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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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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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