Category Archives: Healthy Living

Cannabis for pain and PTSD ‘lacks high-quality evidence’

There is not enough high-quality scientific evidence to support the use of cannabis as an effective and safe treatment for chronic pain or post-traumatic stress disorder. This was the conclusion of two systematic reviews conducted by the United States Department for Veteran Affairs and published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The use of cannabis, or…

Accepting Illness When You’re Young

(Please see ‘About’ for the purpose of this blog and here’s how and why it started)       Having a chronic illness especially in your younger years is really tough to accept. You’re partying and having the time of your life, hanging out with friends, accelerating in your career and growing into the person you were meant…

BBQ

When an average Englishman has a BBQ he usually makes a mess of it ~ unless he’s roasting a whole animal on a spit. (I can’t even spell barbecue without looking it up.). However, I know the rest of the English-speaking world likes to have a BBQ, so here are some ‘cool’ recipes for things […]…

Domestic abuse ‘workshops’ reduce repeat offending and harm to public

The first domestic abuse policing strategy in UK history to be trialled under experimental conditions has found that an inexpensive two-day course in behaviour management for first offenders resulted in 35% fewer men reoffending against their partner, and reduced further harm to victims by over a quarter. Researchers at Cambridge University’s Institute of Criminology worked…

More men are taking antidepressants than ever before

Nearly 1 in 10 men report taking the pills in the last month, a new report finds. Do you pop a pill to beat the blues? If so, you’re not alone: More men are taking antidepressants than ever before, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). After combing through the…

Getting on with it!!

BayArt - New Perspective on Life

By Amanda Stokes-Geddes Today, I am going to get on with all the trivial little things that make up my life. I’m not working today so I will tidy, sort the kids out make dinner, see a friend. I should probably be extremely grateful for the long list of people always ready to come and…

Depression may alter brain’s white matter structure

Depression has been shown to alter the structure of the brain’s white matter, which contains the circuitry that allows brain cells to communicate with each other, and which underpins brain function. So concludes a major study from the University of Edinburgh and the University of Glasgow, both in the United Kingdom, that used cutting-edge imaging…