Chris Hiley's blog

Sex and drugs and rock and roll (part 2)

Yesterday it was Ian Dury and polio. Today it is Ian Dury and the iron lung.

Sex and drugs and rock and roll (part 1)

This week’s nationwide cinema release of the Ian Dury biopic Sex and drugs and rock and roll is not actually about polio but the film reveals the initial and lasting effects of polio through the story of one very particular young boy. Dury caught polio at a swimming pool in 1949 at the age of 7, acquiring disabling and disfiguring weakness in his left arm and leg that affected him for the rest of his life.

“Is snow a sufficient source of water for horses kept outdoors in winter?” and other snow questions you never asked

Some parts of the country are in the grip of the worst wintery weather since 1963 or 1947, or whenever you think it was last worst. We are, it seems, running out of our metaphorical and literal supplies of grit.

Practice may make perfect or, at least, better.

Research published this month from the Memorial Sloane-Kettering Cancer Centre in New York suggests that men recovering from surgery for prostate cancer could minimise their chances of developing the common and unwelcome side effect of erectile dysfunction, by practising erections regularly, often and soon after surgery.

A second class life?

In September 2008 a young man of 23 from the UK took his own life at an assisted dying clinic in Switzerland. He had been paralysed from the chest down in a rugby accident and reportedly feared a second class life.

In another time and place a similar man did things differently.

Lipstick and no spanners

I wish I had thought of that line but it wasn’t me. It comes from a Men’s Health Forum survey of the use of pharmacies by men for health advice, where a man describes how deeply out of place he felt in one. Another man, commenting on going to the GP, said ‘It’s like visiting a ladies’ hairdresser’. Same sentiment, different health service.

Is the high profile of breast cancer really a good thing for women?

As I do doubt that the high profile of breast cancer is an unquestionably good thing for women I should get my retaliation in first, with a clear statement of my attitude to breast cancer. It is right that breast cancer is a high profile health issue and women need to be well informed about it. I am certain that women should be assisted to assess their risks of getting it and, if they can, act to reduce them. They also need to understand the risks and benefits of screening and to be breast aware.

I’ve been Biobanked. And perplexed by tablespoons.

I went  to Hounslow yesterday, to donate my body to medical science but without the bother of dying first. I'm taking part in Biobank UK. I may even have ‘taken part’ as they may make do with what they have, and not get in touch again.