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There are a lot of Christmas gift guides popping up at the moment, but for the most part, they're not focused on those of us with chronic health conditions, physical impairments, or invisible illnesses. That's alright though; there are plenty of excellent companies making beautiful products for this sizable but often overlooked demographic. In this blog post, we've listed our top ten gift ideas for you and your loved ones this Christmas. Babe with a mobility aid? We had to post about these guys first, as we keep seeing them all over the place (most recently, during one of our...

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Another day, another... awareness day. The first Wednesday of November each year is National Stress Awareness Day. This year, it probably couldn't have landed on a more appropriate day, as we watch wannabe-dictator Donald Trump trying to overthrow democracy in the US.  We all have to deal with stress because the body is fairly hard-wired to respond to threats (perceived or real; the brain can't tell the difference) by releasing hormones in a 'fight-or-flight' response. A threat can be psychological (preparing for something you don't want to do or someone you don't want to see) or physical (walking on a...

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Fashion, Inclusion, Women -

Earlier this month, Professor Elizabeth Frood, who has previously spoken to the BBC about her life-changing illness, modelled for at St Cross College, where she holds her fellowship.  Liz, who suffered multiple organ failure as a result of the infection, lost hearing in one ear, much of the functionality of her hands, and had to have her nose entirely reconstructed. She now wears prosthetic legs and is an ambulatory wheelchair user. The signs of sepsis “I thought I had a stomach bug,” Liz told the BBC in a video interview in 2018. Even now, she finds it hard to articulate her rapid...

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‘Mental Health for All’ is the theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day. What does that mean, you might ask? Well, according to the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH), this is about ‘greater investment’ and ‘greater access’. For anyone who feels a bit sceptical of awareness days, this is – at least – an acknowledgement that the onus is not just on us, the general population, to drive positive change.   Universal health coverage Dr Ingrid Daniels, WFMH President, described the mental health landscape before the pandemic as “dire” in a letter to friends of the federation. She...

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If you're aware of ataxia, well done. You're part of the 13% of people in the UK who do. This is why annually, on 25 September, the organisation Ataxia UK asks supporters to help spread awareness and increase this percentage.  There are different types of ataxia, but generally speaking they are a rare group of neurological conditions that affect balance, speech and coordination. Most types are described as cerebellar ataxia (i.e. relating to the cerebellum, the part of the brain responsible for movement and coordination).  Ataxia can affect anyone. It can: be inherited via specific genes from one or both...

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