It's International Infection Prevention Week

The history of the world is intertwined with the impact that infectious diseases
have had on populations. Evidence of smallpox has been found in 3000-year-old Egyptian mummies and Egyptian papyrus paintings depict infectious diseases such as poliomyelitis. Hippocrates wrote about the spread of disease by means of airs, water, and places, and made an association between climate, diet, and living conditions. And the Black Death of the 14th century had been the deadliest disease in history – until only recently being overtaken by AIDS.

In 1962 control and prevention measures, including the use of antibiotics and the development of vaccines, had decreased the incidence of many infectious diseases.  It therefore seemed entirely logical for the Nobel prize winner Sir Macfarlane Burnet to state ‘By the end of the Second World War it was possible to say that almost all of the major practical problems of dealing with infectious disease had been solved.’

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FLORID: by MH users and carers, for MH users and carers

We’re florid – are you?  If you’re not, get yourself down to the Florid website and check it out. It’s amazing! Florid is an informative and accessible website – developed by Mental Health service users and carers, for Mental Health service users and carers to share views and information.

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Friday 14th October is ‘Wear It Pink’ Day

What is Breast Cancer Awareness Month?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a worldwide annual campaign involving thousands of organisations, to highlight the importance of breast awareness, education and research.

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, its aim is to get as many people as possible involved in raising awareness and funds for breast cancer research. This is done through campaigning, collecting, an array of various events across the UK and of course wearing pink!

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Helping support women with breast cancer

Continuing  our month of poems to express solidarity with everyone touched by breast cancer:

Looking Back.....

How did I get through all that crap?
Where is SHE now? Who was I then?
The choices we made remembering them...
I think back to those dark times Wondering how I got through it "Don't know how you did what you did" It's a case of having to isn't it?
There's an inner strength lurking there, you don't know you've got it You're in that dark hole having an outer body experience Is this really happening to ME? Perhaps I will wake up soon, and find it's a dream!
The choices you had... Were they choices at all?
I lost a year

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Thank you to everyone in palliative care

World Hospice and Palliative Care Day

The 8th October is  World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, a unified day of action to celebrate and support hospice and palliative care around the world.  For example 'Voices for Hospices' is a wave of concerts taking place on every other 8th October.  This year's theme is 'Living and Dying in Pain: it doesn't have to happen'.

From personal experience all the people I've met who've worked in palliative care have been exceptional; caring, kind and very special.  This blog is just a small thank you for the amazing work done day in, day out that has contributed to the acceptance of palliative care as an important discipline in its own right. And that is building a body of specialist knowledge that we will all need one day.  So thank goodness it's there for us - and growing as a result of the work being done in palliative care around the world.

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The Benefits of Smiling!

The benefits of smiling!

It's World Smile Day - and did you know that smiling can be better for you than you realise?  Smiling, laughing, and positive thinking have been shown to have a huge number of health benefits to both mind and body. Research suggests that all we need to do is smile, so for more information on how a simple facial expression can help lighten your mood follow the link to find out more about the benefits of smiling:



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To help support women with breast cancer......

We've had such a fantastic response to our recent weekly dementia poems to commemorate World Alzheimer's Month that we thought we'd post a weekly breast cancer poem to do the same for Breast Cancer Month and evveryone touched by breast cancer.
The first one we've chosen was posted by Poemsgalore on the poetry thread of Breast Cancer Care forum in December 2013
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The Benefits of Pet Ownership to celebrate World Animal Day!

Today is World Animal Day and to celebrate I thought it would be good to look at the benefits pet ownership can bring to various family settings, from a single older person, to a family with young children. After all, pets provide companionship, protection, emotional support and physical exercise, all of which are potentially beneficial to pet owners. This bond can be traced back 1200 years.

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Celebrate World Animal Day - 4th October 2016

Mission Of World Animal Day 

To raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe. Building the celebration of World Animal Day unites the animal welfare movement, mobilising it into a global force to make the world a better place for all animals. Through increased awareness and education, we can create a world where animals are always recognised as sentient beings and full regard is always paid to their welfare.

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We've had Macmillan cake, and eaten it too!

Ooh – perhaps there is such a thing as too much cake after all!  I have never been at all disciplined in refusing cake – and blame my sweet tooth for this lack of self-control, so I therefore found our Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday a bit of a trial.

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