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Issue 038

Opioid-related deaths have been rising over recent years in North America and globally. New data released by the Public Health Agency of Canada reveals that more than 10,300 Canadians died as a result of an apparent opioid-related overdose between January 2016 and September 2018.

Set in a fictional firm in New York, the TV series Suits glamorises the life of lawyers working in a modern corporate firm. One of the main characters, Harvey Specter, dresses impeccably in an expensive designer suit and expects others around him to do the same. The lawyers in the firm are hugely ambitious, work late into the night (we rarely see them away from the office) and demand excellence in everything they do. For these professionals, work is life. This is, we are led to believe, what a lawyer’s life could be like.

A cultural shift in the workplace towards satisfying individual employee needs means attracting and retaining talented staff now requires a deeper understanding of the personal resources employees need to flourish. Conceptualizing benefits as resources may help explain how many leading organizations are enjoying enhanced employee wellbeing, engagement and increased productivity through transitioning to cafeteria-style benefits plans.

Do you move around a lot during your sleep? Or have you lost your sense of smell? New insights into Parkinson’s disease suggest that these might be the early signs of changes in the brain that mean you are at greater risk of developing Parkinson’s.

Every death from malaria is a tragedy. But many infections can be prevented. This is particularly true for holidaymakers, travellers, or people visiting their families in malaria endemic areas. All they need to do is follow some very simple rules. Malaria is a complicated disease – I should know, after studying it for more than 30 years – but the solutions to avoiding and treating it can be as simple as “ABCD”. If the basics of prevention are followed, a great deal of unnecessary illness and mortality can be avoided.

Perhaps your GP has recommended you exercise more, or you’ve had a recent health scare. Maybe your family’s been nagging you to get off the couch or you’ve decided yourself that it’s time to lose some weight.How do you find the motivation, time and resources to get fit, particularly if you haven’t exercised in a while? How do you choose the best type of exercise? And do you need a health check before you start?

Sometimes it seems as if life is passing us by. When we are children, time ambles by, with endless car journeys and summer holidays which seem to last forever. But as adults, time seems to speed up at a frightening rate, with Christmas and birthdays arriving more quickly every year.

Australians are increasingly using prescription or over-the-counter painkillers to ease emotional, rather than physical, pain. Our cultural understanding of pain is changing, and as a result it’s becoming more difficult to distinguish intoxication from relief.

Alastair Noyce Queen Mary University of London Clinical Senior Lecturer in Preventive Neurology Alastair is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in the Preventive Neurology Unit at the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, Queen Mary University of London, and a Neurology Registrar for Barts Health NHS Trust. His main research interests are Parkinson’s disease and related neurodegenerative disorders, particularly early identification and epidemiology, including environmental, clinical and genetic determinants. His other

Patrick Lewis University of Reading Associate Professor in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience My research is focused on understanding the molecular pathways that lead to inherited Parkinson’s disease linked to mutations in Leucine rich repeat kinase 2 (LRRK2). Mutations in this gene are the single most common genetic cause of Parkinson’s disease, affecting 5-10,000 people in the UK alone. LRRK2 itself is a multidomain enzyme, possessing both kinase and GTPase

John Frean University of the Witwatersrand Principal Pathologist, Centre for Emerging, Zoonotic and Parasitic Diseases, National Institute for Communicable Diseases and Wits Research Institute for Malaria John’s present position is Principal Pathologist, Associate Professor and Head, Centre for Opportunistic, Tropical and Hospital Infections of the National Institute for Communicable Diseases in Johannesburg, South Africa. Academic affiliation is the Wits Research Institute for Malaria, School of Pathology, Faculty of Health

Andrew Lavender Curtin University Lecturer, School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science Dr Andrew Lavender completed a Bachelor of Science in Sports Science and a Master of Science in Sports Science at Edith Cowan University before beginning PhD at Yokohama City University in 2002 under the Supervision of Professor Kazunori Nosaka. His research in exercise induced muscle damage in older individuals extended the previous work of Prof Nosaka in young

Steve Taylor Leeds Beckett University Senior Lecturer in Psychology Steve Taylor is the author of Making Time: Why Time Seems to Pass at Different Speeds and how to Control it. He is a senior lecturer in psychology at Leeds Beckett University and the current chair of the Transpersonal Section of the British Psychological Society. Dr Taylor teaches mainly on the Psychology and Society course, and is the Module Leader

Kev Dertadian University of New South Wales Lecturer in Criminology Kev is a Criminologist and Sociologist with broad interests in drug use, violence, social marginalisation, as well as related areas of social and cultural theory. He has conducted several research projects on the non-medical use of pain medications as well as the social position of people who inject drugs. Research Areas – alcohol and other drugs, the sociology of

David Walton Western University Associate Professor, School of Physical Therapy David Walton is an Associate Professor with the School of Physical Therapy at Western University, Director and Lead Researcher of the Pain and Quality of Life Integrative Research Lab at Western. Outside of the university, he is an Associate Scientist with the Lawson Health Research Institute, an Honorary Associate Professor in the Discipline of Physiotherapy at the University of

Rajvinder Samra The Open University Lecturer in Health I am a lecturer in the Faculty of Health and Social Care at The Open University. I have studied Psychology (BSc, University of Manchester), Occupational Psychology (MSc, University of Nottingham) and Applied Psychology (PhD, University of Nottingham). My PhD explored doctors’ and medical students’ attitudes toward older patients and their care in healthcare settings. I have an interest in attitudes research, both the qualitative exploration

Emma Jones The Open University Senior Lecturer in Law Emma joined the School of Law as a Lecturer in Law in December 2014 and became a Senior Lecturer in October 2018. She has worked as an Associate Lecturer on a variety of law modules since 2006. She is completing her PhD thesis (on the role of emotion in legal education) with Keele University. She is a qualified solicitor (non-practising) and has a PGCE

Mathijs Lucassen The Open University Senior Lecturer in Mental Health I originally trained as an occupational therapist, and have worked clinically in mental health services in both England and New Zealand. Immediately prior to starting work at the Open University I worked as a lecturer and research fellow at the Department of Psychological Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Auckland.

Neil Graffin The Open University Lecturer in Law Neil is a Lecturer in International Law at The Open University. Prior to this Neil studied for a PhD in Law in Queen’s University Belfast, where he also completed both his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Neil has also worked as an Associate Lecturer with The Open University and a Teaching Assistant at Queen’s University. Neil’s research interests are within international human

Olivia Dunn Global Benefits Vision Editorial Assistant Olivia has worked in the insurance and benefits industry for several years. She holds a Bachelor of International Relations from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and recently completed a Graduate Diploma of Science in Psychology at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Alongside her role as Editorial Assistant at GBV she works as Digital Specialist for Vitality Works, a Sanitarium company delivering