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Monthly Archives: May 2013

Eczema friendly bedding: What I’ve learned so far


Cotton duvets seem to help itching

For a child with eczema, like MyItchyBoy, having the right bedding is key to a good night’s sleep.  Tiredness makes an already itchy child more itchy and tired, grumpy parents will find coping with the daily trials of eczema harder … Continue reading


Gluten free bread woes?


The one anxiety people have when they are diagnosed with coeliac disease is the bread. People complain about the texture, the taste, the fact that sandwiches ‘are just not the same’, the slices are too small and they struggle with … Continue reading


If not now, when


We often can’t run fast, or for a long time, or do a pull-up, but if there’s one thing us fat girls can do it’s make excuses. There’s a reason why we’re fat, and there are a million reasons why … Continue reading


A study that’s found the chemical that makes us scratch


Researchers find the chemical that causes itch

A story on the BBC News website last week reported that researchers have discovered the chemical that is necessary in order to feel the urge to scratch and itch. This could be good news for people with chronic skin conditions … Continue reading


Lottery £40m for community health projects that increase happiness more than riches


£40m of Lottery funding is to be invested in community health schemes across England as new research reveals that taking part in these projects can make you almost three times happier than if your income were to double. 14 organisations, … Continue reading


Media misrepresentation of the National Health Service


In previous posts I’ve discussed my opinions on the NHS and regular readers of my other blog (details of my ‘Localventure’ blog are below) will know I also post regularly about media coverage of medical issues. In particular, I loathe … Continue reading


How to Incorporate Exercise in a Busy Schedule Without the Gym


When you have a packed day, it can be difficult to get down to the gym for a lengthy workout. But exercise doesn’t just rid you of extra calories; it also keeps your immune system primed to fight infection. You … Continue reading


Forget Wobbly Bits – What Brits Are Really Scared Of Flashing This Summer Is Their Smile!


Written by: Nadia Niazi Research released today by dental aligner brand Invisalign suggests Brits should ditch the summer diet plan and invest in a ‘smile’ plan. The National Smile Month sponsor discovered it’s not wobbly body parts gnawing at a … Continue reading


From committment-phobe from falling in love…


Today I trotted off to strength class, my absolutely favourite crossfit class because it doesn’t include a WOD and I can see myself getting stronger week by week. It’s actually only my third class but I can already see improvements. … Continue reading


Am I a committment-phobe?


Despite being married, I suspect I have a problem with committment. I start new things with a big burst of enthusiasm then have problems sustaining them in the long-term. Jobs, exercise regimes, eating habits, facial cleansing routines, resolutions to manicure … Continue reading


How Can High Heels Affect Your Health



Many women put up with the pain and discomfort of wearing high heels, without thinking about the long term consequences and damage they can do to their feet and other areas of their body. Mike O’Neill, Consultant Podiatrist and spokesman … Continue reading


Eczema: the impact on family life


New pyjamas

  MyItchyBoy has suffered atopic eczema since he was a few months old.  His wrists are almost always dry and itchy but eczema on the rest of his body depends on so many other things.  He has food allergies and … Continue reading


A Wedding/Menopause TMI Post!


Wedding Purse

The purse above is the purse I carried on my daughter Katherine’s big day. For Laura’s upcoming nuptials, I thought it would be fun to get a new one. But alas, pennies are spilling from our pocketbooks like lucky rice … Continue reading


Millions in danger through illegal tooth whitening


Tooth Whitening Stats Table

20 million people in the UK are leaving themselves open to illegal and potentially harmful tooth- whitening. New survey data1 suggests more than one in four people (28 per cent) would not go to the dentist for their tooth whitening … Continue reading


Anti Bullying Campaign – should be as easy as ABC


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Bullying affects many lives and it can too often have devastating consequences. Many people are bullied for various reasons, whether it is for the clothes they wear, the way they look or whether they have a particular disability or learning … Continue reading


5 Top Tips for Managing Sensory Processing Disorder


“I base most of my fashion taste on what doesn’t itch”   Gilda Radner At least 1 in 20 children may be affected by Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).  I repeat, 1 in 20!  That statistic makes SPD astoundingly common and … Continue reading


Talking about dementia still too tough for half of us



Almost half of UK adults would find it difficult to tell their own family if they thought they had dementia according to a poll commissioned by Alzheimer’s Society published today (Tuesday 21 May).     The YouGov survey – released … Continue reading


£260 million invested in patient safety plans


Responding to the Francis report, which called on the NHS to make better use of technology to improve safe, effective care, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has today announced a new £260 million fund for hospitals. Last year at least 11 … Continue reading


Knee pain sufferers let down by lack of treatment choice


Research released today has laid bare the sorry state of Britain’s knees – with 1 in 4 Britons stating they have suffered from knee pain in the last year[1] and 81% of sufferers currently in pain. A third (34%) of … Continue reading


In which I learn some lessons…


I’ve blogged before about how important it is to track progress, to measure how far you’ve come, and how you compare against yourself (as oppsed to how you compare to other people). So this week has been a bit of … Continue reading


6 Top Tips to Successfully Manage a Meltdown


A meltdown is the platform through which children with special needs are able to communicate their fears and anxiety with others. It can be described as a volcanic eruption of stress expressed in the form of shouting and crying, often brought on by sensory … Continue reading


Speed Childhood!


Laura One

  Rehearsal dinner slide show in the works! Laura’s childhood photos were my job. When you’re a mom, some of those days are long, but the years sure are short, as Gretchen Rubin of The Happiness Project reminds us in her quick … Continue reading




I’ve just been asked to do an interview about Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy in the context of working in an industry where appearance is everything. As Hadley Freeman wrote today in the Guardian, she has done something extraordinary and brave.  That doesn’t make … Continue reading


In which Not So Glutton Girl has a bit of a rant


As I think I’ve mentioned before, I used to work in the heady world of PR, for a long time in the beauty industry. The samples were amazing. What was not amazing, though, were the endless ‘look better’ type press … Continue reading


Crisis within the NHS Accident and Emergency Function


Part 3 of my Skeptical Approach to Medicine is planned out and en route but today I wanted to explore a slightly different topic. There is according to the media a crisis within the A & E Function of the … Continue reading


People will see health and social care fully joined-up by 2018


An end to people passed around the health and social care system thanks to uncoordinated services will follow plans unveiled by Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb today. Joined-up health and community care is not currently the norm, leaving people … Continue reading


Eczema is giving me piles – of laundry!


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There are so many times that I wish MyItchyBoy had ‘normal’ skin. However, this week, my sighs and desires for normality come from the combination of a backlog of laundry and the change in weather. Due to the eczema that … Continue reading


Week one done!



So week one is done on my 30 day challenge. The results from week one are in too, 6lbs down in 7 days. Pretty impressive. Now I know that the weight loss will slow down, to be honest I will … Continue reading


In which a corner seems to have been turned…


Every yo-yo dieter will say that even when they are doing well and resisting the siren call of doughnuts, they still can’t walk past the biscuit ailse at the the supermarket without mentally making a list of what they’re going to … Continue reading


talkIBS coming soon & we need your help!



We will be launching talkIBS very soon and we are looking for you to help us build our new platform in order to help many others.  We are looking for articles and stories associated with IBS that you think others … Continue reading


Menopause and Spilled Milk!


  As a writer, revision is my middle name. I revise, almost, until the cows come home. But what about as a menopausal woman? Do I need to turn myself into ice cream? Or should I just be happy with spilled … Continue reading


Special Olympics Special Smiles


I first heard about Special Olympics International and its British contingent, Special Olympics Great Britain (SOGB) a couple of years ago through conversation with a member of their Board; the eminent humanitarian Mr Philip Nathan, MBE, Board member of MedicAlert … Continue reading


FREE talkhealth BlackBerry App


Download talkhealth's FREE app and keep up to date with all the latest health news

talkhealth now has its very own BlackBerry app!! The talkhealth app provides quick access to our monthly freebies, monthly online clinics with NHS Choices & leading charities, our growing bloggers network and our Facebook page. Better still, it’s absolutely FREE … Continue reading


Over due Update!


Hi all it’s been a while since my last blog. It’s been a busy few weeks with fostering and we have enjoyed a trip to the lake district, a great place to get away and relax in balance with nature. … Continue reading


The Scale: A Poem



  In honor of us menopausal types, my poem, “The Scale”:   Do you cringe When you deliver The bad news to me, Or is smirking More your style? Someday, Scale, I hope you’ll speak Kindly, firmly, fondly, With words since  Your numbers fail … Continue reading


Asthma UK warns of ‘alarming variation’ in asthma hospital admissions


Asthma UK has expressed concern at shocking differences in the numbers of people being rushed to hospital with an asthma attack, depending on where they live. Asthma UK has launched its Compare Your Care campaign today to find out why … Continue reading


GL Diet Can Switch On Skinny Genes


I admit, I misread the email and thought someone at last could get me into skinny jeans, but  with the sun finally shining and my shorts laughing at me from a deep dark drawer, I thought it was worth a … Continue reading


Quick facts about UV protection and your eyes


Studies have shown that the effects of UV radiation are cumulative and may increase the chance of developing eye problems later in life

Many people know that exposure to the sun, especially at the height of summer, can damage their skin. But they don’t realise that extended exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays can also increase the risk of developing eye problems. CUMULATIVE DAMAGE: … Continue reading


Sun Awareness Week survey results revealed


Half of Britons think that their skin is darker than it actually is, putting them at risk of developing skin cancer, according to new research by the British Association of Dermatologists. The statistics are being released to mark the start … Continue reading


Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms of Chronic Candida


The human body harbors a variety of yeasts as well as beneficial bacteria to keep out destructive bacteria and toxins in the digestive tract and mucus membranes. For optimal health, it’s necessary to harbor a good balance of yeast and … Continue reading


Menopause Feet, Oh My!



About fifteen years ago, my friend Lisa Flinn commented, “When you go through menopause, I read that a layer of fat on you feet disappears. It makes walking more uncomfortable.” We were talking on the phone when she gave me … Continue reading


A Skeptical Approach to Medicine – Part Two – Don’t just accept what you hear


In the first part of this article that I posted I discussed my world view with regards to skepticism and tried to give a basic definition for how to approach both science and medicine and identified what I would view … Continue reading




As someone who has lost a fair amount of weight, a fair amount of times, I know from bitter experience that there are certain points in what I cringingly refer to as ‘the weight loss journey’ which are the most … Continue reading


Living With Eczema


As with any illness eczema can range from mild, moderate to severe but not many people seem to realise this. Here, I’d like to talk about how eczema as a condition can be debilitating; making leading a “normal” life difficult. … Continue reading


Rise in Cancer patients facing discrimination at work


Today Macmillan published a press release showing that four in ten people (37%) who return to work after cancer treatment say they experience some kind of discrimination from their employer or colleagues – compared to just under a quarter (23%) … Continue reading


More and more cancer patients facing discrimination at work


Rise in cancer patients facing discrimination at work

There has been a rise in the number of people living with cancer experiencing discrimination at work – despite the introduction of the Equality Act, according to Macmillan Cancer Support1. New research shows almost four in ten people (37%) who … Continue reading


Working With Cancer – Beginnings


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It was probably the most important bath I’ve ever had. Why? Well because it was while I was soaking away, floating in the steamy scented water and wondering if my hair would ever grow back after chemotherapy, that I thought … Continue reading


Report on Review To Ensure the Safety of Patients Seeking Cosmetic Treatment


The British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) is proud to have taken part in the review process and is pleased to see that many of its recommendations have been included in the final report of the Sir Bruce Keogh “Review To … Continue reading


First fully comprehensive free comparison website for care services goes live


New online information profiles that will help people to choose, compare and comment on care homes and other care services is being launched today by the Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb. The new profiles, part of the NHS Choices … Continue reading


So we started a running club …..


A running club, negative splits and Fartlek's can all help you to be a faster and stronger runner.

As you will know if you read my blogs, I like to run. I completed the Fleet half marathon in March in an not-so-good time of 2 hours 31 minutes. But I did it having not run for over 10 … Continue reading


GPS tagging for dementia patients


Woman with her walking stick in the park

Sussex police are piloting a scheme to tag dementia patients and Chief Inspector Tanya Jones has been quoted as saying “The GPS will be very cost-effective to the police. It will reduce anxiety for the family and really reduce the … Continue reading


Childhood Immunisation & Measles – take the survey for your chance to win £50 M&S vouchers


M&S Vouchers

As of 30th April 2013, Public Health Wales has stated that the figure of the number of cases in the Swansea measles epidemic has now reached over 1000, but also added that about 5,000 youngsters in the area aged between … Continue reading