As warnings of antibiotics losing their effectiveness are circulated, Tony Lobl argues the power of the mind the heal the body, where tried and tested methods of modern medicine have failed.
Disability rights campaigners have been quick to point out that the majority of media coverage around the Right to Die debate has been pro-assisted death. Certainly I’ve yet to see a television documentary to adequately give a voice to people on both sides of the debate. Therefore, both as a disabled person and a stand-up comedian, I was really disappointed by Doug Stanhope this week for heaping abuse onto journalist Allison Pearson and campaigner Nicki Clark for daring to disagree with the pro-assisted death stance.
There is also no red ribbon or poppy to symbolise the disease which afflicts so many globally, but TB kills nearly a million and half people every year and nearly nine million individuals suffer from this largely preventable and curable disease.
Dirty water and poor sanitation are the biggest killers of children in Sub-Saharan Africa. The resulting diarrhoeal diseases claim the lives of more than a million children under the age of five worldwide every year; that’s more than the combined number succumbing to AIDS, malaria and measles.
The horrific events at Last Saturday’s FA Cup quarter final at White Hart Lane left thousands of onlookers mournful and heartfelt for the 23 year old Bolton player Fabrice Muamba, who was struck by a heart attack near the end of the first half.
Shisha smoking through exotic looking waterpipes has become a common sight in city streets across the UK. Once the preserve of older men it’s now become a trendy, multicultural activity popular particularly with students and young people.
The major paradox about rare diseases is that collectively rare diseases are not rare. In fact, 3.5 million people in the UK will be affected by a rare disease at some point in their lives – 1 in 17 of us. To put this into perspective, this represents the entire population of Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Greater Belfast and Cardiff put together. Despite these considerable numbers, in the past rare diseases have largely been overlooked by health policy makers.
What can a little-known health project in rural Ethiopia tell us about discrimination in an all-tweeting, celebrity-transfixed society? With a personal resilience, Rich McEachran explains the wider cultural implications of using disfigurement as a cultural metaphor for monstrosity or pity. For 10 years, Project Harar has been helping people with severe facial disfigurements in some of the poorest and most isolated communities in Ethiopia.
According to recent research, one in four patients with dementia are being prescribed antipsychotics in order to sedate them and control difficult behaviour. The Daily Mail has reported this as being due to lazy carers not wanting the inconvenience of actually looking after the elderly. The truth is often different. This morning I was called by a distraught and exhausted wife whose gentle, loving husband has been transformed beyond all recognition by Alzheimer’s.
The patient will blame his/herself. The parents will blame themselves. The tabloids blame the fashion industry. The fashion industry blames nobody (ignorance is bliss). The partners (those that last) don’t know who to blame. The public blame modern culture, celebrities; whatever or whoever they’re told to blame by the media. The media, strangely, tends to blame the media.
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