Our baby died during lockdown – it affected our grief in so many ways

Our baby died during lockdown - it affected our grief in so many ways. Jess Watson reveals how she and husband James dealt with the loss of their son Leo - and the effect lockdown had on their grief. Jess Watson was seven months pregnant when the UK's lockdown was announced. Months earlier she had been told her baby had a 50/50 chance of survival having being diagnosed with a rare condition known as CDH. Here, she reveals how she and husband James [...]

Paracetamol, ibuprofen shouldn’t be prescribed for chronic primary pain, say UK health officials

Paracetamol, ibuprofen shouldn’t be prescribed for chronic primary pain, say UK health officials A representative image Patients should be offered supervised group exercise programmes, psychological therapy, acupuncture, antidepressants, say draft guidelines Common treatments including painkillers such as paracetamol, ibuprofen, aspirin and opioids should not be prescribed for chronic primary pain as they can do more harm than good, according to UK health officials. UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) on Monday published draft clinical guidelines for the treatment of chronic [...]

Lives ruined as damage viewed as ‘women’s problems’

Lives ruined as damage viewed as 'women's problems' June Wray had chronic pain after a vaginal mesh repair Many lives have been ruined because officials failed to hear the concerns of women given drugs and procedures that caused them or their babies considerable harm, says a review. More than 700 women and their families shared "harrowing" details about vaginal mesh, pregnancy test Primodos and epilepsy drug sodium valproate. Too often worries and complaints were dismissed as "women's problems". It said arrogant attitudes left women traumatised, [...]

How to recover from burnout and chronic work stress – according to a psychologist

How to recover from burnout and chronic work stress – according to a psychologist. Burnout work stress illustration (Shutterstock/izkes) It’s pretty likely you’ve heard of burnout – and you may have even experienced it. Caused by chronic work stress, it’s characterised by signs such as emotional exhaustion, lack of energy, and loss of satisfaction with work – and has been linked to a wide range of physical conditions such as cardiovascular diseases and musculoskeletal pain. Work stress activates our hormonal, metabolic, immune and [...]

Lung cancer specialist nurses ‘overwhelmed’ by caseloads

Lung cancer specialist nurses ‘overwhelmed’ by caseloads. Specialist lung cancer nursing services are being overwhelmed by an unsustainable caseload that is putting patient care at risk, according to a new report. The report from Lung Cancer Nursing UK features a snapshot survey which found nearly half – 47% – of lung cancer nurse specialists who took part care for more than 200 patients at any one time. More than three quarters – 77% – said they felt there were simply not enough [...]