##Pride in the pastChildren have always been at the heart of what we do. Founded by a father whose daughter had contracted polio, the charity played a crucial role in the development of the UK polio vaccine, and has since helped enable many medical advances for the benefit of children today. These include:* funding the design of the shapeable Matrix seating system which provides body support and seating for children and adults with severe physical disability* developing ‘growing’ prostheses to replace young limb bones requiring amputation
##What doesn’t walking do for you?Walking is one of the most beneficial forms of exercise for overall fitness and wellbeing. It improves your cardiovascular fitness (your heart and lungs) and works many of the muscles in your lower body. While walking is a form of weight-bearing exercise, which can improve bone density, it is also low impact which means it is gentle on your joints. Walking can also help reduce stress and even help you to sleep better.##Stepping out
“Having a healthy baby is every parent’s dream,” says Saira, when asked her thoughts on the charity’s Touching Tiny Lives appeal. And it’s a dream that came true for Saira almost a year ago when she gave birth to son Zac. “Luckily for me Zac was a healthy baby boy, but I know that not all parents are so lucky. I just can’t begin to comprehend the anxiety of parents who go through premature birth or lose their babies. That’s why research is vital – no parent should have to lose their little one.”
From a small filling in a tooth to a large plate inserted to mend a broken bone, millions of us have metal implants of some kind. The bad news is that they get in the way when it comes to using modern scanning techniques, disrupting the X-ray beams and making the normally detailed 3-D images from a CT scanner unclear, subsequently hindering diagnosis. But a breakthrough by a team of researchers in Oxford promises to make scans crystal clear, marking a huge leap forward in ending the problem of blurred scan images.
When I left the Royal Navy in 2000, I knew I needed a job that would enthuse me, that would be as worthwhile as the previous 36 years. When I saw the advert in The Times, and started to investigate the then Action Research, I very quickly realised that this was the right choice – an organisation that through the careful application of science of the highest quality was of very real benefit to the ill and people with disablities.
The **adrenal glands** sit on top of the kidneys and produce a variety of substances called hormones (chemical messengers), which, having entered the blood stream, produce their effect at distant parts of the body.
Following their support of our highly successful Scottish Ladies’ Lunches, BMI Healthcare have repeated this winning formula in the south of England, sponsoring the hugely popular Dine with Davina at Southampton’s De Vere Grand Harbour Hotel last October. This fantastic event was hosted by Big Brother presenter Davina McCall (pictured above), with 380 ladies enjoying a fine meal and entertainment provided by singer Tony Hadley.
The appeal letter featured the story of Lee Collier and his partner Karen Rogers, whose daughter Phoebe-Lee was stillborn prematurely at just 23 weeks of pregnancy in December 2005.The couple were also interviewed by local and national media, and said that sharing their story in this way helped them through such a difficult time. Thank you Lee and Karen, and thank you to all who donated.
More than 30 cutting-edge projects are underway, tackling problems affecting pregnancy, babies, children and adolescents. But while the focus is on the young, the understanding gained may benefit people of all ages. For example, we’re funding studies searching for better ways to help children with conditions such as stroke and inflammatory muscle disease, but the knowledge secured could also help older people with related conditions.
Now you can shop and fundraise for Action Medical Research at the same time. Easyfundraising is a shopping directory listing some of your favourite online stores. Just use the links on the Easyfundraising site whenever you shop online and, at no extra cost to you, we'll receive a donation of up to 15 per cent from every purchase you make. It really is that simple! Visit www.easyfundraising.org.uk/amr
##Why is exercise important?Regular exercise is an important part of body maintenance throughout life, strengthening your muscles and bones. Weightbearing routines really help and there is evidence that they can help prevent osteoporosis.Exercise isn’t just about a healthy heart. Staying mobile is the best option for people with all kinds of conditions ranging from chronic back pain to osteoporosis. Exercise can also speed recovery following surgery.
We are the official charity for both the [Dunsfold Park 10km Run](http://www.action.org.uk/get_involved/dunsfold_10k_run) and the [Dunsfold Park Duathlon](http://www.action.org.uk/get_involved/dunsfold_duathlon). The flat track makes the 10km race great for first time runners while the duathlon pushes participants in two disciplines, involving a 4.5km run followed by a 15km cycle then a final 4.5km run.
Riley's storyBeing able to sit comfortably is something most children and their parents take for granted. But for some children with severe disabities, like five-year-old Riley Runciman, sitting in a standard seat or wheelchair can actually be a frightening and painful experience.
We’re very excited about our forthcoming London to Paris bike ride. This year’s event is not only set to be the biggest yet, with more riders than ever before, but we are also being joined by some famous medical faces!TV’s Dr Dawn Harper, presenter of Channel 4’s Embarrassing Illnesses series, has persuaded four of her media medic friends to join her on the ride this July. Team GP will include Dr Rosemary Leonard, from BBC Breakfast, Dr Pixie McKenna, co-presenter of Embarrassing Illnesses, Dr Sarah Jarvis from The One Show and Dr Rob Hicks, the Classic FM doctor.