The Brain Race Kicks Off Global Contest To Defeat Brain Tumours

The Brain Race Kicks Off Global Contest To Defeat Brain Tumours

Bethesda, MD - The Center for Advancing Innovation (CAI), a global nonprofit that accelerates research commercialization, today launched THE BRAIN RACE, an open innovation contest to advance high-impact inventions and solutions to defeat brain tumors. With support from The Brain Tumour Charity and Resonance Philanthropies, THE BRAIN RACE will launch 15+ startups to commercialize promising drugs, devices, diagnostics, and digital health solutions to improve outcomes and survivorship for people with brain tumors. THE BRAIN RACE will also crowdsource ideas with the potential to improve quality of life for brain tumor survivors.

The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

This great little award-winning Museum is aimed at 6 to 12 year olds and their families and is situated in the picturesque Chilterns village of Great Missenden where Roald Dahl lived and wrote for 36 years. The Museum has three fun and fact-packed interactive galleries. Boy Gallery focuses on Roald Dahl’s school days. Solo Gallery features his original Writing Hut. The Story Centre offers all sorts of fantabulous creative displays and activities to get involved with. In the school holidays and at weekends, an exciting range of workshops, events and free storytelling sessions take place.

Independent Assessors of Care Quality

Independent Assessors of Care Quality

RDB Star Rating, an independently accredited ‘quality’ assessment company, is pleased to announce that the participating Lancashire care homes have once again achieved fantastic results for 2019. In the latest round of independent assessments they have all been awarded either 4 or 5 stars, which denotes good or excellent standards of care.

Susan Barr, registered manager at Bushell House, who participated in the scheme, said: “We really can’t thank RDB enough! This process assists us to constantly improve our service and is great for staff morale. We appreciate the independent view of the assessor and the affirmation of what we are doing well and pointers to help us in areas where we can improve.”

Banish Stress With Boost 

Boost Oxygen Flavours

Whether it’s those long commutes to work, difficult clients or just too much work, we all feel stressed at some point. But now Boost Oxygen is here to help.

Offering 95-98% pure, natural oxygen in a handy portable can, Boost Oxygen has a range of benefits that can help make your day to day life that bit easier. Any commute can be stressful, especially when trains and tubes don’t always run on time and the air quality, particularly on tubes, can be very poor. According to a study by the Office of National Statistics on commuting and wellbeing, each minute added to a commute affects anxiety, happiness and general wellbeing. You might not realise, but you could be starting each day on a negative note, which only fuels the stress throughout the day.

Making exercise more inclusive

Making exercise more inclusive with Tony

Nottingham City Council has launched a new campaign aimed at increasing the number of people with disabilities taking part in sport and leisure exercise and activities.

The council aims for Nottingham to become the fastest growing city for disability sports participation, and the new It’s for me campaign will raise awareness of leisure activities available to people with a disability or long-standing health conditions.

Alarming rise in joint problems set to pose major burden on society

Knee joint pain

Leading experts, who have concluded that the incidence of musculoskeletal conditions is increasing at such an alarming rate that it is set to affect three times more of us than cancer by 2030[i], are calling for urgent steps to be taken to protect the mobility and wellbeing of an ageing population.

Commenting in a new Joint Health of the Nation Report recently released, musculoskeletal experts and patient organisations warn that the burden of joint health problems is set to place an unprecedented strain on society and an already overstretched NHS. 

Mental health charity woodfuel centre receives five-figure support to develop vocational training programme

Training programme

A North East-based not-for-profit has received a £10,000 grant from the Reece Foundation to help towards further development of a vocational training programme.

Blyth Star Enterprises, which provides living support, rehabilitation and day services for people living with mental health issues and or learning disabilities, has received the funding to put towards the expansion of its popular training programme at its Woodfuel Centre in South East Northumberland.

Power of Attorney Shouldn’t be a Will’s Poor Relation

Euan Fleming on Power of Attorney Shouldn’t be a Will’s Poor Relation

CREATING a power of attorney should be as commonplace as a will and failure to do so causes needless distress and frustration for family members, according to a leading expert.

Euan Fleming, Partner, Head of Private Client Law at Gilson Gray, believes appointing a power of attorney is as important and, in some cases, potentially more important than setting up a will.

The unpredictable nature of health can leave many – often irrespective of age – unable to sort their affairs for themselves.

Family members with no power of attorney are left helpless and unable to step in, causing issues during what is already a distressing time.

Hft responds to lack of social care funding in the Spring Statement 

Hft responds to lack of social care funding in the Spring Statement 

“The government can no longer provide short-term solutions to long-term problems”: Hft responds to lack of social care funding in the Spring Statement             

Hft, a national charity that supports adults with learning disabilities, has expressed concern over the lack of funding proposals for social care in the Spring Statement.

Poor Sleep Affecting Obesity & Depression

Poor Sleep Affecting Obesity & Depression

People with medical conditions such as obesity and depression are more likely to suffer from poor sleep, according to The Sleep Council's Great British Bedtime Report*.

Of all the 5,000 people surveyed, 29% said they slept poorly most nights. But that figure shoots up to 45% for people who are obese and 53% for people with depression.

The conditions also have an impact on how much sleep an individual gets. On average, 41% of people survive on less than six hours a night, but for depression that jumps to 56%, and obesity 51%.

Graham rises to the challenge

Graham who rose to the challenge

Graham who rose to the challenge is a Manchester man with learning difficulties who says he longs to exchange letters with his children has vowed to achieve that goal by learning to read and write. 

And with support from his care workers and the staff at Abraham Moss Community School, Graham Oddie is making great progress on the one-year course he started last September. 

The 64-year-old who lives at Homeleigh, a supported living service in the Manchester suburb of Crumpsall run by the Regard Group, said that although the course is challenging and seems to get harder as he progresses, he is “...up to the challenge no matter how long it takes.” 

OXSIGHT’s smart glasses for visually impaired shortlisted for National Technology Awards

OXSIGHT’s smart glasses for visually impaired

OXSIGHT’s range of cutting-edge smart glasses which enhance the remaining vision of blind and visually impaired people have been shortlisted for the Technology for Good award at the National Technology Awards. The National Technology Awards celebrate the pioneers of new technology and excellence in the UK’s technology industry. The Technology for Good award is a new award for 2019, and celebrates organisations which are using technology to improve people’s lives.  

OXSIGHT’s smart glasses help people with peripheral vision loss, also known as ‘tunnel vision’, by using augmented reality and image interpretation technology to enhance their remaining vision. Peripheral vision loss can be caused by a number of sight conditions, including glaucoma, and retinitis pigmentosa.

Learning disability charity reflects on outstanding women

Learning disability charity reflects on outstanding women

Hft, a national charity that supports adults with learning disabilities is reflecting on the achievements of the women who run, support and use its services.

International Women’s Day takes part annually on 8 March and celebrates the achievements and progress of women like Abby, Judy and Sally all over the world. This year’s theme calls for a more gender-balanced world. 

Able2 expands their rollator range

Able2 rollator range

Mobility and living aids specialist, Able2, have introduced a new product to their range to open up further possibilities in their walking support range.

With over 10 rollators and walkers already in the Able 2 range, the company is keen to provide an even larger range to their customers in order to ensure that all possible requirements are answered by one or more of the company’s products. The new addition to the Able 2 range is the company’s first shopping trolley solution.

What is CBD and is it legal?

Photo: founders Johan Obel and Clemens Böninger, created "" to provide education around CBD​

If you’ve not yet heard of CBD and its increased use in wellbeing and medicinal products over recent years, you may be surprised to hear of the benefits of this derivative of the cannabis plant. What exactly is CBD and why how its popularity in health products been growing at such a rapid pace?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is the second most prominent cannabinoid found in hemp and cannabis. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds naturally occurring in the cannabis plant family. Unlike the most prominent cannabinoid known as THC, CBD is not psychoactive, meaning it does not affect your cognitive function or give you a ‘high’ which cannabis is so widely associated with. Instead, it offers a natural way to relieve pain, fight symptoms of anxiety in a safe and legal way.