Wellbeing: Patient

http://patient.info/health is part of http://patient.info/ which is a great website.

Patient is the web’s leading independent health platform, established for over 15 years. With more than 18 million visits a month, it is a trusted source of information for both patients and health professionals across the globe.

The site contains over 4000 health information leaflets, a wellbeing centre, a free health check, and thousands of discussion forums. It is accredited by The Information Standard, NHS England’s quality mark and was listed as ‘The top health website you can’t live without’ by The Times newspaper (Jan 2013).

Who owns and runs Patient?

Patient was first launched in 1997 by PiP (Patient information Publications) as a directory of websites which provided information on health, disease and related issues. PiP is a partnership between Dr Tim Kenny and Dr Beverley Kenny, who were GPs with over 15 years’ experience in Tyne and Wear, England and who had a particular interest in writing and providing evidence-based patient information.


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Public transport exposes you to 8 times more pollution than a car

Commuters on public transport are exposed to an "environmental injustice" of up to eight times more pollution than car users, according to new research.


A new study has revealed that although motorists produce the most pollution per commuter, being sealed inside their cars means they are the least exposed to harmful particulate matter (PM) from the outside.

Experts at the University of Surrey compared how commuters using cars, buses and the underground in different parts of London were exposed to a range of pollutants.

Figures showed that passengers on underground trains with opening windows were exposed to the worst air quality, followed by those on buses.

Above ground, bus travellers were found to be exposed to higher levels of black carbon and particles than car users.

Dr Prashant Kumar, who led the study, said: "We found that there is definitely an element of environmental injustice among those commuting in London, with those who create the most pollution having the least exposure to it."

The latest study involved commuters wearing air pollution monitors as they undertook hundreds of journeys by car, bus and tube.

Video: How polluted is your town?

They found people on the tube were exposed to 68 micrograms of PM10 - tiny particles of soot that are breathed into the lungs - compared to eight micrograms of exposure experienced by motorists.


Levels of PM2.5 fine particles, which can be more lethal as they are drawn deep into the lungs, were twice as high on buses as in cars.

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The study did not find conclusive evidence to link deprived areas with higher exposure, but found that people from affluent areas tend to breathe in less pollutants because more people use cars.

"There is an interesting trade-off of pollution exposure between different modes of transport," said Dr Kumar.

Drivers commuting in diesel cars produced the most pollutants, the study found.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan is due to introduce a £10 daily "toxicity charge" on diesel cars made before 2005 which travel into central London.

And he has called for a national scrappage scheme to encourage diesel drivers to buy cleaner cars.

The latest findings are being published in the journal Environment International.



Walk Unlimited

Walk Unlimited-Projects


We deliver walking projects - some big and some small. Sometimes we deliver the whole project, in other cases we deliver part of a bigger project. Sometimes we work alone and sometimes we team up to work with other companies. 

On this page we list a few of our recent projects to give a flavour of what we do. 

National Trails

We're delighted to be the official promotion partner for National Trails in England and Wales. We're working with Natural England, Natural Resources Wales and the staff managing the trails to tell the world how great they are.
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Walk London

A walk around London will reveal things that you simply can't see from a car or train and the Walk London magnificent seven, well maintained, clearly waymarked routes connect it all together.
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The Walk4Life website is designed to help everyone walk more. With thousands of free walks there really is no excuse not to go for a walk.
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Dr Maps or Walk4Life Maps

Would you walk more if your GP or another health professional advised you to? We think you would and this belief was behind our first series of Dr Maps - beautifully drawn maps showing short local walks, directly from the health centre.
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Green Exercise

The Green Exercise Project is a joint pilot project involving The Conservation Volunteers, Mind and Walk Unlimited.
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Maps for Print


We produce a range of maps illustrating walking routes. The details vary but the maps are always clear, easy to read and easy to use. One of our favourite products is a map showing short, attractive local walks based around a central point, for example a GP practice. The maps are printed and bound into pads which the GP can 'prescribe' to patients that need to take more exercise. You can see examples of them here 


Our aim is to provide people with good quality information so that they have the confidence to walk more and good maps can really help. We know how to draw them so that people can read them. For example we know that using key features to aid navigation can make a big difference - which is why our 3D maps have key buildings drawn in extra detail.

We have produced maps ranging in size from tiny folded maps to huge poster-sized maps. We will work with you to establish exactly what will work, addressing the base map (OS, 3D, open source or hand drawn), the presentation (flat, folded, large, small, tear-off pads) and whether a map is actually the right option. Have you considered photo guides or audio guides?


Information is knowledge which is power

I wanted to include this section because having carried out a lot of medical research in the world of illness, enough to create a whole website,  I wanted to empower you to become informed about wellness- every day concerns in a simple, enjoyable and yet factual manner.

I would like to tell you about a man that inspires me and will hopefully do the same for you once you see some of his work.

 Michael Mosley


Michael Mosley studied medicine in London and qualified as a doctor but for the last 25 years he’s been working as a documentary maker and an award winning science journalist.

His programmes have won an RTS, an EMMY and he was named 'medical journalist of the year' by the British Medical Association for a ground breaking programme on Helicobacter pylori.

In Trust Me I’m a Doctor, Michael investigates the latest evidence behind health claims and headlines. For example is sugar really the new tobacco, do saturated fats causes heart disease and does salt increase our blood pressure.

With other members of the Trust Me team, he sets up an experiment to test the best way to increase our levels of the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D. Is it more sunshine, oily fish or supplements and he goes in search of the truth about mouldy food and sell by dates?


Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3rPBmcgXQf8qmlNkTbbQVg9/issues-covered-in-the-programme

Michael's A toZ

 I have highlighted the topics in different colours.

Red text is what I deem to be significant  clinical questions, greentext  highlights some important health questions and blue/black covers the areas that I deem to be nice to know and useful information. The orange highlighted text covers the immediately life threatening topics.

More information on the programmes, their content and the presenters as well as  links to watch the programmes from the series are availablele on the BBC website at:



Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3rPBmcgXQf8qmlNkTbbQVg9/issues-covered-in-the-programme