You’ve heard of the pay gap and you’ve followed the horrors of the #metoo movement, now get ready for ‘The Health Gap.’ Women and healthcare have always had a tumultuous relationship. Race and poverty come into play when discussing who has it worse in healthcare, however, they are huge conversations on their own. Throughout history women’s health queries have been ignored, misdiagnosed and dismissed as dramatics. From the Ancient Greeks believing most of women’s pains came from a wandering womb - to the Victorian times, when doctors had a nasty habit of admitting any woman with mysterious pain to mental hospitals, and diagnosing them instead with the metal disorder ‘hysteria’ (Greek for of the uterus). Some argue that the traditional medical system as it stands now, forces women to
Almost two-thirds of adults (64%) in England are overweight or obese, a recent study by the NHS has found. The study also found that almost a third (30%) of children aged 2-15 were overweight or obese, with 17% of them who were obese. Tracy Parker, senior dietitian at the British Heart Foundation told the Voice of London that the findings paint a “troubling picture of people living in poor health” due to a range of lifestyle factors, including smoking and an unhealthy diet. She said it is “especially concerning that obese children are more likely to be obese adults”, as this, coupled with “spiralling diabetes rates” could lead to “thousands more people suffering heart attacks and strokes in the coming years." Mrs Parker believes that “greater availability of cheap calorie d
Last winter (2017/2018) had the highest figure of excess winter deaths (EWD) with an estimated amount of 50,100 across England and Wales, the highest number since 1976. Respiratory diseases were accounted for more than a third of the deaths (34.7%), data revealed. Data provided by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that, in comparison with recent winters, the number of excess deaths in 2017 to 2018 were 45.1% higher than that in 2016/2017, and it was doubled more than the number in the winter of 2015/2016. The former last EWD peak was in 2014/2015, however, last winter surpassed that with about 6,000 deaths. Nick Stripe, the Head of Health Analysis and Life Events at the ONS, said the main strain of flu, and low winter temperatures could be the reasons for ...
An ancient practice that seems to be the answer to all of our modern troubles It could be sitting in a bathtub with a book and candles. It could be listening to soothing music. It could be sitting under a tree, taking in the grass, listening to the birds chirping and breathing in the fresh, sweet air. Meditation has a different meaning to each and every one of us. Image: Okan Caliskan via Pixabay According to Mindworks, a meditation app, meditation is the act of “working with the mind and training in awareness. Simply working with the mind leads to an improved sense of presence, calm, attentiveness and an increase in valued human qualities such as empathy and patience.” Another website, Headspace, says that meditation is not about “trying to turn off your thoughts or feelings. You’re