The First International Sign Language Day

Today is the first ever World Sign Language day, so to honour this I have gathered some information about its development and looked back at the history of British Sign Language (BSL). Worldwide there are approximately 72 million deaf people (World Federation of the Deaf) and there are over 300 forms of sign language, including:…

World Environment Day

Rosie McEachan BiB Programme Director (and green space enthusiast) June the 5th 2018 is World Environment Day. World Environment Day is the UN’s most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Taking care of our environment is not only important for preserving our world for future generations, but…

How well do you sleep?

After a yearlong slumber, National Bed Month (March 2018) has forced itself out from underneath the duvet to brave the cold and snow! Its purpose – to raise awareness of the many factors that influence how well we sleep.   Sleep is very important for both our physical and mental health and wellbeing. Born in…

National Eye Health Week 2017

“Amblyopia is a condition where the observer sees nothing and the patient sees very little.” (Von Graefe 1888). Poor vision in young children is generally due to the presence of amblyopia (lazy eye). It is a developmental disorder in which there is reduced vision, despite wearing glasses. Typically it affects one eye but it can…

Seeing Double: Photographing twins Born in Bradford

Born in Bradford began recruitment to its cohort study in 2007, recruiting 13,500 babies over 3 years. In the cohort there are 170 sets of twins and 3 sets of triplets. Twins are of particular interest to researchers, by comparing pairs of identical and non-identical twins it is possible to tease out the influences of…

National Playday…so much more than ‘child’s play’

child’s play (noun) definition: 1:  an extremely simple task or act a complex task or act 2:  something that is insignificant   something of great importance First known use 15th Century Today on Wednesday 1st August it is National Playday and to celebrate children, young people and communities get out and play at hundreds of community events…

World Breastfeeding Week (1st-7th August 2017)

This week is World Breastfeeding Week, led by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA).  Celebrated every year, World Breastfeeding Week encourages breastfeeding supporters to come together to shine a spotlight on the benefits of breastfeeding and encourage even more support in the wider global community. This year is its 25th year! In light of…

A year with Born in Bradford

We are Laura, Emily, Chrissie, Ailidh, Daphne, Abby, Katie, & Sarah and this year we have been working as interns at Born in Bradford. We are all psychology students at the University of Leeds and have opted to do a placement year before our third and final year at University. We were employed to work…

Know Diabetes. Fight Diabetes

This week is national Diabetes Week – an annual event dedicated to increasing awareness, changing perceptions, and raising much needed funds for research to help improve diabetes care and prevention. This year’s theme is ‘Know Diabetes. Fight Diabetes’ and over the last few days I’ve been learning more about how we can protect ourselves and…

Walk to School Week!

May is National Walking Month. The campaign is led by Living Streets, which is a charity that a long time ago campaigned for zebra crossings and speed limits. Now they want to encourage people to get outside and to walk every day! As part of the campaign, next week (15-19th) is Walk to School Week…

International Day of the Midwife

International Day of the Midwife 2017 May 5th every year is a special day in a midwife’s calendar, its International Day of the Midwife and aims to highlight the work of midwives around the world. There’s nothing midwives enjoy more than a good celebration, after all every day we are celebrating new life and new…

World Asthma Day!

Today is World Asthma Day. Asthma affects lots of us in the UK and around the world but how many of us know the real facts about asthma from the fake ones? Our BiBBS research fellow Noortje helps us get to the bottom of things: More than 1800 years ago, a Greek doctor first described…