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Child Abuse and its Effects on Self Love and Self Esteem: Observations By a Psychotherapist

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This paper serves as a window to the observations I have made while providing support to adult victims of child abuse over a number of years in my capacity as a psychotherapist. From the view of the therapist’s chair, the legacy of child abuse...

Risk of Need for Hysterectomy After Insertion of Sterilisation Device Essure

Malcolm Underhill
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An investigation by the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire Show has found a number of women underwent hysterectomies to remove a sterilisation device, Essure , used on the NHS. Laura Linkson, who was fitted with the Essure device in 2013, told the BBC...

Why Do Victims Delay Reporting Sexual Abuse?

Malcolm Underhill
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Yesterday, 2nd   August 2017, saw two cases of sexual abuse against children reported in the media. East London doctor, Manish Shah, a GP in Romford , has been charged with 118 sexual offences [1] .  Dr Shah is accused of 65 counts of...

What is the process of recovery and rehabilitation for a traumatic brain injury?

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One of the most serious injuries a person can receive is one involving brain trauma .  The brain governs everything, from our behaviour and personality, to our ability to eat, walk and sleep.  An injury to the brain can have long term...

Four Ex-Teachers At Christ's Hospital School Charged With Historic Sex Abuse Offences

Malcolm Underhill
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The community of Horsham, West Sussex is in shock after it was announced yesterday that four former teachers at Christ’s Hospital School have been charged with historic sexual abuse of pupils. The incidents took place between 1980 and 1996. Gary...

The Grenfell Tower Fire: Why Were Residents' Concerns About Fire Safety Ignored?

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The Grenfell Tower fire is a tragedy that has left over 79 people dead and many missing and unaccounted for.  As public and criminal investigations are launched, many questions will need answering, not least; how in 2017 could a building...

Child Abuse Compensation Claims Against GPs and Other Medical Professionals

Malcolm Underhill
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The BBC has recently reported on child abuse claims made against a Shropshire GP who died 17 years ago. [1]   Hospitals, GP surgeries and medical centres are places upon which we all rely, often at times of weakness or vulnerability, when seeking...

Could Modern Medicine Have Saved Abraham Lincoln?

Malcolm Underhill
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Abraham Lincoln was the first US President to be assassinated, drawing his last breath at 7.20 am, on 15 th April 1865.  He died from a traumatic brain injury caused by a bullet, shot from almost point blank range as he watched a performance of Our...

When Childbirth Goes Tragically Wrong

Malcolm Underhill
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There are few women who do not fear childbirth, after all, less than 200 years ago giving birth constituted a major threat to a woman’s life.  Childbirth, however, remains highly dangerous for women in developing countries [1] .  Thanks to...

Time to stop burying head in the sand over chronic traumatic encephalopathy

Malcolm Underhill
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Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative brain disease, found in athletes, military veterans and others exposed to repetitive brain trauma.  Previously known as “punch drunk syndrome” and linked only to...

Will a Cycle Helmet Protect Your Head In an Accident?

Malcolm Underhill
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“Cool kids wear lids.”  “Protect your head or end up dead.”  “Keep calm and helmet on.”  These are just some of the catchy slogans associated with promoting cycle helmets.  Those in favour of making...

New Research Changes The Way We Understand Memory

Malcolm Underhill
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Extraordinary new research has been conducted into how memories are made and stored.  The findings, which contradict what scientists have believed for decades about how memories are made, could help doctors treat those suffering from severe brain...

The Shocking Cover-Up Of Abuse In Private Boarding Schools

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At the beginning of April, journalist Alex Renton wrote a detailed article in the Sunday Times about the abuse he suffered at Ashdown House, the Sussex boarding school where he was placed by his parents at the age of eight [1] . He talks of being full of...

How Nebulisers Help Those Gasping For Breath

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Few sensations are as terrifying as not being able to get enough air into your lungs.  The tightening of the chest, the hunger for air and the creeping onslaught of panic as you try to fill your lungs is one of the most frightening experiences...

NICE Releases New Guidance on Child Abuse and Neglect

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The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recently released guidance to be considered by all practitioners working with children and young people under the age of 18, including social workers, healthcare professionals and lead...

Let's Be Clear On Sexual Relations Between Teachers And Students Over 16

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It’s not OK. The law is crystal clear on this issue.  Under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 , any sexual relationship between someone who is in a position of trust, such as a teacher and a person to whom that trust extends, is criminal [1] . ...

Brain Injury Week 2017 - A New Me

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Action for Brain Injury Week 2017 runs from 8 th – 14 th May, and this year, those living with a brain injury are being put at the heart of the campaign.  Headway,  The Brain Injury Association , has announced that the theme of their...

We Need To Talk About Mental Health And Suicide

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If you are worried about someone’s mental health or are having suicidal thoughts, you can contact the Samaritans  on freephone 116 123 or your GP.  If you or someone you know is in an emergency situation, please call 999 [CM1]  ...

UK Schools Face Asbestos Timebomb

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Three-quarters of schools have asbestos in their buildings [1] and councils in England have paid out £10 million in compensation to those who have suffered disease following exposure to the deadly substance [2] .  Furthermore, the...

Monster Paedophile Mark Frost Likely To Die In Prison

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Former teacher, Scout leader and father of an adopted child, Mark Frost, formally known as Andrew Tracey has been jailed for life after pleading guilty to 45 counts sexual abuse against children [1] . In one of the worst cases of sexual abuse ever to...

What Support Is Available For Children Who Suffer Abuse?

Malcolm Underhill
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Nine in ten children who are abused will develop a mental illness by the time they are 18[1].  And a staggering 70-80% of female victims report that as a result of their experiences, they have engaged in (or are still engaged in) substance...

Why Are Woman Still Dying In Childbirth?

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A devastated husband whose wife died in childbirth told an inquest last week that, “smirking midwives” ignored her pleas for a caesarean section [1] . Given the advances in medicine in the 20 th and 21 st century, no one would ever...

Could Spinal Paralysis One Day Be Reversed?

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In 2014, surgeons in Poland performed ground-breaking surgery on Darek Fidyka, whose spinal cord was severed in a knife attack.  Surgeons removed some of the cells surrounding the nerves that run from Mr Fidyka’s nose into his brain and...

Hillingdon Has Fourth Highest Asbestos Death Rate In London

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A new report has shown that the borough of Hillingdon has the fourth highest asbestos death rate in London. Between 1981 and 2005 there were 135 deaths in Hillingdon.  Across London 2,663 men were killed by the disease, with only Havering,...

Can I Claim Compensation If The Person Who Sexually Abused Me Has Died?

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For people who have suffered sexual abuse, especially as a child , it may take years before they have the courage to tell the police about their ordeal.  And in the time that passes, their abuser may have died. The classic example of this is in...

The Mind Unleashed: What is the Impact of a Brain Injury on Creativity?

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Science has shown that humans are wired to create.  According to Dr. Tina Seelig, Professor in the Department of Management Science and Engineering (MS&E) at Stanford University, “our brains are built for creative problem solving, and it...

The Football Sexual Abuse Scandal: What We Know So Far

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The football sexual abuse scandal is getting worse by the day.  Referrals from calls to a dedicated football abuse hotline , supported and funded by the Football Association, more than tripled the number made in the first three days of the Jimmy...

Overburdened NHS Sometimes Fails To Diagnose Minor Head Injuries

Malcolm Underhill
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This week is Road Safety Week and IBB Claims is proud to be a supporter of this event, which aims to inspire communities to take action on road safety and promote life-saving messages throughout the country. Road traffic accidents account for 50% of all ...

Keeping Our Children Safe On The Road

Malcolm Underhill
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Road Safety Week commences this week.  Organised every year by Brake (the leading UK road safety charity), this is the UK’s biggest road safety event, supported by thousands of schools, organisations and communities each year. IBB...

Industrial Disease Compensation and the Steel Industry

Malcolm Underhill
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In 1875, Britain produced almost 40 per cent of the world’s steel. Today it extracts 12 million tonnes a year which account for just 0.7 per cent. The decline of the UK steel industry has hit many communities, especially in the industrial...

Government Announces New Birth Injuries Compensation Scheme

Malcolm Underhill
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Families of children who have suffered birth injuries may find claiming compensation easier under a new scheme announced by Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt. The new Rapid Resolution and Redress Scheme, which is out for consultation, would investigate...

The Terrifying Trend of Online Child Grooming

Malcolm Underhill
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The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Children (NSPCC) has warned parents that the internet can be a playground for paedophiles.  The warning comes after it was revealed that counselling sessions for young people worried about...

Could Your Doctor Have Missed Your Bowel Cancer Symptoms?

Malcolm Underhill
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A new study by the British Journal of cancer released last week reported that one in five ‘red flag’ symptoms that indicate the presence of bowel cancer have been missed by GPs [1] .  The study also found that 16% of patients presenting...

Child birth and injury to mother and baby: Is compensation available?

Malcolm Underhill
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Most expectant mothers fear labour to some degree.  Thanks to advances in maternity healthcare over the last 100 or so years, in most cases, both mother and child emerge from childbirth relatively unscathed.  Some women require a little more...

The Ultimate Betrayal

Malcolm Underhill
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There is no greater betrayal to a child than an abusive parent.  The one person who is supposed to love and protect you, not only fails to perform this fundamental parental task, but is the deliberate cause of harm. According to the National...

Black Gold And Deadly Disease

Malcolm Underhill
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British Miners and the Right to Compensation At its peak, the British coal industry employed over one million men.  As one of the most important industries in the UK, coal was the lifeblood of Britain and miners’ strikes could bring the...

Traumatic Brain Injury In Childhood Can Lead To Early Death

Malcolm Underhill
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(Source: https://blog.soton.ac.uk/comp6044/2010/11/28/psychology-biology-of-behaviour/) Children who receive a traumatic brain injury (TBI) are 72% more likely to die before the age of 41, a new study has shown[1]. Research published in the Public...

Child Abuse Inquiry Loses Another Head

Malcolm Underhill
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On 4 th August 2016, the Independent Inquiry Into Child Abuse ( IIICA ) , set up by then Home Secretary, Theresa May has lost its third head in two years. Former New Zealand High Court Judge, Dame Lowell Goddard QC resigned curtly and abruptly,...

Shoddy Dentists, Ruined Teeth

Malcolm Underhill
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A recent report in The Times has thrown light onto a number of dental practitioners who are setting up as ‘cosmetic’ dentists, despite having no formal training 1 . They are ruining lives and appearance and coining in the cash. Jonathan...

The Relationship Between Exposure to Chemicals and the Development of Industrial Diseases

Malcolm Underhill
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Chemicals and other hazardous substances such as asbestos and lead have been responsible for human disease for thousands of years.  However, since the Industrial Revolution, cases have become prolific, with hundreds of people suffering every year...

Anti-ageing Procedures and Medical Negligence

Malcolm Underhill
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There are not many of us who have the confidence and aplomb of Mary Beard or Mary Berry; women who happily show of their grey hair and wrinkles.  Most of us would like to wind the clock back a bit; be it through cosmetic surgery or non-surgical...

Five Fast Facts About Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)

Malcolm Underhill
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Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS), otherwise known as Vibration White Finger (VWF) affects hundreds of workers every year. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the symptoms until it is too late.  Caused by over-exposure to vibrating tools,...

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Malcolm Underhill
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Dealing with a Botched Hair Transplant What do Gordon Ramsey and James Nesbit have in common, apart from being rich, famous and regulars on the television?  Both men have had hair transplants .  At around £30,000, this is a treatment...

Stolen Childhoods: Surviving Following a Childhood in a Cult

Malcolm Underhill
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If you are in immediate danger, please call 999. Child abuse linked to exorcism and witchcraft accusations is on the rise in Britain. According to figures obtained by the BBC, The Metropolitan Police said there were 60 crimes linked to faith in London...

Exposure to Chemicals and Industrial Disease

Malcolm Underhill
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Chemicals and other hazardous substances such as asbestos and lead have been responsible for human disease for thousands of years.  However, since the Industrial Revolution, cases have become prolific, with hundreds of people suffering every year from...

The BBC and Hollywood Paedophilia Controversy: How did the abusers get away with it?

Malcolm Underhill
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Put yourself in the mind of a paedophile.  To commit acts that provide your main source of sexual gratification, your need two things; access to a lot of children and an environment which provides you with the time and opportunity to select the weakest...

The UN Peacekeepers Child Abuse Scandal

Malcolm Underhill
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“Sometimes when I’m alone with my baby, I think about killing him. He reminds me of the man who raped me.” [1] It is one of the biggest scandals the United Nations (UN) has faced in decades. Women and children from conflict zones...

Louis Theroux Documentary 'A Different Brain' Touches Hearts

Malcolm Underhill
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Throngs of people took to Twitter on Sunday, 15 th May to express their appreciation for Louis Theroux’s latest documentary on people living with the long-term effects of a brain injury. Fans were not the only ones impressed.  A review...

Throwing the Book at the Printing Industry

Malcolm Underhill
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Printing industry workers reside in illustrious company.  Benjamin Franklin, Orville Wright, Johannes Gutenberg – these great men all had their hand in the printing business. Who would have thought a profession, that continues to produce some of...

Should We Take The Tackle Out Of School Rugby?

Malcolm Underhill
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On 1 st March 2016, 70 health professionals, academics and doctors wrote an open letter to ministers of health, education, and sport, and the chief medical officers and children's commissioners in the four nations of the UK, as well as the Republic of...