Horses greater than zebras?
Jun30

Horses greater than zebras?

It was in the news today, in the Independant that Britain is woefully under represented by scientists and mathematicians. We seem to have a greater number of media studies graduates. The winner of a third of the Nobel Prize of physiology and/or Medicine, Randy Shekman, (received in December 2013) has announced his lab will no longer put forward papers to a number of “luxuryjournals” such as Cell, Nature and Science as he...

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NHS is tiptop… and not!
Jun19

NHS is tiptop… and not!

This just released: The UK’s National Health Service is tiptop and beats many other nations’ healthcare of and for its citizens. This is fantastic news but not necessarily surprising that we do better than the US who spends more on its health service and still turns people away at their hospital door with no offer of care. The Commonwealth Fund, a Washington-based foundation which is respected around the world came to its...

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Inflammation? Oohh Matron!
Jun19

Inflammation? Oohh Matron!

  ms* was described as an autoimmune disorder on wikipedia and then a few years ago it was changed to an inflammatory disease. I’m not holding wikipedia up as the fount of all knowledge but yes ms, parkinsons and alzheimers all have a degree of neurodegeneration perhaps brought on by swelling in the brain (not necessarily of the entire brain). Our lesions, if they were visible would look like swollen, red areas you’d...

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Decisions for the The Long Game
Jun10

Decisions for the The Long Game

As an owner of a chronic condition things could go better if we think of life a little differently. I don’t want to be at an increased risk of getting Alzheimers and this strategy could be a way to reduce that risk. One thing that we definitely do have control of is what we choose to eat and not eat. There are a host of folk online who have thoughts about what, when, where, how and why we should make certain food decisions. I...

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All Clear Above and Behind… I have control.
Jun02

All Clear Above and Behind… I have control.

I used to go gliding when I was younger; the end of the title of this post is the response of a trainee glider pilot given in answer to their instructor’s statement at the beginning of the title so the instructor knows you are aware and conscious and ready to take hold of the controls. It felt unnatural at first: being catapaulted up into the air from the ground or getting towed into the sky behind an engined plane. When the...

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