Yesterday was a reassuringly positive day. I tabled the second reading of my Smoke-free Private Vehicles Bill, which aims to legislate against people smoking in the car when children are on board. Whilst no peer voiced objection to the principle that children need protection, there was some debate over the method through which this could be achieved.
It’s official, Britain’s teenage girls are the biggest binge drinkers in Europe. It’s not new research but the fact that this evidence has been included in the Department of Health’s submission to the House of Commons Health Select Committee inquiry shows that it is still a problem and that politicians are still worried about it.
As a carer, if I had to give you my rating on a scale of one to ten with ten being great and one being beyond crap I’d say I’m at three currently.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease progressively damages the lungs and can impede all aspects of everyday life. Deaths from COPD have doubled in the last three decades and are expected to further increase by 30% in the next 10 years, unless we act now.
There was a time when I would rather die than live with the guilt that came after drinking the nutrition substitute that replaced the contents of that plate.
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.
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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