2017 | UK
Cole Kazdin

life less ordinary banner The stunt was I was to be thrown high up in the air and caught. I was thrown high up in the air... but I landed on my back and my head. I suffered a massive concussion and a slipped disk in my back. I could barely walk, and I had no idea who I was. Diagnosis: amnesia. So I also didn't know that my boyfriend had dumped me a few weeks before and moved to Los Angeles. I didn't know anything.

Attitudes Haven't Changed? What A Surprise

Lynley Gregory | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lynley Gregory

As a wheelchair user due to chronic pain, I find the self same discrimination within my own social circle. They sometimes make comments about the appearance of a disabled person in the news and make assumptions about them based on their appearance.

Happy New Year

Caragh Little | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK
Caragh Little

It's been two weeks but it feels more like a month - being back at school already feels completely normal. There's homework to mark and lessons to plan and people are already talking about next year's exam results.

Refusing To Take 'No' For An Answer Is Never Romantic

Rachel Moss | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Moss

At worst refusing to take "no" for an answer is predatory and contributes to the harassment women experience day-in, day-out. This ideology is to blame for why some men think it's okay to repeatedly grope women in nightclubs, refusing to back off until said woman declares she's "already taken", either by a real or fictional boyfriend.

How To Be Thrifty With Household Finances

M Rafiq | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
M Rafiq

Many people will know the misery of overstretched finances. In today's world, we often find that our income isn't sufficient to meet all of our outgoings. This is why it is important to find ways of streamlining your finances and be more thrifty when it comes to your spending.

Three Powerful Life Lessons From My 93-Year-Old Grandpa

Quora | Posted 07.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle

My grandfather Franz was born in 1924, grew up in rural Austria and lived through the Second World War. At only 19 years old and 110 lbs he was sent to war in Russia as one of the smallest and youngest soldiers in his group. He got shot through the shoulder and survived only because the cold Russian winter froze his wound.

Brave The Shave? No Thank You

Kerry Brown | Posted 06.09.2017 | UK Parents
Kerry Brown

I don't know if Macmillan considered the thoughts and feelings of children and adults with cancer when they launched this campaign. I would love to hear. I don't know if any of us can contemplate how it must feel to lose your hair unless you've been through it yourself. What I do know is that we should respect it. I can't think of any other side effect which would be used such a crass and insensitive way.