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Relationships and chronic illness: Can it still be a happy Valentine’s Day?

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Chronic illness can take many different forms, and it is not uncommon even for two patients with the same condition to experience different symptoms from one another. However, some common symptoms which affect many people who are chronically ill include fatigue, pain and depression, and these symptoms can have a profound effect not only on the sufferer, but also the sufferer’s partner and their relationship with each other. Continue reading Relationships and chronic illness: Can it still be a happy Valentine’s Day?

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Type 2 Diabetes: Not Invisible, but Misunderstood

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Type 2 diabetes is a rapidly growing global health concern. It is estimated to affect more than 300 million people worldwide, and around 90% of all diabetics have this form of the condition. However, despite type 2 being well and truly in the spotlight, it is still frequently misunderstood. Much has been said in the media about the connection between type 2 diabetes, obesity and a sedentary lifestyle – so much so that perhaps we’re inclined to feel unsympathetic towards type 2 patients? But even while it’s true that Type 2 diabetes can be prevented in many cases, it remains a serious and incurable condition which can only be controlled through a constant effort on the patient’s part. Continue reading Type 2 Diabetes: Not Invisible, but Misunderstood

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The Importance of Women in Clinical Research

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Clinical research is an area of medicine that tests new medical techniques, drugs and other treatments. Without it, our knowledge of medicine doesn’t improve and the treatments patients are offered for their health problems don’t change. As such it’s an essential part of the changing medical landscape. Continue reading The Importance of Women in Clinical Research

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Clinical Trials – A Nurse’s Perspective

Clinical trials, by their very nature are complex and time consuming. They also involve a lot of different people from participants to researchers to medical staff. Each person has their own responsibility and in this instance I was interested in finding out more about what the role of a nurse within a clinical trial. Steve Jepson of Covance was happy to help out by answering my questions. Continue reading Clinical Trials – A Nurse’s Perspective

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Volunteering for Clinical Trials – the patient’s perspective

Volunteering for clinical trials is always something that requires a great deal of thought and it’s often motivated by a personal experience of health issues and a desire to prevent problems for others in the future. Shirley Dimblebee is a regular participant and she shares her experiences and reasons with us as an encouragement for others to help out too. Continue reading Volunteering for Clinical Trials – the patient’s perspective

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The Importance Of Clinical Trials For The Future Of Medicine

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When we fall ill, we expect to receive the best possible medical care. In the UK, we are lucky enough to benefit from medicines that can improve our quality of life. Modern medicine is a constantly advancing field and volunteers are always required to help out by taking part in clinical trials. Some people volunteer because they want to be a part of developing a treatment for a condition that has affected a friend or a loved one, others take part because they know that by volunteering they are doing something that could have a positive effect on the lives of millions. Continue reading The Importance Of Clinical Trials For The Future Of Medicine

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Hysterectomy Association Newsletter – October 2013

In My Own Words: Women's Experience of Hysterectomy

It’s been a couple of months since the last Hysterectomy Association Newsletter and the reason has been due to our redevelopment of the website. We’ve now got a brand new website that not only works properly with older versions of the Internet Explorer web browser, but also with smart phones and tablets. It was a bit of a battle getting there with the forums in particular, but it’s done. Phew! Why not check out the new site and let us know what you think. Continue reading Hysterectomy Association Newsletter – October 2013