What could trigger the Twitter tribute “Unbelievably brave. Kevan Jones MP is a hero!” from a rival Conservative MP? Tory Louise Mensch was praising the Labour MP’s courageous decision to share his experience of depression in last week’s House of Commons debate on mental illness.
There are nearly twenty million people unemployed across Europe today; that’s over 10% of the entire working population. Against this backdrop, for doctors to go on strike for the first time in a generation in protest of pension arrangements that will still leave us with a retirement income in excess of £50,000 a year, looks callous from any perspective.
Members of parliament gathered in the House of Commons today to discuss something which has, for far too many years, been sidelined, overlooked and if acknowledged at all, treated with a certain level of complacency; mental health.
With the worrying outbreak of new cases of Legionnaires’ in Edinburgh, Dr John Moore-Gillon explains about the prevention and diagnosis of the infectious disease.
It had to happen eventually: in my efforts to recover from a spending a morning with an oil tanker on top of me I have come up against the postcode lottery. And my number is a losing one.
Not just the Mail or males: We need to look beyond the usual suspects when asking why so many women have such terrible body image
Women think they’re complimenting other women by commenting on how thin they look: this, in my eyes, denotes that thin is best.
In my clinic I see all sorts of people walking through my door. Mostly, they come to me because they just want to feel better. They know they feel ill, and they want to do something about it. And for the most part they’re happy to do whatever it takes, whether that’s taking control of their lifestyle, understanding more about their illness, or taking the medication that they need to get better.
It was reported today that Ian Duncan Smith is threatening to stop heroin addicts from being able to claim incapacity benefits. About a hundred of my patients are heroin users and they are all signed off work. IDS pointed out that it was unfair that hardworking tax payers were paying for the addictions of others. This may well be true but is an attempt to force heroin users in to gainful employment really a viable option?
I’ve not written this blog for a while, principally because I’ve recovered sufficient fitness to return to my day job.
Being a full time financial journalist at a time of global financial turmoil would be exhausting enough were I not taking a pharmacological soup of different nuclear strength drugs to fend off the pain I still have to live with.
People call me “the Turbaned Tornado” – I’m the oldest marathon runner in the world. Last month, just three weeks after my 101st birthday, I ran the London Marathon in seven hours and 49 minutes. I’ve completed eight other marathons in the past 12 years, including the Toronto Waterfront Marathon, which I ran when I was 100 years old. How do I do it?
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