Is healthcare a human right? Have your say at our discussion blog?

Is healthcare a human right?

Good question. This infographic tells us about where it is considered a human right and also what such a right would entail.

What do you think?

Why not share your opinion in the comments section below?

Many thanks in advance.

Is Healthcare A Human Right

Is Healthcare A Human Right [Infographic] by the team at NeoMam

What are the effects of meditation on the brain?

As many of you know I’m very interested in what were once thought of as alternative therapies for different medical conditions.

These days, of course, no one considers many of these ideas as fringe at all.

Medication is one of these. This infographic looks mediation and how it impacts the brain?

Do you meditate? Does it have any health benefits? Why not share your thoughts in the comments boxes below.

Many thanks in advance.

Infograph: Effects of Meditation on the Brain
Infographic authored by Synchronicity Foundation for Modern Spirituality. To view the original post, Free Infographic: Effects of Meditation on the Brain.

How to recognise Hay Fever

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This blog is now on vacation

We are off for a week on holiday.  Normal service will resume on Monday 1st August!  In the meantime check out our daily run of health infographics!

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PatientTalk is on vacation
PatientTalk is on vacation

Do breast cancer treatments affect cognitive functioning?

Breast cancer screening
Breast cancer screening

Breast cancer is indeed a biggest threat for the women. It was scarier in the past but with the passage of time things have been improved yet there is need to conduct more researches in order to improve the situation. Breast cancer screening is the first step to start with. This start makes so many things clear and gives a way to follow. This way is actually the phase where one has to go through several treatments once diagnosed with breast cancer.

Unfortunately some of the treatments have side effects as well. Side effects are though not an enigma but obviously one has to be careful about all the related things. Certainly experts are working on it to lessen the harmful effects of the prescribed treatments not only with regards to breast cancer but also the other diseases.

Side effects of chemotherapy for breast cancer…

Several treatments have different side effects. They vary from each other with regards to the procedure as well as the patient. It is said that chemotherapy effects the cognitive functioning of the patient. Researches are working to find out what exactly causes this and which parts of the brain are getting affected by the said treatment. Like breast cancer screening, doctors have done screening of the brains as well of those patients who are going through the chemotherapy for their breast cancer.

It was very much evident that the functioning of the brain which is related to the planning, attention and memory seemed fragile in the patients who were undergoing the chemotherapy than those who have not gone through the same procedure.

Accumulating the findings…

These findings regarding the side effects of chemotherapy will further help out to find out the ways to reduce the side effects of this particular treatment. It has also confirmed the complaints registered by many women regarding their cognitive functioning. It has also emphasized to realize this matter seriously and to work together to solve the issue.

Shelli Kesler who is the head of this study says, “There has been a controversy whether it’s the disease itself or hormonal blockade medications or chemotherapy”.

This particular disorder is actually the “chemo brain” which is commonly noticed in the patients with chemotherapy treatment. There were several women included in this experiment and those who didn’t have any chemotherapy have shown combatively better memory condition and functioning. It was also observed that issues related with the memory are also linked with the person’s own ability. Here the importance of breast cancer screening becomes more essential.

Reasons behind the cognitive disorder…

Several reasons or causes have been presented like,

  1. Chemotherapy being a toxic for the brain’
  2. This procedure may cause inflammation to the brain
  3. This treatment is also linked with some damage to DNA

This is not only the chemotherapy but hormonal therapy is also said to has some side effects for the brain functioning. So it’s not just the chemotherapy.

Shelli Kesler says, People sometimes think women are exaggerating [chemo brain] but this study showed that self-reported impairment actually correlates with brain impairment pointing to the fact that they should not be ignored”.

The real thing is to work together to lessen the side effects by eliminating the dangerous and problem creating elements in the said treatments as we have to proceed with these treatments if diagnosed with the breast cancer.

Author Bio :

Jasmine William an enthusiastic writer and a researcher who tend to follow a path which leads her to the road of wellness. She also wants others to follow the same roads. Health, wellbeing and breast cancer are particularity the topics she prefer to write on. She always uses her pen to write the authentic and informative stuff. You can follow her on  twitter


High Intensity Workouts for Beginners

The differences between a high intensity workout and a moderate intensity alternative are stark. One study in Australia showed that a 20-minute high intensity workout burned six times more body fat than a steady start workout which lasted twice as long. Researchers in Norway found that a group performing a 16-week high intensity regime achieved 100% more of a decrease in fatty acid synthase than a group which performed a moderate intensity workout over the same time period.

HIIT for Beginners Infographic
HIIT for Beginners Infographic

High intensity interval training (HIIT) has become hugely popular for two main reasons. One, as noted above, is because it gets dramatic results. The other is because it can easily be worked into a busy schedule without any need to become a slave to expensive medium-term gym membership. Indeed, most HIIT workouts don’t require any equipment at all. It’s just yourself and a bit of space to perform stretches, or maybe go for a run.

If you’re thinking of starting out on HIIT, just remember to keep in mind that the exercises will most likely be tougher than anything you’ve tried before, so don’t overstretch yourself. Push yourself to your limits, yes, but know your limits. It’s essential to give yourself ample recovery time between workouts, as performing HIIT without being sufficiently recovered will provide no benefit whatsoever.

To find out more about HIIT and how it can work wonders for you, take a look at the infographic below from My Fitness Boutique (


Autism Health & Well Being Expo – July 31st

Autism Health & Well Being Expo
Autism Health & Well Being Expo

Sunday July 31st sees the Autism Health & Well Being Expo. It will be held in Melbourne, Australia between 10am – 5pm at Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre Cnr Bell Street & St Georges Road, Preston, Victoria.

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Parents’ Views of Broad Autism Phenotype: Summary of Findings

University of Edinburgh _ Autism Research
University of Edinburgh _ Autism Research

This study was completed by Rachel Donaldson as part of an MSc Education and supervised by Dr Katie Cebula (School of Education, University of Edinburgh). Please note that this study was written up for a dissertation and is not, at this time, a peer-reviewed publication.

Study Aims

Broad Autism Phenotype (BAP) is the milder autism-like traits in individuals without a diagnosis of autism. The main aim of this study was to begin the process of involving parents of children with autism in BAP research. While there has been more and more research involving BAP, much of which has focused on parents, researchers have not yet asked parents directly about their views. This study attempted to do so via an online survey.

Main Findings

The survey was completed by 87 parents, with findings showing that:
• Parents were generally not very familiar with the concept of BAP
• Parents appear to have good self-awareness of their own BAP traits
• Parents tended to view any BAP traits as having a positive impact on themselves and their relationship with their autistic child
• BAP research was rated as very important but judged to be less important than autism research overall

While parents did not have much previous knowledge of BAP, they were generally supportive of research into this area. It is therefore important that researchers keep engaging with the autism community to make sure that parents are more aware of the research being done in this area and to avoid any misinformation. Also, by continuing to ask parents about their views and priorities this can help researchers set goals that can have real-life benefits. The positive impacts of having BAP traits reported by parents could help researchers to identify new areas of research. For example, exploring further whether similar BAP traits across family members helps to build family bonds and improve parents’ well-being. One challenge of BAP reported by parents was that BAP may lead to self-blame over their child’s diagnosis. It is important to highlight that the genetics of autism are complex and that other factors are involved.

Thank you again to those who gave their time to participate in this research. It is hoped that this study can provide a starting point for further engagement with parents and others in the autism community on this topic. If you would like to read more, please see the links below to further information on BAP and autism research.

Rachel Donaldson

Reports of Autism Research:

Blog Posts on BAP:

UK Organisations

Adults with autism – what is your current employment status? What are the issues faced by people with autism entering the work place?

Autism and Employment
Autism and Employment

Like many parents of children on the autism spectrum I have some concerns about the future for my son.

I don’t think it would be an understatement to say that currently few children who have been diagnosed with autism reach their full potential.

So I’m interested in the employment situation of adults on the autism spectrum. To help me understand the current employment situation of people on the autism spectrum it would be great if you could take the poll below.

To deepen our understanding autism and employment please use the comments box below to answer the following questions.

a) Do you have any kind of employment at the moment? Have you had any in the past?
b) Tell us a bit more about your employment story?
c) Have you ever faced discrimination in the workplace because of your autism?
d) What tools would have made securing employment easier?
e) What advice about getting a job would you give to somebody on the autism spectrum?

These questions are just a guide, of course, so feel free to share (or just vent) about anything you consider of importance on the subject of autism and employment?

Thanks very much in advance.

The Proximity Button – a brilliant new way of supporting people with dementia and those on the autism spectrum who wander – from Natalie Price

Proximity for Autism and Dementia
Proximity for Autism and Dementia

Hi everyone,

My name’s Natalie and I’m 25-year-old entrepreneur who’s trying to make a difference. For the past 2 years I’ve been developing a wearable product that I hope will change the lives of families who are looking after those who may be more vulnerable.

Inspired by my own mom who’s cared for people with dementia for 15 years, I wanted to create a simple and affordable device that would keep them safer from wandering: a common and very dangerous side effect of dementia.

My product is called the Proximity Button. The Button is a small, light badge that is worn by the person with dementia. The Button connects to the carer’s smartphone via Bluetooth. If the person wearing the Button wanders too far from the carer and their smartphone, the phone alarms to alert the carer. The Proximity Button is a simple warning device to protect loved ones from wandering too far in the first place.

A few weeks ago I launched my crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. Start-up companies like my own, use crowdfunding to help get their products to market. There are two different types of crowdfunding: donation-based, where people give money out of goodwill; and reward crowdfunding, where donators contributions are exchanged for current or future products – the most popular type at this time. Our crowdfunding campaign is both. You can either donate or purchase the Proximity Button.

I’ve always been very aware of wandering issues within dementia due to my mom; however, it wasn’t until I began crowdfunding that I realised what a prevalent problem it is within autistic children too.  A few days in to our campaign, a father in Philadelphia emailed me to say he had purchased a Proximity Button for his son who has autism. We had a Skype call shortly after as I really wanted to understand more and found how I/Proximity could help. Ralph explained that he loved the simplicity of Proximity and also the price point – there are some great products out there to hep with wandering but they often have a huge price tag. It was great to hear such positive feedback!

I am delighted to say that we’re now at 44% of our target and we still have just over 2 weeks to go! I would love for people to take a look at our campaign page – there is a great little video that shows the product in more detail and it fully explains how it works. From the campaign page, you can either donate or pre-order a Proximity Button. There are still some left at the early bird price too! But most importantly, I ask you to please share the campaign with everyone you know, the Button’s use can be extended to anyone, and you never know who might need protecting.

Thank you