31May/17
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Germs are not for sharing

The human body is rather amazing. Day in and day out they work hard to digest food, pump blood and oxygen, send signals to our brains and fight disease. But there is a group of tiny invaders that can hinder these natural processes and make us sick- these are called germs.

A germ is a micro-organism that causes disease. The four major types of germs are bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa. They can invade plants, animals and people and sometimes make us sick. Germs are so sneaky that we won’t even know that our bodies have been invaded until we start to show symptoms.
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18May/16
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A History of Nursing and Medicine

In light of international nurses day; we thought we would pay tribute to all our wonderful nurses by giving you a brief insight into the history of the nursing profession
taking you back to where it all began.
The word “nurse” originally came from the Latin word “nutrire”, meaning to suckle, referring to a wet-nurse; only in the late 16th century did it attain its modern meaning of a person who cares for the sick.

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05May/16
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You Are What You Eat

What you eat matters. Good Choices = Good Health

Sometimes making the right choices for your body is difficult. It can be easy to get into a rut of eating comfort foods, not exercising, and smoking. Good health and staying cancer free takes some discipline. What you eat, drink, and do with your body directly impacts your risk.

A healthy diet, plenty of water, adequate rest, and regular exercise, quitting smoking, limiting alcohol, and (in general) treating your body as well as you’d like your body to treat you are the front line defense against all disease – especially cancer.

Your body is the only home you have to live in so treat it well.The choices you make every day can raise or lower your personal cancer risk. You can fight cancer from the inside out!

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20Apr/16
What-is-cancer

Explaining Cancer to Kids

 

Cells are the building blocks of people and other living things. Cells are so tiny that you can only see them through a microscope. Cells make up your muscles, skin, stomach, and every other part of you. Your cells are part of you, and they are alive too. They need healthy food and oxygen so that they can grow and divide to make more you!

What Is Cancer?

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08Apr/16
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Keeping Abreast with Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer amongst woman, and one of the leading causes of cancer deaths in women; however, breast cancer can also occur in men. Breast cancer rates are much higher in developed nations compared to developing ones and is more common in elderly women; women in more developed countries live much longer than those in the poorer nations. It is believed that the different lifestyles and eating habits of females in developed countries are also a contributing factors.

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31Mar/16
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Gastric/ Stomach Cancers

What Is Stomach Cancer?

  1. Stomach cancer occurs when cancerous cells form in the stomach lining.
  2. This type of cancer usually doesn’t cause symptoms until the later stages, so it’s often not diagnosed until it’s more advanced.
  3. While difficult to detect, treatment for stomach cancer is possible through chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery.

 
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11Jan/16
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Around the World in 585 Days

 running 7 marathons on 7 continents for Worldwide Cancer Research because I want to support their amazing work

Supporter Paul Webb set himself the challenge of a lifetime – to travel a ‘virtual’ Pole-to-Pole journey, incorporating seven marathons across seven continents to raise £20,000 for Worldwide Cancer Research.

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11Jan/16
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For the love of Research

One of the most fascinating aspects of early-stage cancer research is that you never quite know what the journey will bring. Science rarely plays along with attempts to travel directly from A to B.  I often think the skill of a truly excellent scientist lies in the judgement of when to persist, when to adjust and when to reconsider.

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