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Monthly Archives: April 2013

Millions more protected against disease – improved vaccinations


Millions more people will be protected against disease by improvements to the UK’s world class immunisation schedule, announced today, including three vaccination programmes to protect against flu, shingles and diarrhoea. All children aged two – around 650,000 in total – … Continue reading




It’s been a very hectic week.  I’ve wanted to write sooner but my time has not been my own.  It has been hijacked by schools, teachers and therapists.  In order to give my children whatever they need I would gladly … Continue reading


The Only Family With Special Needs Kids in the Village?


I laughed every time Daffyd Thomas, played by Matt Lucas, appeared in episodes of Little Britain.  The infamous phrase ‘I’m the only gay in the village’ was born and delivered in hysterical, frustrated tones, highlighting those fragments of prejudice that … Continue reading


The Night Before the Launch of A Brief Moment in Time


The past three months have been a whirlwind. The buzz began three months ago, the minute I clicked send on my submission email to my publisher.  My manuscript was complete.  It had been edited and there was nothing else to … Continue reading


The Trapeze Artist


I loved going to the circus when I was a child.  It was thrilling sitting in the huge marquee, listening to the noise and watching what any child would consider to be death defying acts.   I still have cravings for … Continue reading


Autism Awareness Month: What Does it Mean to You?


April 1st.  A great day to start blogging for Mojomums.  I think back to the jokes I have played in honor of April Fool’s Day, the teasing, laughing and joking.  If you’re in the mood to play a prank on … Continue reading


ICDs and airport security


This information was provided by MHRA to ICDC Surrey for our patients, regarding the use of airport security body scanners and implanted electronic medical devices such as pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) and neurostimulators. During their travels air passengers will encounter … Continue reading


Be nice to yourself!


The weirdest thing about deciding to live a life more about wellness, is that it seems so much about denial. Think about new year resolutions – I’ll stop eating chocolate, I won’t eat potatoes, I’ll cut down on drinking,, I … Continue reading


Identify the hidden causes of childhood obesity says British Osteopathic Association


Obesity among British children aged between two and ten has risen since 1995 from 10.1 per cent to 13.9 per cent in 2011 and now 1.3 million children in the England are classed as obese.

Conducting a full structural body check and lifestyle history on over-weight people under 25 years old could reveal the real problems that are causing many of Britain’s youth to gain weight. The new public health watchdog, Health and Wellbeing at … Continue reading


Eczema Egg Challenge


So, did I mention, we can now give MyItchyBoy eggs? Well, when I say eggs, I mean we can bake cakes and buns and things and actually put real egg in.  Yes, real egg, from chickens.  It may sound like … Continue reading


How Do We Define Normal?


‘How come you decided to write a book?’  I have been asked. ‘Where on earth did you find the time?’  Many have quizzed. And ‘Thank you Deborah, thank you for sharing.’  I have been honoured to hear. To bare all, … Continue reading


Health Secretary to strengthen patient privacy on confidential data use


The Health Secretary today responded to the Caldicott Review, outlining how technology can have a transformational effect on healthcare. Responding to the Caldicott Review on information governance in health and social care, the Health Secretary outlined that information and technology … Continue reading


Top 10 medical conditions for travellers over the age of 50


When it comes to medical conditions declared by older travellers, the latest figures from Staysure, specialist insurers for the over-50s reveal that: High cholesterol, high blood pressure, hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, asthma, heart attack and arthritis consistently top the list … Continue reading


A Skeptical Approach to Medicine – Part One : Supplements, Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (SCAM)


As readers of my posts here and also at my own blog (see link below) will know I am (amongst other things) a financial services professional operating in the private medical market and most decidedly not a clinician. However, I … Continue reading


Postpartum Mood Disorders


Postpartum depression itself is nothing new but the culture of support surrounding women who suffer from this disorder is. Until recently, many women didn’t feel comfortable opening up about their struggles with postpartum depression because it was often seen as … Continue reading


Honey for your hols?


mauka gel

 Not actually for tea, but as an amazing solution for a whole range of holiday hazards. This is not straight from the jar – too messy – but hose clever New Zealanders at Living Nature have harnessed the power of  … Continue reading


Making others aware of allergies


Over the next few weeks MyItchyBoy’s nursery are covering the topic of food and healthy eating.  I’ve asked if they could take the opportunity to introduce some food allergy awareness to the older children as part of this. Like many … Continue reading


Water all the way!


Water births are gaining in popularity, although some people still consider them to be rather unconventional! I personally believe water birthing gives the mother, baby and partner the best possible experience. Far from being an “unconventional birthing method” according to … Continue reading


My Beautiful Butterfly


My Beautiful Butterfly ‘Once upon a time, there was a beautiful girl sitting by the lake watching the butterflies dance’.   A dress, with this writing, was bought for her birth, At the time I’m not sure I realised its … Continue reading


What About You? The Girl is Mother of the Woman


Menopause often sends you back. Way back. To your girlhood. Since The Great Pause has set in, I’m spending more time reflecting on my early years. But now is good! I love writing this blog. More than any job or … Continue reading


Travel with an ICD – just do it!


One of our patients writes about travelling with an ICD. Having been diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy and having an ICD implanted is not really good news. In the great scheme of things its probably means my days on this earth … Continue reading


Long-distance grieving


They say that the world is getting smaller, meaning it is easier to travel to or communicate with loved ones, friends, family and colleagues. But what about when someone you care about is ill, terminally ill? And living 10,000 km … Continue reading


Death in a care home


I am an advocate for dying matters. I believe that when your loved one is nearing the end of their life, you and your family should be told about the choices for their care. It is not an easy conversation … Continue reading


Mental health conditions get jobs support boost


More people with mental health conditions than ever before have been supported at or into work by a government employment scheme, Minister for Disabled People Esther McVey said today. According to statistics released today, almost half of all people with … Continue reading


Dental sedation


Written by Dr. Daz Singh National Smile Month takes place 20 May – 20 June. It is an opportunity to educate and raise awareness of oral health matters by promoting three of the simplest messages: that people should brush their … Continue reading


Half of people with moles which are cancerous or at risk of skin cancer have a history of sunburn or sunbed use


Over half of people with moles which are cancerous or at risk of skin cancer have a history of sunburn or sunbed use, according to figures released by The MOLE Clinic. In the past 12 months, the London-based independent skin … Continue reading


Babies, Children and Salt


Salt is a mineral that is made from sodium and chloride and is commonly referred to as sodium chloride or NaCl. It is the excess sodium, Na, that gives rise to health concerns, and in this blog, the words salt, … Continue reading





  Psychodermatology always gets a spell-check dotted red line under it on my laptop! The term has been around quite a while in various guises, including psychocutaneous (another dotted red line!) medicine and psychosomatic dermatology (that’s OK!). Part of psychological … Continue reading


Otago Exercise Programme to help prevent falls in older adults


The Otago exercise programme was developed to help prevent falls in the older adult. It was researched and developed by the Falls Prevention Research Group at the University of Otago Medical School. The programme reduced the fall rate by 35 … Continue reading


Sir Robert Edwards : 27 September 1927 to 13 April 2013


Last week a true scientific, medical and humanitarian giant lost his long fight with a serious lung disease. Literally a genius whose advancements in fertility science defined the final third of the 20th Century and to whom millions are grateful. … Continue reading


the menopause marbles



Nope! You aren’t losing your marbles. Menopause just makes you feel that way sometimes. Names skip away. Car key escape. The brownies decide to burn. For years, women nicknamed this condition “menopausal fog.” The results of a recent research study confirm … Continue reading


Don’t Let Them Bring You Down


I must say that I have reached a stage in my life where I have managed to come to some kind of terms with the fact that I suffer from severe eczema. I’ve stopped giving a damn about how I … Continue reading


The Ick Factor


hepatitis c news Lawrence Gibson

Written by Lawrence Gibson, Palm Springs, California. I was diagnosed with hep C. I feel so … so … tainted and soiled and I don’t want anybody to know my terrible secret. Pretty typically that’s how most of us react upon diagnosis … Continue reading


Something’s Wrong With My Husband…


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Written by Lyn McLaurine “Lyn, it’s the nursing home. We’re calling to talk about Bill’s rapid decline.”   Bill is adored at Prairie Sunset. He has become part of their family. Because of his young age (he just turned 58 … Continue reading


All In My Mind


One of the strangest and perhaps most irritating aspects of psoriasis is the fact that it is so closely linked to how we are feeling. I’ve started a new job and the whole process of interviews, resignation and starting with … Continue reading


People with dementia & hearing loss failed by lack of joined-up health & social care services warns charity


Charity Action on Hearing Loss urges NHS to improve the quality of life for people with dementia and hearing loss

Charity Action on Hearing Loss and University College London’s Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre are urging NHS England to substantially improve the quality of life experienced by people with dementia and hearing loss – and save taxpayers £28 million … Continue reading


Great News for coeliacs!


Great News for coeliacs! There has been announcements this year from Primary Care Trusts (PCT’s) that they are putting Gluten Free Fresh Bread back on prescription formularies. This means you can get Fresh Bread on your gluten free prescription again. … Continue reading


Online clinic on 50+ health – opens 17 April


NHS Choices / talkhealth online clinic on 50+ health

Our NHS Choices / talkhealth online clinic on 50+ health opens this Wednesday, 17 April 2013 and runs until 23 April. We have a fantastic panel of 10 medical experts who will be available throughout the week to answer all … Continue reading


Eileen Elizabeth 1920 – 2012



My mother sadly passed away 16th December last year.  I like and hope to think that it was the release she would have wanted from suffering from dementia, but who knows…… Although she was nearly 93 and had been suffering from dementia … Continue reading


Depression Awareness Week – 15- 21 April 2013


Depression Awareness Week - 15th - 21st April 2013

15-21 April is Depression Awareness Week. Dr Richard Bowskill is a consultant psychiatrist and leading expert at the Priory Group. One of his clinical and research interests is in the field of Depression. Dr Bowskill said:  “Depression is a medical … Continue reading


Time to kick start my diet & fitness regime


Losing weight, calorie counting and getting fit and healthy

Having completed the Fleet half marathon in March, my healthy eating has sort of gone out of the window! But, for quite a few reasons, today’s the day I’m getting back on track to lose weight, eat healthily and run … Continue reading


Proposed EU Regulations set to increase costs & reduce choice for cosmetic surgery patients


Research reveals proposed European Union (EU) legislation to end free consultations for cosmetic procedures would increase the cost of a typical cosmetic surgery procedure by 15-20%

New research reveals that the proposed European Union legislation to end free consultations for cosmetic procedures would restrict patient choice and drive up the cost of treatment. On average, a patient considering a surgical cosmetic procedure in the UK has … Continue reading


How one picture can be worth a thousand words


practical alzheimer's

Written by Darren Gormley A few years ago I was contacted by a speech therapist who asked if I would visit Mark, an 82 year old man diagnosed with mixed dementia. The speech therapist had been working with Mark as part of … Continue reading


A message that’s loud enough to hear from Las Vegas to Wall Street


hepatitis c news

A Las Vegas judge ordered the medical insurance group UnitedHealth to pay $500 million in punitive damages after failing to oversee Dr Dipak Desai. Desai was implicated in infecting patients with hepatitis C through bad colonoscopy practices. Read more on the Hepatitis C News website: Photo by Dawn … Continue reading


Time For Tailored, Bespoke Care


  Every other life threatening illness receives specialist care. As each patient will present with a unique set of diagnostic problems, the treatment will be altered for their best outcome. For the most part, there is blanket coverage with alcohol … Continue reading


Don’t Underestimate The Effect Of Stress On Your Hormonal Symptoms


It is obvious that lifestyle has a huge impact on health: we know if have a bad diet, never exercise and generally embrace every indulgence that there is a price to pay.  Yet when it comes to the impact this … Continue reading


Cardiac Surgery Fiasco at the Leeds Health Trust


As a resident of Leeds, a professional in the healthcare sector and a member of the Leeds Hospitals Trust it would be a understatement to say that I am interested in the recent saga of childrens cardiac surgery at the … Continue reading


‘Baby Blues’ or Depression? How You Can Help


Many women suffer ‘baby blues’ after giving birth, but a new study reveals a surprisingly high number of them actually have postpartum depressive symptoms. Progesterone is a natural mood enhancer and during pregnancy a woman produces huge amounts to support … Continue reading


Menopause: Save the Sisters!


Menopause + Definition

Although the subtitle of my blog is “Encouraging Words for the Menopause Roller Coaster,” I must give you a Whine Alert! I thought the great day would come when we’d stop having periods. No cramps. No worrying about going sailing … Continue reading


Your health at 50+ – talkhealth’s April survey & a chance to win £50 M&S Vouchers


M&S Vouchers

Colin Firth(52), Jamie Lee-Curtis(54), Michael Caine(80), Jane Seymour(62), Bill Nighy(63), Felicity Kendall(66), Denzel Washington(58), Judi Dench(78), Pierce Brosnan(59), Christie Brinkley(59), Dustin Hoffman(75), Goldie Hawn(67), Alan Rickman(67), Susan Sarandon(66)……and the list goes on…. Yes it happens to the best of us … Continue reading


NHS versus Private Healthcare … a personal journey


Welcome to my first Talkhealth blog post. I deal with a range of health issues on a daily basis during my working life and regularly run through a variety of them on my business blog and my regular podcast but … Continue reading


What to do when you lose a tooth



Did you know that nearly three in every four adults in the UK have lost a tooth? And although on the odd occasion this can be as the result of a ‘freak’ accident (a sporting injury, or a particularly tough … Continue reading


Tobacco display ban deters younger smokers


One year on, 26% of ex-smokers aged 18-24 say the tobacco display ban spurred them on to quit. A new study of UK smokers and ex-smokers reveals response to Government interventions in this blog article.  The increasing cost and smoking … Continue reading


The worst in the class?


There are two sorts of people in the world- those who were willingly picked for sports teams and those who were last to be picked, whatever the sport. The rejects were also more likely to find excuses to bunk off … Continue reading


When it’s no longer safe to drive


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Many people will spend decades behind the wheel of a car. For some this is a lifelong passion and a symbol of independence, while for others it’s just a necessary part of modern life. However, there comes a time when we … Continue reading


If I could do it my friend, then surely you can do it too


betty vega - hepatitis c news

Written by Betty Vega For several years I had elevated liver enzymes but I was fine. During one exam, the doctor wanted to run a test that apparently no one has ever done before on me. I wasn’t sure why I needed this new … Continue reading


School meals – why are they so important?


I remember when I was at school the content of my packed lunch wasn’t an issue. The only issue I had was getting more into it, and I’m not talking about apples, bananas or pears. I also remember the dinner … Continue reading


Men’s 4 New Risk Factors For Osteoporosis


I read in the news this morning that men will eventually become extinct – as if they don’t have enough to worry about with declining fertility and man boobs – now it seems they are also at risk from osteoporosis. … Continue reading


Repetitive Questions: Facing The Many Different Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease


When you are caring for someone with memory loss, the days all run together.  Indeed, it may often seem as though you are living in a remake of the movie Groundhog Day, where nothing ever changes. Life is like a … Continue reading


Dani’s gone wheely mad


Dani King, Olympic gold medallist and world champion cyclist

Golden girl Dani King has ditched two wheels for one in a bid to become the unicycle queen. Cyclist Dani – a member of the world-record-breaking Olympics and world championship gold medal winning team – has just revealed her new … Continue reading