Family 2nd January 2017

10 ways to boost health literacy

These simple tricks can improve patients’ ability to understand health information Roughly one in two people in Europe have health literacy problems, according to a study of eight European countries. As outlined in an earlier post, this is an important ...

by Gary Finnegan

Family 2nd January 2017

Sometimes all you need is a bear

A few years ago, 12-year-old Campbell Remess came up with a brilliant way to help sick kids in hospital. At the time, Campbell, or “Bumble” as most people call him, asked his mum Sonya if he could buy toys for ...

by Karen Finn

Family 19th December 2016

‘Any plans for Christmas?’

You’ve asked and answered this question a dozen times this week, sharing good wishes and looking forward to spending time with family and friends. But for millions of forced migrants, there is no plan. Safety is a daily concern, ...

by Gary Finnegan

Getting Checked 14th December 2016

Self-Tests Help Migrants Fight HIV

In the depths of America’s Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” His words ring true in today’s fight against HIV/AIDS, as social stigma still deters people from seeking ...

by Laurel Kenner

Family 13th December 2016

Are you health literate?

Underestimating risks, misusing medicines and medical devices – and even struggling to find your way around a hospital – can be bad for your health Healthy literacy is our ‘ability to engage with health information and services’. People with low levels of ...

by Gary Finnegan

Pure Tech 8th December 2016

Safe surgery is a right, not a privilege

That’s what many of us have grown up to believe. But for billions of patients in low-resource countries, safe surgery is an unaffordable luxury. International charity Lifebox is working to change this. It helps hospitals in poorer countries with ...

by Karen Finn

Pure Tech 29th November 2016

The future of healthtech: are we there yet?

Treatment enhanced by artificial intelligence, robot-assisted surgery, ingestible diagnosis kits: a new healthcare revolution is knocking at the door. But are we ready for it? A couple of weeks ago the global tech scene, startups and geeks from all walks ...

by Gael Bassetto

Getting Checked 18th November 2016

There’s something about Movember

Hollywood megastar Ben Stiller has helped to raise awareness about prostate cancer and prompted a debate about the need for a better test In 2003, two friends – Travis Garone and Luke Slattery – were enjoying a beer in Melbourne, Australia, when they ...

by Gary Finnegan