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About talkhealth

This is the talkhealth blog spot, where we post on a wide range of health conditions, topics, issues and concerns. We post when we see something that we believe is of interest to our vistiors. Our posts do not reflect any particular view or stand point of talkhealth, but are merely to raise attention and awareness.

This week in health – 16/03/2018


This week in health

It’s been a varied week in health. There’s been some shocking and saddening news stories, including a report about the links between depression and cancer and the passing of Stephen Hawking. However, there’s also been a great deal of awareness … Continue reading


This week in health – 09/03/2018


This week in health

Bringing together some of the biggest news stories in the world of health, this week’s talkhealth news roundup will focus on some wide-ranging topics. Obesity has been one of the biggest health topics of the week, with many papers and … Continue reading


Inspirational women in health


Women in health

It’s international women’s day, and to celebrate we’ve put together a list of some of the most influential women in medicine. Ranging from the 19th century right up to the modern day, we’ve included just some of the woman who … Continue reading


This week in health – 02/03/2018


This week in health

It should come as no surprise, but the topic on everyone’s lips this week has been the sub-zero temperatures that have hit the UK. With snowfall across much of the country, the attention to health conditions during these treacherous times … Continue reading


Tinnitus Awareness Week 2018


Tinnitus Awareness Week is running from 5-11 February this year. The aim of the week is to raise awareness of the condition, which affects approximately 1 in 10 of the population. A recent British Tinnitus Association survey found that just under … Continue reading


PHE launches Change4Life campaign around children’s snacking


Public Health England (PHE) has launched the first Change4Life campaign specifically promoting healthier snacks in order to help parents take better control of their children’s snacks. Shockingly, half of children’s sugar intake, currently around 7 sugar cubes a day, comes … Continue reading


3 before GP


Patients are being urged to adopt a new three-step approach in order to help relieve pressures on GP services over the winter. The Royal College of GPs (RCGP) have launched a campaign called ‘3 before GP’ which refers to three questions patients … Continue reading


Is porridge better for health than statins?


A study conducted by Chris Seal, Professor of Food and Human Nutrition at Newcastle University, has stated that the incredible health benefits of porridge outweigh those gained by taking daily cholesterol-lowering medication. “Porridge is known to have many health benefits; … Continue reading


World Diabetes Day


There are two main types of diabetes with type 2 being the most common. In the last decade the number of obese people developing Type 2 diabetes has increased, despite the condition being preventable with a healthy diet and regular … Continue reading


talkhealth Allergy and Eczema research published in Mail On Sunday


In September we ran a survey to see if patients suffering with eczema are more likely to also have allergies or sensitivity to foods such as eggs, nuts, diary and wheat. The aim of the research was to find out … Continue reading


Vitamin B3 found in Marmite linked with preventing miscarriages


You may remember a few months ago the much hyped headline which stated that Marmite may be the key to preventing miscarriages and birth defects. Newspapers around the country jumped on the story branding it the new miracle cure. Results … Continue reading


#TalkSchizophrenia Tweet Chat


On 10th October 2017, talkhealth and Janssen collaborated to run a tweet chat for World Mental Health Day focusing on Schizophrenia. Using the hashtag, #TalkSchizophrenia and #WMHD17.  Talkhealth, Janssen, members of the talkhealth community and other interested parties including MIND … Continue reading


Type 2 diabetes costing NHS £8.8bn each year


It is estimated that 600,000 people in the UK have Type 2 diabetes but have yet to be diagnosed. Including the undiagnosed, that’s around 4 million people in the UK alone. And since 1996, the number of people with diabetes … Continue reading


Global Handwashing Day – A Guide to washing your hands


To mark Global Handwashing Day here is our guide for washing your hands the right way. Handwashing is the easiest way to prevent the spread of germs and infections, such as the common cold, meningitis, diarrhoea and hepatitis A. It … Continue reading


Stoptober – Are you ready for the challenge?


Stop smoking

This month thousands of people are taking on the Stoptober challenge, Stoptober is a 28 day non-smoking awareness campaign run throughout October. It has been said that you are five times more likely to quit smoking after 28 days! Smoking … Continue reading


Breaking the stigma: talkschizophrenia tweetchat


To mark World Mental Health Day (#WMHD17), we have collaborated with Janssen to host an hour long tweetchat on 10th October focusing on schizophrenia. If you have been affected by or are interested in this condition, we welcome you to … Continue reading


Fun Runs for the British Heart Foundation


You may remember in late last year us talking about the very inspiring twin brothers, Jonathan and David Stretton-Downes, that have partnered with the British Heart Foundation to raise £100,000 in the space of a year. The campaign, titled SIX … Continue reading


Do you need private medical insurance?


With hundreds of health insurance plans to choose from it is never easy to find the right one that suits you best. Many people’s thoughts on private medical insurance are….”not for me too expensive”, “I have a condition already so I … Continue reading


Unwanted scarring on your face or body – What can you do?


Unwanted scarring on your face or body – What can you do? Most people have at least one scar somewhere on their body (i) so you are not alone. Scars can be caused by a number of factors including surgery, … Continue reading


Why you might wee when you are running or exercising?


Most women, at some point in their lives have experienced urine leakage while running, but never talk about it and more often than not, this is due to weaker bladder muscles. Exercising should be enjoyable and not uncomfortable and there … Continue reading


Next stage of world-leading childhood obesity plan announced


Publich Health England (PHE) are now considering the evidence on children’s calorie consumption and are setting the ambition for the calorie reduction programme to remove excess calories from the foods children consume the most. These foods include pizzas, burgers, ready … Continue reading


Psoriasis Treatment – Approval from the MHRA of Dovonex


The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)  have just announced the approval of Dovonex Psoriasis Ointment to be made available through pharmacies without a prescription. At talkhealth we would like to thank everyone that responded to our request to … Continue reading


Medical devices regulator issues warning on unreliable HIV home-testing kit


  The Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is warning people not to purchase or use Hightop HIV/AIDS home test kit as they may be unreliable and produce inaccurate results.  If you or someone you know has used a Hightop … Continue reading


The NHS – The Beginning


The NHS was born was 5 July 1948. Aneurin Bevan, a Welsh Labour Party politician who was the Minister for Health following the Second World War, launched the NHS in the Park hospital in Manchester, otherwise known today as Trafford … Continue reading


UK expats could cost NHS £500million report says


A report, published today, by the Nuffield Trust, suggests that when reciprocal health arrangements within Europe end, post Brexit, the cost to the NHS could be as much as an extra £500m each year as expats return to the UK for … Continue reading


talkhealth: Winners of BHBIA BOBI Award 2017!


Last week talkhealth had the honour of winning one of the BHBIA’s (British Healthcare Business Intelligence Association) 2017 BOBI awards. The BOBI Awards (Best of Business Intelligence) are the first and only healthcare-specific business intelligence awards scheme in the UK, … Continue reading


Ear Nose and Throat – See talkhealth in The Guardian


talkhealth recently partnered with Mediaplanet UK on the 2017 Ears, Nose & Throat Campaign in The Guardian newspaper and online. Our article, titled 5 Remedies for blocked Ears, covered a number of remedies and manoeuvres to alleviate blocked ears such … Continue reading


Manage your health with Patient support Programmes


For those living with chronic health conditions, self-management is crucial for managing and controlling symptoms day to day. Protecting your own health is a responsibility that can require some help and guidance to ensure you pursue the right treatment for … Continue reading




AAA support for coeliacs Action Against Allergy is giving its support to the campaign being co-ordinated by Coeliac UK to persuade the NHS to seek an alternative to their proposed withdrawal of prescriptions for the gluten free foods needed by … Continue reading


Anaphylaxis Campaign – Orange Wig Day Friday 19 May 2017


Living with severe allergies and being at risk of anaphylaxis (a severe and potentially fatal allergic reaction) seriously affects the lives of those at risk. There is currently no cure or treatment to prevent anaphylaxis – instead people must learn … Continue reading


WellChild Awards 2017:  Nominations open for inspirational children, young people and carers


More than 100,000 children and young people are living with serious illness or exceptional health needs across the UK. Many spend months, even years in hospital simply because there is no support enabling them to leave. Do you know a … Continue reading


Paraffin in skin creams linked to fire deaths


You may have read in the news this week (19 March 2017) about the link between people using paraffin based skin creams and dozens of fire deaths across England. People living with conditions such as eczema and psoriasis who use paraffin based … Continue reading


Quit smoking while pregnancy – No Smoking Day 8 March 2017


March 8th 2017 is national no smoking day and for the estimated 15.8 % of the UK population who regularly light up this is the day you are encouraged to kick the habit. Parents to be are one particular group who … Continue reading


Health news round up


There’s been quite a bit of interesting health news this week; from footballers and dementia, to artificial embryos and  ovarian cancer. Blood tests and ovarian cancer – doctors have revealed that a blood test every 4 months could help women that … Continue reading


Should you take Vitamin D to combat colds and flu?


Yesterday (16 February 2017) it was widely reported on TV, in newspapers and across the Internet that taking Vitamin D could significantly reduce the incidence of colds and flu amongst the general population. In fact, some newsrooms went as far … Continue reading


Introducing Action Against Allergy – our latest charity forum partnership


talkhealth are excited to announce that we are now hosting the forums for the charity ‘Action Against Allergy’. Log on to the AAA forums to join the general discussion, view charity news and individual to talkhealth we are especially delighted to announce a forum … Continue reading


Meal delivery services – is this the new way to lose weight and eat healthily?


In theory, losing weight should be easy – eat fewer calories than you burn. But in practice most of us know that it’s really difficult to lose weight and requires a combination of the right food and portion size, with lots … Continue reading


World Cancer Day – Saturday 4th February – We can, I can.


Currently 8.2 million people die a year from cancer with lung cancer being the most diagnosed globally. In the UK 2.5 million people are living with cancer and this number is expected to rise to 4 million by 2030. Living … Continue reading


Even celebrities get rosacea


It is estimated that around 6 million people in the UK are currently living with Rosacea. It is a common but poorly understood condition and can often be mistaken for acne. Symptoms of rosacea include permanent flushing and redness of … Continue reading


Can a robot really help the elderly?


You may have seen in the news that researchers from Middlesex University and the University of Bedfordshire are using £2m of EU and Japanese funding to develop robots that will be culturally and socially aware, in order to help the … Continue reading


Ask the Expert: Children’s Skin Conditions


Last week saw the launch of our latest venture – Ask the Expert. The one day clinic, which took place Wednesday 18th January, was the first in a series of Ask the Expert sessions which will run in partnership with … Continue reading


Go for gold


According to the Food Standards Agency (FSA), you shouldn’t eat burnt toast as you may be increasing your exposure to acrylamide, a carcinogenic chemical formed via a reaction between amino acids and sugars when foods with a high starch content are … Continue reading


Jo’s trust #smearforsmear campaign


Jo’s trust is the only UK charity which dedicates itself to women affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities. Every year, Jo’s trust campaigns for women to be increasingly aware of the symptoms of cervical cancer and the need to … Continue reading


Should GPs run a 7 day service?


The government are keen for GP surgeries to open from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week. Doctors are being told that if they fail to meet their commitments to keep surgeries open for longer, they may lose extra funding. … Continue reading


Tickly coughs and dribbly noses



It’s that time of year, and if you’re working in an office you’re probably surrounded by coughs and colds. A nasty cold bug started doing the rounds in the talkhealth office just before Christmas with about half of the team … Continue reading


Dentists urge us to cut the cake culture in the office


Yesterday, (3 January 2017), the Royal College of Surgeons, Faculty of Dental Surgery (FDS) issued a press release urging workers to cut the cake culture that seems to have become established in many offices up and down the country. The FDS … Continue reading


New Year Resolutions


Weight Loss

  We hope you’ve all had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! In the talkhealth office today, we’ve been talking about our various New Year resolutions. It’s safe to say we’ve all over-indulged this Christmas and several … Continue reading


talkhealth backs the new sepsis awareness campaign



Today (15th December 2016) a new campaign has been launched by Public Health England (PHE) to help raise awareness of Sepsis – a condition which has been blamed for approximately 37,000 deaths a year and arises as a complication of … Continue reading


talkhealth went to Parliament



On December 7th, talkhealth was kindly invited to attend an event organised by the Chronic Pain Policy Coalition (CPPC) in the Houses of Parliament. The event, which was titled ‘Living better with Chronic Pain: The Vital Role of Primary Care’, … Continue reading


Winter warmers: top tips to get through winter



Winter is indeed here. With more long dark and cold days ahead, it is important to know what you can do to stay warm, happy and healthy over the coming months. talkhealth want to give you a few of our … Continue reading


Exciting new campaign SIX TIMES OPEN in association with the British Heart Foundation


Jonathan and David - SIX TIMES OPEN

Twins, Jonathan and David Stretton-Downes, have partnered with the British Heart Foundation to launch an exciting campaign called SIX TIMES OPEN. The official launch happened in November and was attended by representatives from the BHF. The story behind the campaign – … Continue reading


This week in health news: prostate and testicular care



November is considered by many to be the month of men’s health awareness. Campaigns such as Movember have made waves in recent years, raising awareness and funds across the world for men’s health issues, in particular the issue of prostate … Continue reading


Alcohol awareness week



Did you know that next week (14-20 November) sees the start of alcohol awareness week? An initiative run by Alcohol Concern (you know them- the founders of Dry January!) which aims to raise awareness of the risks of alcohol to … Continue reading


MHRA – The Importance of Reporting



This week, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is running a social media campaign to stress the importance of reporting suspected side effects. The campaign, which runs from 7 – 11 November, has been launched as part of … Continue reading


Early Osteoarthritis Diagnosis Blood Test


blood test

Warwick University are engaged in research that could see a blood test developed that can provide an early diagnosis of osteoarthritis several years before the onset of physical and irreversible symptoms. The blood test will work by allowing the detection … Continue reading


Psoriasis Awareness Week 2016 – What Does Psoriasis Mean to You?


PsoriasisIS Awareness Poster

Psoriasis Awareness Week runs annually and aims to inform and raise awareness of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. This year the awareness week is running from Saturday 29th October – Saturday 5th November and talkhealth are working to support Psoriasis Association with … Continue reading


This week in health news: DVLA mishaps lead to many being denied licences



This week, an investigation carried out by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) identified that many vulnerable people with medical conditions and disabilities are having their driving licences revoked unfairly due to the DVLA’s (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) … Continue reading


An interview with Dr Andrew Thompson: Support for dermatology patients


Back in July, talkhealth published an article which highlighted the need for psychological support which dermatology patients are severely lacking. The article was inspired by the team of experts from the Severe Eczema and Psoriasis Team at St. John’s Institute … Continue reading


A spoonful, a spoon less



“Day in bed for me it seems…#spoonie.” You may have seen tweets or posts similar to this pop up on your social media news feed which include #spoonie. For many of you that do know what it means, it’s probable … Continue reading


This week in health news: The Pharmacy Show



Last week, talkhealth attended the annual Pharmacy Show conference. The event, which was held in the NEC in Birmingham, brought together some of the most prestigious pharmaceutical and healthcare companies in the world. Each company used their stall to feature … Continue reading


NEW HUB: talkscars has officially launched



At talkhealth, we are are very excited to announce that our newest hub is now officially live. talkscars (and wound care), our newest health hub, will bring together articles, blogs and news on the latest developments and research in the … Continue reading


Refusal to treat obese patients and smokers: should this plan be put on hold?


Fat man holding a measurement tape against white background

In April of this year, the Vale of York clinical commissioning group (CCG) voiced their plans to make people wait for up to a year for treatment for non-life-threatening conditions such as hip and knee replacements if their body mass … Continue reading


Rosacea – A Day in the Life of


papulopustular cropped

Sarah Jagger, Celebrity makeup artist and rosacea sufferer, recently embarked on a venture which aimed to shed new light on the struggles those with rosacea will experience day to day. As a part of Galderma’s ‘Experience my Rosacea’ campaign, Sarah … Continue reading


Experience My Rosacea – with Sarah Jagger & Dr Dawn Harper


Watch the Experience My Rosacea campaign video, featuring many talkhealth faces including one of our skin experts, Dr. Anton Alexandroff. Want to know more about rosacea and get support? Visit our rosacea hub and our rosacea forums. Don’t forget to … Continue reading


talkhealth voted number 2 in top 10 health blogs


talkhealth blog award

This month we were delighted to learn that talkhealth has been voted the number 2 health blog in Vuelio’s top 10 health blogs of the year 2016.                       Vuelio, Europe’s … Continue reading


Rosacea and Antibiotic Resistance



One of the biggest dangers we will face in the future is that we will become resistant to the antibiotics that are currently in existence, and we are unfortunately not making quick enough progress when it comes to developing new … Continue reading


The week in health: Health Information Week



For the average busy person, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find the time to visit a healthcare professional in person. Many struggle to find the time to visit the doctor, while others find it almost impossible to book appointments … Continue reading


Psoriasis Shout Out – Guy’s Hospital Event


Psoriasis Clienticians

On Friday 24th June talkhealth went along to Guy’s Hospital to support Psoriasis Shout Out’s afternoon of talks and performances. The event was chaired by Catherine Smith, Professor of Dermatology and Therapeutics. The other clinicians present were Dr Eleanor Higgins, Consultant Dermatologist; Dr … Continue reading


The EU Referendum: what does this mean for our NHS?



This Thursday, the entire nation will have the opportunity to cast their vote in arguably the most important referendum of our lifetime. On the 23rd June, millions will be deciding whether the UK should REMAIN or LEAVE the EU.   … Continue reading


Don’t suffer in silence: World Continence Week



Bladder incontinence is a problem which affects 6 million people, just within the UK. The condition causes people to feel embarrassed and isolated, with many being too scared to leave the house.   Urinary incontinence is described as the unintentional … Continue reading


This Week in Health News: British Flowers Week



‘Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.’   American Environmentalist and author, Luther Burbank was a firm believer in the healing power of flowers. Flowers have become one of … Continue reading


This Week in Health News: Heart Rhythm Week



At talkhealth we understand the importance of monitoring your health for any irregularities. Very often we brush off unusual activity in our bodies and ignore any tell-tale signs telling ourselves ‘It’ll be fine, it’ll pass’. In line with Heart Rhythm … Continue reading


The Psoriasis Shout Out Roadshow



This June talkhealth will be advocating for an exciting new venture for Psoriasis Shout Out. Between the 18th and 24th of June 2016, the Manchester-based charity and research initiative will be embarking on a roadshow around different regions and cities … Continue reading


Arthritis Awareness Month


A young woman holding her painful wrist

During the month of May, people around the country have been doing their part to raise awareness and sharing their experiences for National Arthritis month.   Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the two most common forms of arthritis in the … Continue reading


#Rosacea Twitter Chat



Our brand new talkrosacea hub is now live. On it you will find some great resources of information and support for rosacea sufferers. In order to celebrate the launch of the hub and to spread the word on Twitter, we … Continue reading


This Week in Health News: The First Penis Transplant in the USA, and Should Men Over 40 Avoid Having Children?


Doctors have performed the first penis transplant in the USA

A prominent health news story over the last few days has been the reporting on the first penis transplant in the USA. The story may make many readers wince, but as the doctors who performed the operation have pointed out, … Continue reading


This Week in Health News: Sun Awareness Week 2016


Girl holiday sun

With the temperature hitting upwards of 26°C across the country this weekend, thousandsof us were outside enjoying the weather. But while you were out in the sun, how much attention did you pay to the protection of your skin? In … Continue reading


Rosacea awareness month


Make up artist to the stars Sarah Jagger and influential blogger Emma from Emma & Three

Did you know that April is Rosacea Awareness month? Do you know what rosacea is? You might not be surprised to know that almost 40% of the people who have completed our rosacea survey have not heard of the condition. And yet … Continue reading


This Week in Health News: Treatment for Skin Cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease; The Junior Doctors Dispute Wares On


Junior Doctors Strike

Over the last few weeks, we’ve covered a number of positive health stories about potential breakthroughs in the treatment of deadly diseases including cancer. The potential good news continues this week, with the announcement of a new combination of drugs … Continue reading


This Week in Health News: Revelations about the Quality of Mental Health Care for Young People and a Breakthrough in Cancer Treatment


Children and teenagers are being let down by the medical establishment, two new reports argue

Two stories that have dominated the health news over the last few days share a common theme: that young people with mental health problems are being let down by the medical establishment in the UK. An edition of the BBC’s … Continue reading


This Week in Health News: More Strikes, The Oldest Ever Mother of Triplets, and Singing’s Effect on Cancer


Evidence suggests that singing in a choir may - for some at least - help to reduce stress and have a number of positive health benefits

Today (Wednesday 6th April), junior doctors in England began their fourth strike over the new contracts that are to be ‘imposed’ on them by the government. The walkout began at 08:00am and will last for 48 hours. With these latest … Continue reading


Treloar Talks


Some of the speakers at March's Treloar Talks event

At talkhealth, we believe strongly in the importance of talking about health issues. Last week, then, we were delighted to attend the inaugural Treloar Talks event – an evening of fascinating presentations from an eclectic group of speakers in support … Continue reading


How will the 2016 Budget affect your health?


Sugar Tax

Today, George Osborne delivered his 8th budget as Chancellor. Tell us what you think of the 2016 budget. Do you think the Chancellor went far enough with his health initiatives? The key health-based initiatives announced are: A new Sugar Tax. … Continue reading


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


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


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


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


Is there no safe way to get a suntan?


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?


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


Meningitis Now: 30 Years of Achievement


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


World Cancer Day, and Major New Research into Bowel Cancer


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


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


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


This week in health news: Strikes, Sugar Tax, and more


The NHS could be set to undergo yet more reforms

Welcome to our second weekly round-up of health news! Last week, we talked about the ongoing dispute about junior doctors’ contract renegotiations and the strikes that had broken out the week before, as well as the proposed ‘sugar tax’ in … Continue reading


This week in health news: Strikes, Sugar Tax, and more


Junior Doctors organized nationwide strike action last week

At talkhealth we like to keep up to date with what’s going on in the world of health so that we can keep you updated and keep the health conversation going. This week’s brought a number of high-profile health stories … Continue reading


Cooking for the Sensitive Gut


IBS Network

Our lovely friends at the IBS Network have sent us a fantastic 2016 Calendar. And it’s full of delicious recipes, from Black Rice Salad to Meat Balls with Basil, and Mini Passion Fruit Pavlova to Halloween Cake. And if you … Continue reading


talkhealth at the House of Commons


William Frankland MBE and Dr Pamela Ewan

Last Wednesday (2 December), talkhealth spent the evening at the Houses of Commons, talking with experts and MPs about the state of allergy care in the UK. We were there for a reception organised by the National Allergy Strategy Group and … Continue reading


#TakeaSEQondLook Twitter Chat



You may have seen a video on Facebook over the last few days about people pledging to #TakeaSEQondLook – so far, it’s been viewed by around 11 million people. Or, if you’re on Twitter, you may have noticed people you … Continue reading


Epaderm Winter Skin Twitter Chat


Epaderm® emollient

Yesterday (Wednesday 11 November), we collaborated with Mölnlycke Health Care, makers of Epaderm® emollient, to bring you a #talkskin Twitter Chat. This time, we wanted to give our members a chance to pick each other’s brains about dealing with skin … Continue reading


We’ve Won an Award!


Our Healthcare & Pharma Award!

We’re delighted to announce that talkhealth has won the 2015 Healthcare & Pharma Award for Leading Online Social Healthcare Community of the Year – UK. We like to talk here at talkhealth, so it’s been difficult to keep quiet about … Continue reading


Epaderm Twitter Chat


Twitter chat

On 16 September 2015, talkhealth and Mölnlycke Health Care collaborated to run a Twitter Chat. Using talkhealth’s hashtag #talkskin, talkhealth, a number of specially-selected skin care experts, and members of the talkhealth community all took part in a lively discussion … Continue reading


Back to the Future – 21 October 1985


What's the future of health?

Today, as many of you will know, is Back to the Future day. The day Marty McFly and Doc Brown travelled forward in time on 21 October 2015 in the film Back to the Future. This iconic film is being discussed on … Continue reading


Vaping Proven 95% Safer Than Tobacco


Woman smoking with electronic cigarette

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


#NotJustIBS Twitter Chat with the IBS Network


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Take part in a Twitter chat with the IBS Network on Tuesday 18 August for the chance to ask any questions you may have regarding Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The event is happening between 19:00pm and 20:00pm GMT and anyone with a Twitter account … Continue reading


Survey Results: 70% Suffering from Bowel or Digestive Problems



There is an estimated 14 million people in the UK living with a bladder control problem and 6.5 million living with a bowel control problem. [1] Of all the illnesses that affect the gut, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is one … Continue reading


Win a signed Nipper Clipper


nipper clipper

You may recognize the name Tom Pellereau as he was the winner of the 2011 series of The Apprentice and is also a well-respected inventor and creator of the Nipper Clipper. The Nipper Clipper is the first ever nail clipper … Continue reading


Neal’s Yard Remedies – Healing Foods Book Review



We’re constantly being told what foods are bad for us – to cut back on sugar and eat more fruit; eat more eggs for protein or eat fewer eggs to prevent high cholesterol. With so much conflicting information it leaves … Continue reading


Never2Young + Bladder, Bowel and Digestive Health



talkhealth and NHS Choices have teamed up with Bladder & Bowel Foundation, The IBS Network and PromoCon to present an Online Clinic on Bladder, Bowel & Digestive Health – open now! We recently received a press release from Never Too Young … Continue reading


Ask the pharmacist



Ask the pharmacist is a great service which provides you the opportunity to ask about any topic you like. This includes medicines, advice and confidential questions. If you have a question you’d rather not ask face to face or simply … Continue reading


This week @ talkhealth


AposTherapy Team

It’s been another very busy week at talkhealth, as always! We are delighted to have an Intern, April, who will be joining us on Monday. She will be primarily helping with our social media campaigns as well as various projects … Continue reading


Is Binge Drinking Really That Bad?


Cool Refreshing Dark Amber Beer

What the UK Government defines as binge drinking might come as a shock to some. Binge drinking is defined as the intake of twice the recommended daily alcohol limit. For men that means eight units, the equivalent of four pints … Continue reading


Highlights at talkhealth HQ


baby after bath #11

We’ve had an exciting few weeks at talkhealth HQ with lots going on in the team including Deborah speaking at the Digital Works Conference to Catriona getting a new bread maker. Our focus this month is on sexual health to … Continue reading


Mid-Week Treats at talkhealth HQ



Here at talkhealth HQ, we’re beating the mid-week blues with a delicious breakfast of homemade fresh bread and jam. This lovely treat is all thanks to Catriona (and her shiny new breadmaker). When Catriona said she had some treats for us … Continue reading


An exciting week at talkhealth



Last week Deborah was invited to speak at Digital Works 2015, hosted by the PM Society, to discuss our digital offering and the benefits we can provide. She spoke alongside presenters from the likes of Novo Nordisk and Novartis to … Continue reading


Ask the Pharmacist – April



Our latest forum, Ask the Pharmacist is now up and running. If you need advice about your medicines, have a question you’d rather not ask face to face or simply want advice – our team of pharmacists are on hand every Thursday … Continue reading


talkhealth members’ top 5 gynae issues


Helpline.Services. Phone on medical kit

In March, we ran our online clinic on gynaecology 2015. This clinic is always one of our most popular and covered over 65 gynaecology topics. If you missed out don’t worry – the clinic is still available for reference, so you … Continue reading


We Attended an Eczema Patient Panel Event and We Liked It


I had a lovely time at the international eczema conference last year and it made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside to be invited to attend the Centre for Evidence Based Dermatology Patient Panel Day this year! That’s right … Continue reading


Ask the pharmacist…


snip rowlands

Ask the Pharmacist… is our newest forum. Whether you need advice about your medicines, have a question you’d rather not ask face to face or simply want advice- You can now- Ask our Pharmacists. The forum is always open. You can either … Continue reading


Recent talkhealth Survey Results


Young Man in Boxer Shorts. Model Released

To coincide with our Online Clinics we ran a survey in November on Erectile Dysfunction, in December on Drink Awareness and in January on Weight Management.  A brief summary of the results are below with links to the full findings. … Continue reading


talkhealth’s healthy New Year resolutions!



How are your New Year’s resolutions going – did you make some and were they health related?  We have just had a quick check round to see what some of the talkhealth team’s new year resolutions are and how they … Continue reading


Support for health & wellbeing of employees



On 1 December 2014, talkhealth were invited by Fluor, to attend their Health & Wellbeing event. The event was hosted at Fluor’s offices in Farnborough, Hampshire and the invitation to attend was extended to over 1,000 of its employees.      … Continue reading


Quality of Life With Chronic Atopic Eczema Versus Life After Topical Steroid Withdrawal


I still get asked sometimes why on Earth I would ever put myself through so much pain and misery in going through topical steroid withdrawal and if it’s really been worth it for me. In the asking of this question, … Continue reading


Cancer Survival in England: Adults Diagnosed 2008 to 2012, followed up to 2013


Open book. Clipping path

Headline figures The trend of increasing survival continued for cancer patients diagnosed during 2008–2012. Survival is generally lower for older patients than younger patients, even after adjusting for death from other causes than cancer. Five-year net survival is over 80% for … Continue reading


Rise in Deaths Registered in England & Wales in 2013


Open book. Clipping path

Key Findings There were 506,790 deaths registered in England and Wales in 2013, a rise of 1.5% compared with 2012. Age-standardised mortality rates (ASMRs) decreased in 2013. There were 11,583 deaths per million population for males and 8,526 deaths per million population … Continue reading


Public Health England: Enhanced Ebola screening process


Virus isolated on white

Public Health England (PHE) is helping to roll out enhanced screening for Ebola starting at Heathrow, then Gatwick and St Pancras (Eurostar), in passengers that Border Force officers identify as having travelled from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. Passengers will … Continue reading


September’s online clinic on skin conditions


all experts

We hope you managed to catch our talkhealth online clinic on skin conditions. It was a lively clinic with questions being answered by experts Dr Alison Layton, Dr Jonathan Bowling, Dr Christopher Bridgett, Dr Walayat Hussain and Dr Stephen Kownacki. … Continue reading


Stress & Anxiety at Work- survey results


Stress at work

In September we ran a survey based around stress and anxiety at work. The results were inciteful. We found that: 66% of people experience stress & anxiety at work frequently, and 21% experience stress and anxiety continuously. Stress and anxiety … Continue reading


Pushing health up the workplace agenda


coffee break

On 15 October 2014 the British Safety Council will be hosting its annual conference at the America Square Conference Centre, London. This year we are focusing on occupational health. The programme is designed to assist business leaders, managers and practitioners … Continue reading


Personalised GP care for everyone


Doctor writing on clipboard

For the first time in a decade, every patient in England will get a named, accountable GP, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced. Under changes to their contract with the NHS, GPs will ensure all 53.9 million people in England … Continue reading


talkhealth news


Bristol Half Marathon Medal

As usual we’ve been busy in the talkhealth office. Last week our online clinic on skin conditions opened, and on the day of the opening we ran a Twitter chat all about sensitive skin which kick-started the conversation amongst people … Continue reading


Perceptions of living with a Skin Problem


portrait of cute boy in the garden

Alongside our online clinics we run monthly surveys. August’s survey was on skin conditions. We wanted to find out about how living with a skin condition can affect someone’s life. From our results, we found that living with a skin … Continue reading


Skin cancer hospital admissions soar by 41% in just five years


skin cancer melanoma

The number of hospital admissions for skin cancer treatment in England has increased by 41 per cent in the space of just five years, according to a study being presented this week at the World Congress on Cancers of the … Continue reading


A slice of what you fancy….


Chocolate cake

You would be forgiven for thinking that all we do is eat cake at talkhealth as it is currently looking that way – as the last Wednesday of the month we have ‘Cake Wednesday’ in the office….. The saying a slice … Continue reading


talkhealth Office Round Up


The Big Birthday cake

It’s been an extremely busy week in the talkhealth office, so we thought we’d tell you what we’ve been up to. Firstly, we’ve had two birthdays so lots of cake has been consumed! Helen, the youngest member of our team, … Continue reading


Stress at work raises diabetes risk by 45%….


Tired young business man with problems and stress

An interesting article appeared in the Mail Online today stating that not only can being stressed at work make you feel tired, grumpy and stressed, it can also significantly increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes – even if you’re not … Continue reading


Cervical Awareness survey results


syringe and medicine for injection

In March 2014 for Ovarian Cancer Awareness month we ran an online clinic on gynaecology with NHS Choices, Multi-gyn, Promensil Menopause, Sylk Intimate Moisturiser, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Eve’s Appeal. To find out more about our talkhealth members views, we also … Continue reading


Food Allergies survey results



From 9-15 April 2014 NHS Choices and talkhealth teamed up with Allergy Academy, Action Against Allergy, Allergy UK and MedicAlert to present an online clinic on food allergies. Alongside this, we ran a survey on food allergies. Most people who answered this … Continue reading


Epilepsy awareness survey 2014


epilepsy survey results for talkhealth

Did you manage to visit our online clinic on epilepsy in May 2014? If you missed the clinic you can read through the content here. Alongside this clinic, we ran an epilepsy awareness survey. To find out our survey results for our … Continue reading


Bladder, bowel and digestive health clinic 2014


talkhealth clinic on bladder, bowel and digestive health

Did you manage to visit our online clinic on bladder, bowel and digestive health? If you missed it or would like to read through the questions and answers you can see all the content here. We would like to thank … Continue reading


94th BAD Conference in Glasgow


94th BAD Conference, Glasgow 2014

On Wednesday this week talkhealth was invited, via our lovely client Intrapharm Laboratories, as their guest at the 94th BAD (British Association of Dermatologists) conference, held this year in Glasgow. The day started early with a 9am flight from Southampton … Continue reading


Sun safety at Wimbledon


Man with a sunburn

The sun is shining once again over Wimbledon and St John Ambulance is encouraging spectators to stay safe in the sun by being aware of a few simple steps. The high temperatures are already keeping the 43 volunteer first aiders, … Continue reading


Challenge eHealth Innovation Awards


newsletter pic

talkhealth are proud to be supporting the Challenge ‘eHealth innovation Awards’. Please see details below. Expressions of interest are now open for the ‘Challenge eHealth Innovation Awards’.  The event sponsored by the Welsh Government offers SMEs, clinicians, healthcare workers, patients, … Continue reading


Link between alcohol & risky sexual behaviour during the World Cup



The Family Planning Association have undertaken a survey of more than 2,000 adults in the UK designed to find out more about drinking and sexual health/behaviour during the World Cup. They have discovered that alcohol plays a part in risky … Continue reading


Use it or lose it… Beach Boys



The saying is very true lose it or use it…. we see many examples of people carrying on doing what they love – and age is a complete irrelevance.  Last night was a great show of energy at Hampton Court … Continue reading


Genuine and practical help for people with weight issues?…


Marya Rosales

Today’s newspaper headlines highlight the NICE guidelines that make “recommendations on the provision of effective multi-component lifestyle weight management services for adults who are overweight or obese (aged 18 and over)”.  The major health problems often cited as a consequence of obesity … Continue reading


I Attended An Eczema Convention and I Liked It


This year the 8th Georg Rajka International Symposium on Atopic Dermatitis was held in Nottingham, UK. This is only a couple of hours drive from me and the University’s Centre for Evidence Based Dermatology (CEBD) were very kind in extending an … Continue reading




Clinic on NHS Choices homepage

  Our first ever NHS Choices clinic is NOW OPEN FOR QUESTIONS! We’ve teamed up with NHS Choices, Epilepsy Society, Epilepsy Action, Medic Alert UK and SUDEP during National Epilepsy Week to hold an online Q&A session. Our fantastic panel … Continue reading


Anti-Ageing Show 2014 – we find out some great hints & tips!



talkhealth visited Olympia this weekend to see some exciting products and services available to help with the signs of anti-ageing.  And as you can imagine it was all in the interest of ‘science/talkhealth‘… and clearly not for us personally!….  In … Continue reading


Standing is the new sitting…



I am sure you will have read or heard over the last few weeks & months about how standing at your desk / computer is so much better for you than sitting.  We’d heard a number of people saying how energised … Continue reading


Shocking news head lines today


Boy Using An Inhaler

There are some big health stories in the news today after the long bank holiday weekend . As we all know health problems never abide by the Mon-Fri 9-5:30 rule and the more we educate ourselves about the issues we … Continue reading


Want to know the latest news on talkhealth? Here’s what we’ve got coming up in May…


epilepsy clinic

National Epilepsy Week National Epilepsy week for 2014 is running from 18th – 24th May – and talkhealth will be doing everything we can to help raise awareness during this time. We are very excited to be running the FIRST EVER … Continue reading


talkhealth visit the Natural & Organic Product Show


Silicol Gel

          Last week talkhealth went to the very busy Natural & Organic Product Show up in Olympia.  We were so pleased to see so many friendly faces including Pravera, silicolgel and Salcura to name but a … Continue reading


500 Days of Red Skin Syndrome: Photo Update


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Round-up on talkhealth…


gloria - blog post

We know that lots of you are very interested in taking part in our trials and surveys, and with this in mind talkhealth purely in the interest of research (of course!) attended The Research Club evening at the London Carbon Bar.   … Continue reading


Cutting-Edge Drugs To Be Fast-Tracked To Patients


Pills on table

State-of-the-art medicines will be fast-tracked to patients thanks to the Early Access to Medicines Scheme. The scheme will make the UK one of the best countries in the world to capitalise on breakthroughs in medical care. The Government is determined … Continue reading


NHS Charges From April 2014


Stethoscope and First Aid Kit isolated

NHS prescription charge in England will increase by 20 pence from £7.85 to £8.05 for each quantity of a drug or appliance from 1 April 2014. It is also intended that the single charge will increase by 20 pence to … Continue reading


Nutrition & Hydration Week 17-23 March



Water  – did you know that it’s the best fuel for a healthy life – and in fact one of the most precious and important commodities in the world? Water makes up 2/3rds of our body and therefore it is … Continue reading


Top 10 priorities for acne treatment research



We were very privileged to be invited this week to observe the final stages of agreeing what the TOP TEN priority areas for acne treatment research to address are. Over the course of the past 16 months the James Lind … Continue reading


British Association of Dermatologists’ statement on the Government’s response to the Keogh Review of cosmetic interventions



In Spring 2013 the Government commissioned an independent review of cosmetic surgery recommending better regulation, better training and proper redress if things go wrong. Initial recommendations have been made as a result of the review and a full statement from … Continue reading


Smokers to get ready for battle on No Smoking Day


National No Smoking Day on 12 March 2014

Smokers in across the UK are being urged to prepare for battle and attempt to give up cigarettes for good on No Smoking Day which takes place on Wednesday 12 March 2014. One in five UK adults smoke (1), but … Continue reading


Time to Talk- 6th February



Today marks the first ever Time to Talk day organised by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness – two of talkhealth‘s charity partners who supported our Online Clinic on Mental Health with NHS Choices back in October 2013. The aim of … Continue reading


To swallow or not to swallow a gastric balloon


Probably the typical UK woman?

Much has been written about gastric balloons and how effective they may or not be for some people.  And last week a new gastric balloon was introduced to the market from Obalon in the form of a pill that can easily … Continue reading


#talkhealth Twitter Chat – Should ecigs be banned for under 18’s?


Should ecigs be banned for under 18s?

Tonight is the first of our #talkhealth weekly Twitter Chats. Each Monday from 8-9pm we will be hosting a Twitter Chat based around a topical health news story of the week. Tonight it’s all about electronic cigarettes. “Should ecigarettes be … Continue reading


NEW twitter chat #talkhealth



Starting next Monday – 27th January – we are piloting a twitter chat at 20:00 (GMT) on the health news of the day.  To get involved with the conversation all you need to do is follow our hashtag #talkhealth. By … Continue reading




banner on talkhealth

January has seen the return of our ever popular NHS Choices Weight Management Clinic in partnership with The Healthy Portion Plate, B-eat, MGEDT and HOOP. Has Christmas left you feeling like you may have over-indulged? Are you generally an emotional … Continue reading


Do you know what you are giving your partner for Christmas this year?


Everyone likes to get into the festive spirit at Christmas but our friends over at The STI Clinic have put together this video called “Christmas Surprises” to remind us it’s not always all fun and games. Have a watch and … Continue reading


talkhealth update!


Young Man in Boxer Shorts. Model Released

Today is the first of a new series of blogs about the latest news @talkhealth! As it is Movember this month we have all been talking  about men’s health! We’ve successfully launched talkmenshealth and have opened this month’s star attraction, the Men’s Health Clinic!  There … Continue reading


Online Clinic on Men’s Health now OPEN


NHS Choices - hopefully better res

Our Online Clinic on Men’s health is now open, this is your chance to ask our experts about any health concerns or queries you may have.  We know that men in particular are not that good at going to the … Continue reading


Bladder, Bowel and IBS Clinic


ibs experts

Did you manage to catch our online clinic on Bladder, Bowel and IBS?  If  not don’t worry – as the clinic is still available for viewing and offers some fantastic support and advice provided by our panel of leading experts.  … Continue reading


Doctors call for a ban on face cream chemical blamed for an epidemic of skin allergies


Doctors call for a ban on face cream chemical blamed for an epidemic of skin allergies

It is estimated that 1 in every 10 people affected with eczema or dermatitis is allergic to a preserviative known as MI, or to give this preservative it’s proper name methylisothiazolinone. Methylisothiazolinone has been increasingly used in a range of … Continue reading


STI diagnoses hit 450,000 in England


STIs on the increase in the under 25s

According to Public Health England, diagnoses of sexually transmitted infections have risen to almost half a million in England in the last year with the highest rates of STIs in young people under the age of 25. This represents a … Continue reading


Government advert campaign about passive smoking


Government campaign about passive smoking on TV and online

People who smoke are being reminded of the dangers of passive smoking (second-hand smoke) in a Government advertising campaign  both via TV and online adverts. The latest research suggests that the NHS spends around £23m each year on children affected … 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


American study confirms people benefit from osteopathy treatment for lower back pain


Osteopathy treatment for  lower back pain

A recent report from the USA states that people with low back pain may benefit from a hands-on treatment known as osteopathic manual therapy (OMT) more than they do from ultrasound therapy. The study published in Annals of Family Medicine … Continue reading


The FreeFrom Skincare Awards 2013 shortlist is announced!



Almost 80 products from over 50 skincare manufacturers have made the shortlist of the second annual FreeFrom Skincare Awards, which has been announced today. Five brands lead the way with three shortlisted products each – Barefoot Botanicals, Botanicals, Green People, … Continue reading


London takes its place among healthcare innovation elite cities of the world


Downing Street

Jeremy Hunt launches London Centre of Innovation Excellence and new app library to help people live well. The UK’s worldwide reputation for innovation in healthcare will be sealed today as Jeremy Hunt launches London’s new centre of innovation excellence established … Continue reading


British consumers lead Europe in getting their “5 a day”



UK consumers (with internet access) are almost three times more likely than Europeans as a whole to consume at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, according to a new study from Nielsen, a leading global provider of … Continue reading


Government drive to help cut salt consumption by a quarter


Government drive to help cut salt consumption by a quarter

A major drive to help reduce the amount of salt we eat by a quarter, including by setting targets with food companies, has been launched today by Public Health Minister Anna Soubry. Research figures show that more than half the … Continue reading


Antimicrobial resistance poses ‘catastrophic threat’, says Chief Medical Officer


Antimicrobial resistance poses 'catastrophic threat', says Chief Medical Officer

Global action is needed to tackle the catastrophic threat of antimicrobial resistance, which in 20 years could see any one of us dying following minor surgery, England’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies said today. The stark warning comes … Continue reading


Work on extending Personal Health Budgets begins


Personal Health Budgets work begins

More people than ever before could benefit from personal health budgets under plans outlined today by Care and Support Minister, Norman Lamb. A consultation, launched today, will gather views on how personal health budgets should be rolled out across the … Continue reading


Reported cases of gonorrhoea up by 25%


Gonorrhoea cases increase

According to the newspapers today, reported cases of gonorrhoea are soaring amid warnings that sexually transmitted diseases are becoming resistant to treatments. Diagnosed cases are up by a quarter to around 21,000 in 2011. As a result the Health Protection … Continue reading


Are we a nation of secret boozers?


Drunk girl sleeping

According to the news today the UK is a nation of secret boozers. New figures show that around half of us lie about how much we drink. A team at the University College London ran a study into our drinking … Continue reading


7 in 10 parents in the UK admit to not knowing how to help their child in a medical emergency situation


Children and First Aid

A nationwide study by the UK’s leading childcare search site, has today revealed that a huge 72% of parents across the UK wouldn’t know how to assist an unconscious child, administer CPR or attend to burns and scalds. The … Continue reading


New powers to check doctors’ language skills


NHS staff need to speak English to treat patients

Health Minister, Dr Dan Poulter has today announced new checks to make sure all doctors who work for the NHS can speak English well enough to treat patients. From April 1st 2013, for the first time, there will be a … Continue reading


Patients to get better care from healthcare assistants


A new independent review will look at how the training and support of healthcare and care assistants can be strengthened so they give better care to patients, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced today. The review will be led by Times … Continue reading


Cheap vitamin could prevent birth defects



Politicians need to help tackle the common misconception that taking folic acid during pregnancy is optional, writes Jackie Bland, chief executive of SHINE. Spina bifida is the most severe congenital abnormality compatible with life, yet it still affects 1 in … Continue reading


Economic downturns, job losses and the ‘global crisis’ is now the right time to change your life?


With all the bad news about the economy, many people are feeling scared about making any changes in their lives they feel it’s not the ‘right time’. But now could well be the perfect time! Jessica McGregor Johnson believes that … Continue reading


The Back Pain Show 2013: FREE tickets for everyone, courtesy of talkhealth


Back Pain Show, Olympia, London - 2013

The Back Pain Show 2013 is the UK’s largest event dedicated people (like you) living with back pain, and the health professionals that treat them. Taking place on 22-23 February 2013 in Olympia, London, this is the one-stop-shop for back … Continue reading


Online clinic on allergy NOW OPEN


The talkhealth / NHS Choices online clinic on allergy opened today. The clinic is supported by Action Against Allergy, the Allergy Academy and MedicAlert. Our panel of leading allergy specialists are waiting to answer all your questions about all aspects … Continue reading


Gazza admitted to US addiction centre


Paul Gascoigne admitted to addiction centre in the US

It’s no secret that former Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur player, Paul Gascoigne has battled with alcoholism since giving up football. His Management Company today confirmed that he has willingly gone to the US and admitted himself into a specilist … Continue reading


talkcosmetic surgery


talkcosmetic surgery

We are delighted to announce that we have launched a new cosmetic surgery forum within talkwomenshealth. Talk to others about all aspects of surgical and non-surgical procedures including breast enlargements, tummy tucks, liposuction, dental implants, facials, laser therapy, thread vein … Continue reading


How will you stick to your New Year’s Resolutions? Read some top tips to beat the odds


Almost 1 in 10 (9%) New Year’s resolutions last at least 6 months but almost 4 in 10 (39%) will be over in 2 weeks. More than 4 in 10 (45%) say lack of willpower is to blame for why … Continue reading


Health 2012: a year in headlines


Our health in 2012

In 2012 we’ve found that the standards of health reporting have – largely – improved. Where there have been health scares these have been sensibly and even-handedly reported, ‘wonder cures’ seem to have hit the headlines far less often than we’ve … Continue reading


Should patients be routinely screened for dementia?


This morning our Founder, Deborah Wyatt, was interviewed  by Nikki Bedi on BBC Radio London talking about whether dementia screening will scare patients from seeing their GP. According to a story in the Telegraph today, doctors will be paid for … Continue reading


Pioneering dementia research projects receive £22m Government boost


Twenty one pioneering research projects to boost dementia diagnosis rates and trial ground breaking treatments have been selected to receive a share of £22million of Government funding, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced today. Visiting pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly’s UK dementia … Continue reading


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