Living With Chronic Illness: Endometriosis and Body Neutrality

It is important to start by defining what endometriosis actually is, because before I was diagnosed I had little knowledge of the disease and, like many female reproductive issues, it can feel like it is shrouded in taboo and mystery.  Endometriosis is a disease in which cells similar to those of the uterus lining grow […]

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Endometriosis: more than just period pain

Despite the feminist progress we have made in the past century, the male body still dominates the world of medicine. As Caroline Criado Perez points out in her recent book Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in the World Designed for Men, medical students learn about “anatomy and female anatomy”. This leads to a situation where […]


I want to hold your hand: the health benefits of hand holding

Holding hands with a loved one can have a multitude of health benefits, according to a study published this week. The report, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that holding someone’s hand can reduce pain in either individual, steady the couple’s heart rates and even synchronise their brain waves. Lead author […]

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Songs of the Summer 2017: The War on Drugs, ‘Pain’

The War on Drugs could not have quenched their fans’ thirst for new material in a more heroic fashion. ‘Pain’ is a welcome return to the band’s signature blend of intricate production and Dylan-esque vocals. A spellbinding track that evokes a sense of comfort and hope, ‘Pain’ is a testament to a voyage of personal […]