Prostate cancer support groups based in Essex

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The news that both Stephen Fry and Bill Turnbull have prostate cancer has provided a reminder, if any were needed, that the disease is still a major issue for men all around the world. In fact in the UK alone, 40,000 men are diagnosed with the disease each year and there are over 330,000 that […]

Autism: A Difference in the Senses

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According to The National Autistic Society, many people on the autistic spectrum find it hard to process sensory information. A difference can affect any of the senses in terms of over or under-sensitivity. This can then lead to a change in behaviour in that person. Firstly, it is key to be aware of the environment […]

What Is Depression and How Can We Help?

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  Some people don’t believe depression is a real medical illness, saying it’s “all in your head.” And in a way, they’re correct. Depression is all in the head because it’s caused by changes in the brain’s chemistry. It’s a serious illness and should be treated with care. To dismiss depression as a fictional illness […]

Live longer safely in your own home

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We are living longer than ever before, but still old age brings problems with it. Now technology can help the elderly stay safely at home for longer, therefore keeping their independence.   With lifestyle monitoring from Sensara, it’s possible for the elderly to live longer, safely at home, such as 88 year old Poeke Hillen. […]

The 2030 Agenda: “Leaving No one Behind”

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On September 25th, 2015, some countries adopted a set of goals. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. The Sustainable Development Goals The Sustainable Development Goals or SDG’s set out by the United Nations looks at 17 different goals to ‘transform the world’. The principle of “Leaving No one […]

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

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Everyone says how the Christmas season starts earlier each year. For 2017 we seem to have gone straight from the Summer Bank Holiday into the festive buying frenzy, bypassing Autumn completely! Poor Autumn, her glorious displays of colour knocked off the shelf by some plastic glitter balls…(sigh). All those television commercials encouraging us to spend, […]

Disabled Woman’s Having Sex & Wants You To Know

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It took a long, awkward conversation with her family for Emily Yates to get her head around sex. Emily is a travel writer, presenter, businesswoman, and wheelchair user from Glasgow. “If you’re disabled it’s very likely that many of the adults in your life might never consider you as a sexual being, so all the […]

Blood and Platelet Doning

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Dancing Giraffe has always supported and encouraged Blood and Platelet Doning. We interviewed the Chief Executive, Susan Pattrick during National Blood Week (19th – 25th June) to find out what she has been doing to support the service. Blood Groups There are four main types of blood groups. These are O, A, B and AB […]

Charity Aims to Help People With Learning Difficulties Through Sport

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A charity has highlighted the reduced life expectancy of people with learning difficulties and called for action through sport to help improve their health and fitness. Special Olympics Great Britain organises year-round sport for people with learning, or intellectual, disabilities. The charity believes that encouraging them to engage in sport can not only help to […]

Care Workers: A Living Wage?

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For many elderly and disabled people, care workers provide the essential help that enables them to live independently in their homes. Yet there is increasing evidence that care workers are losing out financially as a funding crisis threatens to engulf social care. The care sector is a growing industry. Care workers help people with their […]

Diabetes: A Growing Problem Worldwide

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415 million adults were living with diabetes in 2015. This horrifying statistic illustrates the extent to which the disease has become a growing problem worldwide. With the projection that this figure is expected to increase to around 642 million, or 1 in 10 adults, by 2040, there has never been a more significant time to […]

Tug of War Continues Over Cancer Scanner

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The long running tug of war between NHS Trusts in South Essex over a £2.5 million cancer scanner has taken a new twist, it was revealed last week. The life-saving PET-CT scanner, which uses dye to locate cancers, has been standing idle for two years following a dispute between Southend and Basildon hospitals as to […]