Deborah’s posts


About Deborah


Hi - I am Deborah, Founding Director and part of the talkhealth team. My blog is generally focused around my own personal story about weight loss, running, exercise and generally trying to get and stay fit, as well as what's been in the news that's topical. Any views expressed are my own.

Weight Loss for Health


Since the start of January, the media has been full of weight loss plans and exercise regimes. My gym, which was quiet over Christmas, was full to the brim on Monday and I struggled to park the car at 6.30am … Continue reading


Record low sales of antibiotics for use in animals


There’s much in the press about antibiotic resistance and rightly so. Antibiotic resistance is a major threat to modern medicine with estimates suggesting it could be responsible for ten million deaths per year by 2050 and cost the global economy … Continue reading


Link between cancer and obesity higher in women


As someone who has recently lost weight (22 pounds or 9.7kg in new money) I was interested to read a recent study published in The Lancet. A recent cancer diagnosis within my family made me stop and think. I’m middle-aged … Continue reading


Online Doctor v Patient-to-patient Support


Do people seek information from HCPs online or do they prefer online support from fellow patients? Over recent years there has been a steady increase in the availability of patient-focused websites offering health information and support across a wide range … Continue reading


What does today’s tech-savvy, self-caring, knowledgeable patient look like?


modern, tech-savvy, self-caring, all-knowing patients

There’s little doubt that the 21st century patient is very different to the 20th century patient of my era. Much has changed and technology has been the key driver for change. So what does the modern, tech-savvy, self-caring, all-knowing patient … Continue reading


40-60 years old not even walking for 10 minutes once a month


According to a report by Public Health England (PHE), middle aged men and woman are not getting enough exercise. In fact a staggering 41% are not even managing a 10 minute brisk walk once a month! Dr Jenny Harries, Deputy … Continue reading


Dangers of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) formerly known as legal highs


This video tells the very tragic story of Laurence, the son of a lovely family I know who live on the same street as me. On the 1st anniversary of Laurence’s passing (19.09.15), please share this video with your family … Continue reading


Where have all the O’s, B’s and A’s gone? You can help fill the gaps – #missingtype?


blood donation, missing blood groups

NHS Blood & Transplant need your blood. You may have seen their latest campaign entitled #missingtype. The campaign has been designed to attract blood donors new and old. The campaign is running across several social media channels including Twitter and … Continue reading


PM Awards 2016 – 30 years of pharmaceutical marketing excellence



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


Meet Speedo Mick … charity fundraiser extraordinaire



Amongst other things I’m a Wycombe Wanderers football fan. A league 2 club with no money but fans who totally believe in and support the manager and the squad week in and week out. And this weekend just gone was … Continue reading


May the force be with you …


star wars, David Prowse, Darth Vader, arthritis

Star Wars is everywhere. It is THE film of the year, with some of the original cast back to grace the big screen, including Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill. Sadly, David Prowse who played Darth Vader, also affectionately … Continue reading


Rattle That Lock


David Gilmour, Rattle That Lock Tour, Royal Albert Hall

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


Can you get hay fever later in life?


Symptoms of hay fever

This was a question posed today on the BBC2 Chris Evans Radio show and caught my attention as I drove into the talkhealth office this morning. One of Chris Evan’s colleagues says he’s just started getting hay fever this year … Continue reading


Never say never …


close up of female hands holding knee

In February this year I wrote a blog about my running – or should I say a lack of! Late last year, the GP had sent me to the hospital for X-rays as I’d been complaining of very sore knee … Continue reading


So now I can’t run!


Knees - not my knees but I do have to massage them sometimes!

If you’ve stopped by my blog and read some of my posts, you’ll know I’m a runner. Or should I say I ‘WAS’ a runner. Running has been great for me in so many ways and quite a big part … Continue reading


I’ve done something amazing today …


Giving blood saves lives. Do something amazing and give blood today

… I gave blood. And it took less than an hour! What a brilliant use of an hour eh? Giving blood up to 3 times a year for women and up to 4 times a year for men saves lives. … Continue reading


Reading Half Marathon 2014



Yesterday I took part in the Mizuno Reading Half Marathon with 16,000 other runners. Around 20 of my running club, Sherfield Park Runners, took part in the event with most running in our club shirt (a handful ran for a … Continue reading


Halfway Through Couch to 5K



This week sees the start of Week 6 of the Couch to 5K course I am running for Sherfield Park Runners. Of those who started the course initially we have 17 stalwarts who are working really hard and are dedicated … Continue reading


Week 2 – Couch to 5k



Last night we held the second session of our Sherfield Park Runners Couch to 5k course (or C25K for short). But before I give you an update on how last night went, I need to tell you about the hard … Continue reading


Week 1 – Couch to 5k


couch to 5k beginners running course

Last night, on behalf of Sherfield Park Runners, I ran the first ever session of our beginners’ running course – Couch to 5k. Over the next 9 weeks I will be taking people who have never run before through a … Continue reading


Running – Couch to 5k


Basingstoke Half Marathon_sml

It’s been quite a while since my last blog post but I’ve lots to say about my running and the running club I co-founded in April last year – Sherfield Park Runners! In October, I completed my third ever half … Continue reading


Ibuprofen & increased heart rhythm


Link between Ibuprofen & increased risk of an irregular heart rhythm

Last week, as normal, I was woken up by my alarm/clock radio at bang on 6am, just in time to hear the news. The first story was about the use of Ibuprofen and the risk of increased heart problems … … 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


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


Cold sores and memory skills linked


cold sores (herpes simplex) virus and dementia link

Whilst reading the Mail Online this week an article about cold sores grabbed my attention. If, like me, you suffer with cold sores, you may be suprised to know researchers have discovered you may have an increased risk of impaired … Continue reading


Update on my half marathon


Charity Fleet Half Marathon Team

Well, yesterday was the day. My partner and I ran the Fleet Half Marathon. It was hard going …. the weather was awful …. torrential down pours over an undulating course. I should have finished in around 2 hours 11 … Continue reading


5 days to go …


After 5 months of training from a standing start and struggling to run a mile, to having run 10.8 miles 3 weeks ago and a practice half marathon (13.1 miles) 2 weeks ago, I now know I can do it! … Continue reading


New year, new diets and new exercise regimes at talkhealth


Are you exercising or dieting this January?

Practically everyone I speak to is on a diet or exercise regime of some sort! And probably most of you reading this are too! At talkhealth we are all either watching our weight or trying to get fit. At the … Continue reading


New year weight loss & exercise


New year weight loss and exercise

Happy New Year. Well I’m 10 weeks away from the half marathon …. yikes! And so far the furthest I’ve run is 3.6 miles so I have a a lot to do in a very short time-frame. I only went … Continue reading


Time to stop the excuses and take action


A friend shared this e-card with me via my Facebook. It made me laugh and I shared it amongst my friends. Then I got thinking …. losing weight is not easy, and maintaining a healthy weight is even harder. It’s … Continue reading


Running is fun!!


Well, we are one week into our half marathon training! So far we’ve done 3 x 1.2 mile runs – I know it doesn’t sound like a lot, but with 18 weeks of training ahead far better to start steadily … Continue reading


Mumsnet Blogfest 2012


On Saturday 10 November, Catriona and I attended the very first Mumsnet Blogfest in London. There was an inspiring opening speech from Miriam Gonzelez Durantes and a very funny closing speeach from Caitlin Moran. And we met up with a … Continue reading


Am I crazy or is this the best way to lose that last half a stone?


Well you can be the judge of that … I last blogged back in September with a vague and half-hearted plan of how I was going to lose that extra 7 pounds or so. Since then nothing much has changed … Continue reading


Almost at goal weight


It’s been a very long time since I blogged. As you will know, I had been struggling to lose the weight and it had taken me over 6 months to lose around 10 pounds. In July a major turning point … Continue reading


Eat 40% less and live 20 years longer


Eat 40% less and live 20 years longer - just like mice!

Today I forgot my lunch. Typical rush in the morning and being hassled by my kids to get out of the house to start the 25 minute school run in the car. I had some errands to run today, so … Continue reading


9 pounds and counting ….


Quick update … I’ve now lost 9lbs – it might have taken me 6 months so far, but I’m not ‘dieting’ as such, just continuing to make sensible food choices and watching my portion sizes. And, slow as it is, … Continue reading


The men who made us fat


Whatever you conclude from this blog post, there is no getting away from the fact that as a nation we are fatter than we were 50 years ago. Up until the 1950’s, obesity was not an issue but by the … Continue reading


Back on track as time’s running out …..


I’ve been quiet on the blog front with regard to my weight recently (‘unusual’ my colleagues would say as I always have plenty to talk about!). But time is running out and I need to get a grip …. Firstly, … Continue reading


Flippin hay fever!


Well, it’s here. It’s arrived with avengeance …. this flippin hay fever! Thought I’d got off lightly this year as the weather has been so awful and I’ve not needed to take any medication. And, given I’m allergic to tree … Continue reading


Long time, no blog!


Well, I’ve not blogged for a while …. I think I’ve become a bit disheartened with losing weight as, basically, since my last posts I’ve lost NO MORE WEIGHT!! But I’ve finally decided that exercise is the key to kick … Continue reading


Happy Easter


Well it’s Easter weekend and time for eating chocolate! But no not me! I may nibble a bit of the children’s Easter eggs but I’ve told my husband that on no account must he buy me an egg! I’ve now … Continue reading


That all important .25 of a pound


Well, great news! I’ve lost another .25 of a pound which puts my total weight loss to date at 8.75 pounds! Whoopeeee! You may be wondering why I’m getting so excited about such a tiny weight loss. Well, I’ve been … Continue reading


Just wish I could wake up tomorrow thin!


But that’s not going to happen is it!!! I’m up and down with my enthusiasm to lose weight. I want to stick to a sensible diet most of the time but it’s a long hard slog! Still lost my initial … Continue reading


Recession has positive effect on obesity


I read, with surprise and interest, that as people are tightening their belts financially obesity levels have fallen! A study carried out by researchers at Arizona State University, looking at 350,000 adults across the US, found that the number of … Continue reading


Weight loss app & exercise


Well, since I started using a little app on my mobile I’m now able to track my food intake, weight and exercise (if I was doing any!). The app has all the well known UK brands and all supermarket brands … Continue reading


Is advertising to blame for childhood obesity?


Obesity in the UK is rising – and more children than ever before are now obese. It’s all very worrying. There are a deluge of programmes on TV about being overweight and obese from A Year to Save My Life … Continue reading


I think I’m like Karren Brady


I was reading my monthly Woman & Home magazine this week (Feb edition) and read, as always, Karren Brady’s column. Karren talked about how she is extremely well organised, disciplined, focussed and determined in her professional business life, but how … Continue reading


Not going too well …..


The weight loss is not going well. I’m at a standstill. I have a virus ….. and it’s making me feel exhausted and so I want to eat. I guess it’s no wonder I’m not losing any more weight. Doc … Continue reading


Obesity and knee replacements


Researchers believe that the rising number of knee replacements in the younger generation (the 50 somethings) is in part due to the rise in obesity. This is interesting for me as, whilst I am not classed as obese but over-weight, … Continue reading


Is losing weight because of a blog?


Interesting question …. At the weekend I reached a weight loss milestone! I’m under that stone mark which has made me feel great! Still a long way to go but it’s the first time I’ve been under that particular stone … Continue reading


It’s all in the mind


Since we launched our new talkweight forum and weight is in the forefront of my mind, we’ve been having some interesting discussions in the office about being overweight, obesity and will power. The TV also seems to be full of … Continue reading


Chance to win £50 M&S vouchers for completing a weight survey


2012 brings with it New Year’s Resolutions and, as you will know if you read my Blog, mine is to lose weight. I know I’m not alone as wanting to lose weight is on lots of your minds …. so … Continue reading


As a nation are we in denial about our weight?


I read, with interest, an article in the Mail Online today about the increasing size of our nation entitled One in four Britons are obese but most of them are in denial. The study was carried out by Slimming World … Continue reading


2012 is coming …..


Well, Christmas has come and gone and we are on the brink of a New Year. I must confess I have struggled this Christmas …. but the good news is that whilst I have STILL not lost any more weight … Continue reading


It’s that magic number …. well nearly


This week my colleague drew my attention to some research she’d read about that had been conducted at the University Hospital in South Manchester. I was intrigued because it seemed to conclude that cutting carbs for two days is better … Continue reading


23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?


A Doctor-Professor answers the old question “What is the single best thing we can do for our health” in a completely new way. Dr Mike Evans explains …. Dr Evans is founder of the Health Design Lab at the Li … Continue reading


Help required …


Well I think I’ve officially lost my way with my diet!!! I’ve still kept off those 5 pounds but not lost any more. I know I need to exercise but finding the time’s a problem. I long for a break … Continue reading


Prostate protection – drink coffee


We read in that drinking coffee may help to guard against the most dangerous types of prostate cancer. The study included nearly 50,000 men and the research discovered that those men who drank 6 or more cups of coffee … Continue reading


Losing weight’s a piece of cake!


Well, it’s been well over a week since I wrote my last blog! And why is this you ask? Well, I think I’ve lost my way a little already … I’ve still lost 5.5 pounds in total (not put any … Continue reading


Prostate Action teams up with This Morning in first ever live prostate check


Tomorrow, Tuesday 15 November, Prostate Action are teaming up with ITV’s This Morning, and resident GP Dr Chris Steele, to hold the first ever live prostate examination in order to help raise awareness of men’s health and prostate cancer. Dr … Continue reading


Just two fizzy drinks a day increases risk of heart disease…


The Daily Mail reports today that women who drink just two fizzy drinks a day are more likely to develop heart disease. According to a recent study of over 4,000 women aged 45 to 84, those who regularly consume sugary … Continue reading


I’m A Celebrity 2011: Freddie Starr is hospitalised for allergic reaction


According to the Daily Mail, celebrity Freddie Starr has been taken to hospital with a suspected severe allergic reaction. Doctors were called to check on the comedian, aged 68, after he started feeling sick following one of the infamous Bushtucker … Continue reading


NHS Direct app helps one million patients in just 6 months


Health advice is now being given to more than one million NHS patients via their smartphones following the launch of an app by the NHS just six months ago. The NHS Direct app is free and available to patients with … Continue reading


Epidemic – allergic rhinitis on the increase


The house dust mite is behind a huge rise in household allergies, with around 12 million Britons allergic to their own homes, according to new research today undertaken by Allergy UK. Cases of perennial allergic rhinitis – known as “home … Continue reading


UK air pollution puts lives at risk


The Environmental Audit Committee has said that the Government has failed to meet the EU standards on air pollution. Bad air quality costs the UK £8.5-20bn each year and lowers life expectancy for many by years. The government’s has made … Continue reading


Slowly slowly – very slowly!


Still sticking to my healthy eating but the weight is slow to shift! I know if I could find the time to exercise it would come off quicker, but trying to find even half an hour a couple of times … Continue reading


The trouble with a bit too much fizz is ….


that it goes to your head AND interferes with a weight loss regime!! It’s not been a good week to be honest. As you know, I had a dinner party last week and was determined to be good and stay … Continue reading


Is losing weight down to willpower or hormones?


I read an interesting article in the Daily Mail last week entitle “Lost weight then piled it all back on? Blame your hormones – not your willpower”. A new study, undertaken in Australia, shows that hormones will insist a dieter … Continue reading


Still going strong


Just a quick update – stood on the scales this morning, 2 weeks into my healthier lifestyle, and I’ve lost another pound. That’s 5 pounds in total. Well done me! I don’t actually feel like I’ve lost weight but the … Continue reading


Am I still on track?


I know I’ve not been blogging for a few days but family and work has sort of ‘got in the way’ – it’s half term so I’m either finishing work a little earlier to spend time with my girls or … Continue reading


Maccy D’s ….


On Wednesday I was faced with having to take my children to McDonald’s as it was the start of the half term break, and they asked if we could go for a treat. What could I say? We rarely go … Continue reading


It’s official


Well, I took the plunge today to do my BMI (via NHS Choices onsite app) – and I am officially sitting right in the middle of the over-weight section. Not that I needed proof of course, but it’s always good … Continue reading


I couldn’t resist


Why is it, that now I’m watching what I eat, I want to see results fast! Why is it that every time I’m in the bathroom I can’t resist stepping on the scales! As if I’m going to lose a … Continue reading


Latte or Earl Grey? Was I in control of me?


Well – how did I get on over the weekend I hear you ask? Well, I had a lovely afternoon with a friend drinking …… EARL GREY tea! In the queue to order I had to stare at the muffins … Continue reading


My first blog


Where to start ….. I’ve always had issues with my weight. I vaguely remember as a little girl being denied some of the cakes and sweets others were having and I’m grateful to my mother for not allowing me to … Continue reading


Alternative ways to say “stop scratching”


Our online clinic on eczema was a huge success. One of the key topics was about scratching and eczema. Here’s want Becky says about her daughter “My 3 year old scratches a lot, especially at bedtime when she’s tired and … Continue reading


A pill to stop skin cancer


After 10 years of research, a pill which could stop people from developing skin cancer by repairing sunburn damage has moved a step closer. For more information follow this link   +372   


Zinc lozenges may shorten colds


Researchers from Finland have discovered that people who take high doses of zinc supplements may experience around a 40% reduction in the length of common colds. This latest study is published in the Open Respiratory Medicine Journal, and was undertaken by … Continue reading


Kim Kardashian diagnosed with psoriasis


Kim Kardashian, of ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’, has been diagnosed with psoriasis. Kim sought the opinion of her dermatologist after she saw flaky red patches on her legs. Kardashian’s mother was diagnosed with psoriasis at the age of 30. … Continue reading


What is happiness, and can it be measured?


With news yesterday that the government is going to ask people how happy they are in order to measure the nation’s wellbeing for the first time, this begs the question, what is happiness, and can it be measured? Can the … Continue reading


Standards aim to improve care for millions with skin diseases


Commissioners and providers should involve patients and the public in decisions about the services provided for the millions of people with a skin disease, standards published this week emphasise. Some 24% of the population visit their GP about a skin … Continue reading


Protect your gut this August


At this time of year, many people will be travelling abroad and are likely to be exposed to many harmful bacteria, yeasts and pathogens. When travelling to foreign countries, the microflora in your gastrointestinal tract is suddenly (and without warning) … Continue reading


GP’s urge the nation to take more responsibility for their health


One in four (23%) GPs only spend a quarter of their time dealing with medical issues that actually require their expertise 46% of GPs say better health education would greatly improve the nation’s experience of the health service Research from … Continue reading


Five more sun cream mistakes to avoid


According to the Daily Mail today,  people are still making mistakes when using sun creams. The article explores whether you are really protecting your skin from the sun as much as you should be. To read more follow this link … Continue reading


Anxiety during pregnancy


Childhood asthma linked to depression during pregnancy, inner-city African-American, hispanic families at risk. Anxiety, stress and depression during pregnancy may lead to a greater risk of asthma for your child. Study results are published in the July issue of Annals … Continue reading


Premature ovarian failure


Women from the lowest social class are almost three times as likely to have premature ovarian failure (POF) as those from the highest social class, a researcher told the annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology … Continue reading


Lifestyle interventions


The self-paced walking test, known as the 400-meter walk test, is effective in measuring improved physical function in postmenopausal women who have lost weight through healthy physical activity and dietary changes, according to collaborative research conducted by The University of … Continue reading


Pioneering health retreat offers diabetics chance of a medication-free life


A British couple are being credited with transforming the lives of diabetics at a new centre for managing major illnesses. Ninety per cent of diabetic visitors to the pioneering Obsidian Retreat say they have either greatly reduced or stopped taking … Continue reading


Skin season


Don’t be afraid to bare your soul in skin season: start the conversation now! CSPA launches new tool in recognition of the Canadian Dermatology Association’s 86th Annual Conference. EDMONTON, AB (June 23, 2011) – Dermatologists from across Canada are meeting … Continue reading


NHS Choices Online Clinics


talkhealth are proud to be collaborative partners with NHS Choices. Each month talkhealth hosts exclusively ‘Online Clinics on …’ partnering with NHS Choices and a national charity associated with the clinic’s topic. The clinics are run across all talkhealth websites … Continue reading


Vitamin A deficiency


Vitamin A deficiency does not increase the risk of asthma, according to new research published online in the European Respiratory Journal. In developing countries, vitamin A deficiency is particularly common and previous research has shown that it harms the development … Continue reading


Air pollution


Asthma UK comment: Samantha Walker, Director of Research and Policy at Asthma UK says: ‘What is particularly interesting about this new research is that a link has now been made with long-term exposure to air pollution and worsening asthma symptoms. … Continue reading


16 to 30s worst at skin cancer prevention, new research reveals


16 to 30-year-olds are the worst at protecting their skin in the sun, despite melanoma being the second most common cancer in this age group, according to a new study out this week. The research, due to be released at … Continue reading


Childhood pets


“Having a pet in the house during the first year of a child’s life could halve the risk of them becoming allergic to the animals, a study suggests,” reported the Daily Mail. This story is based on a study that … Continue reading


Flaxseed is king


Flaxseed is high in phytochemicals, including many antioxidants. It is perhaps our best source of lignans, which convert in our intestines to substances that tend to balance female hormones. However, according to the Mayo Clinic and The North Central Cancer … Continue reading


Games consoles


The Sun warned today that “kids as young as eight are suffering crippling arthritis-like pain from using consoles and phones.” It said that experts have called for warnings to be shown on gaming boxes. The news reports are based on … Continue reading


Need for more support


Results of a recent survey revealing that 94 percent of GPs don’t have sufficient time to ask psoriasis sufferers what impact the condition is having on a patient’s life, are worrying according to leading psychologist and prolific academic author, Dr … Continue reading


Fastest natural ways to cure acne: proven methods that work fast


There are a lot of ways to help yourself get rid of acne overnight.  The best place to start would be with natural products.  A great way of how to get rid of acne fast is to apply an egg … Continue reading


Online Clinic on Skin Cancer & Sun Safety


SKCIN (The Karen Clifford Skin Cancer Charity) has teamed up with NHS Choices and talkhealth to present an Online Clinic on Skin Cancer & Sun Safety.  SKCIN is the only national skin cancer charity. Clinical experts will be available to … Continue reading


Jennifer Worth – Patron of AAA


Mrs Jennifer Worth, who died on May 31 aged 75, joined Action Against Allergy in 1995 and agreed to become a patron last year. This was some small measure of acknowledgement for the many generous ways in which she helped … Continue reading


How to apply sunscreen


An expert explains, in an NHS Choices video, why it is important to protect your skin from sunburn to help avoid skin cancer. She also gives advice on how to apply sunscreen correctly and what to look out for when … Continue reading


Menopause advice


GPs should invite women to register for menopause advice on their 50th birthdays. The Statement, from the BMS Council, is published in the latest issue of Menopause International and coincides with the BMS annual conference which is being held in … Continue reading


An online clinic on Hay Fever


Last month a lively and informative forum for people suffering from Hay Fever was held in conjunction with patient support charity Action Against Allergy, the Allergy Academy, NHS Choices and other leading experts.  Although the forum is now closed it … Continue reading




A large proportion of asthma sufferers are affected by house dust mites. It is, therefore, important to concentrate on reducing, as far as possible, contact with dust mites. One main area where dust mites are plentiful is in the bedroom. … Continue reading


Acne care: shaving


Shaving facial hair sometimes creates a dilemma when one has active acne.  The need to hide the skin condition is counterbalanced by the need to eliminate the condition. This involves keeping the skin clean which is more difficult to do … Continue reading


Free samples & offers


FREE samples and offers that are available across our talk sites. Be up to date on our offers by joining FREE today one of our sites – it is very easy and quick, just click here … Welcome Packs – … Continue reading


Psoriasis during pregnancy


Moderate to severe psoriasis is an independent risk factor for a variety of adverse pregnancy outcomes, according to Dr. Jennifer C. Cather. Yet much remains unknown about the impact of psoriasis and its treatment in pregnancy. For this reason, every … Continue reading


Extremely obese children


Children who are overweight or obese have a significantly higher prevalence of psoriasis, and teens with psoriasis, regardless of their body weight, have higher cholesterol levels, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published online in the Journal of Pediatrics.  The … Continue reading


Natural and organic products


An award-winning range of natural and organic products with no harsh chemicals to aggravate sensitive skin.  Suitable for those prone to eczema. With no harsh chemicals like SLS, parabens and phthalates to aggravate already sensitive skin and plenty of organic … Continue reading


Water softeners and the benefits for people with eczema


If you or your child suffers from eczema, you’re not alone. Around one in five* children and one in twelve adults are affected by this distressing skin condition.  Over the years Kinetico have helped many eczema sufferers by installing a … Continue reading


Integrative approaches


Sharpen your understanding of hormonal balancing and estrogen level management. The transition to menopause can be a time of reflection and inspiration. Although transitions of any kind can be inherently difficult, many women experience a newfound sense of freedom and … Continue reading


An Open Clinic on Hay Fever – NOW OPEN!


From Friday 2o May until Thursday 26 May only, patient support charity Action Against Allergy is teaming up with NHS Choices and talkhealth to present an open clinic on hay fever. Clinical experts from King’s College London Allergy Academy will … Continue reading


Severe hypertension


UC Davis dermatologists have found that people who have high blood pressure as well as psoriasis – a condition that causes patches of irritated, itchy red skin – are more likely to have more severe high blood pressure and require … Continue reading


Natural S-equol


Healthy pre-and post-menopausal Japanese women who took a supplement of SE5-OH containing Natural S-equol, a novel soy germ-based ingredient under development for the management of menopausal symptoms, had measures of reproductive hormones that stayed within normal limits throughout the study. … Continue reading


Photodynamic therapy


The Photodynamic Therapy acne treatment is recommended by Dr. Abrams for those who suffer from moderate acne, teenagers and adults with resistant and hard to treat acne or people who suffer from cystic acne with regular breakouts; it is a … Continue reading


Inhalers – relievers and preventers


One of the most widely used treatments for asthma is the use of inhalers (also known as puffers).  Inhalers contain a solution of medicine and a propellant which is used to create a fine spray that can be breathed in.  … Continue reading


Fluoride & acne


Fluoride is in our toothpaste. It`s in our water. It`s even in our food. While fluoride is praised for saving our teeth, many alternative health experts question the validity of fluoride`s benefits. And now many realize that fluoride may also … Continue reading


Acne directory


Our acne directory offers you a comprehensive list of companies who manufacture and distribute treatments and products suitable for people living with acne and oily skin. You can browse through the directory using the a-z categories. To access the directory … Continue reading


Charities & Support Groups


On specific talkhealth sites we have information on Charities & Support Groups offering help and information about living with specific health conditions such as eczema, allergies and menopause. To access the relevant, Charities & Support Groups, page just click on … Continue reading


Menopause Directory


Our menopause directory offers you a comprehensive list of companies who manufacture and distribute treatments and products such as bedding, clothing, hair treatments, insomnia, personal care, skin care, vitamins & supplements as well as weight management – suitable for people … Continue reading


Articles about psoriasis


Within the ‘articles‘ section of talkpsoriasis, items about psoriasis have been written by doctors, specialists, journalists and individuals from professional bodies and organisations.  You can read articles such as: Psoriasis study will target stress and state of mind Psoriasis patients: … Continue reading


Eczema fact sheets


Educational fact sheets about managing and treating eczema are a useful source of reference that can be taken with you when you see your GP, practice nurse or other healthcare professional. The information provided in the eczema fact sheets is … Continue reading


Action Against Allergy – information


The symptoms of allergy and allergy-related illness come in many different forms, from a mild irritant to a severely debilitating chronic condition. About one in three of us suffers allergy for all or part of our life and although there … Continue reading


NICE recommends golimumab for psoriatic arthritis


The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has today issued final guidance recommending golimumab (Simponi) for the treatment of psoriatic arthritis. Golimumab joins a list of treatment options already recommended by NICE for this condition. The guidance recommends … Continue reading


Psoriasis patients: benefit of long-established treatments


For patients with severe psoriasis, a new class of intravenous and injectable biological medicines known as “biologics” has brought about a near revolution in treatment. But doctors at the University of Michigan Health System note that patients and their doctors … Continue reading




People with psoriasis could benefit from a new study that aims to improve symptoms through the psychological concept of ‘mindfulness’. Researchers at The University of Manchester will be asking 40 volunteers with psoriasis to participate in a therapy group to … Continue reading


Topical corticosteroids


Use of topical corticosteroids in children with eczema does not have negative side effects. A new study published in the journal Pediatric Dermatology reveals that routine, long-term use of topical corticosteroids (TCS) for treating children with eczema does not cause … Continue reading


Water softeners, do they work?


Interested in trialing a water softener to see if your eczema improves?  We are looking for 50 people, resident in the UK, to help in this great survey.  Kinetico, the leading filtered water specialist will come and install for FREE, … Continue reading


FREE 500g Balneum Cream – 28 Day Survey


talkeczema and talkpsoriasis are looking for 200 volunteers, living in the UK, with eczema or psoriasis to take part in a 28 day survey using Balneum Cream manufactured by Almirall. We would like to hear your general feedback on how … Continue reading


Allergic asthma treatments


A major breakthrough in creating effective new treatments for allergic asthma has been discovered by Asthma UK funded scientists at King’s College London. The discovery is the culmination of over fifteen years of Asthma UK-funded research, and the findings are … Continue reading


Poster downloads for patients, sponsors and the media


talkhealth invites you to download copies of its pdf posters.  The posters are a mixture of future events to be run on the sites and the talkhealth conditions such as eczema, acne, allergy, psoriasis, menopause and asthma. From this page … Continue reading


Natural remedies can ease menopause symptoms


Over one billion women in the world are age 50 or older, with the average age of menopause being 51 1/2. When a woman reaches menopause, she arrives at a time of life with more freedoms. It’s the end of … Continue reading


The incidence of early menopause is on the rise


The incidence of premature ovarian failure (POF) or the early menopause is on the increase, however, there is still hope for women who want to have a baby, says a new review published in The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist (TOG). POF … Continue reading


World Asthma Day – Tuesday 3 May, 2011


World Asthma Day is an annual event organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) to improve asthma awareness and care around the world. This year’s theme is “You Can Control Your Asthma” … For more information follow this link … Continue reading


House dust mite vaccine


Currently, people allergic to house dust mites must continually clean their environments to remove the microscopic creatures from soft furnishings to avoid an allergic attack. Medications can bring relief for some sufferers, but must be taken regularly. Others respond less … Continue reading


Severe psoriasis


Severe psoriasis linked to major adverse cardiovascular events. Psoriasis is a common inflammatory skin disease, and if severe, has been demonstrated to be a risk factor for cardiovascular (CV) disease. However, the degree to which psoriasis is associated with major … Continue reading


Menopause survival guide


The team at New Menopause Research have put together the ultimate lifestyle manual for women going through menopause. The Menopause Survival Guide consists of 17 pages offering diet and exercise guidelines and tips and secrets to help you get through … Continue reading


Environmental chemicals


WVU study finds link between early menopause and environmental chemicals. West Virginia University (WVU) Department of Community Medicine found that women with high levels of an environmental chemical are at increased odds of having experienced menopause earlier in life than … Continue reading


Chocolate may exacerbate acne


At the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, a group of researchers found that the consumption of pure chocolate made of 100% cocoa can exacerbate facial acne vulgaris within days in people who are acne prone. The study was … Continue reading


Paracetamol in pregnancy


“Pregnant women who take paracetamol could be increasing the risk of their child developing asthma,” the Daily Express has reported. The news is based on a review that systematically combined the findings from six previous studies examining whether paracetamol use … Continue reading


Hay fever symptom checker


With the hay fever season just starting, NHS Direct has developed a new online tool to help people tackle the symptoms that can make the spring and summer months miserable for sufferers. Long-time hay fever sufferers are likely to be … Continue reading


An open clinic on Hay Fever


From 20-26 May 2011 patient support charity Action Against Allergy has teamed up with NHS Choices and talkhealth to present an Open Clinic on Hay Fever.  You will have the opportunity to post your questions to our panel of clinical … Continue reading


An open clinic for women experiencing the menopause


From 25 – 31 March 2011 talkhealth, in partnership with NHS Choices and the British Menopause Society, presented an open clinic for women experiencing the menopause. Clinical experts were on call to answer questions relating to the menopause and the … Continue reading


Black cohosh


A safety review published in the journal Menopause has confirmed that black cohosh, a natural plant alternative to conventional hormone replacement therapy (HRT), is safe and will not cause liver damage. Some recent reports have questioned the dietary supplement’s safety, … Continue reading


Can saucepans cause early menopause?


“Gender-bending chemicals found in non-stick pans and food packaging are linked to early menopause,” reported the Daily Mail. It said researchers have found that perfluorocarbons (PFCs) are associated with hormone disruption in women. The Mail’s focus on saucepans may give … Continue reading


Farm microbes


Children who grow up on farms are less likely to suffer from asthma than other rural children. A large-scale study now indicates that this may be due to differences in the spectrum of microbes the two groups are likely to … Continue reading


Food allergy in children


There has been a huge increase in the occurrence of food allergy in children in the UK over the last 20 years and about 1 in 20 children are now affected. The NHS has published new NICE guidelines on the … Continue reading


Hayfever: importance of starting preventative treatment


A recent study from Japan has highlighted the importance of starting preventative treatment for seasonal allergic rhinitis (hayfever) and allergic conjunctivitis well before the pollen season starts.  The study reveals that it is advisable to start hayfever treatment well before … Continue reading


NEW talkeczema directory category: Charities and Support Groups


 Charities and Support Groups play a key role for people living with a chronic condition. In recognition of this we have added a new category in our talkeczema directory Charities & Support Groups, which will be roled out to other … Continue reading


NOW OPEN – an open clinic for women experiencing the menopause


NOW OPEN from today 25 March until 31 March 2011 an open clinic for women experiencing the menopause.  Talkhealth, in partnership with NHS Choices have made available this new interactive forum especially for you:  the forum gives you the opportunity … Continue reading


An open clinic for women experiencing menopause


From 25 – 31 March 2011 talkhealth, in partnership with NHS Choices, is opening a new interactive forum – an open clinic for women experiencing the menopause.  You will have the opportunity to post your questions to our panel of … Continue reading


The allergy & gluten free show 2011


This year’s show will take place at Olympia, London from 6-8 May 2011.  It is the UK’s largest annual gathering of people suffering/living with allergies, skin conditions such as eczema, migraines, coeliac disease, hay fever, asthma, food intolerances and chemical … Continue reading


Forum for Parents of Allergic Children – 18-25 February 2011


Patient support charity Action Against Allergy has teamed up with NHS Choices and talkhealth to present an online forum for parents of children with food allergy and intolerance. Clinical experts in paediatric allergy from King’s College London Allergy Academy will … Continue reading


New look talkallergy, talkacne and talkeczema websites


We have now completed the new look, and community websites. Take a look – there’s new functionality, and you can now view all the forums across the sites. +369