#chronicillnessVOICE | Morning Edition | 4 July 2018 ~ a health newsletter for everyone! #chronicillness #notjustpatients

A selection of online health related newspapers/magazines/newsletters/blogs/events


In the Chillout Lounge!

“Peace & Harmony” Beautiful Meditation Music, Relax Mind Body, Healing Music, Relaxing Music | Meditation and Healing|  23 June 2018

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#hearthealth #bhf  #healthmatters  #healthyheart #heartdisease #younghearts

British Heart Matters – magazine | Discover sensational strawberry dishes | British Heart Foundation  |  4 July 2018

Some of the headlines  >>>

  • Top tips for taking up tennis
  • Sensational strawberries without cream
  • Popular posts from the last 7 days
  • Breaking through medical jargon
  • Join in with The Big Stitch

Link to the newsletter  >>>

#food #nutrition #recipes #healthy #summer #patientjourney #patientVOICE #greentea

British Heart Matters – magazine |  Does green tea really help your health? | British Heart Foundation  |  16 June 2018

Intro > Does green tea reduce your heart risk?:

‘Recent news stories have suggested that drinking green tea could reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke. Before you put the kettle on, we look at how reliable the claims really are.’

Headlines  >>>

  • 7 healthy recipes to enjoy this summer

Now that the weather’s warming up, it’s time to make the most of fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables. Why not try out some of our delicious heart-healthy summer recipes?

  • A patient’s diary of heart bypass surgery
  • Does green tea reduce your heart risk?
  • Should you sign up to an online GP?
  • Learn how we support young heart patients
  • Recipe of the week:  Fresh strawberry scones

Link to the newsletter  >>>


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Heart Matters Editor

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Latest!   #mentalhealth #depression  #anxiety #stress #chronicillness  #invisibleillness

Psych Central  |  Psych Central  Daily Newsletter  |  3 July 2018

Headlines for today  >>>

This is quite an empowering read to help inspire us as people, patients to strive onwards despite what life and our illnesses throw at us.  Don’t give up, keep going and fight it.

Positive thought can be very helpful as a tool when combined with meditation, mindfulness and Talk therapies.  ~ Carole

  • Are You Telling Yourself Stories That Are Keeping You Stuck? 
  • When Adult Mentors Value Teens, It Can Curb Delinquency

Opt-in for varying newsletters, bipolar; depression; anxiety and more > Home Page:

Taken from the site PLEASE NOTE >>>


#disability  #disabilitynews

Disability News Service (DNS) 

A great site for health and disability news 

Disability News Service (DNS) is run by John Pring, an experienced journalist who has been reporting on disability issues for nearly 20 years.

He launched DNS in April 2009 to address the absence of in-depth reporting in both the specialist and mainstream media on issues that affect the lives of disabled people. 

Read more Disability News Service – About us

Visit the website to check out their latest disability news >>>



#NETCommunity #NeuroendocrineCancer #NETS 

RONNY ALLAN – LIVING WITH NEUROENDOCRINE CANCER NETwork with ronny© | RonnyAllan.NET – Community Newsletter May round up | 2 July 2018


Ronny’s Community Newsletter  >>>

Blog Home Page  >>>

Living with Neuroendocrine Cancer



#Healthcare #HealthReviews #European #Medical #Journal 

European Medical Journal | EMJ 3.2 Now Available!  | paper.li | DAILY UPDATED

We review all of the breaking news from the major healthcare congresses across Europe

Read  via this link to the EMJ paper >>>



Editor’s note

“EMJ 3.2 has entered the building! This truly multidisciplinary eJournal returns for its 10th issue and its second of 2018. EMJ 3.2 includes a plethora of high-quality peer-reviewed articles that detail a myriad of fascinating topics across seven therapeutic areas: urology, haematology, oncology, gastroenterology, hepatology, neurology, and reproductive health. This eJournal must not be missed.”

As written in the paper!

Very soon EMJ will have their own spot on the website where you will have access to the links to their community as well as their journals and information.  ~ Carole 


#SoMe #PatientCommunity Platform

Weekly Digest – Mayo Clinic Social Media Network | 02 July 2018

This Week’s Highlights – Blog Posts >>>

Strategic and Altruistic Reasons for Physician Social Media Engagement | By Lee Aase, Director, Mayo Clinic Social Media Network  | 28 June 2018

Physician Reputation Management through Social Media Participation |  By Lee Aase, Director, Mayo Clinic Social Media Network  | 27 June 2018

#NOTjustPatients #socialmedianetwork #digitalhealth #advocacyplatform #MAYOclinic #MCSMN

Mayo Clinic Social Media Network (MCSMN)


There’s access to discussions, webinars & MCSMN Blog  depending on membership selection from Free, or, Premium.  Please note that e-patients and students receive a special rate.

Carole Scrafton ~ CEO FibroFlutters / Founding Five Member & Rie our new editior is are both members of this network.

If you join you can connect with us!


Do you think this is a network for you?, or maybe you know someone else who might benefit from it’s services?

You can join the MCSMN via the following link >>>

Very soon Mayo Clinic Social Media Network (MCSMN) will have their own spot on the website where you will have access to the links to their community as well as their news and information.  ~ Carole


#opioidcrisis  #opioidcrackdown

The Opioid Crisis Is a Lie | Blog:  I Told You I Was Sick | Jaime Heidel |   02 July 2018

In this exclusive interview, Dr. Thomas Kline explains what the opioid crackdown is, what it isn’t, and how it’s taking far more lives than it’s claiming to save.

For more readables visit Jaime’s blog ‘I Told You I Was Sick’ where you can opt-in for e-newsletters  >>>



 FibroFlutters continuously

Advocating for a Multi-Disciplinary approach to all aspects of medical healthcare. With a model approach using all the ‘stakeholders’ I’ve designed a patient’s perspective of what patient-centred care, patient-included, patient-involved, patient-centric should look like and involve, that’s everyone by the way! 

You all need to pitch in!!

#Rare #RareDisease #chronicillness #invisibleillness

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Rare Disease on The Mighty  |  6 steps to consider before going to the ER  | Ray Wood (Contributor) |  4 July 2018

Self Reflection by Carole

I love this and I struggled with this 2 weeks ago when I had a burst psoriatic blister on the underneath of the middle toe on my left foot. The smaller toe next to it was bent at birth but now it is catching the underneatrh of the toe which is how the blister burst.  Well you don’t put dressing on this type of psoriasis so it needs to be uncovered so after ummming and ahhing over the weekend and saying “no” “don’t do it!” to myself a lot !! I went to A&E because there isn’t anywhere to go for a dermatological emergency such as this and it is what I have been instructed to do.  I needed preventative treatment for a serious condition but treat with disdain and like a time-waster instead.

The last time I waited for a dermy appointment instead of going to A&E this is what happened >>>

I have approx 250 images

Apparently the advice that my consultants, 2 differing dermatologists, the first one retired, both giving me wrong advice was a ludicrous thing to suggest and it annoyed me because she said “I don’t know anything about your conditions” before she insulted my specialist dermatologists and GP.  They stuck a plaster/band aid on it and told me to buy a box… It was the wrong way to approach my medical problem, apart from the fact I have a latex allergy so the plaster which was only on my toe for a few minutes caused painful inflammation.

What I needed was for them to somehow dress my foot so that my toe couldn’t rub against the blister and keep bursting it open without actually covering the open wound in order to prevent infection.  I didn’t know it at the time but I was already carrying an infection through my Hidradenitis Suppurativa so my immune system will have been lower than normal, and yes it did get a little infected but I caught it early.  It has healed but the inflammation from the psoriasis/arthralgia, or even unknown and something different altogether, is still there in the whole foot like it has been for months.  Both feet are affected and both hands and it just keeps flaring.

The long and the short of it is that the trip to ER was a waste of everyone’s time and the people who treated me not only insulted me saying don’t shout at me when all I did was raise my vouice so I could hear myself over all the noise and then insulting my consultants, disrespting my disabilities and bascially left me feeling riled and fed-up!

WHY?  because this is an example of why I never go to A&E even when advised if my Pain gets too severe, or my skin develops lesions in awkward places, or my abdomen pain may suggest another Obstructive Bowel Disorder. 

Rare Disease on The Mighty  | The Unexpected Cost of Having a Pre-Existing Condition  |  Heather Shorten(Contributor) |  The Mighty  

Heather has Pompe Disease which is a rare illness that is estimated at 1 in every 40,000 births, inherited and often fatal disorder that disables the heart and skeletal muscles.

For more Rare on The Mighty visit this link below and you can choose to opt-in for Mighty newsletters  >>>


Mental Health at The Mighty  |  What does anxiety really feel like?  |  03 July 2018

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The Mighty homepage >>>

Latest edition! 

ARMA Newletter | Arthritis & Musculoskeletal Alliance  | July 2018

Harnessing a collective focus to transform MSK services

Who are ARMA? >>> 

About ARMA

Link to the newsletter where there are lots of things to read in this issue! >>>

ARMA JULY Newsletter

  • To see previous issues of the newsletter, click here
  • Follow us on Twitter:   @WeAreArma
  • To include items in the ARMA newsletter, please contact us.

Heard about the new MSK Hub ?

It’s a tool for sharing knowledge and collaboration, an online library of resources. If you know of reports, evidence, guidelines that should be posted, please let those authors and organisations know they can add content.



#CopingStrategies | Balancing Work and Migraines  |  Living Well with Migraines 

Living with migraines can be really difficult especially if you still work and they mean you take time off a lot because of them, or you require specific disability aids within the workplace to help you manage your condition as you work.  Maybe these aids make you stand out and you don’t like it, or they make you look like a ‘Bosses-Pet’ even though they are for your chronic illness and work are obliged to fulfill your needs wherever they can.

People can be cruel when they don’t understand, so this help sheet could be useful for you, and also the one that follows it titled: Talking About Migraines With Your Employer and Coworkers

Link to Balancing Work and Migraines >>>

Link to Living Well with Migraines  >>>

This was sourced via National Headache Foundation e-newsletter – If you’ve ever had a migraine at work… | 02 July 2018

Developed by Med-IQ in collaboration with the National Headache Foundation.

Med-IQ National Headache Foundation

Supported by an educational grant from Allergan, Inc.

© 2018 Med-IQ, LLC

#MigraineAwareness  #patientvoice

Migraines are NOT pretty, let me show you my migraine pose | Blog:  Counting My Spoons | Julie Ryan |  02 July 2018

In this post Julie discusses Last week, Elle Magazine and Cosmopolitan magazine posted a couple of articles that are just really demeaning towards those who live with migraines and are giving the wrong impression of people who suffer daily with migraines.  She shows herself in her own pictures to show what it really looks like and asks for help to get this message out there.

I’m so proud of our community and they way we’ve taken over the #migrainepose . Migraines are not pretty! Always speak up for yourself. ~ Julie Ryan

Migraines are not pretty I suffer with them myself and the problems that come with such as all the hypersensitivities being super heightened make it impossible to lift my head never mind tidy hair and take a picture. ~ Carole



Im-patient UPDATE 

Thankyou to everyone…

…who has participated in the design of ‘Impatient’-London event in October, and the ‘Impatient’ Philadelphia event also in October.

You can now take a look at the brochures for ‘Patient Summit Europe’, ‘Patient Summit USA’ and book your places via the following links >>>

At Patient Summit Europe 2018 (October 16-17) we will be bursting the patient centricity bubble; challenging pharma and patients to come together in true partnership and discover a real shift to solution-based thinking.

Highlights from the agenda include  >>>

  • im-patient” – a new feature in 2018, half a day designed, created and hosted by our patient steering committee
  • Industry leading case studies, including IMI’s Big Data for Better Outcomes, Novartis’s “EPALCO” and Merck Group’s “MS in the 21st Century” projects
  • Co-presentations between pharma and patients, including Janssen, Pfizer and more
  • Interactive roundtables on both days dedicated to the topics patients want to discuss with pharma most

Patients who are unaffiliated with pharma business and consultancy will get a free pass.

All pharma or solution providers who book from you can have the advantage of a €200 discount.

Get your copy of the EUROPE brochure now – for the full details of the agenda and “im-patient” summit


At Patient Summit USA 2018 (October 23-24)

Key themes  >>>

  • Patient Critical = Business Critical – Recognize that patient value translates to business value – maximize social benefits to maximize your performance
  • Clear the clinical bottleneck – Reimagine your clinical trials through innovative patient focused design and the removal of antiquated endpoints
  • Work with patients, not for patients – Co-create solutions with patients in order to generate maximum uptake
  • Informed patients are stronger partners – Promote health literacy to build an educated patient population who can supercharge your efforts

Get your copy of the USA brochure now – for the full details of the agenda and “im-patient” summit.


We’re putting on a pharma conference where patients are the ones to design, create and implement the programme. This way, patients really are setting the agenda.


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#MentalHealth  #children 

Mental Health Foundation |  How we’re helping children with their mental health  | 02 July 2018

Mental health prevention in children is a hot topic at the moment and this blog post discusses why it is even more important now than before.

Preventing mental health problems in children is more important than ever |  Jane Caro |  Mental Health Foundation |  28 June 2018

Visit the Mental Health Foundation website for more blog posts and articles and opt-in for e-newsletters  >>>

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#Arthritis  #Arthritis #PatientVoice #Patients 

At Home with Arthritis: Cleaning, Laundry and DIYs  |  Arthritis Today via Arthritis Foundation | 3 July 2018


  • At Home With Arthritis
    • Your home should be your sanctuary. But when you’re living with arthritis, caring for a house can sometimes be a source of pain or discomfort. Thankfully, there are dozens of ways to take on household tasks without stressing your joints.
  • DIY and Done
  • Clean Machine
  • Head to Bed
  • Take a Load Off
  • You First

Arthritis Today via Arthritis Foundation Newsletter 3 July 2018


What’s Your RA Severity Risk? | Arthritis Foundation | 28 June 2018

What’s Your Risk?

Each RA diagnosis is different from the next, but certain factors can help determine if you’re at risk for developing a severe form of the disease. For many people, knowing their RA severity risk allows them to better manage disease progression. Learn how to identify if you’re at risk  >>

Discussing the following:

  • Take Control
  • Seeing Is Believing
  • Get Tested
  • Speak Up

Follow this link to read more  >>>

Visit The Arthritis Foundation website to subscribe to their newsletters and to find all kinds of information and support >>>

© 2018 Arthritis Foundation. 1355 Peachtree Street – Suite 600 – Atlanta, GA 30309. All Rights Reserved.




Happiful Magazine E-newsletter | You’re having a laugh | 29 June 2018

Good News
Meet Blueberry, the stand-up robot

Happiful Magazine You’re having a laugh

Visit the Happiful website to read past issues online, FREE, and you can also opt-in for newsletters  >>>



Awareness Campaigns

Got a campaign you’d like to share, drop me an e-mail, Carole at fibroflutters@gmail.com



NIHR Life Sciences Industry

The latest industry news, funding opportunities and events from the NIHR

NIHR Clinical Research Network

National Industry Event – The Future Now

10 October 2018 | De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms, London

For more NIHR news visit their website via this link  >>>


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Designing a clinical trial? See the for advice on best practice:






#GlobalSurvey #Research #Rheumatic # Musculoskeletal #RMD #SoMe #SocialMedia

Shared via Simon Stones | Twitter | 28 May 2018

Do you have a rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease ()? If so, you’re invited to take part in a global survey looking at what people with RMDs think about using for health-related purposes.

To take part follow this link to the study >>>


About Simon >>>

Follow on Twitter >>>  Simon Stones  @SimonRStones

BSc (Hons) • Doctoral Researcher in Child & Family Health •  &  Member •   Trustee • Patient Consultant/Leader



#The Big Leap #MS
Take a leap on the wild side and help stop MS.  |  MS Society

‘On Sunday 2 September, join our team of daredevils and take the leap of a lifetime at our brand new and exclusive MS Society skydiving day, the Big Leap.’  MS Society

The Big Leap Take a leap on the wild side and help stop MS.

Visit the MS Society for more news and events  >>>



#psychology #professionals #research #articles 

BPS Research Digest  |  Can psychology help us be funnier? |  28 June 2018

BPS Research Digest

You can get BPS reports straight to your smartphone or tablet by dowloading their App  >>>

BPS ~ free app for iOS and Android

Visit The British Psychological Society website via this link  >>>


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Copyright © 2018 The British Psychological Society, All rights reserved.



#neurosciencenews #neuroscience

A selection from Neuroscience News via ~ Neuroscience Newsletter | 03 July 2018


As a drinker of #GreenTea I firmly believe this because if I go a spell without it I can tell the differences with certain aspects of my health.  I have advocated Green tea as an #antioxidant for years and personally use it as part of my #chronicillness daily management.  ~ Carole



Read more neuroscience news via this link where you can also opt-in for newletters like this one>>>

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Morning Rounds

STAT: Morning Rounds | 28 June 2018

Link to the newsletter >>>

STAT: Morning Rounds

Carole’s pick  >>>

Many overdose death certificates don’t specify a drug 

‘In a new study published in Public Health Reports, researchers report that in five states — Alabama, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Pennsylvania — more than 35 percent of death certificates for overdoses didn’t name a drug. But some states have made big strides in classifying overdose deaths.’

Excerpt from STAT: Morning Rounds | 28 June 2018

Read the study by following this link where you can also download the Pdf for FREE  >>>

The Effect of Incomplete Death Certificates on Estimates of Unintentional Opioid-Related Overdose Deaths in the United States, 1999-2015

Authors:  Jeanine M. Buchanich, Lauren C. Balmert, PhD, Karl E. Williams, MD, MPH, Donald S. Burke, MD

Article Information

Article first published online: June 27, 2018 | journals.sagepub.com



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#digitalhealthnews #digitalhealth #AI #analytics #digitalpatient

#clinicalsoftware #sharedrecocords #healthCIO #LHCRE #digitalNHS

Digital Health Newsletter | Digital Health | 29 June 2018

Link to the newsletter and links to other news sections >>>

Headlines  >>>

FEATURE | Is Windows 10 really the answer to NHS cyber-insecurities?

FEATURE | The GDE knowledge-sharing challenge and the blueprinting process

INFRASTRUCTURE | King’s Fund report says digital change being driven locally

AI AND ANALYTICS  |  IBM and Karantis360 team up for IoT assisted living system

DIGITAL PATIENT |  NHS to record private healthcare data to address gaps in health records

DIGITAL PATIENT |  Private clinicians urged to approve performance data ahead of publication

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#research #clinicaltrial #chronicpain #lowbackpain #diaphragm #osteopathy

Tending to the diaphragm may relieve chronic low back pain | 

From the introductory paragraph:
Researchers set out to investigate, conducting the first ever clinical trial to test the efficacy of special osteopathic techniques tending to the diaphragm for easing chronic low back pain.
Read more via this link  >>>

For more medical news visit the website and opt-in for newletters  >>>


WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION (WHO) | Newsletter | 22 June 2018

WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION (WHO) | Newsletter | ICD-11: Classifying disease to map the way we live and die

ICD codes what are they? and what do they represent.  This video by the World Health Organisation explains it all .

FEATURE STORY >>> WHO ~ International Classification of Diseases  |  22 June 2018

WHO ~ International Classification of Diseases

Publication of the new ICD codes released on 18 June >>>

For people to begin preparing for the codes being implemented


The following link will take you to the World Health Organization website for more World Health news  >>>


#Healthcare #health #care #NICE #socialcare #evidencebased

Latest issue!  NICE Newsletter | June 2018

Including this month’s PODCAST:   Eradicating HIV, is it possible?

Featured News:  

  • Therapy offered within one month to prevent PTSD, says NICE
  • Life-extending lung cancer drug will be more widely available on the NHS after NICE review

From the BLOG:

  • Improving access to new treatments in rare diseases
  • Have you read my notes, doctor?

Link to newsletter >>>

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence – NICE –  provides national guidance and advice to improve health and social care.

‘Improving health and social care through evidence-based guidance’

Visit the website for other news and you can also choose to opt-in for alerts and newsletters >>>

Rie my co-editor’s Choices

The next 3 post shares were kindly selected by my newly appointed Editor ‘Rie’, Rie Lopez, MPH,  who you will be able to read all about via our new page that is currently under design ‘About the TEAM’, very soon.  A fabulous new addition to my team here, from the US, to help us bridge the advocacy gap between the UK/Europe & US.  

We are Twitter buddies outside the website and both also #patients #patientleaders #healthadvocates #researchadvocates #patientVOICE #chronicillnessVOICE #WEGOHEALTH #Savvy 

Together we hope to build and create a safe haven for advocates to come and be themselves but also to endeavour to help all patients and non-patients find the best SoMe patient platform that suites them.  Now that many more platfoms are appearing a directory of these sites would be a useful tool.

We have lots of great ideas to bring you including a, ‘#twitterchat’, as we slowly update and organise the site over the course of the next few months.  We are also helping each other to learn the differences between our healthcare and public health systems as we work together.

PLEASE NOTE:  Pschiatry Advisor, Rheumatology Advisor and Neurology Advisor are all aimed at #Professionals

Rie’s LATEST selection | Pschiatry Advisor | 26 June 2018   >>> 

Poverty, Neighborhood May Affect Outcomes in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus | | 22 June 2018

Article on how persistent poverty impacts the management of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). This study utilized 723 patients who participated in annual structured interviews from 2003-2015. A subset of the larger group, utilized 28 patients for qualitative interviews to determine if and how persistent poverty and related factors impacted SLE management and outcomes. The study findings reported that persistent poverty requires immediate needs-based choices every day, which made it difficult for the participants to focus on SLE management except during a flare.  ~ Gabrielle Lopez MpH

Link to the article >>>


Older Age Associated With Worse Major Depressive Disorder Outcomes |   |  22 June 2018

Article on older age as a risk factor for major depressive disorder (MDD). Tracking the mental health outcomes of 1042 participants, aged 18-88, in a two cohort study over two years, the study found that older participants had higher rates of MDD. Despite adjustments for clinical factors such as multiple diagnoses and/or pain, as well as social factors such as loneliness, depression still remained higher in adults aged 70 or older.   ~ Gabrielle Lopez MpH

Link to the article >>>



AMA Seeks to Make Long-term Care Services More Affordable  | American Medical Association |  22 June 2018

Last pick is more of an interesting policy piece. The American Medical Association (AMA) adopted a policy aimed to streamline pricing and organization of long-term care, while focusing on innovation. Several supportive measures were proposed to benefit families who would likely see catastrophic increases in care costs over the next several decades.  ~ Gabrielle Lopez MpH

Link to the article >>>


You can find more articles of interest via the Psychiatry Advisor website by following this link where you can also opt-in for newsletters  >>>

THANKYOU Rie for your ‘pick of posts’


#Patientcare #Patientnews #NHS 

Patient Newsletter  |  Subject:  Does your body really need vitamin supplements? |  23 June 2018

Main Headline: Does your body really need vitamin supplements?

Does your body need vitamin supplements?

We all need vitamins and minerals for a healthy body. Some of them we can store, but some of them need to be eaten daily. So can you get all the vitamins and minerals you need from a balanced diet, or should you be topping up?

Other Headlines >>>

  • Do omega-3 tablets and fish oils have a proven benefit? | Dr Carrie Ruxton
  • Signs you’re not getting enough vitamin B12 | Dr Carrie Ruxton
  • Is a dairy-free diet healthy? |Dr Carrie Ruxton
  • What is inflammation and which foods reduce it?| Dr Carrie Ruxton

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Which one is the right breast biopsy technique?  | Newsletter | 28 June 2018

If you can’t see it, you can’t biopsy it
Every biopsy technique has its strenghts and weaknesses

Which one is the right breast biopsy technique?

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#chronicpain #patients #diagnosis #copingstrategies #acceptance #survey #patientvoice

Migraine and Headache Progress Noted at AHS  |  Ed Coghlan  |  via National Pain Report | 28 June 2018

Migraine and Headache Progress Noted at AHS


After the Diagnosis: Finding a New Normal While Living With Chronic Pain| Michelle Peterson | via National Pain Report | 23 June 2018



Survey Shows Chronic Pain Community Wants Alternatives |  Ed Coghlan | via National Pain Report | 23 June 2018


Visit the National Pain Report website for more readables and opt-in for their newletters  >>>



Connecting You to the Chronic Illness Community

chronicillnessbloggers.com  | 2018/02/07 | new-era-chronic-illness-bloggers




RELIEF Newsletter  |  June 19, 2018

RELIEF is a service provided by the IASP Pain Research Forum

New This Month

  • When the Immune System Attacks Its Own Proteins, Pain Can Emerge
  • Studying Sleep and Pain in Mice: A Chat With Alban Latremoliere
  • NIH Announces HEAL Initiative to Combat Opioid Crisis

Did You Miss?

  • Could Cannabis Legalization Help Ease the Opioid Crisis?
  • Sex and Gender Differences in Pain: A Chat With Edmund Keogh
  • Stopping a Pain Memory Before It Forms: A SPOT-ON Approach

You can read all of the above by following this link >>>

RELIEF Newsletter – June 19, 2018

June 2018 Highlight:
NIH Announces HEAL Initiative to Combat Opioid Crisis

Spread the Word about RELIEF

Please let your colleagues and friends know about RELIEF. 

Please pop along and sign up for the newsletter and content alerts HERE.

Copyright © 2018 RELIEF, All rights reserved. RELIEF is a service provided by the IASP Pain Research Forum.

Very soon IASP Pain Research Forum. will have their own spot on the website where you will have access to the links to their community as well as their news and information.  ~ Carole



#hearthealth #bhf  #healthmatters  #healthyheart #heartdisease

British Heart Foundation |  Keep hearts beating and blood flowing | 13 June 2018

It’s not too late to choose a fundraiser, so get your FREE FUNDRAISING KIT get going and make your summer count! Every pound you raise will help fund vital research, giving hope to the 7 million people in the UK living with heart and circulatory diseases, including stroke, vascular dementia and diabetes.

You can get you fundraising kits via the following BHF newsletter link  >>>

Why not visit the website and register for ‘British Heart Matters’ magazine and newsletters  >>>

The British Heart Foundation >>>

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#EDS #raredisaease #ehlersdanlos #webinar #international #EDSnews


CONNECT ~ The Ehlers-Danlos Society International Newsletter | Medical Professionals Directory, Gut and EDS Webinar, and more!  | 17 June 2018

Headlines  >>>

  • Introducing our Medical Professionals Directory
  • VEDS Focus: To Shine Forth, Head Held High
  • Free Webinar, “Gut Involvement in EDS”
  • EDS and Exercise | by Jeannie Di Bon
  • Register for the 2018 Ehlers-Danlos Society Global Learning Conference
  • Register for Rarer Types Day
  • New Ehlers-Danlos Society Stores Launched
  • UK Women Build EDS Awareness

You can read all of this by visiting the following link >>>

CONNECT ~ The Ehlers-Danlos Society International Newsletter

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Very soon PatientsLikeMe.com will have their own spot on the website where you will have access to the links to their community as well as their news and information.  ~ Carole



New evidence sheds light on how Parkinson's disease may happen
Dr. Hugo Bellen. Credit: Baylor College of Medicine

#Parkinsons #NewEvidence #Medicine

New evidence sheds light on how Parkinson’s disease may happen | Baylor College of Medicine |  14 June 2018, 

Opening sentence:

‘Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital have identified unexpected new key players in the development of an early onset form of Parkinson’s disease called Parkinsonism.’

Read more via this link  >>>

Follow this link to find out about Baylor College of Medicine >>>

For more Medicine & Health related news visit the medicalxpress website where you can also opt-in for newsletters  >>>



#BookReview  #chronicpain #paincompanion #painbook #productreview

Book Review: The Pain Companion |  Ribbonrx | 12 June 2018

An Introduction to ribbonrx.com   >>>


I would like to thank New World Library for contacting me and providing a copy of The Pain Companion by Sarah Anne Shockley in exchange for an honest review.

Visit Ribbonx’s blog on wordPress for most posts >>>


#survey #bbqsurvey #BBQ

Patient ~ Take part in our BBQ survey | 15 June 2018

Summer is upon us, and so is a new wave of people opting for a meat-free diet. We want to know if vegans and vegetarians are well catered for at traditionally meat-heavy barbecues.

The survey shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes to complete and questions are relevant whatever your dietary choices. All responses are completely anonymous.

To take part follow this link  >>>


World Health Organization Newsletter |  Hot topics this week in health  |  15 June 2018

World Health Organization ~ Hot topics this week in health


#PHARMA #pharma #pharmanews #pharmaphorum

#medicalinnovation #blockchain #healthcare #nanotechnology #medicine #realworld

Deep Dive Magazine ~ Future Pharma 2018| Pharmaphorum  | 6  June 2018

“As pharma’s model is increasingly disrupted, how will health care and drug development progress? Click the button to read our preview article from the Medicines Discovery Catapult.” Quoted from the cover

What you can read about via the link below  >>>

  • Chris Molloy, Medicines Discovery Catapult, explains why the future of medical innovation lies with the industry’s SMEs
  • Karen Taylor, Deloitte, offers six predictions for the course of our industry into 2022, both evolutionary and revolutionary
  • How Blockchain could enable a truly global healthcare ecosystem
  • And a look into real-world examples of how nanotechnology is now advancing medicine, and the challenges faced
  • Sign up here to ensure you receive our next Deep Dive Oncology special report from ASCO when it is published at the end of this month, and future issues free on publication.You can read our previous editions here: Deep Dive: Patient CentricityDeep Dive Market Access II.

If you like what you see then you can subscribe to the ‘Deep Dive’ magazine and daily updates via the Pharmaphorun website.

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Sign up for the pharmaphorum daily newsletter and /or the ‘Deep Dive’ magazine via this link  >>>

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#clinicalresearch #patients #patientparticipation #clinicaltrials #painmedicine #futureofpharma #whywedoresearch

Patients, Power, Participation: How Enrolling in Clinical Trials Can Help Ensure That The Future of Pain Medicine is Now | SKILLFULLY WELL & PAINFULLY AWARE | KATARINA ZULAK  | 7 June 2018


‘Participants in clinical trials have the opportunity to access cutting-edge therapies before they are made widely available, often at leading medical facilities. Experimental treatments can be appealing to individuals who have failed to benefit from conventional treatments. There is no cost to participate in medical research and health insurance is not required. Additionally, some studies compensate individuals who join the clinical trial.’

About Katarina  >>>

This piece has been entered in the Patients Have Power Writing Contest run by Clara Health designed to raise awareness about clinical trials.

Visit the homepage for more blog posts by Katarina >>>

OA and your lifestyle
constantly texting?!

#arthritis #osteoarthritis #lifestyle #knucklecracking #texting #highheels #vitaminE

Arthritis Foundation E-news | Lifestyle Factors & Osteoarthritis Outcomes | Five lifestyle factors that may be linked to OA.

Here are five lifestyle factors researchers have studied to see if they’re linked to OA:

  • Besides possibly irritating those around you, can knuckle cracking lead to the disease?
  • If your child is constantly texting, is the development of OA more likely in his or her future?
  • Can wearing high-heeled shoes contribute to an OA diagnosis?
  • Is high-impact, weight-bearing exercise helpful or harmful?
  • Can a diet rich in vitamin E reduce the risk of OA or its progression?

‘Managing your arthritis – and the pain and restrictions that come with it – is much easier if you know what to avoid and what can be beneficial. We want to arm you with useful information that helps put you in control!’

Arthritis Foundation

Original posted on Arthritis Blog Home »  Osteoarthritis Blog Home  » Can Lifestyle Factors Influence Osteoarthritis Outcomes? | Arthritis Today Magazine  June 2017.

Visit the ‘Arthritis Foundation via the following link for more useful information, blogs, blog posts and there are also newsletters that you can opt-in for >>>


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Try This, Not That: JA Complementary Therapies  |  Arthritis Foundation E-newsletter | 6 June 2018

JA Alternative Treatments

Complementary Therapies for JA  |  Try this, not that: find out which therapies to try and which ones to avoid.

Many families turn to complementary therapies to help ease the pain of a child with arthritis.

That can be a good thing – just be sure whatever you’re considering works for your situation.

  • Exercising with free weights and activities like jumping rope can improve both physical and emotional health without increasing pain. But avoid high-impact sports.
  • Relaxation exercises may diminish pain intensity … and they cause no negative side effects.
  • Water therapy is a good way to limber up stiff joints in the morning, and relax tight, aching muscles at bedtime.
  • Massage can relax muscles, lessen pain and improve circulation.

Learn all about complementary therapies for JA.

They may provide you with new methods to help manage your child’s pain.

© 2018 Arthritis Foundation. All Right Reserved. 
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#pharmanews #eyeforpharma #pharma #tech 

Why MSLs And Sales Reps Should Join Forces | Katie Osborne  | eyeforpharma |  26 June 2018

The case for aligning MSLs with sales reps is strong — if both sides play ball.

Artificial Intelligence: The Counter-Argument |  Adam Chapman | eyeforpharma |  7 June 2018

AI is being touted as the doctor’s new lifeline — we put this proposition to a skeptical doctor.

Sizing Up Pharma’s Tech Maturity |  | eyeforpharma |  1 June 2018


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E-news ~  Mental Health on The Mighty  | Theme  ~ Why does diversity matter in mental health anyway? |   16 June 2018

 Headlines  >>>

Take care of yourself

Mental Health Editor at The Mighty

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#MEAction Indiegogo campaign

“We need to raise $100,000 through this Indiegogo campaign to support our work for the remainder of the year to expand our reach, build community, increase our advocacy, educate doctors and scientists, and inspire new researchers and clinicians to join the field. Here is what your support can help us achieve.”

#MEAction Indiegogo campaign

#ME It is way past time for recognition, ME must be taken seriously!

Visit #MEACTION website and join many other ME and CFS patients >>>



#healthcare #healthcareprofessionals #HCP #MSA

 Multiple System Atrophy Trust | Health and Care Professionals Study Day

We are pleased to announce our next study day for Health and Care professionals will be held in Newcastle on 11th October 2018.

Multiple System Atrophy Trust | Health and Care Professionals Study Day

About the Multiple System Atrophy Trust  >>>


Get involved with #healthresearch in #Salford and #Manchester

Are you interested in #research?

Would like to get more involved, or know what research is going on around you?

Visit The ‘Citizen-Scientist’ website and take a look around, if you like what you read you can opt-in for newsletters  >>>


About #CitizenScientist  >>>


A CURRENT study opportunity:  Testing a new technology to reduce chronic pain

Study summary
The Human Pain Research group based at Salford Royal is trying to develop new technologies that can measure and treat changes in the brain that might contribute to chronic pain.

The research team are exploring a new approach aimed at reducing the unpleasantness of pain for people living with fibromyalgia and/or osteoarthritis using sound stimulation.

 Citizen-Scientist Tags ~   , , 

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Posted on 14th March 2018 by Jess Zadik


A study update:  Cloudy with a chance of pain – preliminary findings

Citizen-Scientist Tags ~    

Cloudy with a Chance of Pain is a large smart-phone based research study examining the link between weather and pain. 

Read more via this link  >>>


Posted on 14th March 2017 by Natalie Balmain


#SoMe Patient Community

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http://www.healtheo360.com | Register for a ‘PATIENT’ community and ‘Tell your story!’

Join a Caring Network:

healtheo360 is a community where patients can connect with one another for support, inspiration, and motivation.

About healtheo360  >>>

Excerpt – Opening paragraph:

‘The healtheo360 community includes patients, their caregivers, family members and friends who come to share their personal healing stories so that others may find inspiration and motivation as they go through the journey of living with their condition. Members share their health related stories and learn from each other through discussion. We encourage you to upload your story via video testimonies but we also offer blogging for those who are more comfortable with that method of sharing. At healtheo360 we believe in the healing power of story telling and how beneficial it is to share your story as well as to learn from other people with similar experiences.’

Follow this link to join in  >>>

Very soon http://www.healtheo360.com will have their own spot on the website where you will have access to the links to their community as well as their news and information.  ~ Carole

#GDPR & the new Privacy Laws.  What do they mean for you?

What’s changing and what’s not under new data privacy rules | Anick Jesdanun  | physorg.com  | 18 May 2018 


‘Not much will change for you, at least right away; companies will keep on collecting and analyzing personal data from your phone, the apps you use and the sites you visit. The big difference is that now, the companies will have to justify why they’re collecting and using that information.’

Read more by following this link  >>>



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May 2018 Newsletter from Stress Resources  |  Pamela Ressler  |  May 2018

Quoted from the home page:

‘Stress Resources specializes in providing individuals and organizations with strategic, sustainable tools to build resilience and mindfulness. Our goal is to empower your creativity, productivity and leadership’  

For more articles and information visit the Stress Resources website where you can also sign up for their newsletter  >>>




FibroFlutters in Support:

#Fibromyalgia #fightfibro #Fibro2018 #fibroawareness #shoutitloud #Patients #JustGiving

Fundraising to raise £20,000 for Fibro drop-in centre  |  Rock Off Fibro ~ Fibromyalgia awareness

Quoted from Just Giving page:

“Weʼre raising £20,000 to Help fund the opening of the UKs 1st Fibromyalgia, drop in center to drive our work forward helping those with Fibro , Ptsd , Chronic pain”, Jackie Williams ~ Rock Off Fibro, Fibromyalgia Awareness

Please can you help such a worthy cause, patients are trying to help other patients?!

Visit Rock Off Fibro’s PUBLIC group on FaceBook  >>>

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Newsletters via News Medical

Latest!  News Medical |Dermatology Newsletter |  31 May 2018

New!  News Medical |Diabetes Newsletter | 25 June 2018 

News Medical |  Endocrinology  Newsletter |  10 April 2018


News Medical |  Respiratory Diseases  |  11 June 2018


News Medical |Sleep Disorder Newsletter | 4 June 2018


New!  News Medical | Pediatrics Newsletter | 27 June 2018



In the Chillout Lounge!

“Peace & Harmony” Beautiful Meditation Music, Relax Mind Body, Healing Music, Relaxing Music | Meditation and Healing|  23 June 2018


Why not visit Meditation and Healing to see what other tubes they have?  >>>


Every morning and evening I was posting several links to a variety of online newspapers and thought that maybe I could post twice a day from here, our website/blog, Morning and Evening Post instead.

This is to ensure that all the news and stories go out to everyone that follows us across the social media platforms that we have profiles/accounts.

Here’s a few links to my favourite online newspapers for finding a variety of health related news from other Chronic Illness Bloggers & Warriors, for up to date news about health conditions such as latest research papers or people sharing hints and tips about how they cope day-to-day.

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