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How many MPs divorce due to work?

About four years ago I was researching the working life of women MPs and asked if data was available about marriage breakdowns resulting from their incredible workload and long hours. I wanted to know if these figures existed for both men and women MPs and was told it didn’t, though the view was that it would be fascinating to know. Indeed it could be influential in introducing modern...
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Victims of UK contaminated blood scandal speak out

This is a follow up to my previous post about contaminated blood. ┬áLet’s hope someone in government is listening. Patients whose lives were devastated after being treated with contaminated NHS blood have urged the government to consider their suffering over the last three decades – and offer an apology. They have expressed anger and frustration about the lack of recognition for their...
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David Cameron urged to apologise over contaminated blood travesty

Innocent patients and families of those infected with contaminated blood provided by the NHS – 2,000 of whom died as a result – are hoping that the outcome of the Penrose inquiry in Scotland into this terrible tragedy will pave the way for a public apology from David Cameron. Astonishingly, successive governments in England have refused to hold an official inquiry into why this...
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Why men need reliable prostate cancer checks

I am delighted to see that the innovative new prostate cancer detection available for the workplace which I promoted earlier this month has been highlighted in today’s Daily Mail’s Good Health section. Thank you Jonathan! Many people ask why this kind of accurate detection is not available on the NHS if the PSA method of screening is so unreliable. Maybe, one day, it will be...
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Adopt a Better Way – our new adoption campaign

I’m delighted to be working with the inspirational Francesca Polini for the third year running to promote her national campaign for fairer adoptions during National Adoption Week, 5 – 11 November. She has rebranded her former campaign group, Adoption with Humanity, which it is now known as Adopt a Better Way to avoid confusing those who thought it was an adoption service. Francesca...
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UK surgeons fight to save the life of Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai,the 14-year-old Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban in retaliation for campaigning on her blog for improved education for young girls, is to be treated at a British hospital after offers flooded in from around the world. Malala was savagely shot in the head by two men on her school bus for daring to publish her thoughts. Surgeons at New Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, which...
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The Big Issue surrounding homelessness

I was shocked to read in the local press that homeless people in Cambridge have been attacked and fear being murdered, and that numbers of those sleeping rough is on the rise here. To mark World Homeless Day yesterday, I decided to learn more about their plight during a visit to the university city. When I arrived I went in search of a homeless person selling the Big Issue, and it wasn’t...
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Shift workers face increased risk of breast cancer

I was stunned last week to learn that shift workers who work through the night face an increased risk of breast cancer. This includes our emergency services, nurses and care workers, as well as call centre and airline staff. The revelation came from Prof Gordon Wishart, an expert on cancer in the workplace and a consultant breast and endocrine surgeon. He says that the British Journal of Cancer...
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The fear I share with India Knight

Sunday Times columnist India Knight today describes her fear of being confined in closed windowless spaces and small lifts, how she suffers from claustrophobia. I would like to reassure her that there literally is a light at the end of the dark tunnel, and she may like to follow some of the coping strategies I devised to overcome my similar fear which suddenly began out of the blue about four...
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How does Alex Ferguson get away with it?

In an era when business leaders are expected to harness warm and open relationships with the media, Sir Alex Ferguson plays by his own rule book. Credit where it is due, under his leadership, Manchester United has become the most successful football club in our history, despite Sir Alex’s hostility and loathing of the press if they don’t jump to his tune. The Times updates us on Sir...
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Stand up to cancer – develop new biomarkers

Channel 4 and Cancer Research UK have joined forces to launch its excellent Stand Up To Cancer campaign in the UK to accelerate new cures through scientific research. Successfully curing cancer depends very much on how early the cancer is diagnosed. Discovering new biomarkers for cancer screening is vital to enable this. Abcodia,with its unique access to 5 million serum samples at a biobank...
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