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Monthly Archives: February 2016

How clean is the indoor air quality in your home?

29Feb

Dust mask for avoiding airborne allergens

Is your house clean and safe? We all probably assume that it is but there could be some very dangerous things in your home… We insulate our houses and try to make them as air-tight and cosy as possible, especially … Continue reading

  

Early Symptoms of HIV

29Feb

HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is responsible for causing AIDS (Auto-Immune Deficiency Syndrome). If you have contracted HIV infection, finding its early symptoms can help you slow the progression of disease down, while manage to control the disease efficiently. Acute Retroviral … Continue reading

  

My Free From Life

26Feb

This month I am featured in Gluten Free Heaven magazine. They invite contributions from readers so I thought I would send mine over. I was surprised but delighted to discover they wanted to run it. Here’s a few images. It’s … Continue reading

  

Easy Stuffed Peppers

25Feb

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I love a good stuffed pepper! Peppers are a great source of nutrients such as vitamin C and fibre. This recipe uses couscous instead of rice (which you may have used in stuffed peppers previously). Couscous is so quick to prepare … Continue reading

  

This Week in Health News: A Radical New Cancer Treatment and More

25Feb

Researchers are developing a radical new method of cancer treatment

You may have noticed a number of cancer-related stories in the news this week. For one thing, data released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre has shown a significant recent drop in the number of women in England … Continue reading

  

How To Tackle Night Sweats

25Feb

Are you one of those unfortunate women who suffer both daytime hot flushes and night time sweats? It may seem like a different condition, but it is actually it is just a continuation of the same problem and unfortunately we … Continue reading

  

Seven things you should know when using your asthma inhaler

23Feb

This is a really quick blog about inhalers. If you’ve got asthma make sure you do these five things to stay safe and up-to-date with the latest thinking. I always learn something when I have an asthma review. Is your … Continue reading

  

On having a real allergy stalker…

22Feb

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This is a funny story about how I discovered I had a stalker and not just any old stalker. This stalker was trying to find out more about me and wanted to meet me too. My sister is the one … Continue reading

  

Spaghetti Bolognese – Low Fodmap

20Feb

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This is a family favourite, a classic dish that is the stalwart of many family meals so we should look at modifying it to make it suitable for ALL the family – even those with IBS. Whilst I would not … Continue reading

  

How Easy is it to Achieve the New Sugar Recommendations?

19Feb

In July 2015, a report (by ‘SACN’) was released, giving new recommendations about the maximum amount of sugar we should eat, and also increasing the amount of fibre we eat. It re-classified the sugar we want to avoid as ‘free … Continue reading

  

Processed Foods: What’s OK, What to Avoid

19Feb

Health experts are warning of an imminent obesity epidemic

There’s a lot of talk about food in the media. Health experts are warning us of an imminent obesity epidemic, with numbers of Type 2 diabetes increasing rapidly. Food-related illnesses are beginning to put real pressure on the NHS. One of … Continue reading

  

5 Facts about Diabetes

18Feb

People living with diabetes are at higher risk for health issues affecting their feet

1. Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90% of all diabetes cases globally Type 2 Diabetes is by far the most common type of diabetes and is becoming increasingly prevalent. Also known as hyperglycaemia, it is caused by excessively high blood … Continue reading

  

Why You Need Your Travel Insurance in Europe This Year

17Feb

If you’re going on holiday you would never forget to pack your passport, EHIC card, or tickets so there is no reason to forget travel insurance. Delays In the world of public transport and travelling there will always be delays, … Continue reading

  

Seven Benefits of Technology in the Healthcare Industry

17Feb

There is no doubt that healthcare is one of the main industries which has been significantly impacted by advancements and developments in technology, science and IT. From advanced medical research made possible by technology to the opportunity for patients to … Continue reading

  

This Week in Health News: Printing Body Parts, Mental Health, and the ‘War’ over Junior Doctors’ Contracts

16Feb

A major new report on the state of mental health care in the UK was released this week

In the last few weeks, the NHS has been going through one of the most turbulent periods in its recent history. As you will probably have already seen, the struggles continued last week even as the crisis over junior doctors’ … Continue reading

  

Lasagna – low Fodmap

13Feb

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This is a recipe for lasagna – many people with IBS find that lasagna is a dish that results in symptoms but this version is low fodmap and not too high in fat levels so should be suitable for most … Continue reading

  

Is there no safe way to get a suntan?

11Feb

Basal cell carcinoma - the most common form of skin cancer.

This week, actor Hugh Jackman revealed on social media that he has recently undergone treatment for basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer. He’s been treated for the condition a number of times before, and has this … Continue reading

  

This Week in Health News: Children’s Mental Health, and How Much do You Cost the NHS?

9Feb

How much have you cost the NHS?

After weeks of debate and strikes, the NHS continues to dominate the news this week. For a start, junior doctors are due to strike again tomorrow (Wednesday 10th February), over the ongoing dispute about proposed changes to their contracts. A … Continue reading

  

Happy Shrove Tuesday

9Feb

Pancakes are popular in this house and we eat them regularly – usually at weekends. When I first started this blog I decided to try and find a gluten free and dairy free recipe for Zac so he wouldn’t miss … Continue reading

  

PM Awards 2016 – 30 years of pharmaceutical marketing excellence

8Feb

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Last week I had the pleasure of attending the PM Awards (Pharmaceutical Marketing Awards) at the Grosvenor Hotel in London. The PM Awards is in its 30th year and to help with the celebrations, the accompanying music was some of … Continue reading

  

Celebrating Chinese New Year

8Feb

Of all the ‘food celebrations’ I find Chinese New Year one of the easiest to ‘do’ dairy and gluten free. Traditional Chinese cookery is dairy free by nature. And until relatively recently gluten containing grains were scarcely found or used – … Continue reading

  

Meningitis Now: 30 Years of Achievement

8Feb

Among other things, Meningitis Now have funded vaccination programmes for many strains of meningitis

Our friends at Meningitis Now are entering their 30th year. Having founded the meningitis movement all those decades ago, they remain the only charity dedicated to fighting meningitis in the UK, and are doing so on all fronts – by … Continue reading

  

Grilled salmon with watercress sauce

7Feb

Ingredients Salmon fillet x 2 1 bag of watercress (or rocket if following a low fodmap diet) 1/2 pint of lactose free milk 2 teaspoons of gluten free flour dissolved in a little water 1 oz margarine salt serve with … Continue reading

  

Baba Ganoush – Low Fodmap

7Feb

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This is a dip recipe that is suitable for the low fodmap diet, many people really struggle to find dips, particularly when many are made with onion or garlic as ingredients. Baba Ganoush is a middle eastern dish made from … Continue reading

  

World Cancer Day, and Major New Research into Bowel Cancer

4Feb

Today is World Cancer Day

As you’ve probably already seen, today (4th February 2016) is World Cancer Day. Charities and individuals all over the world have been engaging with the event, both through supporting the campaign itself and organizing local efforts to raise awareness of … Continue reading

  

Actions You Can Take to Keep Your Health-Related Resolutions

3Feb

Every year it’s the same: “This year I’m going to work out every day!” “This year I’m going to only eat healthy food!” “This year I’m going to be healthier than I have ever been!” And on and on. We … Continue reading

  

This week in health news: Terry Wogan, the Zika virus, and more

2Feb

The Zika virus is know to be carried by a certain kind of mosquito commonly known as the Yellow Fever Mosquito

Some very sad news hit us at talkhealth along with the rest of the UK on Sunday: that Sir Terry Wogan had died of cancer at the age of 77. The legendary broadcaster had a short battle with cancer and … Continue reading

  

5 Best Apps to Keep Your Kids Healthy and Happy

2Feb

With all the buzz about the changes that technologies and Internet have brought to our lives, there are plenty of different ideas, myths and truths that everyone wants to prove or break. But the fact remains as it is – … Continue reading

  

Incredible #soyafree soya sauce alternative – Coconut Aminos

1Feb

Incredible soya free soya sauce alternative - Coconut Aminos

I discovered this stuff at the FreeFrom Food Awards judging session last week. Honestly, how can I have a diagnosed soya allergy for over three years and not have discovered that there is a fairly widely available and pretty amazing … Continue reading

  

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