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  1. If you've ever gone without sleep for an extended period, you will know it isn't exactly a good idea. Even one night of broken sleep can cause problems the next day - and there can be few things worse than not getting enough shut-eye for weeks on end. But while lack of sleep is undoubtedly bad for you, the jury's out as to how bad. We know it can cause a litany of health problems, both on a short and long-term basis. What is harder to determine is - can it kill you? Click below to read more: Can you die from lack of sleep? PATIENT.INFO We know insomnia can cause a litany of health problems, both on a short and long-term basis. What is harder to determine is - can it kill you?
  2. Who hasn't experienced the blessed relief of scratching an itch? Everyone itches now and again, usually due to insect bites, eczema, allergy, or irritation from something they've touched. But occasionally itching can be a sign of more serious illness - so how can you tell the difference? Common causes of itching Itching is a symptom, not a medical condition. It's usually caused by a stimulus in your skin. For instance, with insect bites you're reacting to the saliva injected at the site of the bite. With nits, you can develop an allergy to the head lice (the itching isn't due to them biting). If a local cause is to blame, you'll usually have a rash. Click below to read more: Causes of itchy skin and how to treat it | Skin itching PATIENT.INFO Everyone itches now and again, usually due to insect bites, eczema, allergy, or irritation from something they've touched. But occasionally itching can be a sign of more serious illness.
  3. Eye floaters are usually thought of as a nuisance rather than a chronic condition. But for some people, they can significantly affect the quality of life. So how do you learn to live with them - and what are the treatment options? Last summer, David, 24, was cycling through his hometown when what looked like a giant, magnified tapeworm appeared in his central vision, against the blue sky. It was accompanied by strange shadows, which looked to him like fast-moving mosquitoes, dark smudges and lines. Despite their appearance, these were not parasites. David had developed severe vitreous opacities, otherwise known as eye floaters. Click below to read more: How to get rid of eye floaters PATIENT.INFO Eye floaters are usually thought of as a nuisance rather than a chronic condition. But for some people they can significantly affect quality of life. How do you get rid of them?
  4. If you're dealing with depression or anxiety, you're probably aware of the recommendation to be more active. With our minds and bodies powerfully connected, physical activity can have an immediate impact on a person's overall sense of well-being. This is due in part to changes that take place in the brain during exercise. The so-called 'runner's high' is caused by a potent cocktail of hormones - possibly including a neurotransmitter called anandamide, from the Sanskrit word for 'bliss'. On top of this, staying active is likely to boost self-esteem, serve as a distraction from negative thought spirals, and improve your quality of sleep. Click below to read more: Does exercise help depression? PATIENT.INFO With our minds and bodies powerfully connected, physical activity can have an immediate impact on a person’s overall sense of wellbeing.
  5. If a friend or family member is given a terminal diagnosis, it's natural to want to support them. But many of us are scared of saying the wrong thing. We look at potential pitfalls. Don't ask 'How are you?' For most of us, asking someone how they're feeling is a natural conversation opener, and we probably don't even think about the significance of the words. But asking this question when someone is seriously ill can cause undue stress. Click below to read more: What not say to someone who is dying | How to talk about terminal illness PATIENT.INFO If a friend or family member is told they are going to die, it’s natural to want to support them. But many of us are scared of saying the wrong thing. We look at what to say to someone with a terminal illness.
  6. Nobody wants to live in pain, and fortunately these days we have effective treatments for most of the many different types of pain. But many of them carry a risk of serious addiction if you take them for too long. How do you know if you’re addicted, and what can you do? We all have a picture in our minds of heroin addicts, usually sad homeless people who live only for their next 'fix'. But most people don't realise that painkillers we can buy from our chemists can cause addiction too. Click below to read more: Should you worry about painkiller addiction? PATIENT.INFO Many painkillers carry a risk of serious addiction if you take them for too long. How do you know if you’re addicted, and what can you do?
  7. We're all familiar with the metaphor 'my heart skipped a beat' - used to describe a moment of shock or excitement. But what happens when our heart really does seem to miss a beat, flutter or change rate for a moment? Heart palpitations are more common than you might think. We look at the symptoms, causes and when to seek help. Am I having a heart attack? One of the first things we might wonder when experiencing palpitations is whether we're having a heart attack. However, the symptoms of a heart attack are usually quite different. Click below to read more: What causes heart palpitations - and when should you worry? PATIENT.INFO Heart palpitations are more common than you might think. We look at the symptoms, causes and when to seek help.
  8. One in four of us will experience a mental health issue such as depression in our lifetime – even if you’re not affected, the chances are someone close to you may be. This could a friend, family member, your partner, or a colleague. ‘There’s still a lot of stigma around talking about mental health, particularly in the workplace, and men often find it particularly difficult to say they’re depressed,’ says psychologist Emma Kenny. Click below to read more: How to support someone with depression | Mental Health and Relationships PATIENT.INFO One in four of us will experience a mental health issue in our lifetime – even if you’re not affected, the chances are someone close to you may be.
  9. Everyone might experience them from time to time, but the causes behind pins and needles aren't always down to lying awkwardly on an arm or leg. Here's a relatively boring personal revelation: ever since I can remember, I have preferred going to sleep on my side, tucking my arm underneath the pillow with my head resting on top. Those who share the same nocturnal idiosyncrasy will be familiar with that odd sensation upon waking: that numb, tingling feeling spanning the respective arm and hand as if one's limbs are on loan to an entirely different body. Click below to read more: What causes pins and needles - and when should you worry? PATIENT.INFO Everyone might experience them from time to time, but the causes behind pins and needles aren't always down to lying awkwardly on an arm or leg.
  10. Psoriasis affects approximately 1.8 million people in the UK, around 2% of the population. Red, flaky patches of skin covered in silvery scales are typical of the condition, which comes and goes throughout life. Its frequency and severity can vary greatly from person to person, from causing minor irritation to seriously affecting their quality of life. Psoriasis causes inflammation and increases the production of skin cells. Rather than being replaced every 3-4 weeks, skin cells are replenished in 3-7 days, causing characteristic plaques often found on the knees, elbows, scalp and lower back (although they can appear anywhere on the body). Click below to read more: How psoriasis triggers depression - and how to stop it getting you down PATIENT.INFO Psoriasis affects 2% of the population. For some people, psoriasis seriously affects their quality of life.
  11. When you have limited mobility, keeping fit and active can feel more difficult, but it doesn't have to be this way. Here are some simple expert tips on how to improve your fitness if you are disabled. Physically disabled people make up a fifth of Britain's population, almost 14 million people, but they are currently the least active group in society. According to Sports England, disabled people are twice as likely to be inactive as able-bodied people. This is despite a recent report that found that 83% of people with a physical disability would like to be more active and think it's important. Click below to read more: How to exercise if you have a physical disability PATIENT.INFO When you have limited mobility, keeping fit and active can feel more difficult, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Here are some simple expert tips on how to improve your fitness if you are disabled.
  12. Each year, 6,000 more people with dementia will face living alone in towns and cities across the UK, according to Alzheimer’s Society. The dementia charity says there are currently roughly 120,000 people living alone with dementia in the UK – a number predicted to double by 2039. But public awareness of people with dementia living alone seems low. A new YouGov poll revealed that 85% of people believe they’re most likely to meet someone with dementia in a care home, when in fact two-thirds of people with dementia live in the community. Click below to read more: Tackling loneliness in dementia – Which? News WWW.WHICH.CO.UK More and more people are predicted to be living alone with dementia over the next 20 years. We explore the problem, and how you can live well with dementia.
  13. Nine years after I first received it, I do not only keep the following SMS as a souvenir. I use it as a reminder of one of the lowest points in my life, and my subsequent determination to overcome it. “I think loneliness creates a void; a void that comes from deep down your soul. It changes you; it steals away your happiness. It brings a constant sadness that’s only seen when you smile because the smile does not reach your eyes. Only when you fill the void, can you fully enjoy living; I feel as if I am intruding in your life. I have no idea, what part, if any I should play. Click below to read more: Let us answer the question ‘are you alone, or lonely?’ Beware the monster of loneliness. - New Era Live NEWERALIVE.NA Nine years after I first received it, I do not only keep the following SMS as a souvenir. I use it as a reminder of one of the lowest points in my life, and my subsequent determination to overcome it.
  14. The Deptford based food redistribution charity FareShare has joined forces with The British Red Cross and the Co-op to tackle loneliness in London. The initiative aims to provide 400 new community groups that could benefit from fresh, in-date surplus food - bringing people together at the same time. Rachel Ledwith from Fareshare and Michael Ochwa is from The British red cross, they spoke to Anthony Baxter. Click below to watch the video: Food redistribution charity tackles loneliness in London | London Live WWW.LONDONLIVE.CO.UK The initiative aims to provide 400 new community groups that could benefit from fresh, in-date surplus food - bringing people together at the same time
  15. I suppose I’m lonely,” she said. “Yes, that’s the word. I’m lonely and I never thought I would be. I never thought I’d feel so alone.” We were sitting at an outside table in a cafe in the park. The sun had made an appearance after a monsoon week and we had arranged to meet, a friend and I, for a long-planned walk. “I didn’t know you were feeling lonely,” I said. “Nobody knows. You can’t tell by looking at me. I’m not talking to the trees. I haven’t started pushing my life around the streets in a supermarket trolley, swigging fortified sherry out of the bottle.” “I didn’t think to wander the streets necking bottles of sherry was a particular signifier of loneliness.” Click below to read more: ‘I suppose I’m lonely,’ she said. ‘Lonely and I never thought I would be’ WWW.IRISHTIMES.COM Hilary Fannin: Don’t tell me to take up a sport. Especially golf, said my lonely friend
  16. Loneliness could be the world's next biggest public health crisis - and attending live theatre performances may be a way to avoid it. Dr Laura Haughey, a senior lecturer and convenor of Theatre Studies at the University of Waikato, says a good portion of people's lives are now lived through a screen, social media posts have replaced face-to-face conversations, online 'friends' have superseded traditional friendships and email eliminates the need to physically speak to one another. Click below to read more: The 'loneliness' of social media WWW.NZHERALD.CO.NZ Research shows how to make better personal connections in an online world.
  17. Farmers are seven times more susceptible to cardiovascular disease and three times more likely to get cancer than any other occupational group. Farmer diets were found to have a high intake of meats and salt and are low in dairy and vegetables. Meanwhile, factors like stress, social exclusion, loneliness and isolation have emerged as key contributors in studies on farmers carried out countrywide, new research from IT Carlow shows. Diana Van Doorn, of the Department of Science and Health at IT Carlow, described the results as "a very stark finding" but said it was encouraging that "the majority are preventable" by changing lifestyle. Click below to read more: Farmers seven times more likely to suffer from heart disease WWW.INDEPENDENT.IE Farmers are seven times more susceptible to cardiovascular disease and three times more likely to get cancer than any other occupational group.
  18. (RNS) – For most Muslims, Ramadan is a month filled with community and fellowship: waking up together to eat before dawn, sharing communal iftar meals to break the fast in the evening, praying together in the mosque long into the night. But for others, the holiest month of the Islamic calendar is also the loneliest. Whether they’re recent converts, new immigrants, LGBTQ Muslims, married to a non-Muslim, living in a rural or isolated area, living alone or simply living in a new area without a Muslim network, many Muslims may not have a mosque or Muslim community to bond with. Instead, they turn to social media to help bridge the distance between friends, family and religious leaders. Click below to read more: During Ramadan, virtual spaces help stave off the loneliness for some Muslims - Religion News Service DAVIDGUSHEE.RELIGIONNEWS.COM (RNS) — More and more Muslims are turning to digital spaces during Ramadan to help bridge the distance between friends, family and religious leaders.
  19. Tess Holliday is, without a doubt, a trailblazer in the body positivity movement. She has captivated nearly 2 million followers and has made a name for herself as a model, being the first visibly plus size woman to grace the cover of a major magazine. Holliday has flipped the script on her humble beginnings to become the embodiment of glamour while remaining authentic about her physical and emotional journey as a mother and a model. We had the opportunity to chat with her about being a beacon of body confidence, the future of the #bodypos movement and the pressures of being a role model. Because, as Holliday explains, she has “had to come to terms with the fact that when you are breaking down barriers the work never ends”. Click below to read more: Tess Holliday reveals how “exhausting and isolating” it is to be a body positivity icon WWW.STYLIST.CO.UK “Women are told they have to be naturally beautiful, but what we’ve defined as ‘natural’ isn’t natural at all,” says Tess Holliday.
  20. Many of us get confused by the notions of “loneliness” and “being alone” and use them interchangeably. We can be surrounded by hundreds of people in a familiar or unfamiliar surrounding so that we are not actually alone and yet feel very lonely and disconnected from all the others around us. On the other hand, we can learn to become quite comfortable with ourselves so that we look forward to our own company and relish being alone without the discomfort of feeling lonely. Click below to read more: Being disconnected can lead to loneliness but you can find your way back ‘home’ | Health Tips and News WWW.TIMESNOWNEWS.COM In a world that is hyperconnected, it is a strange irony that there is a “loneliness” epidemic facing our modern world whose main underlying cause is likely a form of “disconnection”.
  21. THE frosty tundra north of the Arctic Circle beckons for a Lake District hotel worker who wants to highlight the issue of loneliness. Geoff Lee is to embark on a solo 145-mile hike through remote Greenland to raise money for mental health charity Mind, and Macmillan Cancer Support. A hospitality supervisor at the Macdonald Old England Hotel in Bowness, Geoff said the two causes were close to his heart. He hopes his long-distance walk will draw attention to the impact of loneliness on people’s mental health. Click below to read more: Hotel worker's solo 145-mile trek north of Arctic Circle WWW.THEWESTMORLANDGAZETTE.CO.UK THE frosty tundra north of the Arctic Circle beckons for a Lake District hotel worker who wants to highlight the issue of loneliness.
  22. OGUNQUIT — A grant from a foundation started by a summer resident will enable seniors in the community to attend shows at the Ogunquit Playhouse in an effort to combat loneliness and isolation. Donato Tramuto, CEO of Tivity Health, speaks during the second annual “Connectivity Summit on Rural Aging,” held at Westin Portland Harborview last August. Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Staff Photographer The Maine-based Tramuto Foundation has given the Ogunquit Playhouse $300,000 and its Bulldozer of the Year Award to create the partnership. The grant will fund a program that will bring 100 people from the Wells Ogunquit Center at Moody and the Institute for Integrative Aging – a new centre for research, education and older-adult care at Saint Joseph’s College in Standish created in partnership with the foundation – to an Aug. 22 performance of “Murder on the Orient Express.” Click below to read the full article: Ogunquit Playhouse grant will bring seniors to shows, and out of isolation - Portland Press Herald WWW.PRESSHERALD.COM The Tramuto Foundation is giving the playhouse a $300,000 grant to combat social isolation.
  23. (TRENTON) – With loneliness affecting 3 out of 4 Americans, a bill that would create a task force to study how social isolation and loneliness impact certain population groups cleared the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee recently. Assembly Democrats Andrew Zwicker (D-Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset), Matthew Milam (D-Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland) and Vincent Mazzeo (D-Atlantic) are sponsors of the legislation. The measure (A-5314) would establish the New Jersey Task Force to Prevent Loneliness and Social Isolation and be responsible for assessing and reporting on the nature and frequency of social isolation in New Jersey, specifically among people aged 65 and older, individuals with disabilities, and the mentally ill. Other vulnerable populations, including military service members, would be a part of the study that determined available resources for combatting social isolation in the state. Click below to read the full article: Bill to Study Loneliness Among Certain Groups Clears Assembly Committee - Insider NJ WWW.INSIDERNJ.COM Bill to Study Loneliness Among Certain Groups Clears Assembly Committee Task Force Will Examine Impact on 65+, Disabled, Mentally Ill and Military (TRENTON) – With loneliness affecting 3 out of 4...
  24. We’ve been asking you to do #OneKindThing to change someone’s world. And we know, changing someone’s world can seem like a huge, sometimes impossible, task. But we know it can be done, because of stories from people like Andy and Ian. Coming home after a tough time in the hospital can be quite an isolating experience. Only you know what you’ve been through, and you can feel quite different within yourself. This is exactly what happened to Andy. Andy’s from Bristol, and he’s living with bowel cancer. After his diagnosis, he had to undergo surgery at the hospital before returning home – which is when he began to feel lonely, and as if he had no one to turn to. Click below to read more: Welcome back to life: Andy’s story BLOGS.REDCROSS.ORG.UK A little kindness goes a long way: Andy felt alone and isolated after cancer surgery. British Red Cross volunteer Ian helped turn things around.
  25. Loneliness is a dark place. It’s like sitting in a room at night by yourself and feeling like this is an eternity. Loneliness is the feeling like you are being alone. It’s a feeling that you are meant to suffer alone. Almost all of us have experienced loneliness at some point. We are vulnerable to feeling lonely at any point in our lives. Loneliness is often temporary, something we experience when we’re going through transitions in life such as moving to a new place, a close friend moving away or even something like starting a college. For some people, loneliness cannot be easily resolved. For example, situations like the death of a significant other, living alone, divorce and so on. Click below to read more: https://www.easterneye.biz/radio-can-help-combat-loneliness/
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