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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.

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

25Sep

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?

30Aug

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

29Aug

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

25Aug

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

23Aug

  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

5Jul

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

31May

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!

25May

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

25May

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

16May

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

  

GLUTEN FREE PRESCRIPTIONS – Action Against Allergy

5Apr

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

30Mar

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

29Mar

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

21Mar

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

6Mar

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

3Mar

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?

17Feb

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

14Feb

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?

6Feb

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.

4Feb

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

2Feb

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?

31Jan

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

27Jan

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

23Jan

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

20Jan

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?

16Jan

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

11Jan

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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

4Jan

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

3Jan

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  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

15Dec

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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

8Dec

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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

8Dec

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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

7Dec

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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

15Nov

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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

11Nov

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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

9Nov

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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

28Oct

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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?

27Oct

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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

20Oct

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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

11Oct

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

6Oct

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“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

5Oct

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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

23Sep

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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?

13Sep

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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

5Aug

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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

26Jul

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

25Jul

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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

18Jul

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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

6Jul

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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

5Jul

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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?

21Jun

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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

21Jun

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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

14Jun

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‘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

7Jun

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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

3Jun

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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

24May

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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

19May

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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?

17May

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

9May

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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

22Apr

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

19Apr

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

12Apr

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

6Apr

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

18Mar

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?

16Mar

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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

25Feb

Researchers are developing a radical new method of cancer treatment

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

  

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

16Feb

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

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

  

Is there no safe way to get a suntan?

11Feb

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

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

  

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

9Feb

How much have you cost the NHS?

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

  

Meningitis Now: 30 Years of Achievement

8Feb

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

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

  

World Cancer Day, and Major New Research into Bowel Cancer

4Feb

Today is World Cancer Day

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

  

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

2Feb

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

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

  

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

27Jan

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

19Jan

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

18Dec

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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

8Dec

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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

24Nov

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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

12Nov

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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!

9Nov

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

28Oct

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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

21Oct

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

17Sep

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

  

#NotJustIBS Twitter Chat with the IBS Network

14Aug

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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

10Aug

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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

30Jul

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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

16Jul

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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

8Jul

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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

26Jun

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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

19Jun

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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?

20May

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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

16May

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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

13May

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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

5May

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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

1May

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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

1Apr

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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

3Mar

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…

16Feb

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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

3Feb

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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!

5Jan

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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

18Dec

Virgin

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

1Dec

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

4Nov

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

29Oct

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

15Oct

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

8Oct

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

7Oct

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

1Oct

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

1Oct

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

26Sep

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

3Sep

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

2Sep

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….

27Aug

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

21Aug

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%….

18Aug

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

13Aug

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

13Aug

lacteos

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

30Jul

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

28Jul

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

4Jul

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

30Jun

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

27Jun

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

25Jun

Contraception

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

25Jun

beach

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?…

28May

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

25May

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

  

NHS CHOICES ONLINE EPILEPSY CLINIC NOW OPEN

19May

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!

13May

anti

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…

9May

standing1

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

6May

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…

2May

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

21Apr

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

11Apr

Hi folks, +279   Read full article

  

Round-up on talkhealth…

6Apr

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

28Mar

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

21Mar

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

19Mar

hydration1

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

7Mar

psp

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

13Feb

chemical_peel_crop

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

12Feb

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

6Feb

mentalhealth

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

30Jan

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?

27Jan

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

23Jan

Twitter_chats

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

  

JANUARY WEIGHT MANAGEMENT CLINIC IS NOW OPEN!

17Jan

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?

13Dec

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!

14Nov

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

13Nov

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

18Jul

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

8Jul

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

5Jun

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

4Jun

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

30May

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!

11May

talkIBS

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

9May

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

1May

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

26Apr

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

23Apr

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

15Apr

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

6Apr

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

1Apr

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

26Mar

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!

14Mar

skincareawards

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

13Mar

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”

12Mar

Nielsen

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

12Mar

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

11Mar

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

1Mar

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%

27Feb

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?

27Feb

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

25Feb

Children and First Aid

A nationwide study by the UK’s leading childcare search site, Findababysitter.com 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

25Feb

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

20Feb

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

20Feb

pregnant_lady

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?

13Feb

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

13Feb

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

6Feb

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

5Feb

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

4Feb

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

2Jan

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

31Dec

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?

27Dec

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

21Dec

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

  

The participation of women in clinical trials

20Dec

Clinical trials are vital for advancing medical knowledge and furthering the fight of human conditions and diseases. With continuing evidence and research in women’s health and more discoveries around women’s health, it is fact that women are valuable to clinical … Continue reading

  

Chronic diseases now the biggest healthcare burden

14Dec

An interesting article has appeared in PM Live, based on several articles recently published in The Lancet. These articles reveal that advancements in treating infections and tackling malnutrition have seen chronic diseases and disability become the biggest global healthcare burdens. … Continue reading

  

40% only visit GP after nudge from a friend or relative

5Dec

More than a third (40 per cent) of people say talking to a friend or relative about a change to their body that was playing on their mind encouraged them to make an appointment with a GP, according to a … Continue reading

  

Itching has a visual trigger, new research reveals

23Nov

Watching another person scratch causes itchiness without any physical trigger, new research suggests – a finding which could be of benefit to skin disease patients. Most people are familiar with the ‘contagious yawn’ sensation, where watching another person yawn causes … Continue reading

  

Festive season triggers concerns about Alcohol misuse

20Nov

There’s no more fitting a time than the weeks running up to Christmas, to highlight the concerns about alcohol misuse, particularly in the workplace, warns workplace health and wellbeing organisation, Health@Work. Health@Work regularly works with organisations to get their workforce … Continue reading

  

New web-based therapies help thousands of stroke survivors with visual problems

19Nov

Thousands of stroke survivors with visual problems could improve their sight from the comfort of their own home using two new web-based therapies. The online therapies developed by UCL (University College London) and funded by the Stroke Association are designed … Continue reading

  

Women more likely to be recognised with signs of depression than men

15Nov

Study by the University of Westminster reveals that gender stereotypes influence perceptions of depressed people Women are more likely to be identified as having symptoms of depression and mental health disorders than men, according to research by Dr Viren Swami … Continue reading

  

Vitiligo patients three times less likely to get skin cancer, study reveals

12Nov

People with vitiligo, one of the most common skin diseases, are three times less likely to develop skin cancer, new research due to be published in the British Journal of Dermatology will reveal. Vitiligo is a condition in which areas … Continue reading

  

Online clinic on prostate disease NOW OPEN

9Nov

We are extremely excited that our NHS Choices online clinic on prostate disease, supported by the charity Movember and sponsored by ProstaBrit and TENA Men is now open for pre-clinic questions. Our medical experts will be on hand to answer … Continue reading

  

Cost of stress to British economy estimated at £3.7bn – new research highlights more than 13m workers at risk of mental health problems

6Nov

Stress is among the biggest problems in British workplaces, with the cost to the British economy being estimated at £3.7 billion* per year. More than 13 million employees** are at risk of mental health problems caused by the stress of … Continue reading

  

Heart strategy must help eradicate rich-poor health divide

5Nov

British Heart Foundation have today published a very intersting article about a new map showing death rates from heart and circulatory disease among older people. It has highlighted a growing gap between our richest and poorest communities. The research was … Continue reading

  

9 out of 10 over 50’s suffer hearing loss in silence

1Nov

ALMOST nine out of 10 over-50s* suffer from hearing loss but most are too embarrassed to admit it, new research has revealed. An incredible 96.4% of Brits aged over 50* say that they have noticed deterioration in their hearing quality … Continue reading

  

Dementia Patients Need Urgent Support After Diagnosis

31Oct

There is an urgent need for support from outside the family after diagnosis of dementia according to a study led by researchers from the University of Hertfordshire. The study, published in PLOS Medicine, explores how healthcare professionals can better understand … Continue reading

  

Movember and Sons London Launch

25Oct

On 17th October 2012, talkhealth attended the London launch of Movember 2012. During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in the UK and around the world. The aim of which … Continue reading

  

Study looks at creativity link with mental illness

19Oct

‘Creativity is often part of a mental illness according to a study of more than a million people’, BBC News has reported. The image of the tortured artist or the visionary genius beset by personal demons has long been part … Continue reading

  

Cervical screening: little change in a decade with around one in five women still not screened within five years

18Oct

About one in five eligible women in England have not had cervical screening within the last five years – broadly the same as a decade ago – according to a Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) report. At 31 … Continue reading

  

Health Secretary wants patients to be able to access medical records online

12Oct

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt told the Conservative Party conference on 9 October 2012 that he wants patients to be able to access medical records online and book appointments and prescriptions from home computers. Dr Mike Robinson, medical director of INPS, … Continue reading

  

Eating disorder hospital admissions rise by 16% in a year

11Oct

Hospitals recorded 2,290 eating disorder admissions in the 12 months to June 2012; a 16% rise on the previous 12 month period, provisional figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) show. Children and teenagers aged 10 to … Continue reading

  

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