I am currently breast feeding a small baby. Which means two things: 1: I spend a lot of time idly scrolling through Facebook. 2: I am constantly hungry. So I was very happy for the random algorithms at face face to offer me a recipe for a “Healthy” chocolate dessert. I am not one… Continue reading Healthy Eating – We Need Honest Information Not Expensive Ingredients
Celebrity chef turned healthy eating campaigner, Jamie Oliver, has been telling us all about the wonders of breastfeeding – Queue backlash and counter backlash but has he got a point and do his stats stack up? Embed from Getty Images //embed.gettyimages.com/embed/543731511?et=hZcAOr2zSqhJ-yDTmFmThQ&viewMoreLink=on&sig=cfSDW1KCjhnIXndtJmZYKsmaCYVUJqwctG_uAb6nqMM= I wasn’t going to, I really wasn’t, but then, yeah, stuff it, it’s my… Continue reading Would Women Be 50% Better Off Not Getting Their Health Facts From Jamie Oliver?
The current next big thing in health news seems to be the Microbiome. According to a growing number of reports it could be involved in everything from Schizophrenia to Obesity. So there has been speculation about where it comes from and if how a baby is born, either vaginally or by C section, could determine… Continue reading The Microbiome: Seeding Some Questions
Sometimes, it sucks being a grown up. I’ve actually had enough time to write some blog posts recently but other events have left me with a lack of motivation for anything other than eating cake and reading Tudor crime novels under a blanket (it’s a fairly niche slump). Anyway, in an attempt to drag myself… Continue reading A Mum’s Guide To Dodgy Science: Publication By Press Release
Or – why science is amazing and wonderful and cool. Two things happened this week which reminded me just how fascinating science, and especially biology, (sorry Prof. Brian Cox) can be. Firstly I gave a tour of our lab to some non scientists. I had 45 minutes to fill and it was a little daunting.… Continue reading The Measles Vaccine – With Extra Life Saving Bonus
Whatever the Telegraph may think, most Caesarean sections don’t happen because “posh” women want to schedule them around their manicures or business meetings. They are usually undesirable, often unexpected and occasionally downright terrifying. I was lucky enough to come out of my emergency c section with a healthy baby, without the surgery the outcome would… Continue reading 10 (+1) Things Not To Say To A C Section Mum
I’ve been reading about the Kirkup inquiry into the deaths of mothers and babies at Furness hospital with great sorrow today. I wish I could also say I was shocked but I’m really not. I’ve not read the full 209 page document but one part of the executive summary really struck me. “…working relationships were extremely poor, particularly… Continue reading Angels and Demons, Some Thoughts On The Morcambe Bay Scandal
Have you vaccinated your kids against smallpox? No? Why on earth not? Oh, wait… I’ve not given my kids the smallpox vaccine, I doubt anyone reading this has – why? Because there is no more smallpox. Barring a few samples in two high security labs the disease simply does not exist anymore. Look it up… Continue reading Have Your Kids Had Their Smallpox Vaccination?
This post is mostly for the #MatExp folks who I have been trying to keep up with on twitter (it really wouldn’t have fitted into 140 characters!) Heads up other readers this isn’t a very happy or positive story, although thankfully we were ok in the end. If you are expecting a baby and anxious… Continue reading Post Natal Care; My After The Birth Story
Just sometimes, I feel very proud to be British, which isn’t very British I know. Today is one of those days because MPs have voted to allow scientists and doctors to create so called “three parent babies”. //embed.gettyimages.com/embed/450244859?et=jHH5jlM5Rlp9jxXADy2D6A&sig=_EF2q2WherJMZMFIPA1mOdS9B5ILsi9uNGXc1h-TdaI= View image | gettyimages.com As a scientist myself I find this fascinating; the great challenge to better… Continue reading "Three Parent Babies" Science, Hope and Parliament