Crowdfunding for a cure

With World Digestive Health Day just around the corner on May 29th, we look at how technology and the social media networks can also be an effective ally for researchers of coeliac disease and the patients they seek to help.

From Twitter to the Apple ResearchKit to the multitude of mobile apps on the market,in previous posts we have looked at ways that technology and social media can encourage medical information sharing for the benefit of more and more people around the world.With World Digestive Health Day just around the corner (May 29th) it is therefore the perfect time to look at how technology and social media can also be an effective ally for researchers – and ultimately patients- when it comes to raising both funds and awareness for coeliac disease. An elusive diagnosis can mean years of suffering Due to its Read more

Unlocking the power of employee communication

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The right combination of employee benefits can help to recruit and retain staff, proactively manage the costs of running a scheme and help reduce absence rates. It can also position a company as a caring employer with a strong emphasis on employee wellbeing and make the workplace a more desirable, enjoyable environment to be in.

by Dave Marcus, Key Client Manager at Best Doctors UK While some staff benefits are more tangible, such as a gym or restaurant, others are less so. For example, an employee assistance programme (EAP) can help staff with financial, legal and health concerns and can be accessed via the phone or even through face-to-face counselling. An EAP is a fantastic benefit but if staff don’t know that it exists or how to access it out of working hours, how can it reach its full potential? It is often these less obvious benefits that actually provide the most value to both the Read more

Fibromyalgia gets a helping hand

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Today is Fibromyalgia Awareness Day and Best Doctors hopes that today’s post might contribute towards the awareness of this disease. Depending on the country, it is estimated that 2 to 5% of adults suffer from fibromyalgia. Of those affected, 80% to 90% are women between 20 and 50 years of age.

Fibromyalgia is a non-inflammatory, chronic musculoskeletal syndrome of unknown origin that is mainly characterised by generalised pain throughout the body, extreme fatigue, sleep disturbances and emotional changes. It can also cause severe physical and emotional disability. Fibromyalgia is currently believed to be a form of rheumatism associated with increased sensitivity to a painful stimulus. The term “rheumatism” can be justified by the fact that fibromyalgia involves muscles, tendons and ligaments. Joints and bones, however, are not affected. Although fibromyalgia may be extremely painful and disabling, it does not cause deformation. Symptoms Pain – chronic and diffused throughout the body, varying in intensity according Read more