Nursing Stress: The Facts & Figures – check out this infographic


Nursing and Stress Infographic
Nursing and Stress Infographic

Designed by R. Morton for Medicare’

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How one hospital is raising breast cancer awareness


Breast cancer awareness
Breast cancer awareness
An open afternoon is being held at the Breast Care Centre at Glenfield Hospital on Friday 28 August from 2-4pm, to raise awareness of the NHS Breast Screening Programme, the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, and raise money for the unit.

The Breast Care Centre, which opened in 1999, is a purpose built unit at Glenfield Hospital which brings together the specialist staff needed to provide the majority of breast care services for the people of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Past and current patients, relatives, visitors and staff are invited to come along to see what happens behind the scenes in the department in a bid to raise awareness of the service provided.

On the day there will be exciting activities taking place for visitors to enjoy. There will also be department tours, with demonstrations of the equipment and imaging procedures.


Amanda Gibby, General Manager for Breast Imaging at Leicester’s Hospitals, said: “It is important that women are aware of the importance of attending their breast screening invitation and also the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, which is why we are holding this event. We hope to welcome and educate as many people as possible during our open afternoon, and will be using the opportunity to raise some money for our Breast Care Butterfly Account, which will be used to purchase new equipment to improve patient care and experience.”

Breast Screening is offered to women from the age of 50-70 every three years and women over the age of 70 years can self-refer for screening. Women invited for screening are given the choice to attend the centre at Glenfield or visit one of our mobile units, which aim to make screening more accessible in the counties. Detecting cancer early can mean that treatment is more effective. However, not all changes are a sign of breast cancer.

“Camp WindSpark” – a fantastic OT opportunity for the autism community.


Camp WindSpark Flyer
Camp WindSpark Flyer

My name is Marielise Jacobs. I am a pediatric Occupational Therapist. I am contacting you in hopes that you will help me to spread the word on a day camp program called “Camp WindSpark” that I’ve organized to happen over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 5-7. I have attached a flyer for you to review and hopefully share with others who may be interested. Please e-mail or call me if I can answer any questions you might have.

The camp was created as an opportunity for children/youth to be exposed to a fun, positive outdoor experience and; at the same time, to learn new skills to enhance their quality of life and improve function.

Camp WindSpark is designed to provide support to families who have children with Asperger’s Syndrome and/or high functioning Autism. Camp activities will engage the kids in a way that is meaningful, while helping them to learn and practice using skills that can be challenging such as social interaction and motor coordination. Learning to windsurf requires skills such as balance, attention, and coordinating a sequence of movements. Volunteer OT staff will be assisting campers during windsurf instruction provided by Calema Windsurfing. OT staff will lead land-based games and crafts that promote sensory and social skills in a real world environment during the camp program.


Research shows that kids with Autism often have less opportunity to participate in leisure and outdoor activities.

Research has also shown that spending time outdoors is a great way to promote health. As an Occupational Therapist with a former career in outdoor programming with youth, the idea for Camp WindSpark was born. I am also a currently certified Red Cross WSI (Swim Instructor), and Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute certified. I believe that children with special needs often have untapped potential and that the use of outdoor activities opens their world in a wonderful way. I want to give kids an opportunity to do something that goes beyond the walls of the clinic that can help them to thrive and grow as children while improving function in their everyday lives.

How coffee might improve sports performance. Find out more here!


Sports Performance and Coffee
Sports Performance and Coffee
From enhancing endurance to aiding quick recovery, caffeine can play a role in improving sports performance, as explained by experts in the field of sports science and nutrition during a roundtable on coffee, caffeine and sports performance held by the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee.



Professor Greg Whyte OBE, a former Olympian and Professor in Applied Sport & Exercise Science at Liverpool John Moores University, UK, Dr Javier Gonzalez, a lecturer in Human and Applied Physiology at the University of Bath, UK, and Dr Sophie Killer, a performance nutritionist at British Athletics came together to present a wide variety of research which covered all aspects of coffee, caffeine and sports performance from fluid balance and intake levels, to what is currently understood about caffeine’s mechanisms.

Key highlights from the roundtable include:

• Caffeine is most effective during endurance sports (e.g. running, cycling, rowing) lasting more than five minutes
• Caffeine can improve short term high-intensity performance
• Caffeine has been shown to reduce muscle pain during endurance exercise, reduce muscle soreness after strength exercises, and assist in the recovery process
• Coffee can contribute to fluid balance and the suggestion that caffeinated beverages should be avoid prior to and during exercise is unfounded

Professor Greg Whyte commented: “Caffeine has the potential to improve sports performance across the board from marathon runners to Saturday sports teams. Both elite and recreational athletes are physiologically similar meaning relatively low doses can have an effect, including improved endurance and high-intensity performance, and muscle pain relief.”

It is widely accepted that any effect of coffee consumption on sports performance is linked to the caffeine in coffee. Although caffeine has been suggested to cause dehydration, research has concluded that moderate consumption of 3-5 cups of caffeinated coffee per day contributes to overall fluid balance and does not cause dehydration.

Research into caffeine’s mechanisms has shown that endurance performance is improved through its role as an adenosine antagonist, leading to an increased production of adrenaline, which stimulates blood flow and increases a feeling of being energised. Caffeine may also reduce the perception of pain, through a role in the central nervous system, further enhancing endurance during sporting activities.

Global cost of Dementia set to reach US $1 Trillion by 2018. World Alzheimer Report 2015 estimates that someone develops dementia every 3 seconds. Find out as World Alzheimer Report 2015 released


World Alzheimer Report 2015
World Alzheimer Report 2015
Log on to our Web TV show where leading dementia experts reveal the findings of the report as well as talking about how businesses can support workers dealing with the condition

Tuesday 25th August 1pm

According to figures published in the World Alzheimer’s Report 2015, currently around 46.8 million people worldwide live with dementia, with numbers projected to nearly double every 20 years, increasing to 74.7 million by 2030 and 131.5 million by 2050.

The findings of the report will also highlight that with almost half of the world’s population in employment, and people staying in work for longer than ever before, the workplace is a unique place to tackle dementia.

Log on to our Web TV show to find our more from Marc Wortmann, the Executive Director of Alzheimer’s Disease International, Professor Graham Stokes, Global Director of Dementia Care, Bupa and Professor Martin Prince from the Global Observatory for Ageing and Dementia Care, Kings College London.


Parents and siblings of children with ASD – a student at Bond University needs your help with some research


Bond University Autism ResearchA couple of days ago we were contacted by Emily Habelrih, a student at Bond University Psychology Clinic, in Australia to help us locate people in the ASD community to help here with a research project.

Habelrih writes “I am currently completing my masters of clinical psychology. As such I am completing a research thesis. I have a young brother with Autism so this topic is very close to my heart.

My research project is investigating the possible affects of having a sibling with Autism Spectrum Disorder. To date, no Australian research has explored this area. As research has primarily focused on children with Autism and their parents, the following research will aim to identify whether siblings of children with Autism, when compared to siblings of typically developing children, tend to have negative emotionality, lower self-esteem, and lower academic success.


I am inviting both typically developing siblings and their parents to participate in this research. Are you able to post about this research, or do you have any suggestions for platforms that may be able to?

Children/young adults who have a sibling with ASD can complete the survey by following this link:
https://www.psychdata.com/s.asp?SID=166450

Parents who would like to complete the survey can complete the survey via this link:
https://www.psychdata.com/s.asp?SID=166473

If you have any queries about the research please ask them in the comments section below. We with them ask Ms Habelrih to reply.

Thanks very much for your help in advance.

What to do if you face workplace bullying – an important Web TV show for people with conditions like autism or multiple sclerosis


Anti-Bullying Week 2014
Anti-Bullying Week 2014
Have you ever experienced bullying in the workplace and would speaking out about it mean jeopardizing your job or future career prospects?

Recent research reveals that a staggering amount of people have been bullied in the workplace with a further frightening amount of people admitting to witnessing others being bullied.

Joining us in this special live and interactive show is former Head of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, Luke Roberts, employment lawyer Paula Chan, from Slater and Gordon where they’ll be discussing the best way to handle workplace bullying.

Our experts will be covering an array of topics and giving helpful advice especially with; how to spot the warning signs of being bullied, being bullied by a colleague to more frighteningly from your boss or management and whether speaking out can put your employment at risk.

They will discuss some of the most the most common forms of bullying such as rudeness, bitchy/gossiping behavior, intimidation, humiliation in front of colleagues, shouting and other forms of bullying that is taken in the form of racial discrimination or unfair treatment during pregnancy. Women confessed to having lost their jobs after announcing their pregnancy to their company or been subjected to bullied to the point of resignation. We discuss the best way to keep job security high in this instance.
Watch our show for more information on bullying, what to do and the best ways to cope.


Autism facts – an overview


Autism - Spectrum Disorder

What facts would you like to see added to this infographic about ASD?