As a psychiatrist I can prescribe all sorts of medication and therapies. But there is one ‘treatment’ I know of that transforms patients’ lives more than any other. Sadly, it isn’t available on the NHS. It isn’t a magic pill or potion. It’s not a cutting edge operation. It’s a dog. Time and again I’ve seen how canine companions can help people through the darkest and most difficult periods of their lives. Just this week, former Blue Peter presenter Janet Ellis wrote movingly in this paper about how her dog, Angela, has helped her cope with her husband’s stage 4 cancer diagnosis. Now a novelist, Janet says that Angela, an Italian Spinone, is a ‘source of joy’ and a distraction from the emotional trauma and practical difficulties she, her husband John and their family are facing. Their pet encourages them to live life ‘to the full’. Blue Peter presenter Janet Ellis wrote movingly about how her dog, Angela, has … [Read more...] about DR MAX THE MIND DOCTOR: The best medicine is walkies and a waggy tail
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When a pharmaceutical company raised the price of an essential medicine to unacceptable levels, there was only one thing for pharmacist Marleen Kemper to do: start making it herself. When Kemper was in primary school, she had watched two of her classmates get ill. One had a brain tumour, the other contracted an infection in his gut. Both of them died. Kemper was about 10 at the time, and knew she did not want to see another friend perish. She told her parents she wanted to do something that would prevent others dying. She wanted to be a doctor. But training is hypercompetitive in the Netherlands, where Kemper grew up. She didn’t quite have the grades. She liked chemistry, so chose a career in pharmacy instead. She studied for six years and did a residency for another four. She is now a highly respected hospital pharmacist based at Amsterdam UMC’s Academic Medical Centre, a cavernous building crafted out of concrete on the south-east fringe of the Dutch capital. To … [Read more...] about DIY drugs: should hospitals make their own medicine?
The NBA’s reaction to one of its executives speaking out on the anti-government protests in Hong Kong has received criticism from several US politicians. The controversy started when the Houston Rockets general manager, Daryl Morey, tweeted his support for protesters in Hong Kong, where police have used live ammunition on civilians after months of demonstrations. Morey deleted the tweet shortly afterwards and the NBA and the Rockets distanced themselves from his statement. The NBA said it was “regrettable” that the tweet had caused offence in China, and the Rockets said Morey’s views did not represent those of the team. The NBA’s statement is jarring to some, given the fact that the league has won plaudits for encouraging its players to express their views on social issues they believe are important. Texas senator Ted Cruz, who is a Rockets fan, condemned the NBA’s stance on Sunday. “We’re better than this; human rights shouldn’t be … [Read more...] about Ted Cruz says NBA is ‘assisting Chinese censorship’ over Hong Kong tweet
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are embarking on the first full day of their tour of Pakistan by highlighting the importance of education with a school visit. The couple are visiting the Islamabad Model College for Girls in the capital, touring classrooms and posing for a group picture with some of the young students, ranging from kindergarten age students to sixth formers. The visit is designed to champion the importance of quality education, and highlight how girls benefit from pursuing higher education and professional careers. Kate dazzled crowds as she stepped out in a traditional blue kurta and scarf by local designer Maheen Khan, while William opted for a casual shirt and trousers to stay cool in the Pakistan heat. The Cambridges pulled up tiny chairs so they could sit and chat to pupils in their classroom at the school, which also teaches young boys. The couple are visiting the Islamabad Model College for Girls in the capital, touring classrooms and … [Read more...] about Duchess dazzles in traditional kurta! Kate Middleton dons royal blue outfit from local designer as she and Prince William visit Islamabad school during the first full day of their Pakistan tour
It was the Channel 5 reality show that followed five famous friends on holiday in Spain. Costa Del Celebrity starred Anne Diamond and her former presenting partner Nick Owen, along with TV chef Ainsley Harriott, politician's wife Christine Hamilton and 'Allo 'Allo actress Vicki Michelle. And now the luxury Spanish property where all of the celebrities stayed during their visit in 2017 is on the market for €1,999,999, the equivalent of nearly £1,800,000. This seven-bed Spanish house featured on the Channel 5 series Costa Del Celebrity Costa Del Celebrity starred (from left) politician's wife Christine Hamilton, presenters Nick Owen and Anne Diamond, 'Allo 'Allo actress Vicki Michelle and TV chef Ainsley Harriott The celebrities used the house as their base while they visited Benidorm, Valencia and Madrid. The reality show followed the celebrities as they tried a host of local activities, including Flamenco dancing after they went to see a show. The … [Read more...] about Fancy living the Costa Del Celebrity life? Luxury Spanish property where TV stars stayed during the Channel 5 reality show could be yours for £1.8m