The Top 10 Healthcare blog ranking was last updated 11/07/2018.
Holding on to the top spot is Special Needs Jungle. Created by Tania Tirraoro in 2008 after navigating the ‘jungle’ of the statementing system for both of her sons, Tania wanted to share her experience and document her journey with other parents having a similar experience. Now registered as a not-for-profit organisation, Special Needs Jungle provides resources and help for families handling this complicated system for the first time. With posts from other parents sharing their stories, Special Needs Jungle provides a much-needed space for parents of children with autism.
Moving into second place in our ranking is award-winning blog, Evidently Cochrane, which was started back in 2012 by Sarah Chapman to make medical evidence accessible. Providing detailed information for health practitioners, researchers, carers and patient advocates, Evidently Cochrane gives accessible healthcare guidance that is free from commercial sponsorship. Covering a wide range of topics including cancer, child health, palliative care and respiratory conditions, this blog is a must-visit for anyone looking for the ‘bottom-line’ in health.
The Mental Elf was started by André Tomlin back in 2011, an Information Scientist with decades of experience working in mental health. He’s now joined by a large and varied team of contributors who bring their own perspective and knowledge to the discussion. With its own podcast and regular posts looking at recent studies and reviews in mental health and social care, The Mental Elf has established itself as the place to go to get the information you need, whether it relates to diagnosis, mental health conditions or treatment.
Climbing to fourth place is The Hippocratic Post, packed full of content from leading medical professionals from across the globe, including professors from Harvard, Oxford and Cambridge. Created by Thea Jordan, Carole Stone CBE and Jane Johnson, they set out to connect healthcare specialists from around the world to keep people up to date with the latest developments in the medical world. Covering a range of topics from staying safe in the water in summer to the rise of over-the-counter opioid addiction, The Hippocratic Post provides interesting and informative posts to those working in medicine and anyone looking for facts and opinion about the healthcare industry.
A brand-new entry into our ranking is Same Difference, started by Sarah Ismail back in June 2007. Sarah uses her blog to report and discuss disability in the news and its representation in the media. Rather than focusing on the differences between those with a disability and those without, Same Difference celebrates the similarities, from reviewing plays that deal with disability issues to raising awareness of different fundraising stories. Sarah is not only a leading blogger but also writes her own poetry, after finding that there weren’t enough books about disabled people. Inspired by her own experience and her friends, she decided to change that.
Another new blog making our ranking is A Balanced Belly, created by Jenna Farmer as a resource for those looking for advice on gut health, a gluten-free diet and general nutrition advice. A qualified Nutritional Therapist and IBD sufferer, Jenna shares tasty recipes for those who also have restricted diets, such as gluten and dairy intolerance. A Balanced Belly posts about everything to do with gut health, from surviving seasonal holidays with IBD to dealing with the mental health side effects that often come with the condition. Keen traveller, Jenna also shares her tips and advice for travelling with IBD and recommends restaurants in the UK and around the world for the gluten and dairy free traveller.
Deborah Wyatt created talkhealth blog following the birth of her daughter, who has a chronic eczema condition, when she was unable to find appropriate support so set out to plug the gap. With a team of bloggers, talkhealth blog aims to provide the latest health and support information available, allowing interaction between health professionals, charities, patients and carers. talkhealth blog has created a community for people with chronic health conditions to speak openly with likeminded people, forums cover everything from allergies to women’s health. talkhealth blog also runs online clinics where you can speak to an expert on a variety of issues, or, if you’d rather get long-term help, there’s several patient support programmes for conditions from rosacea to arthritis.
Journalist and author, Alex Gazzola, started Allergy Insight to share his views and analysis on issues relating to food intolerance, allergies and gut disorders. Following the latest news for allergy sufferers, Allergy Insight aims to provide a well-researched and clear response; topics range from gluten-free shampoo to the benefits of using oats for eczema. Alex posts about the issues in food allergy and intolerance, from common conditions such as gluten and dairy-free, to listing brands and foods that are free from all 14 EU-recognised food allergens.
Ruth Holroyd set up What Allergy? almost by accident when she decided to share her research as she embarked upon her allergy journey. Balancing her life as a freelance copywriter with the demands of a successful allergy blog, Ruth posts about allergies, eczema and asthma, and most importantly how you can enjoy food despite having allergies. Packed full of advice for living your best life as an allergy sufferer, What Allergy? offers natural remedies for a number of skincare issues, how to cope with an eczema flare up and practical tips when it comes to eating out.
10. Be Healthy Now
Making its first appearance in our ranking is Be Healthy Now, created by Petra Kavos, who wanted to share her thoughts on a healthy lifestyle that isn’t limited to diet and exercise but instead takes a holistic approach. After losing both her parents to cancer at a young age, Petra wanted to create a blog that would encourage people to adopt a healthier lifestyle, from avoiding toxins to living a more natural life when it comes to beauty and lifestyle. Sharing recipes, reviews and tips on how to live a healthier lifestyle, Be Healthy Now brings all the advice you need into one place.
The fundamentals of working with bloggers are the same as with traditional journalists at traditional media outlets: respect their schedules; take time to read their material to learn their interests; and only contact them if/when they want to be contacted.
Vuelio’s blog ranking methodology takes into consideration social sharing, topic-related content and post frequency. Profiles of these Healthcare blogs and their authors can be found in the Vuelio Media Database.