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Monthly Archives: September 2015

Understanding In Vitro Fertilisation: A Mom’s Guide to IVF Procedures

30Sep

Many couples who are struggling with fertility consider In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) to be one of the most promising options available, which is not surprising considering the procedure’s relatively high success rates. IVF can bypass and circumvent most causes of … Continue reading

  

Healthy Teeth: What to Eat and What Not to Eat

30Sep

It is all too easy to forget that we only get one set of adult teeth that have to last us a lifetime, but we can soon get a reminder of how precious they are when we have to get … Continue reading

  

The miracle that is aspirin

28Sep

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Aspirin has been around a long time. It was first marketed by a German pharmaceutical company Bayer in 1898 as a cough suppressant and a ‘non-addictive’ substitute for morphine. Although acetylsalicylic acid (the chemical name for aspirin) was only first … Continue reading

  

Back Pain and Bedtime: Top Ways to Sleep Better and Wake Up Refreshed

28Sep

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Back pain during the night can lead to drowsy days and grumpy ways. If you’re struggling with this, as many people are, here are some smart tips to be more comfortable and get a good night’s rest. Get Into The … Continue reading

  

Electrosensitivity Update

28Sep

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For those of you who are interested in electrosensitivity – either because you are electrosensitive yourself or because you worry about the excessive amounts of electromagnetic radiation we are all being subjected to – a few updates. There’s a letter in … Continue reading

  

French toast for breakfast? – gluten free, low fodmap

26Sep

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This is a great Sunday morning treat and is very easy to prepare and to relax and enjoy! French toast is not sweet but when combined with fresh fruit and a drizzle of maple or golden syrup the sweetness is … Continue reading

  

A day in the life of an allergy nurse

26Sep

Andrew Williams, Allergy Nurse at Guys & St Thomas's hospital

Do you have an allergy nurse? Do you even have a specialist allergy consultant? I know many of us adults with life threatening allergies don’t. I myself have never managed to get that referral to an allergy specialist though I … Continue reading

  

Ready for the School run…

25Sep

Ella’s been in school for 3 weeks now. She has settled well, is participating activities and learning along side her peers. She loves her teacher, giving her a big hug as a greeting each morning.  She knows where her peg … Continue reading

  

Kissing eases eczema and allergy symptoms

25Sep

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You heard it here first! Kissing is good for you. Well we all know that, but kissing when you have eczema and allergies could be particularly beneficial! I love this piece of news, more proof that snogging is seriously underated … Continue reading

  

Rattle That Lock

24Sep

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It’s been a busy week and a short one at that as I’m off to Berlin in the morning for 4 days supporting my partner who’s running the Berlin Marathon. For those of you who’ve read my blogs before, you’ll … Continue reading

  

Easy ways to stay healthy when you retire

24Sep

Dealing with the changes that come with finishing work and having a lot more time on your hands sounds easy, but it can be damaging for a lot of people who aren’t prepared for making the transition from having to … Continue reading

  

The Benefits of Using a Shaving Brush

24Sep

For men, shaving is somewhat of a ritualistic practice, generally passed down from father to son, and is an important part of any man’s personal care routine. In past times shaving was more of a procedure involving a complete kit … Continue reading

  

Which probiotic could I try for IBS?

22Sep

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Photo Credit: Christiann MacAuley http://www.stickycomics.com A systematic review last year by Ford and his colleagues (2014) looked at probiotics and their effectiveness for IBS, the conclusion the authors made after applying some statistical analysis was that probiotics in general were … Continue reading

  

Rugby-are you ready

22Sep

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The Rugby World Cup is in full swing and I for one will enjoy the next six weeks. I sincerely hope that we see no serious injuries. I have worked as a Rugby Club Doctor for over 20 years and have … Continue reading

  

New ‘water’ vacuum cleaner for dust allergies

21Sep

The new Thomas allergy air pure vacuum for people with dust allergies

This month I have been testing out the new Thomas Allergy Air Pure vacuum. Isn’t he cute? The new Thomas allergy air pure vacuum Having quite a severe allergy to dust myself vacuuming isn’t my favourite passtime. I’ve used a … Continue reading

  

Proud Moments – {September 2015}

21Sep

There’s a lovely little thing that happens every month in the ‘Future of Downs’ Facebook group.  We celebrate our children’s milestones and share what’s made us proud. We do this on the 21st to represent the three copies of chromosome … Continue reading

  

Jamie’s sugar tax – no way……..

21Sep

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Did anyone see Jamie’s Sugar Rush on Channel 4 a few weeks ago? Jamie Oliver’s new campaign to tackle childhood obesity by reducing sugar intake through a sugar tax on soft drinks. It was an excellent programme and showed, among … Continue reading

  

Summer Respite

18Sep

No sooner did Summer come and it’s already gone. For those of us living in the North there would be a strong case for questioning whether it ever came at all. Thankfully we were fortunate enough to manage two weeks … Continue reading

  

Suitable foods on the low FODMAP diet and recent changes

18Sep

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‘What foods can I eat on the low FODMAP diet?’. This is one of the top search terms that crops up on the stats for this blog. There are several sources on the web for lists of FODMAP foods however … Continue reading

  

Vaping Proven 95% Safer Than Tobacco

17Sep

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In a statement that has surprised and delighted in equal measure, Public Health England (PHE) has announced the results of a recent study indicating that electronic cigarettes are 95% safer to use than traditional tobacco cigarettes. Smokers and vapers alike … Continue reading

  

Working longer hours ‘increases stroke risk’

17Sep

Recent research published in The Lancet suggests working 55 hours or more per week is linked to a 33% greater risk of stroke compared with working a standard 35 to 40 hour week. It is the largest study in this … Continue reading

  

Neuroplasticity

17Sep

Neuroplasticity is the brain’s amazing ability to reorganise itself.  We’d be interested to hear what you think. www.differentstrokes.co.uk Twitter @diffstrokes +427   

  

Potato and smoked mackerel soup – Low Fodmap

16Sep

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This is a really tasty soup that is made from basic ingredients and I hope you like it! Ingredients 800g of potato 1 carrot sprinkling of asafoetida 1 tablespoon of garlic infused oil 1 1/2 smoked mackerel 300 ml of … Continue reading

  

The NHS LA’s role in helping the NHS improve the safety of both patients and staff

15Sep

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The NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) was established in 1995 as a not for profit Special Health Authority which fulfils several different roles. The main purpose of the NHSLA is to provide indemnity cover for legal claims made against the NHS, … Continue reading

  

Post-Tramautic Injury Recovery: Drop Foot aka Foot Drop Facts

15Sep

If you’ve recently been through a traumatic event that has left your body broken, you know the frustration. Those with foot drop struggle every day. Here’s what you need to know about the condition and current treatments that can help. … Continue reading

  

Purple sage & parsnip gnocchi

15Sep

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Today the weather has been grim again so I am stuck in the house being creative, or perhaps you should decide if I am! I adore parsnips, they are a tasty root vegetable that is not too hard on the … Continue reading

  

Is beauty only skin deep?

14Sep

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  Today marks the the start of Talkhealth’s week long clinic on skin problems. The skin is an amazing organ. The largest in the human body, providing a number of functions including protection from infection and water loss, insulation and … Continue reading

  

Gluten free, low lactose rosemary and olive bread

14Sep

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The seat in the wood has intrigued me since I stumbled across it, looks home made, old – it has certainly seen its fare share of winters, I guess. It doesn’t overlook a repose worthy view and the valley’s features … Continue reading

  

Medical clowns help kids with allergy tests

14Sep

I think I had heard of medical clowns before, but my attention was caught by this report in Science Daily (courtesy of my colleague, John Scott) about medical clowns being used to distract and calm children during allergy testing. What a great idea. Prick … Continue reading

  

” Life and Dignity not Death” ?

13Sep

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On friday MP’s voted overwhelmingly to reject the proposed assisted dying bill,  which would have allowed people with less than six months to live to have been prescribed a lethal dose of drugs for them to be able to take … Continue reading

  

Prunes – natures laxative.

13Sep

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“I hope my tongue in prune juice smothers, If I belittle dogs and mothers” Ogden Nash Ogden Nash was an American poet who suffered from crohn’s disease according to Wikipedia, his unfortunate demise was after a lactobacillus infection after eating … Continue reading

  

#ZeroWasteWeek – Waste Less, Live Better

10Sep

As we all know, anything that’s good for the planet is also good for our health. Why? Because human beings don’t exist alongside the environment, we are a part of it. We have an impact on it and, in turn, … Continue reading

  

13 symptoms never to ignore

7Sep

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A large number of people have a habit of ignoring potentially serious symptoms. This may have dire consequences for the individuals concerned as delays in diagnosing cancer can lead to disastrous outcomes in terms of treatment and potential cure. There … Continue reading

  

Transgender community ‘galvanises’ Eddie Redmayne by their kindness and openness

7Sep

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At a recent press conference at the Venice Film Festival, Eddie Redmayne was discussing his new role playing the transgender artist Lili Elbe in his new film ‘The Danish girl’. In typical Redmayne fashion, the Oscar-winning actor wanted to immerse … Continue reading

  

You won’t believe Greg Wallace’s attitude about allergies

7Sep

Celebrity Chef Greg Wallace telling us what he thinks about people with allergies

Thanks to Caroline Benjamin of Food Allergy Aware for sharing this lovely little video with me. The link below should take you to Facebook and shows Greg at a cookery demonstration airing his very rude and ignorant attitude about people … Continue reading

  

Providing dental care to rural communities: Kasguma, Pakistan

7Sep

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There are many places around the world which have been unable to get even the most basic dental care, but what do you do when you have to provide support to over 250 thousand people over 40 miles of often … Continue reading

  

Win a hamper of freefrom food worth £150

7Sep

Win a hamper of goodies from Holland & Barrett worth £150

This is your chance to win a whole hamper of freefrom goodies to the value of £150 and all of the foods in the hamper can be purchased on the dedicated free from section of the Holland & Barrett website. … Continue reading

  

Random thoughts related to allergy….

7Sep

One of the complaints of those who object to the new food allergen regulations is that they are being required to take responsibility for food allergy sufferers. ‘Why can’t they take responsibility for their own allergies? Why should we (as chefs … Continue reading

  

The Pituitary Signal Box

6Sep

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Sue Perkins recent admission that she has had a benign pituitary tumour (prolactinoma) for more than 6 years (www.goodhousekeeping.co.uk) has prompted more than a little interest in the media about this amazing tiny gland. It is situated in the base … Continue reading

  

The stigma of stomas?

6Sep

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Luke Bennet’s very brave ‘selfie’ that went viral with 3 million views and shared by 10 000 users, depicted the 20 year old law student from Swansea standing in his boxers with his 5 week old stoma bag proudly on … Continue reading

  

10 ‘healthy’ foods you didn’t realise contained added sugar

4Sep

Sugar has been in the media a lot recently, and there are so many mixed messages. Just this week during the Great British Bake Off, we were informed that a cake containing honey or agave syrup as the sweetener was … Continue reading

  

What to do if you suspect you have an STI

4Sep

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If you think you may have a sexually transmitted infection (STI), it’s important to act fast. Even if you’re anxious, it’s vital that you don’t make the mistake of burying your head in the sand and simply hoping the problem … Continue reading

  

Starting school

3Sep

On Monday, Ella’s next adventure begins…   The Education Health and Care Plan has been finalised, the school uniform bought and my head is fit to explode with equal measures of pride, worry and love. My big girl is going … Continue reading

  

What Treatment is Available for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?

3Sep

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Polycystic ovary syndrome is a condition that causes cysts to develop on one or both ovaries. The condition can cause irregularities with egg release and unusually high levels of androgens in the body – which are so-called ‘male’ hormones. But … Continue reading

  

Changing Places – Changing Lives

2Sep

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Part of everyday life is popping down to the shops, taking a trip into town, or visiting somewhere special for the day – or rather, it is if you are able. If you need a carer to help you do … Continue reading

  

How much sugar is in your foods and drinks?

1Sep

Have you ever wondered how much sugar is in the foods and drinks we consume? Not many of us will take too much notice about the amount of sugars in our favourite snacks and teatime treats but maybe we should. … Continue reading

  

Burning, Burping, Coughing. Acid reflux sucks.

1Sep

Some of us can eat what we like. Tangy oranges, a glass of wine, raw onion on a crunchy salad, baked beans, a pint of cider, fresh tomatoes, one too many beers followed by a hot and spicy curry……. Some … Continue reading

  

Were you aware ?

1Sep

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Yesterday was August Bank Holiday in the UK, for me it was a fairly wet dull day. It was also International Overdose Awareness Day, the aim of which is to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of drug … Continue reading

  

Who lives in the dairy these days?

1Sep

  Yet more on labelling, I fear – but not this time on traceability or ‘may contain’ warnings, but on definitions. And you think gluten or nuts are complicated in terms of definitions and labelling? Just try milk…. So which … Continue reading

  

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