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Diabetes Awareness Week: Spotlight on diabetic retinopathy

  Many of us know someone living with diabetes. It is a major public health concern, with 4.3 million people diagnosed in the UK alone [1]. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition in which the pancreas cannot produce insulin at all [2]. Type 2 diabetes (which represents 90% of diabetes cases in the UK [1]) develops over …

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#MoveYourWay: Exploring the mental health benefits of exercise

  While the positive effects of regular exercise on physical health are widely recognised, not as many people are aware of its impact on mental health. This week (13 to 19 May) for Mental Health Awareness Week, the 2024 theme #MoveYourWay highlights the benefits of exercise on both mental and physical health. At Porterhouse, as …

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Making Lupus Visible: Shining a light on a complex autoimmune disease

  What is lupus? Lupus is a complex, chronic autoimmune disease that affects at least 5 million people worldwide [1]. Multiple organ systems are affected, ranging from relatively mild skin involvement to severe organ damage, such as kidney and heart failure [2]. Although the aetiology of lupus remains poorly understood, interaction between environmental and genetic factors …

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World Hemophilia Day: The importance of equitable access for all

  April 17 is World Hemophilia Day – a day created by the World Federation of Hemophilia to educate people about the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and management of haemophilia, as well as the challenges faced by those living with the condition. Haemophilia is a rare genetic bleeding disorder that prevents blood from clotting. [1] Left …

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Gender Inclusion in Scientific Authorship: The only way is up! 

  8 March is International Women’s Day. This year’s theme is Inspire Inclusion and encourages people around the world to share the importance of women’s inclusion whether it’s in the workplace, in decision making or in society in general. According to the official IWD website: “When we inspire others to understand and value women’s inclusion, we forge …

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Rare Disease Day 2024: A spotlight on lysosomal storage disorders

  What is Rare Disease Day? Rare Disease Day represents the global movement aiming to improve equity in healthcare, social opportunity, and diagnostic and therapeutic access for the estimated 300 million people living with a rare disease worldwide [1]. Celebrated on the last day of February each year (the rarest day for leap years, such …

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Shining a light on inspirational women in science

  At Porterhouse, as a global agency delivering insight-driven healthcare communication services, we understand that to have a positive impact on the lives of patients and healthcare professionals, it’s essential to have a diverse workforce that represents the world that we live in. We are proud therefore to support International Women and Girls in Science …

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Preventing Antimicrobial Resistance Together

  As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to consume the world’s attention and resources, a looming and burgeoning global catastrophe is emerging alongside: antimicrobial resistance (AMR) or ‘the silent pandemic’. What are antimicrobials and AMR? Antimicrobials are drugs that are prescribed to prevent and treat infectious diseases. Antibiotics, antivirals, antifungals and antiparasitics are collectively referred to …

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Cost-free tips for looking after your mental health

  Today is World Mental Health Day. The theme for World Mental Health Day this year is “Mental Health is a universal right” – which serves as an important reminder that mental health is not a privilege but a basic human right, accessible to all.   [1] However, in a world where the pressures and stresses …

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World Heart Day | Painting a Heart-Healthy Future

  Each year, cardiovascular disease (CVD) claims approximately 19 million lives, solidifying its position as the world’s leading cause of death (and the second biggest in the UK) [1]. The impact of CVD goes beyond the loss of lives; it also puts a significant financial strain on nations. In the UK alone, CVD-related expenses reach an …

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Why is Porterhouse rocking denim to support Jeans for Genes?

  Jeans for Genes is an annual campaign that aims to raise awareness of the challenges faced by people living with a genetic disorder. This important initiative encourages children and adults to wear jeans to school and the workplace in exchange for a small donation. The money raised funds projects that make a tangible difference …

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Going green at Porterhouse: Small steps on becoming kinder to our planet

  In support of Earth Day 2023, Porterhouse Medical’s Environmental Team ran a Green Week Competition last month to encourage our teams to think about small ways to be kinder to the planet and help make a difference. Contestants were invited to showcase their best examples of going green. Anyone could enter, with as many …

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