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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.

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

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

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

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

8Dec

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

24Nov

#TakeaSEQondLook

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

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!

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

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

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

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

14Aug

twitter chat image2

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

IMG1

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

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

16Jul

nealsyard9

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

period_pains

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

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?

20May

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

16May

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

13May

bread2

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

DW-thumb-rev

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

FullSizeRender

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

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

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

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

3Feb

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!

5Jan

tea

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, +422   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

  

@onlineclinics on Twitter

11Oct

talkhealth has launched a new Twitter account specifically to provide information about our talkhealth/NHS Choices online clinic series. Each month talkhealth hosts exclusively ‘Online Clinics on …’ partnering with NHS Choices and the national charities associated with the clinic’s topic. … Continue reading

  

HPV vaccination does not lead to an increase in sex

10Oct

There have been claims recently that the HPV (Human papillomavirus) vaccination increases sexual activity in adolescent girls as it effectively gives them a ‘green light’ to have sex because of a perceived protection against sexually transmitted infections. This study published … Continue reading

  

Pancreatic Cancer Action and the Royal College of GPs Develop Tool to Aid Earlier Diagnosis of Britain’s Fifth Deadliest Cancer

8Oct

National charity Pancreatic Cancer Action and the Royal College of GPs have joined forces to develop the world’s first e-learning tool to help GPs diagnose pancreatic cancer earlier. Pancreatic cancer is Britain’s fifth deadliest cancer with 22 people dying a … Continue reading

  

British HIV Association reveals patients with HIV infections are going unnoticed by NHS

4Oct

BHIVA (British HIV Association), the UK’s leading association representing professionals in HIV care, has today published figures from its latest audit of HIV testing and diagnosis in the UK. The audit examined the records of more than a thousand patients … Continue reading

  

GPs failing to diagnose 75% of patients with occupational asthma

4Oct

A new report published today in the scientific journal, Occupational Medicine, finds that many people who develop work related asthma are not correctly diagnosed by GPs. Work related factors cause one in ten cases of asthma in adults but an … Continue reading

  

Therapy over the phone as effective as face-to-face

2Oct

A new study reveals that cognitive therapy over the phone is just as effective as meeting face-to-face. The research was published today, 28 September, in the journal PLoS ONE. Researchers at the University of Cambridge together with the National Institute … Continue reading

  

Middlesex University psychology expert tips on dealing with Stoptober

28Sep

Stoptober

The Government’s national Stoptober campaign starts on Monday, which is a 28 day challenge aimed at stopping people smoking. Middlesex University psychology expert Mark Coulson argues that smokers must remember that smoking is a dependency as well as an addiction. … Continue reading

  

Department of Health launches dementia awareness campaign

25Sep

The Department of Health, in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Society has launched a brand new campaign aimed at helping to assist with early diagnosis of dementia. The campaign was launched last week to coincide with World Alzheimer’s Day (September 21). … Continue reading

  

QV Helps Eczema Sufferers During National Eczema Week

19Sep

This year’s National Eczema Week, raising awareness of the skin condition, takes place from 15 –23 September 2012 and has the theme ‘Fighting For An Eczema Free Future’. Eczema is a dry skin condition that comes in many different forms, … Continue reading

  

New survey aims to reveal if acne is part of growing up or a cause of silent misery for millions

17Sep

A new survey has been launched this week by the British Skin Foundation (BSF) which looks at the impact that acne has on sufferers in the UK. The national skin disease research charity is keen to uncover the scale of … Continue reading

  

Pharmacists can make changes to prescriptions

10Sep

The Human Medicine Regulations 2012 came into force on 14 August 2012. The regulations have introduced some policy changes, amongst which is the following: ‘the Regulations consolidate provisions enabling a pharmacist, if in the exercise of their professional skill and … Continue reading

  

NHS Constitution to be modified to allow drug companies patient records access

10Aug

PM, David Cameron has announced the NHS Constitution is set to be changed to allow pharmaceutical companies access to anonymised GP records ‘on a scale never seen before’. Currently, the constitution sets out to guarantee the right to patient confidentiality … Continue reading

  

Charity Shine needs you!

31Jul

Shine is a registered charity, which was formed in 1966, initially to help families and individuals affected by spina bifida and hydrocephalus. Today, Shine is a community of 75,000 individuals, families, friends, and professionals, sharing achievements, challenges and information on … Continue reading

  

£1.25 Billion – The Staggering Cost Of Eating Disorders In England

31Jul

A newly released report carried out for national eating disorder campaigning charity Beat by a volunteer economist from the charity Pro Bono Economics (PBE) has found an overall estimated cost of £1.25billion per year to the English economy from eating … Continue reading

  

Proportion of school children taking drugs fell over the past decade, says new report

26Jul

11 to 15-year-old pupils are also smoking and drinking less than ten years ago Drug-taking among secondary school children fell by 12 percentage points in the past ten years, according to new figures out today from the Health and Social … Continue reading

  

Harlequin ichthyosis featured in Channel 4’s Beauty & The Beast: Ugly Face of Prejudice on Tues 17 July 2012

11Jul

Twenty-one-year-old glamour model Holly Kent meets 27-year-old Nelly Shaheen. Nelly was born with harlequin ichthyosis, a rare skin condition, which makes Nelly look like a burns victim. Nelly’s skin could literally suffocate her if she doesn’t take care of it. … Continue reading

  

Viral Meningitis Warning As Footballer Taken Ill

5Jul

A viral meningitis warning has been issued after Chelsea and England footballer, Daniel Sturridge, has been hospitalised with suspected viral meningitis this week. The Meningitis Trust is urging people to look out for the symptoms and act quickly if they … Continue reading

  

CQC Reports Shows Desperate Need For More Midwives

5Jul

A report published on Thursday, 28th June 2012 by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) includes a section focusing on maternity services. The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) is deeply concerned at the report’s findings and calls on the Government to … Continue reading

  

Can you screen for skin cancer?

4Jul

Skin Cancer is the most frequent type of cancer in the UK, but of the 100,000+ cases only ten percent will be the most deadly kind – melanoma – and of those affected only around 2,000 will die.  If detected … Continue reading

  

2012 Olympic babies live 30 years longer than their 1908 counterparts

3Jul

2012 Olympic babies live 30 years longer than their 1908 counterparts Now, almost all die after retirement – in 1908 almost all died before Partnership, one of the UK’s leading enhanced annuity specialists, reveals startling data from the last 2 … Continue reading

  

Fashions Change but Tattoos are Forever

3Jul

A significant number of people regret having a tattoo, and the longer they have had one the more likely this becomes.  With a tattoo parlour popping up on every high street1 and the popularity of tattoos increasing2, a study, due … Continue reading

  

Conference selling out so quickly – dementia a national crisis

28Jun

Dementia – A National Crisis is a conference at Manchester Conference Centre featuring an array of expert speakers.  Each speaker will outline the challenges faced in combating dementia and how better outcomes can be achieved. This event would be beneficial … Continue reading

  

One Hundred Ways To Fight Obesity

27Jun

Nutrition scientists at the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) believe that a key to tackling the nation’s obesity epidemic could lie with Aristotle and the phrase ‘the whole is greater than the sum of its parts’.  Their announcement is made as … Continue reading

  

South London Healthcare faces being dissolved

26Jun

An NHS hospital trust has been formally warned it could be declared bust – in the first case of its kind. South London Healthcare had a £69m debt at the start of the financial year. The health secretary has told … Continue reading

  

NHS failings lead to deaths of 24,000 diabetics each year, says report

22Jun

Last month it was reported in The Guardian that “Widespread failings in NHS care for the growing number of diabetics lead to 24,000 unnecessary deaths each year and many others suffering complications such as blindness and amputation, a damning report by … Continue reading

  

NICE Consults On Draft Guideline To Improve Care Of Women At Risk Of Miscarriage Or Ectopic Pregnancy

22Jun

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is today (22 June) launching a consultation on a new draft guideline which, when published, will help the NHS in England and Wales provide consistent, effective, high-quality care for pregnant women experiencing … Continue reading

  

Studies Suggest Natural Remedies for Restless Leg Syndrome and Insomnia

21Jun

The Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation describes RLS as a disruptive neurological disorder that affects up to 10% of the U.S. population.  It results in an irresistible urge to move the legs (and sometimes the arms), often accompanied by unusual or … Continue reading

  

Online Clinic on Diabetes with NHS Choices

20Jun

NHS Choices and talkhealth have teamed up to present an Online Clinic on Diabetes supported by Diabetes UK, The Insulin Dependent Diabetes Trust (IDDT) and MedicAlert which has opened today. To post your questions for the experts follow this link.  To post … Continue reading

  

J&J files for expanded use of prostate cancer drug Zytiga

19Jun

Johnson & Johnson has filed for approval of a new indication for its prostate cancer drug Zytiga in the US and EU, which could allow it to be used earlier on in the course of the disease. The company’s Janssen … Continue reading

  

Jack Osbourne diagnosed with MS

18Jun

The Osbourne family have revealed that Jack Osbourne has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Earlier this year he lost 60% vision in his right eye.  Tests revealed MS which is a neurological condition that damages the nerves and affects … Continue reading

  

Positive Results Of Joslin Diabetes Study

15Jun

optomap® equivalent to the ETDRS Gold Standard Optos plc (LSE: OPTS), a leading medical retinal imaging company, today announces the results of a clinical validation study comparing Optos ultra-widefield imaging to Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study (ETDRS) protocol fundus photography, … Continue reading

  

Pull Yourself Together…It’s Only A Mental Health Problem

14Jun

Pull yourself together’ has topped the cliché chart in a new poll, commissioned by Time to Change, England’s biggest mental health anti-stigma programme run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, which explores unhelpful comments that people face when … Continue reading

  

Huge regional variation in patients having diabetes care checks

14Jun

Younger patients less likely to have all checks, new figures show Diabetes patients are up to four times more likely to have all their essential care checks depending on where they live in England and Wales, new figures reveal. Today’s … Continue reading

  

Aggressive pre-diabetes approach needed

11Jun

An “early and aggressive” approach to people on the cusp of developing Type 2 diabetes is justified to reduce cases of the disease, a study suggests. People with “pre-diabetes” have higher than normal blood sugar which has not yet reached … Continue reading

  

Migraine Masterclass!

8Jun

Everything you need to know to update your knowledge about migraines. Did you know that over eight million people in the UK suffer from migraine and that on average 190,000 thousand of them experience an attack on any given day? … Continue reading

  

Over-60s put off seeing GP

6Jun

The Department of Health have discovered that people in their 60s are ignoring signs of ill health because they fear being dismissed as hypochondriacs or believe medical problems are a by-product of ageing. It was announced that almost a third … Continue reading

  

UK study into whether physical activity aids depression finds no additional benefit

6Jun

Current clinical guidance recommends physical activity to alleviate the symptoms of depression (1). However, new research published today [6 June] in the BMJ, suggests that adding a physical activity intervention to usual care did not reduce symptoms of depression more … Continue reading

  

Health risks of cannabis underestimated

6Jun

Experts are warning that the public dangerously underestimates the health risks linked to smoking cannabis. A survey carried out by The British Lung Foundation of 1,000 adults, found a third wrongly believed cannabis did not harm health. Furthermore 88% incorrectly … Continue reading

  

Doctors too quick to resuscitate

1Jun

An enquiry into patient outcome and death has reviewed the care given to 585 acutely ill patients who ended up having a cardiac arrest. They found that cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) had become the default action.  It is believed that a … Continue reading

  

Rise in sexually transmitted infections

31May

The Health Protection Agency has announced that there has been a 2% increase in the number of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in England. There are now nearly 427,000 cases of STI’s with the biggest increase in gonorrhoea. Experts are concerned … Continue reading

  

Doctors strike

31May

Doctors are planning a one day strike on 21st June and will be refusing to treat all non-urgent care.  This is the first strike in nearly 40 years taken by doctors. The strike was voted in favour of by a … Continue reading

  

Do children need body image lessons?

30May

MPs have recommended that all school children should receive body image lessons to boost self-esteem and they way they view themselves. An inquiry has found that girls as young as 5 are worrying about body image.  This is thought to … Continue reading

  

Online Clinic on Weight Loss with NHS Choices

30May

NHS Choices and talkhealth have teamed up with Weight Concern to present an ‘Online Clinic on Weight Loss‘ from 30 May – 8 June 2012. Leading weight loss experts will be on hand throughout the whole of the week to answer your … Continue reading

  

Doctors warn new NHS 111 number will lead to more call outs

29May

Doctors have warned that the new 111 phone number for non-emergency services has led to up to three times more ambulance call-outs and could lower the standard of care that children receive. The Department Of Health has laid down an … Continue reading

  

Smoking In Pregnancy Worryingly High Say Midwives

29May

Commenting on the latest statistics on smoking in pregnancy released today by the Health and Social Care Information Centre, Dr Janine Stockdale, research fellow at the Royal College of Midwives, said: “I am pleased to see the rates of smoking … Continue reading

  

New way to encourage health checks

25May

Telford NHS has developed a novel way of encouraging local people to get a free health check. A courageous bunch took to the local shopping centre for a flash mob performance of Maroon 5’s hit single ‘Moves like Jagger’. It is … Continue reading

  

MEDA Pharmaceuticals UK Confirms Availability of EpiPen® and EpiPen® Jr Auto-Injectors

25May

MEDA Pharmaceuticals UK, suppliers of EpiPen® and EpiPen® Jr Auto-Injectors (0.3 and 0.15 mg adrenaline), has assured the Department of Health that it has adequate product supply to cover all patients requiring replacement adrenaline auto-injectors (AAI) with immediate effect. This … Continue reading

  

Centre for Appearance Research International Conference

24May

The Centre for Appearance Research is pleased to announce Appearance Matters 5. This two day international conference will be highlighting the current research and good practice around psychology and appearance, including body image, visible difference, the role of the media, … Continue reading

  

NICE Consults On Updated Recommendations For Treating Infertility

22May

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is currently updating its 2004 NHS guidance on the assessment and treatment of couples with fertility problems. Today (22 May), NICE has issued a draft version of the updated guideline for … Continue reading

  

New Survey Shows State Of Research In NHS

22May

The results of a new survey, published on International Clinical Trials Day (21 May), have shown that most people are not aware that research is a core part of the work of the NHS. The survey raises concerns that patients could … Continue reading

  

Risk of Malignant Melanoma linked to blood pressure study finds

18May

The main risk for both Malignant Melanoma and Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers is exposure to UV light, whether direct from the sun or from artificial sources such as sun-beds. However there may be other unexplored risk factors which may add to … Continue reading

  

Hospitals make nearly four thousand medication errors in one week for inpatients with diabetes

18May

Nearly one in three hospital patients with diabetes are affected by errors which can result in dangerously high blood glucose levels, according to a national audit report. Hospitals in England and Wales made at least one medication error in the … Continue reading

  

Online Clinic on Skin Cancer and Sun Safety

16May

talkhealth in partnership with NHS Choices, Skcin and Factor 50 have today launched an Online Clinic on Skin Cancer and Sun Safety. Clinical experts including Dr Andrew Wright, Dr Jonathan Bowling Clinical Nurse Specialist Saskia Reeken and Speciality Nurse Deborah Mills … Continue reading

  

Matchboxes out of fashion – A new study into Delusional Infestation looks at what patients present as signs of their disease.

15May

The study, published in the British Journal of Dermatology, looked at 148 cases of delusional infestation.  This is a surprisingly common and debilitating condition where the patient believes that parts of their body or their environment are infested either by … Continue reading

  

Irritable Bowel Syndrome leads to more than 5,000 hospital admissions a year, new report shows

11May

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) led to more than 5,000 hospital admissions in England in 2011 – with women accounting for 70 per cent of such admissions – Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) figures show. IBS is a common … Continue reading

  

Could You Go Without Gluten For A Week?

9May

Coeliac UK, the national charity for coeliac disease is challenging the nation to go gluten-free from 14-20 May to raise awareness of the daily food frustrations encountered by the 1 in 100 people in the UK who have coeliac disease. … Continue reading

  

One in three people with asthma at highly increased risk of a potentially fatal attack

1May

To mark this years World Asthma Day Asthma UK have published the results, so far from their Triple A: Avoid Asthma Attacks Test. They said “Thirty six percent of people with asthma are at a high risk of a potentially fatal … Continue reading

  

Online clinic on hay fever and environmental allergies with NHS Choices

27Apr

talkhealth in partnership with NHS Choices, Action Against Allergy and The King’s College London Allergy Academy have today launched an Online Clinic on Hay Fever and Environmental Allergies. Clinical experts including Dr Adam Fox, Dr Helen Brough, Dr Joanna Lukawska and … Continue reading

  

CHARITY PLEDGES £0.7m FOR HUMANE MEDICAL RESEARCH Dr Hadwen Trust announces 2012 grant recipients

25Apr

The Dr Hadwen Trust (DHT) today announced grants totalling over £720k to fund innovative and humane research into bipolar disorder, cardiovascular disease, cystic fibrosis, motor-neuron disease, rabies and schizophrenia. The projects, which will be taking place at seven leading universities … Continue reading

  

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