Sometimes Patients Simply Need Other Patients

Other people’s stories can nudge us into treatment. In response to Austin’s blogging about sleep apnea, several of his colleagues admitted to having or suspecting they had the condition, but not treating it. They said his blogging is encouragement to change that. Those sharing their stories can also benefit. “It’s very gratifying to help others […]

Are sweeteners healthier than sugar?

Image copyright SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY We’re a sweet-toothed nation, eating far too much sugar for our own good. A sugary diet can lead to weight gain and health problems such as type-2 diabetes, so none of us should be having more than the maximum seven teaspoons of sugar a day. Public Health England wants our […]

STIs: Why is syphilis is on the rise?

Image copyright Getty Images Syphilis might be more commonly associated with centuries past. But it’s been on the rise for the past decade in England, with more cases last year than in any year since 1949. The disease was, in effect, eradicated in the UK in the mid-80s only to re-emerge around 1999. BBC Reality […]

NHS 70: How have hospitals changed for children?

Image caption Ziggi Thompson is being treated for leukaemia Ward 84 at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital looks after young patients with cancer and leukaemia. It’s home from home for four-year-old Ziggi Thompson. She has leukaemia and is having intensive chemotherapy. Like most of the children here, she has lost her hair and is wheeling […]

Staying safe and cool in UK heatwave conditions

Image copyright Sam B Image caption Sam B’s daughter having a splashing time The weather warning issued by the Met Office means that high temperatures across the UK could pose a health risk to some people. Fortunately there is some helpful advice being shared across social media on how to keep safe and cool. Drinking […]

‘It’s like Michael walking into a fog’

Image caption Lynda Basford cared for her husband Michael at home for 13 years until last year “It is like Michael walking into a fog,” says Lynda Basford, describing the 13 years during which her husband Michael has descended into dementia. She has been at his side throughout. “You can’t quite hold on to him,” […]