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Coronavirus, Crohn’s and me
Clinically vulnerable to COVID-19, Lucia Osborne-Crowley has been shut in her flat for months. With her chronic condition transformed into a life-threatening one, she explores what the pandemic is revealing about living with long-term illness.
WhatsApp aunties and the spread of fake news
The advantages of WhatApp chat groups – especially as a cost-free way of keeping in touch with family around the world – make them fertile ground for the spread of bogus medical advice. Writer Rianna Walcott explores how to encourage ‘aunties’ in the community to question the truth of unattributed health hoaxes.
Shame is one of our most overwhelming emotions. It’s also something we rarely discuss. In this series, Lucia Osborne-Crowley explores where shame comes from, what it’s for and how it works.
Get stuck into one of our books, and explore the complexities of the human condition.
The Rules of Contagion
Why Things Spread – and Why They Stop
The new science of contagion and the surprising ways it shapes our lives and behaviour.
Michael Rosen’s Book of Play
Why play really matters, and 101 ways to get more of it in your life
Why play really matters, and 101 ways to get more of it in your life.
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Autistic togetherness during lockdown
While lockdown has presented autistic people with greater challenges than life pre-COVID, many have found strength and comfort in the situation. Autistic writer and performer Kate Fox explains how.
Foraging for a taste of the past
Follow tips from a professional forager to recreate delicious 18th-century recipes from plants growing wild in parks and on urban wasteland.
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The celebrity physician and the plague
The iconic “plague prevention costume” invented by a 17th-century French doctor secured his fame in royal circles. But other aspects of Charles de Lorme’s career made him a controversial figure.