Looking after the mental wellbeing of the Porterhouse family every day

  In recent years, the third Monday in January has become known as ‘Blue Monday’, so-called because it is thought to be the gloomiest day of the year. However, it is important to highlight that ‘Blue Monday’ is a myth and that good days and bad days are individual to everyone. Nevertheless, it can be …

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mRNA vaccines: A breakthrough in the battle against COVID-19?

  Since the emergence of SARS-CoV-2 in China [1], the resulting COVID-19 pandemic has presented a significant challenge to the global scientific community. The urgent need for a vaccine to decrease both the incidence and the impact of the disease remains apparent, with over 56 million cases diagnosed and more than 1.3 million deaths worldwide …

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World Antibiotic Awareness Week
Antimicrobial resistance: The forgotten frontier?

  Wednesday 18 November marked the start of World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2020. The objective of the week is to raise awareness of antimicrobial resistance ((AMR) across the globe and to help prevent the further increase and spread of drug-resistant infections. In recognition of this, we take a look at why the often overlooked challenge …

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Taking action against pancreatic cancer

  To mark Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, Emily shares her experience with this devastating disease, and explains why we must all ‘Demand better’ and ‘Take it on’. Demand better Take it on Out of context, the above are simple statements. Put them into the context of recent awareness campaigns for pancreatic cancer and they mean …

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World Pancreatic Cancer Day: No Time To Wait

  Today, 19 November, marks World Pancreatic Cancer Day.   A day when people around the world work together to raise awareness of the symptoms and risks of the disease, and the urgent need for earlier detection. Patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer face a dismal prognosis, with the disease having the lowest survival rate of all …

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Transgender Awareness Week
Transgender Awareness Week: Raising awareness of the struggles faced by transgender people

  At Porterhouse, we are proud to support Transgender Awareness Week, which runs from 13 to 19 November and ends with Transgender Day of Remembrance on 20 November. The aim of Transgender Awareness Week is to raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people and to educate people on the prejudice, discrimination and violence that these individuals …

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Bronchiectasis
Bronchiectasis: Increasing incidence drives renewed research attention

  Ahead of this year’s virtual edition of the 4th World Bronchiectasis & Non-Tuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM) Conference, to be held on 16–19 December 2020, Porterhouse Medical would like to highlight the increasing incidence of bronchiectasis, its economic burden and the urgent need for improved disease management. Disease characteristics and symptoms Bronchiectasis is a chronic respiratory disease characterised by abnormal …

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Aicardi Syndrome Awareness Day: Raising awareness for this rare but devastating disease

  In support of the second ever Aicardi Syndrome Awareness Day, Porterhouse Medical is proud to share some vital information about the disease. Aicardi syndrome, which primarily affects females, is an extremely rare condition with an incidence of approximately 1 in 100,000 people [1]. Although the condition affects very few individuals, it is a devastating diagnosis; there is no …

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Sickle cell disease
A spotlight on sickle cell disease: Raising awareness during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond

  Sickle cell disease (also called sickle cell anaemia) is a devastating inherited blood disorder, and patients who have it are categorised as ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ to COVID-19 [1]. Although it is rare, sickle cell disease is the fastest growing genetic disorder in the UK [2], and there is an urgent need for increased awareness of the disease to help …

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World Mental Health Day: Mental health for all

  At Porterhouse Medical Group, as a busy insight-led healthcare communications group, we recognise the importance of mental health and that mental health issues are a normal part of life – possibly more so during the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic. We, therefore, take regular steps to safeguard the mental wellbeing of our valued team …

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World Mental Health Day: Feeling the effects of SAD

Many of us experience seasonal variations in our mental health, particularly during the winter months associated with dark, cold days. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of major depression that follows a seasonal pattern and is sometimes referred to as ‘winter depression’ [1, 2, 3]. SAD can interfere with all aspects of a person’s life, including relationships, work, …

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PANDAS/PANS Awareness Day: A parent’s story Part II

For PANS/PANDAS Awareness Day 2020, Jon provides an update on his son’s progress with the disease.

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