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Sometimes the biggest barrier to overcome as a disabled person is finding the confidence to pursue hopes and dreams. Thankfully there are organisations out there which can harness these emotions and boost confidence levels through exciting and challenging activities.
Eight of the 460 UK survivors of the drug Thalidomide have recently launched a legal action against the drug's manufacturer and distributor.
Autism is a lifelong disorder of neural development which affects the way a person communicates and relates to other people as well as the world around them. There are over half a million autistic people in the UK, which is 1 in 100.
Histamine is a chemical involved in the immune system, proper digestion and the central nervous system. However, if the histamine in the body is not properly broken down, it could easily lead to histamine intolerance.
Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) is a collection of inherited conditions that fit into a larger group, known as heritable disorders of connective tissue. The fragile skin and unstable joints found in EDS may be the result of faulty collagen.
Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) is defined as an abnormal increase in heart rate which is experienced when sufferers stand up. POTS is not a new illness but it was only recently described. In the past it was often called mitral valve prolapse syndrome or othostatic tachycardia.
The Government claims that 70% of the British public feel that attitudes towards disabled people have improved since the London Paralympic Games in 2012.
We honour some inspirational disabled people who have achieved real status through their courage and determination.
Asthma is an inflammatory disease of the airways characterised by common symptoms such as: wheezing, coughing, tightening chest and shortness of breath.
An acquired brain injury is a form of brain damage that is associated with an external cause, such as a severe head injury, as opposed to congenital factors. It is thought that brain injuries stemming from falls, sporting injuries and car accidents, can lead immature brains to “misfire” and can interrupt the development of young peoples’ ability to restrain their impulses and actions.
Dementia is a syndrome associated with an on-going decline of the brain and its abilities. There is no cure for dementia and symptoms will get worse over time. However, there are a number of effective treatments that can help people to cope better with their symptoms and improve their quality of life.
A stroke is a serious medical condition that occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. Many doctors prefer the term: ”brain attack”, which they feel better describes the seriousness of the condition.
There are between 4,000 and 6,000 diagnosed genetic disorders. It is estimated that one in 25 children is affected by a genetic disorder and therefore 30,000 babies and children are newly diagnosed in the UK each year.
Psoriasis is an immune-mediated disease of the skin which occurs when the immune system mistakes the skin cells for a pathogen, and sends out faulty signals which speed up their growth cycle.
In moderation, alcohol can be the oil that makes a social occasion go with a bit more flow or helps a shy person overcome their inhibitions.Certainly, small, regular amounts of alcohol do seem to have a positive effect on the heart and circulation. Yet, over-indulgence in alcohol is all too often a recipe for disaster.The increasing use of alcohol, along with other drugs of abuse, is a serious public health problem across all age ranges.
Ménière's disease is a disorder that affects the inner ear. The disease is named after a French doctor called Prosper Ménière who first described the disease in the 1860s. The symptoms usually appear as attacks without warning, often lasting around two to three hours.
If you have long-term pain, it might be as a result of a diagnosed medical condition, a painful condition that is not yet fully understood or no underlying condition at all. This doesn't mean you don't have pain, but it does mean that a different approach to managing that pain might be helpful.
A sleep disorder, or somnipathy, is a medical disorder of the sleep patterns, some of which are serious enough to interfere with normal physical, mental and emotional functioning. There are more than 80 different sleep problems listed in the medical textbooks, ranging from the inability to get to sleep (insomnia) to the inability to stay awake (narcolepsy).
Parkinson’s disease is a neurological condition in which part of the brain becomes progressively more damaged over many years. There is currently no cure for Parkinson’s disease, though a medication called levodopa has proved effective in relieving symptoms.
In 1970 Alf Morris successfully introduced the Chronically Sick & Disabled Persons Act which was the first in the world to recognise and give rights to people with disabilities.The Equality Act 2010 aims to protect disabled people and prevent disability discrimination.
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a chronic mental health condition that is usually associated with obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviour. OCD is one of the most common mental health conditions and it is estimated that up to 3 in 100 adults and up to 5 in 100 children and teenagers have suffer from it.
Eczema is an itchy inflammation of the skin, associated to a varying degree with other features, while Psoriasis is an immune-mediated disease that affects the skin. The word ‘eczema’ comes from Greek words meaning ‘to boil over’.
Osteoporosis is a condition that affects the bones, causing them to become weak and fragile and more likely to break. These fractures most commonly occur in the spine, wrist and hips but can affect other bones such as the arm or pelvis.
Spina bifida is a Latin term that means “split spine” and is used to describe a series of birth defects that affect the development of the spine and central nervous system. Over recent years, advancements in the treatment of spina bifida have resulted in a more positive outlook for the condition.
Facial palsy is a common problem that involves the weakness or paralysis of any of the muscles served by the facial nerve, especially those around the eye and to the mouth. The pathway of the facial nerve is long and rather convoluted, so there are a number of causes that may result in facial nerve paralysis.
Diabetes occurs because the body cannot use glucose properly; either owing to a lack of the hormone insulin or because the insulin available doesn't work effectively. There are two types of diabetes – Type 1 and Type 2.
Many different things can damage sight. Accidents and disease are often responsible for blindness, while some people are born blind or partially sighted because of genetic or developmental disorders.You only have one pair of eyes and you need to look after them!
During the operation to remove the large tumour in my brain, the surgeon had to push right past the cerebellum to reach the roof of the fourth ventricle. The cerebellum is the area responsible for fine movements, including the whole of balance and the mechanisms of speech, and the damage to it has caused me to suffer from ataxia.
Recent figures show that the number of young girls admitted to hospital suffering from anorexia, has risen by 80% in a decade. It is widely believed that much of this can be attributed to the preponderance of photographs of super-slim celebrities in magazines.
Osteoarthritis is a condition that affects the joints. It is the most common type of arthritis in the UK. Around 1 million people see their GP about it and the NHS in England and Wales performs over 140,000 hip and knee replacement operations every year.
Bipolar Disorder – known in the past as manic depression – is a condition that affects moods, which can swing from one extreme to another. Unlike simple mood swings, each extreme episode of bipolar disorder can last for several weeks or longer, and some people may not experience a "normal" mood very often.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition that causes pain, swelling and distortion in the joints. Hands, feet and wrists are commonly affected, but it can also damage other parts of the body. Currently, rheumatoid arthritis cannot be prevented as the exact trigger of the condition is unknown.
Tourette syndrome (TS) is a neurological disorder that was first diagnosed and described by the French neurologist Dr George Gilles de la Tourette in 1825.
The labyrinth is the innermost part of the ear, located at the point where the ear connects to the skull.Inflammation of the labyrinth can disrupt both your hearing and sense of balance, and can trigger the symptoms of labyrinthitis.
There is a growing body of evidence highlighting the fact that female heart patients may need different treatment from male ones. Their symptoms, for one, are often different. Cardiac symptoms can be quite different in women than in men, and this difference can present a hazard to women.