Is lying down and resting the key to sorting out your back issues?
Nine years since I was last here, I'm back in South Sudan, the world's newest nation. Part of the work I am doing here, with
For regular readers of my blog, you'll know about my love affair with Tenerife. On my recent trip I obviously experienced the old favourites. The warm sun, the sea views, the vibrant surroundings. However I also experienced something completely new. You're going to be as surprised and delighted as I was!
What's happening in the NHS right now is no laughing matter of course, but if feels like a similar corrective is needed. There is no 'winter crisis' in the NHS. What the NHS is facing - and has been for some time - requires no prefix. It is simply a crisis.
Experts say it's uncomfortable, but not painful.
Sending low-frequency shock waves through injured muscles could rapidly accelerate their recovery, according to a groundbreaking
Technological innovation in healthcare rehabilitation could hold the key to transforming the lives of thousands of stroke survivors by helping them to get back on their feet. By using wearable 'haptic bracelet' devices, we're aiming to cultivate an innovative method to improve the walking of people after stroke.
It is becoming increasingly clear that the only thing keeping the NHS going is the individual and collective brilliance of the people working in it. These dedicated professionals are working ever longer and ever harder against a backdrop of ever deepening fears that the NHS is reaching a point of no return.
The health and social care systems in this country are inextricably linked yet continue to receive differing levels of attention from government.
So what Mr Cameron should have said was this: 'We can have, where clinically-appropriate and fully resourced, a truly seven-day NHS, assuming, of course, we can ensure that staff are fairly rewarded and also fully involved in designing the specific services that patients actually require, and desire, all week-round'.
The NHS featured prominently in the general election campaign and will continue to be headline news throughout this parliament.
Now, before the hard-core football fanatics out there start sending me threatening tweets telling me just how much they despise my 'beautiful game' hating ways, you need to understand that I am not referring to there being too much football on our TV's or radios, on our grounds or in our pubs each weekend...
Rather than continue with the silo approach, we need a collaborative system that makes full use of the wide range of professionals available to the NHS.
Just recently there has been an array of injuries to squash players. Nick Matthew had his knee operated on before the Commonwealths, world number four Joelle King will be out for months after an achilles operation, and Ramy Ashour has missed several events because of his troublesome hamstring. And these are the more major ones...
One-third of people who suffer a hip fracture die within a year. That's a terrifying statistic and one that deserves particular attention today on Older People's Day.
While we will be inspired by what they achieve on the field of play, the NHS should also take inspiration from the process, structures and services that helped get them there... Because while our health service is world class when it comes to saving lives, too often what comes next fails to live up to that standard.
Of the countries that remain in the World Cup, I'd be surprised if any has a manager who decided that the best way to get his players to perform was to leave them despondent...
We need more community services that those people can access directly for advice, treatment and help with managing their own condition. These services prevent people from having a flare-up of their condition that might require a hospital admission, so it is frustrating that many people across the country do not have access to them.
One in five people work through lunch each day, while of those who do take a break, 48 per cent still ate at their desk. It is so important that people take regular breaks and get exercise throughout the day because we weren't designed to sit down, hunched over a desk, for long periods. We were made to move.
A poll of about 1,900 women that we conducted with Netmums revealed that half of those who developed incontinence after childbirth had never spoken to anyone about the problem. Only one in three had spoken about it to their partner and just 19 per cent discussed it with a family member.