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Monthly Archives: October 2012

Dementia Patients Need Urgent Support After Diagnosis


There is an urgent need for support from outside the family after diagnosis of dementia according to a study led by researchers from the University of Hertfordshire. The study, published in PLOS Medicine, explores how healthcare professionals can better understand … Continue reading


A Halloween Menopause Riddle


How is menopause like Halloween? Because sometimes you feel like a witch, and you just don’t know which sort of witch you are. Sometimes, you want to hide away in a pumpkin patch, And other times, you’re bursting with energy, … Continue reading




Hello fellow Thyroidians! My lifelong dream was to write a book, and now, after a year working on a topic so close to me (and you) it is now a reality! My book Wow your Mom Really is Crazy was … Continue reading


What To Do About Fibroids


Fibroids will be diagnosed in many women, but may need no treatment at all. They are most often found in women between 30-50+ who have had no children and become less common at menopause as oestrogen levels decline.  Being overweight is … Continue reading


Movember and Sons London Launch


On 17th October 2012, talkhealth attended the London launch of Movember 2012. During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in the UK and around the world. The aim of which … Continue reading


White Lace and Promises: The Hunt Is Over


Five cities. Ten stores And about sixty dresses. But there was one Laura just kept thinking about. She first tried it on in Atlanta, where she lived for the summer.  A store in Denver carries the dress, so she tried … Continue reading


Menopause: Breaking Free


There’s something about menopause that’s freeing. I’ve heard it from others. I feel it myself. So let that freedom, help free you even more! Take it up a few notches! What’s the barbed wire in your life? What can you … Continue reading


Look out for free mouth cancer screenings at local dental practices from Denplan dentists


By Dr. Henry Clover, Deputy Chief Dental Officer, Denplan Only 13 per cent of people ask their dentist to check them for signs of mouth cancer and shockingly almost the same amount of people have never heard of the disease1. … Continue reading


A half full cup of optimism


This one is a bit of a personal one.  I have lost alot in the last 5 years.  I have lost the woman who was like a mother to me, I have lost my fertility and I have lost alot … Continue reading


Premenstrual syndrome


I started my periods at 9 years old and overnight turned into a monster. I told lies, stole money, shoplifted, made up stories and experienced my first visit to psychology. Throughout the years I have seen doctors, psychiatrists, neurologists and … Continue reading


Underarm sweat and its relation to armpit acne


The armpit is the area in the human body located beneath the joint that connects the arm and the shoulder. For most people, the armpit is the most ticklish part of their body. Another inherent characteristic of our armpit is … Continue reading




WOW YOUR MOM REALLY IS CRAZY  is now available. It has always been my dream to write a book, but lack of confidence held me back. I am a testament to the saying “adversity brings out the best in people” … Continue reading


Behaviour that might challenge


Behaviours that need special skills and understanding within the care home setting-Wandering The wandering resident needs specific understanding. The prevalence of wandering behaviour is difficult to assess but estimates suggest that it will occur in up to 25% of people … Continue reading


New help for Lactose Intolerance


IF YOU’RE lactose intolerant, eating dairy products leaves you with uncomfortable gastro–intestinal symptoms, including abdominal pain, flatulence, indigestion, bloating and diarrhoea. Lactose, also known as milk sugar, is naturally present in all animal milk and dairy products, whether from cows, … Continue reading


Three Dimensional Care


Although I really am not one for statistics I  knew at some point I would need to blog the current dementia stats if only to help myself revisit the frequency at which this disease touches people lives and how this … Continue reading


Back To Basics – Take Control of Back and Neck Pain


If the statistics are to be believed – and sometimes at least they must be right – then 17 million people in the UK are affected by back pain.  That is 80% of us and certainly includes me – and … Continue reading


Study looks at creativity link with mental illness


‘Creativity is often part of a mental illness according to a study of more than a million people’, BBC News has reported. The image of the tortured artist or the visionary genius beset by personal demons has long been part … Continue reading


Music and mental health: my personal playlist


It makes sense that a chirpy tune should lift your mood, doesn’t it? Well no, not necessarily. In my darkest moods on my darkest days of depression, an excessively cheerful song would have been about as uplifting as a bad … Continue reading


Cervical screening: little change in a decade with around one in five women still not screened within five years


About one in five eligible women in England have not had cervical screening within the last five years – broadly the same as a decade ago – according to a Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) report. At 31 … Continue reading


Tangerine Tango: Women Bloggers in Print


Color! The older I get, the more I’m drawn to vibrant colors. And so is Lisa Winkler, because she titled her  new anthology Tangerine Tango: Women Writers Share Slices of Life. I  am delighted that Lisa selected three of my poems … Continue reading


Book Review: Decoding Anorexia by Carrie Arnold


Decoding Anorexia: How Breakthroughs in Science Offer Hope for Eating Disorders

“Decoding Anorexia is the first and only book to explain anorexia nervosa from a biological point of view. Its clear, user-friendly descriptions of the genetics and neuroscience behind the disorder is paired with first person descriptions and personal narratives of … Continue reading


Treatment refusal and Palliative Care


A question from my friend, Marcella. “I have been asked to comment on the feeling of carers about palliative care and “treatment resistant anorexia”. My first thought is that Anorexia Nervosa is always pretty treatment resistant but that that doesn’t … Continue reading


Far From Sublime


As over eight million TV’s beam into our sitting rooms most evenings, I am constantly amazed at the amount of both subliminal advertising and situations that make you NEED a drink. Buying a sofa? You better have a bottle ready! … Continue reading


Health Secretary wants patients to be able to access medical records online


Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt told the Conservative Party conference on 9 October 2012 that he wants patients to be able to access medical records online and book appointments and prescriptions from home computers. Dr Mike Robinson, medical director of INPS, … Continue reading


Winter Salad


Hello again everyone! Hope you’re all feeling well & positive! Well, looks like winter is truly on its way, so I’ve decided to share with you one of my favourite winter salad recipes. Yes, I did say salad! Fantastic for … Continue reading


Eating disorder hospital admissions rise by 16% in a year


Hospitals recorded 2,290 eating disorder admissions in the 12 months to June 2012; a 16% rise on the previous 12 month period, provisional figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) show. Children and teenagers aged 10 to … Continue reading


Does Make-up expire?


Came across these facts in an article and thought some of you would be interested! If you’re hanging onto your glittery disco-era eye shadow, toss it now. Preservatives in the makeup may break down over time, allowing bacteria to grow. … Continue reading


@onlineclinics on Twitter


talkhealth has launched a new Twitter account specifically to provide information about our talkhealth/NHS Choices online clinic series. Each month talkhealth hosts exclusively ‘Online Clinics on …’ partnering with NHS Choices and the national charities associated with the clinic’s topic. … Continue reading


New readers catch-up 2: Causes/contributory factors


In my effort to try and understand the disease, I’ve looked so far at three possible causes/contributory factors. Unlike some of the stuff that you can find online, these have all been discussed and researched by perfectly reputable scientists, and … Continue reading


HPV vaccination does not lead to an increase in sex


There have been claims recently that the HPV (Human papillomavirus) vaccination increases sexual activity in adolescent girls as it effectively gives them a ‘green light’ to have sex because of a perceived protection against sexually transmitted infections. This study published … Continue reading


The Future of Mental Health


Dr Andrew McCulloch, Chief Executive at the Mental Health Foundation: “Today marks World Mental Health Day, an initiative that started twenty years ago with the aim of raising public awareness about mental health issues and promoting discussion of mental disorders … Continue reading


Side Effects and Health Warnings


This is an ageless, classless illness, and one that is so very difficult to come to terms with. We all regret that we cannot be ‘normal’ drinkers, whatever they are, in the early days, but I often wonder if someone … Continue reading


Pancreatic Cancer Action and the Royal College of GPs Develop Tool to Aid Earlier Diagnosis of Britain’s Fifth Deadliest Cancer


National charity Pancreatic Cancer Action and the Royal College of GPs have joined forces to develop the world’s first e-learning tool to help GPs diagnose pancreatic cancer earlier. Pancreatic cancer is Britain’s fifth deadliest cancer with 22 people dying a … Continue reading


Thanksgiving and Thankfulness


I know Thanksgiving is a North American thing and just to fragment that a little bit more, Canadian Thanksgiving is over a month before American Thanksgiving. Personally, that works well for us since coast-to-coast, Canada is stunning in autumn. Yup, … Continue reading




William Shakespeare said, “The eyes are the window to the soul”… If someone were to peak into my eyes, they would see a soul wearing boxing gloves punching the heck out of my thyroid disease. I have spent many years … Continue reading


On Getting Old, Grandma-style


I have a feeling I worry more about getting old than the average woman. Hard to know for sure, but it seems that way from  conversations with friends. But I had a moment come over me like a voice from … Continue reading


What are, and what aren’t, symptoms of dementia?


This is the title of a section of John Zeisel’s ‘I’m still here’. It’s all very obvious once you’ve read it, but it’s really helpful to have all this set out so clearly. Zeisel differentiates between the primary symptoms of … Continue reading


People with dementia have a lot in common with people who don’t


This may sound obvious, but it’s interesting to realise that many of the things that people with dementia do, and which sometimes attract comment, are things that people who don’t have dementia also do. Two recent examples that I’ve come … Continue reading


Tamoxifen again


I’ve blogged about the possible link between Tamoxifen and memory/dementia: here and here.  This is a link to an interesting article on this topic: Another interesting article  –  see the abstract at the start: Perhaps most interestingly, Tamoxifen appears … Continue reading


British HIV Association reveals patients with HIV infections are going unnoticed by NHS


BHIVA (British HIV Association), the UK’s leading association representing professionals in HIV care, has today published figures from its latest audit of HIV testing and diagnosis in the UK. The audit examined the records of more than a thousand patients … Continue reading


GPs failing to diagnose 75% of patients with occupational asthma


A new report published today in the scientific journal, Occupational Medicine, finds that many people who develop work related asthma are not correctly diagnosed by GPs. Work related factors cause one in ten cases of asthma in adults but an … Continue reading


No Light, No Light


For anyone who’s been reading this blog frequently you’ll notice I like putting in references to pop songs or books I’ve been enjoying. Yesterday evening I was on my commute home listening to Florence and the Machine’s latest album (no … Continue reading


Natural disasters, war – where are your loved ones?


Danny Lieberman, founder of Pathcare; the private social network for a doctor and his patients goes back in time to 1973 and talks about a multi-trauma patient management system – developed in Israel during the war as a response to the … Continue reading


Could all the money in the world find a cure for cancer?


I honestly think the short answer to that is no, but I would love to be proved wrong. Funding shortfall There are any number of high-profile cancer research campaigns, all begging and pleading for funding. The UK medical research funding … Continue reading


Therapy over the phone as effective as face-to-face


A new study reveals that cognitive therapy over the phone is just as effective as meeting face-to-face. The research was published today, 28 September, in the journal PLoS ONE. Researchers at the University of Cambridge together with the National Institute … Continue reading