Health

What it’s Like to Give Blood

Content notice- this article includes discussion of blood and needles – We’ve been talking a lot about blood over at The Nopebook recently. Not in a creepy way, but about blood donation. I’ve been donating blood for a few years now, and it’s one of the best things I do. …

Laptop Bans are Academic Ableism

The CHRONICles is a fortnightly column by Caroline Marie McDonagh-Delves and Rachel Charlton-Dailey discussing life with chronic illness, chronic pain and disability. Content warning: this column will regularly discuss ableism and topics relating to disability. — When I was 17, I sat the last exam that I would ever complete by hand. In the timetable of Caroline’s pinpoint-able …

High Femme In High Heels

The CHRONICles is a fortnightly column by Caroline Marie McDonagh-Delves and Rachel Charlton-Dailey discussing life with chronic illness, chronic pain and disability. Content warning: this column will regularly discuss ableism and topics relating to disability. — Maybe I watch too much TV. Maybe my fashion sense is too much influenced by 1950s pin-up girls. Maybe I was …

When Your Body Doesn’t Love Sex as Much as You

The CHRONICles is a fortnightly column by Caroline Marie McDonagh-Delves and Rachel Charlton-Dailey discussing life with chronic illness, chronic pain and disability. Content warning: this column will regularly discuss ableism and topics relating to disability. Please note: This piece contains adult content and is NSFW. — IF YOU ARE RELATED TO THE WRITER OF THIS PIECE, PLEASE …

Vaccination is Not Up For Debate – Even for Kat Von D

Last week, a screenshot of an Instagram comment by tattooist, make-up purveyor, and celebrity vegan Kat Von D crossed my Twitter page. In response to another user’s comment to “do your research on vaccines, they aren’t vegan!”, she replies “there’s no way we are vaccinating our baby. High-five to you …

When Falling Over Gets You Down

The CHRONICles is a fortnightly column by Caroline Marie McDonagh-Delves and Rachel Charlton-Dailey discussing life with chronic illness, chronic pain and disability. Content warning: this column will regularly discuss ableism and topics relating to disability. – I am envious of small children. Not just because they don’t have to work or pay bills and …

The Taboo of Partner Postnatal Depression

Trigger warning: Postnatal depression, including mentions of suicide, self harm and abusive behaviours. — Coping with the huge life changes and emotions of becoming a parent is nothing new. The whole transition from a loving romantic couple to a family unit is both an exciting and daunting process. However, this …

Stephen Hawking Takes Jeremy Hunt to the High Court

It’s no secret that the NHS is in trouble. The increased cuts in funding has of course had a dire effect on services, and it seems the only solution Jeremy Hunt and the government have is privatisation. NHS England is due to hold a national 12-week consultation on the contracting …

Dear Jamie Oliver, Obesity is Not the Problem, it’s the Symptom

Jamie Oliver is under fire (again) this week for his latest apparent attack on the poor. In an effort to halve ‘childhood obesity’ in Scotland by 2030, Nicola Sturgeon confirmed during a meeting with Jamie Oliver that Scotland will ban price-cutting and two-for-one style promotions on sweets, crisps and other …