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Calling all the single ladies

By Qainaat Aftab qainaat@urban-echo.co.uk It’s February and it’s the infamous month of Valentine’s Day. Every year we see the capitalist notion where hundreds of red hearted balloons and red roses fill up the shop shelves. Valentine’s Day is nothing but a capitalist con and another way to make singletons feel left out. I find it odd how some of my friends get so caught up on the idea of being alone on Valentine’s Day. In reality, it’s just another day. But listening to their conversation, I couldn’t help but find…

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Calling all the single ladies!

by Qainaat Aftab It’s February and it’s the infamous month of Valentine’s Day. Every year we see the capitalist notion where hundreds of red hearted balloons and red roses fill up the shop shelves. Valentine’s Day is nothing but a capitalist con and another way to make singletons feel left out. I find it odd how some of my friends get so caught up on the idea of being alone on Valentine’s Day. In reality, it’s just another day. But listening to their conversation, I couldn’t help but find their…

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The Colour of Love

Every year as Valentine’s Day approaches the high street becomes saturated with the colour red. From hearts and flowers to cards and gifts, vibrant window displays vie for our attention at every turn, and, as red has such a strong physical effect on us we can’t help but notice! Despite not being technically the most visible colour red gives the appearance of being closer than it is, so it gets our attention first. It also has a stimulating effect on the body, causing the pulse rate to rise, and can…

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The Importance Of Having Good Sleep

This month I would like to share with you about sleep and the difficulties we can experience and some ideas to help achieve good quality sleep. These times have been when I have experienced depression or experienced burn out at work, when I did shift work and more recently earlier this year when my mum died. We all have times in our lives when we can have problems sleeping, when we find it hard to fall asleep, find ourselves waking up in the night or have dreams that disturb our…

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‘Hygge’ – Having a Cosy Winter

I hope you are well. This month I want to share with you about ‘Hygge’ – a lifestyle I heard about from a lovely woman in a group I was facilitating, when we were having a discussion about the difficulties some people experience in the winter months. Hygge is a phenomenon first documented in 18th Century Denmark and has apparently been crucial to the Danes ever since. The Danes put their happiness down to Hygge, a particular lifestyle pronounced ‘hoo-guh’ or ‘ hue-ugh’. it involves a feeling of comfort and…

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Hands on Massage: An Interview with Abie Ansari

Within moments of meeting with massage therapist Abie Ansari of Hands On Massage, it became abundantly clear to me that not only is Abie extremely knowledgeable about the subject of therapeutic massage, but she also has an enthusiasm for her work which is both infectious and inspiring. Having experienced two different types of massage from the broad range of treatments, Abie offers (both equally wonderful and effective), I can attest that from the initial consultation, right through to the treatment follow-up, Abie works in a way that is both respectful…

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Ace Your Base: Choosing the right foundation

As a Make-up Artist one of the questions I am asked most frequently by clients is how to choose the right foundation. There are so many brands and formulations now vying for space in our make-up bags that the choice is bewildering, from BB and CC creams to mineral powders and Cushion Compact foundations it can be difficult to know where to start. To help, I’ve put together a three-step guide to help you navigate the make-up product minefield, avoid the common foundation falterings, and ace your base! Step One:…

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Stress-busting Beauty

If you’ve ever experienced a breakout or developed a rash right before an important event, or found your complexion looking listless when you’re run down then you already know first-hand how stress can affect your appearance. But just how exactly does stress affect the skin? Well, firstly, stress can affect levels of cortisol (known as the stress hormone) along with other hormones; this in turn can cause an over production of sebum in the skin, contributing to oily skin and breakouts. Secondly, stress can also affect the immune system so…

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Hospital dietitians zoom in on success with YouTube project

Dietitians from Bradford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are playing a starring role in an innovative patient education project that brings information to life through video. And it’s a project that has now prompted the launch of their very own YouTube channel. It came about when the Trust’s Head of Service, Jackie Loach and Principal Dietitian, Johanne Bird were introduced by Cindy Fedell, Director of Informatics to the team at the Working Academy at Bradford University. Dietitians joined forces with Simon Couth, Head of the Working Academy and Rachel Bottomley, a…

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New MS service making a difference to Bradford patients

A new service offered at a Bradford hospital means patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) can receive a life-changing medication closer to their homes. Previously, Bradford patients had to travel to Leeds for part of their treatment but now this can be administered at St Luke’s Hospital, part of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Tysabri, which is given intravenously (by drip), is a disease modifying drug (DMD) for very active relapsing remitting MS and is taken once every four weeks to reduce the number and severity of relapses. The St…

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