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Looking to treat yourself or someone you love this Valentine’s Day? We’ve had a think about what the perfect day looks like and have some super suggestions to get yours off to a great start, whether you’re single or not.  Thoughtful creations We love this pin badge from ChronicallyDivine on Etsy - it’s super cute and is dispatched from the UK so you won’t be waiting forever to receive it. Another adorable Etsy buy comes from ChronicCreationsGB. This Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Zebra Awareness Bracelet is such a thoughtful and beautiful gift. Plus, it’s from a UK shop, so you’re showing some...

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Two articles in a row on Disability Rights UK: one about the thousands of disabled people denied the right to compensation following a catastrophic DWP blunder; the other about a severely ill patient who was instructed to leave hospital to attend a Job Centre, despite the fact he was being treated for a condition that later killed him.  The first article focuses on mistakes made when disabled people were moved from incapacity benefit (IB) to employment and support allowance (ESA). Thousands of those claimants were underpaid because the DWP failed to consider whether they qualified for income-related ESA rather than just for...

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What is encephalitis? If you don’t know the answer, you’re not alone. Worldwide, 78% of people don’t know what it is. Put simply, encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain. It can be caused by an infection affecting the brain (called ‘infectious’ encephalitis) or by the immune system attacking the brain in error (called ‘post-infectious’ or ‘autoimmune’ encephalitis). Symptoms differ between these two types of encephalitis. For infection encephalitis, the first symptom tends to be a headache or flu-like symptoms, followed by others including: mild confusion or drowsiness high temperature seizures aversion to bright lights inability to speak or control...

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As feeding tube awareness week comes to an end, we wanted to take a look at some of the facts and figures and share some of our favourite social media influencers who are educating the world about tube feeding.   The British Artificial Nutrition Survey (2011) indicates that there are 26,600 adult patients receiving home enteral tube feeding in the UK. Reasons for this include Cancer, Stroke, Cystic Fibrosis, problems with swallowing and central nervous system conditions. There are different types of feeding tubes: ones that go through the nose into the stomach, ones that go through your stomach into...

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Blue Monday. Most of us have heard of it. What you might not know is that it was coined as a result of an (unscientific) equation created as part of a PR initiative for a travel company! Some people believe it undermines the seriousness of conditions such as clinical depression and conflates it with feeling ‘down’. Others see it as an opportunity to share advice on self-care during a month where circumstances may be tough for a variety of reasons. Indeed, Samaritans are reclaiming the day for their ‘Brew Monday’ campaign. With this in mind, we spoke to mental health trainer...

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