Monthly Archives: February 2013

Eczema and the sun


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Three members of my household have eczema, my toddler has a semi diagnosis and we’ve been referred to a dermatologist today to have it confirmed along with a plan of action. We have just returned from our annual week long … Continue reading


Seven years in the making …


Seven years in the making … that’s how I see my blog … Our little family has lived with a skin condition for many years, but it’s my first born, Chloe, who copped the worst dose of it … atopic … Continue reading


Are you waking with the “Twilight look?”


Restless sleep, tossing and turning through the night? A recent survey* commissioned by my professional organisation, the British Acupuncture Council, has revealed that we’re a nation of zombies. 1 in 5 of us claim to feel like one after a … Continue reading


Reported cases of gonorrhoea up by 25%


Gonorrhoea cases increase

According to the newspapers today, reported cases of gonorrhoea are soaring amid warnings that sexually transmitted diseases are becoming resistant to treatments. Diagnosed cases are up by a quarter to around 21,000 in 2011. As a result the Health Protection … Continue reading


Are we a nation of secret boozers?


Drunk girl sleeping

According to the news today the UK is a nation of secret boozers. New figures show that around half of us lie about how much we drink. A team at the University College London ran a study into our drinking … Continue reading


Adding weight to your workout. Part 2 – The Squat


I am going to nominate the squat as one of the most important exercises you can do whether its the wall slide, body weight squat or squat with added weight. To prove how important it is one of the most … Continue reading


Real, effective therapy goes beyond treating symptoms; it boosts positive thinking


Traditionally, psychotherapy has been about helping those seeking help through the worst of their symptoms. When those symptoms are treated, the therapy has been successful. But what if a psychotherapist could do more? What if, as well as treating the … Continue reading


7 in 10 parents in the UK admit to not knowing how to help their child in a medical emergency situation


Children and First Aid

A nationwide study by the UK’s leading childcare search site, has today revealed that a huge 72% of parents across the UK wouldn’t know how to assist an unconscious child, administer CPR or attend to burns and scalds. The … Continue reading


New powers to check doctors’ language skills


NHS staff need to speak English to treat patients

Health Minister, Dr Dan Poulter has today announced new checks to make sure all doctors who work for the NHS can speak English well enough to treat patients. From April 1st 2013, for the first time, there will be a … Continue reading


Close one door and another one opens


When Mom was diagnosed I was angry. So angry that her retirement had been ripped apart so cruelly. So angry that her life would be cut short and there was nothing we could do about it. Angry that my job … Continue reading


Patients to get better care from healthcare assistants


A new independent review will look at how the training and support of healthcare and care assistants can be strengthened so they give better care to patients, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced today. The review will be led by Times … Continue reading


Cheap vitamin could prevent birth defects



Politicians need to help tackle the common misconception that taking folic acid during pregnancy is optional, writes Jackie Bland, chief executive of SHINE. Spina bifida is the most severe congenital abnormality compatible with life, yet it still affects 1 in … Continue reading


Eating habits – Old versus New


Since starting my blog about my son and his food intolerances many people have contacted me with articles they have seen discussing theories surrounding nutrition and intolerance. A while back, my Mum also came across a thought provoking article which … Continue reading





Silence can be golden but sometimes it signifies other developments. In my case I have been somewhat distracted by being made redundant after 15 years with the same employer. I was lucky. I got a job fast. But the whole … Continue reading


Oh How Sweet It Is To Be Right!!


True of course in all walks of life, but particularly in relation to vitamin C whose benefits were so rigorously denied for so many years. Delighted to see the late Linus Pauling vindicated as a new review on Vitamin C … Continue reading


Nalcrom (sodium cromoglicate) ? should we try it?


When Zac, my ‘intolerant child’ had his appointment at Great Ormond Street hospital, we were told of a drug that might help him – Nalcrom. The consultant, who I respect and trust, said he thought it was something we should … Continue reading


A break from breakfasts – now for the science bit


As I have recently worked my way through ‘inventing’ 15 gluten free and dairy free breakfast options, I think it is time to bring a bit of science back to my blog. Don’t worry, the food will be back, but … Continue reading


Economic downturns, job losses and the ‘global crisis’ is now the right time to change your life?


With all the bad news about the economy, many people are feeling scared about making any changes in their lives they feel it’s not the ‘right time’. But now could well be the perfect time! Jessica McGregor Johnson believes that … Continue reading


The Back Pain Show 2013: FREE tickets for everyone, courtesy of talkhealth


Back Pain Show, Olympia, London - 2013

The Back Pain Show 2013 is the UK’s largest event dedicated people (like you) living with back pain, and the health professionals that treat them. Taking place on 22-23 February 2013 in Olympia, London, this is the one-stop-shop for back … Continue reading


Love Your Smile


Love your smile……..well ,what’s NOT to love? But then I am entirely biased as I love seeing people smile! As a Dental Hygienist for 18 years now, my job is to treat and educate patients to care for their mouths … Continue reading


Complimentary Thinking


I think there is something about sharing your darkest secrets with the wider world that makes people trust you and feel comfortable sharing their own stories with you. As a result my head is spinning a bit. I have already … Continue reading


Sorry seems to be the hardest word


Playgroups are great places for mothers and their children. The mothers get to sit down for an hour or so, chat to other mothers, observe the toddler pecking order, and have a cup of tea and a biscuit. The kids … Continue reading


Online clinic on allergy NOW OPEN


The talkhealth / NHS Choices online clinic on allergy opened today. The clinic is supported by Action Against Allergy, the Allergy Academy and MedicAlert. Our panel of leading allergy specialists are waiting to answer all your questions about all aspects … Continue reading


Gazza admitted to US addiction centre


Paul Gascoigne admitted to addiction centre in the US

It’s no secret that former Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur player, Paul Gascoigne has battled with alcoholism since giving up football. His Management Company today confirmed that he has willingly gone to the US and admitted himself into a specilist … Continue reading


Meet the helpline


Director of Operations for the Foundation, Sharon Broom, emphasises that working for the Helpline is an opportunity for dental nurses to continue to use their dental skills but in a non-clinical environment. Sharon said: “It is a good career progression … Continue reading


talkcosmetic surgery


talkcosmetic surgery

We are delighted to announce that we have launched a new cosmetic surgery forum within talkwomenshealth. Talk to others about all aspects of surgical and non-surgical procedures including breast enlargements, tummy tucks, liposuction, dental implants, facials, laser therapy, thread vein … Continue reading


Walking Medicine


In todays world of Deadlines, Emails, Bills and Crammed work Schedules its no surprise that people find it hard to find time for health and well-being. Many people dislike the idea of the busy gym as they may not know … Continue reading


Hip Menopause!


I’ve been working on a proposal for a book based on Friend for the Ride. My agent, Erzsi Deak, although enthusiastic, thought my proposal needed more glamour and spunk. “Making menopause HIP is the way to go!” Erzsi said. Menopause? … Continue reading


New Puritan or New Goddess?


I have been hearing across the social media networks, that we non drinkers are somehow the New Puritans. That title suggests to me that we have a rather holier than thou attitude. As if we are in some way superior … Continue reading


Can A Humidifier Prevent Flu Viruses?


Keeping moist has not been a problem this winter – outdoors at least – but indoors too dry an atmosphere is not healthy. If you can maintain a level of relative humidity of between 40% and 60% it could reduce … Continue reading