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Our talkhealth conditions blogs cover a wide range of general health topics including eczema, allergies, asthma, acne, psoriasis, menopause, diabetes, weight, fitness & exercise and much more.

How To Reduce The Side Effects of Finasteride

18Nov

Finasteride is a drug taken to slow down or prevent hair loss. In some cases it has been known to promote hair regrowth, although this is not the ultimate aim for those taking this particular drug. It works by preventing … Continue reading

  

What Happens to Your Body After Quitting Drinking

15Nov

Regardless of the amount of alcohol you consume, your body will undergo many changes when you quit drinking. Alcohol plays a significant role in many cases of accidents, trauma injuries, and even deaths from homicides, drowning, and burns. Drinking is … Continue reading

  

Key findings of the Health Profile for England report

12Nov

The Health Profile for England report was published in September 2018 and is a comprehensive report covering life expectancy, major causes of death, mortality trends, child health, inequality in health, wider determinants of health and current health protection issues. The data and … Continue reading

  

Oyster mushroom soup low FODMAP

10Nov

Mushroom soup is really very tasty and oyster mushrooms are the only suitable mushrooms for the low FODMAP diet. I love mushrooms and I went on a foraging course to help identify them but I haven’t picked any as yet … Continue reading

  

Chestnut pies – an alternative to mince pies (low FODMAP)

9Nov

Mince pies are quintessentially Christmas. Normally mince pies have a large amount of dried fruit which can cause problems for people with fructose malabsorption if enough are eaten, plus they are made from pastry, a source of fructans. This is … Continue reading

  

Keeping your immune system strong

7Nov

The colder months have now arrived, and we’re experiencing more colds & flu virus’ 🦠 than ever. 🌿 Although scientists don’t yet understand why we are more susceptible to this in the winter months, we do know that the cold … Continue reading

  

Chestnut and herb stuffing

6Nov

Is it too soon to be thinking of Christmas? It’s hardly past Halloween and Bonfire night but if you are like me and make your food for Christmas then perhaps we do need to start. I love chestnuts, and they … Continue reading

  

5 effective ways to prevent loneliness this winter

6Nov

According to a recent study, lonely people who suffer with heart problems are up to three times more likely to die one year after being hospitalised and discharged. However, it’s not just those with heart problems that are affected. Loneliness … Continue reading

  

4 Myths About Ear Infections You Need To Know

5Nov

What is an ear infection? An ear infection is an infection which can affect any part of the ear. The middle ear is located directly behind the eardrum and this sort of infection is usually caused by trapped bacteria and … Continue reading

  

Flu – the new vaccine that’s good news for older people

1Nov

Boots starts offering their vaccinations this week. This year there is an improved flu vaccine (which also boosts the immune system for older people) and this is the one we are being offered in the UK this coming winter. This … Continue reading

  

Heart Attacks Affect Women Too

1Nov

The British Heart Foundation are campaigning for more people to recognise the signs and symptoms of heart attacks in women. Many people have the misconception that heart attacks only happen to men and this has led to thousands of women … Continue reading

  

What does tinnitus sound like?

30Oct

Medicspot GP Tinnitus

Can you hear a whistling, buzzing, ringing or hissing in your ears? It could be tinnitus – a condition that affects as many as 30% of people at some point in their lives. Tinnitus is very common and people of … Continue reading

  

World Stroke Day

29Oct

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Today is World Stroke Day, strokes are the third most common cause of death and the commonest cause of disability in the UK but you can help prevent them. Strokes can happen to anyone but you have the power to … Continue reading

  

Cold and Flu Season Alert– wash your hands!

28Oct

Autumn has definitely arrived and it is rather beautiful to witness the spectacle of Mother Nature as tree leaves change tones and shades of colour in slow mutation. However, it also poses its own challenges…a lot of wet noses around … Continue reading

  

Ways to raise your Serotonin and feel good hormones for powerful healing and sustained happiness

28Oct

🌿 Raising and supporting our happiness is one of the most important parts of sustainable wellbeing. Feeling good enables us to break through poor learned habits more easily and to reach higher levels of healing that are sustainable beyond. 🌺 … Continue reading

  

5 easy ways to get active during winter

25Oct

Darker mornings and evenings, freezing cold weather and constant rain all make it very difficult to motivate ourselves into staying fit and healthy during winter. If you’re struggling to stay inspired to stick to a fitness regime, or would just … Continue reading

  

World Menopause Day Twitter Chat Highlights

23Oct

To mark World Menopause Day, Friday 18 October 2019, we hosted a Menopause Twitter Chat on our @talkhealth Twitter Page. The chat started at 1pm GMT and lasted one hour with a series of five questions. This encouraged lots of … Continue reading

  

Healing yourself from a winter virus or flu 🤒 🦠⚠️

17Oct

🌿 Recently I came down with a dreaded gastrointestinal virus. I’m not one for contracting virus’ normally as I thought my immune health was strong. Turns out I was wrong. I know I haven’t been looking after my health as … Continue reading

  

How Anxiety Arrived With the Menopause

15Oct

Anxiety is one of the most common symptoms of the menopause, yet it’s not one that is immediately associated with this period of change during a woman’s midlife. When you think of the menopause, you probably think of hot flushes. … Continue reading

  

Pumpkin gnocchi and sage butter

13Oct

I have been thinking about Halloween recipes this weekend – this is likely to be the last one I post this year. I adore gnocchi but I do find it very filling. It is a dish for a day where … Continue reading

  

YOU ARE ENOUGH 💐

10Oct

🍃 Believe it!!! 🌺 I always used to hear that saying to yourself ‘you are complete’ is a way of helping you to accept yourself for who you are and what you have now. 🍃 We often fail to recognise … Continue reading

  

How to look after your mental health

10Oct

As today is World Mental Health Day and this week is Mental Health Awareness week, we wanted to share with you a few ways that can really help improve your mental health. Mental health is something that affects lots of … Continue reading

  

How to manage stress when applying for medical interviews

8Oct

Applying for medical interviews is an incredibly stressful time for junior doctors. You have to find time to prepare for your interview whilst doing long on-call shifts and nights. Modern medical interviews have become viva exams where you can be … Continue reading

  

The Perfect Watercress Soup – low FODMAP

6Oct

Watercress soup is sublime and tradition in our household means that we have it as a starter every Christmas. I have considered the fact that we can’t use onion – the complete taste profile onion gives to the dish – … Continue reading

  

Why not replace a meal with a healthy homemade shake? 🥛

3Oct

🌿 This gives me the nutrients & fuel I need for a busy day, whilst safely reducing my calorie intake to lose a few pounds. – – And it tastes delicious 😋 – – 🌺 * 1 cup Nut milk … Continue reading

  

The season of sniffles – common causes of breathing difficulties in young children and how to help

2Oct

Autumn is the prime time for colds, coughs, sneezes and sniffles. As the weather steadily becomes colder and damper, existing breathing issues such as asthma can become unstable and need more careful management.    Added to which, infections and viruses such … Continue reading

  

Oral Health

30Sep

These days there is a lot of emphasis on wellbeing and balance since being healthy and fit have suddenly become a symbol of social status, however there is one area that is sure to be always dismissed – oral health. … Continue reading

  

Non-Dairy Ways to Get Calcium & Improve its Absorption

27Sep

🌸🥛🍃🌾🥜🏃🏻‍♀️🌸 🌿 FOODS HIGH IN CALCIUM: – Green Leafy vegetables such as Broccoli, Cabbage, Okra. – Soya Beans. – Tofu. – Nuts. – Fish (esp with small bones you can eat). 🌺 WAYS TO SUPPORT CALCIUM ABSORPTION: * Include these … Continue reading

  

How to overcome autumn anxiety

27Sep

This week marked the official start to autumn and for many of us, the change in season brings lots of new changes and challenges. The days get shorter, which means less sunlight and vitamin D, and the weather gets colder … Continue reading

  

7 reasons you have brain fog & what to do

27Sep

Brain fog is a term you may have used before to describe a moment where you forget what you were saying or doing but it could be a symptom of a more serious medical condition. Brain fog can be associated … Continue reading

  

Myths and facts about bladder incontinence – Urological Health campaign

26Sep

We recently worked with Health Awareness on the 2019 Urological Health campaign. A printed publication was enclosed within every copy of the Guardian newspaper and the content is available online at www.healthawareness.co.uk/urology. The campaign featured exclusive content from key thought … Continue reading

  

Buddy up – The key to a healthier you

23Sep

So, come on, how many times have you talked yourself out of going for a jog?  We hear it all the time; I am so unfit, It’s raining, it’s too hot, I haven’t got the right gear, I just don’t … Continue reading

  

Antidepressants, students & mental health care, sugar tax & tea-drinking benefits

20Sep

Missed out on all the latest health news this week? Catch up now… Most common antidepressant does little to relieve depression symptoms New research suggests that the most common antidepressant actually does little to relieve symptoms of depression. The largest … Continue reading

  

Five signs you might have iron deficiency anaemia – Health News IE

17Sep

We recently worked with Mediaplanet on the 2019 Health News IE: Blood Health campaign. A printed publication was enclosed within every copy of the Irish Independent newspaper and the content is available online at (www.healthnews.ie). Our article, written by Deborah … Continue reading

  

talkhealth Eczema Twitter Chat highlights

17Sep

On Friday 13 September, we hosted an Eczema Twitter Chat to mark World Atopic Eczema Day (14 Sept) and the start of National Eczema Week (15-22 Sept). We’re very pleased to report the chat was a great success! In total, … Continue reading

  

Advocacy at the doctors

17Sep

“Do something your future self will be thankful for,” -unknown   Imagine, two individuals, experiencing similar chronic health issues go to the doctor’s office. The first one roughly explains their symptoms, doesn’t feel prepared, is in a deep desire for relief, … Continue reading

  

Homemade Healthy Ginger Beer

16Sep

🌿🌺🍋🍠🍹🌻🌺🌿 To make your Ginger Beer: – 140g fresh ginger – 4 tablespoons Honey – 3 Lemons or Limes – 1 litre Soda Water – A few sprigs fresh Mint Thanks to @jamieoliver for the recipe, which I slightly tweaked … Continue reading

  

Summary – Physical Activity Guidelines 2019

15Sep

I hope you have found the last five blog posts informative. The infographic is a great way to get out a lot of information in an easily read format but sometimes it’s nice to have a little more detail, and … Continue reading

  

Summary – Physical Activity Guidelines 2019

15Sep

I hope you have found the last five blog posts informative. The infographic is a great way to get out a lot of information in an easily read format but sometimes it’s nice to have a little more detail, and … Continue reading

  

Vegan ‘chicken’ and pumpkin couscous – low fodmap

15Sep

An autumn favourite is pumpkin and numerous varieties can be found. When I was young pumpkin in the UK was unheard of – in fact we used to make Halloween lanterns with a swede! That certainly was a recipe for … Continue reading

  

Sit Less (Minimise Sedentary time) – Physical Activity Guidelines 2019

14Sep

Inforgraphic showing that you should sit less and minimise sedentary time.

“Older adults should break up prolonged periods of being sedentary with light activity when physically possible, or at least with standing ” The message is to sit less as prolonged sedentary behaviour is associated with many poor health and functional … Continue reading

  

Sit Less (Minimise Sedentary time) – Physical Activity Guidelines 2019

14Sep

Inforgraphic showing that you should sit less and minimise sedentary time.

“Older adults should break up prolonged periods of being sedentary with light activity when physically possible, or at least with standing ” The message is to sit less as prolonged sedentary behaviour is associated with many poor health and functional … Continue reading

  

Autumn jacket potatoes

12Sep

It’s Autumn, I love this time of year but as the dark nights role in thoughts of wholesome, warm filling meals arrive. What could be more sustaining than a jacket potato for people following the low fodmap diet? This is … Continue reading

  

Improve Balance – Physical Activity Guidelines 2019

12Sep

Improve Balance part of the Physical Activity Guidelines 2019

In Chichester feeling unsteady will ring true with many people with it’s uneven pavements. Unfortunately not a lot can be done about the pavements but we can improve our balance. Along with building our strength the Improve Balance section has … Continue reading

  

Improve Balance – Physical Activity Guidelines 2019

12Sep

Improve Balance part of the Physical Activity Guidelines 2019

In Chichester feeling unsteady will ring true with many people with it’s uneven pavements. Unfortunately not a lot can be done about the pavements but we can improve our balance. Along with building our strength the Improve Balance section has … Continue reading

  

Build Strength – Physical Activity Guidelines 2019

11Sep

Build Strength Chief Medical Officer Physical Activity Guidelines 2019

What is getting a lot of press at the moment is the Build Strength part of the guidelines. It’s always been there but it is now given greater emphasis as the evidence it helps maintain physical function, reduce the risk … Continue reading

  

Build Strength – Physical Activity Guidelines 2019

11Sep

Build Strength Chief Medical Officer Physical Activity Guidelines 2019

What is getting a lot of press at the moment is the Build Strength part of the guidelines. It’s always been there but it is now given greater emphasis as the evidence it helps maintain physical function, reduce the risk … Continue reading

  

Be Active – Physical activity Guidelines

10Sep

Be Active Physical Activity Guidelines Infographic 2019

Be Active – Guidance for the Physical activity Guidelines for Older Adults 2019 “Each week older adults should aim to accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity, building up gradually from current levels. Those who are already … Continue reading

  

Did you know Meditation supports your gut health and – as a result – your immune health 🤸🏻‍♂️

9Sep

—-🌸🌿🌞🧘🏻‍♀️🌞🌿🌸—- The gut and mind are connected via the Vegus Nerve, one of the largest nerves in the body. Treat your mind well, and your gut relationship will follow. Treat your gut well, and your mind relationship will follow too. … Continue reading

  

Physical Activity Guidelines – Part 1

8Sep

Describes the new physical activity guidelines for older adults

The new Physical Activity Guidelines were released yesterday and I thought I would take a short break from the falls prevention topic I was on to discuss them. Especially as I found out the other day my Mum doesn’t even … Continue reading

  

Oyster Mushrooms – A Umami Low Fodmap Option for IBS

8Sep

It is autumn and the evenings are becoming darker. It is the season for mushrooms and many people really miss mushrooms when following the low fodmap diet. But if you are following the Kings College Low FODMAP diet oyster mushrooms … Continue reading

  

Diet drink risks, suicide rates, vegans & strokes & more

6Sep

Check out our health roundup, featuring all the latest health news from this week. Two diet drinks a day can increase death risk by 26% Consuming two or more diet drinks a day can increase your chances of dying by … Continue reading

  

Falls prevention tips in the home

5Sep

balance exercise showing a man standing sideways with one foot in front of the other helps to improve balance. Falls Prevention in the home.

Whilst exercise is important to help improve your balance and strengthen your muscles here are some falls prevention tips in the home. Make sure that your lighting is good enough you can see. If you need to go to the … Continue reading

  

Anaphylaxis and adrenaline auto-injectors a comprehensive guide

4Sep

Anaphylaxis is an extremely severe allergic reaction. Reactions usually begin within minutes and progress rapidly, however, they can occur up to 2-3 hours after exposure and exercise can also initiate symptoms a while after exposure to an allergen. Common allergens … Continue reading

  

Join us for our Eczema Twitter Chat Friday 13 September

4Sep

To mark World Atopic Eczema Day (14 September) and National Eczema Week (15-22 September) we’re hosting an Eczema Twitter Chat Friday 13 September between 1pm-2pm GMT. We’ll be discussing topics such as eczema triggers, care routines, self-esteem and managing eczema … Continue reading

  

Birthdaying With Chronic Illness / Pain

4Sep

Pass the party poppers because it’s time to talk birthdays. Although ageing is one thing we all have in common, birthdays are a different experience for everyone, from a time of celebration or another average day,  to a time of … Continue reading

  

HRT & breast cancer risks, women & confidence, UK healthcare spending & more

30Aug

Welcome to this week’s healthcare roundup for 26 – 30th September. Menopause HRT increases risk of breast cancer Researches from Oxford University have found that Menopausal Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) could increase the risk of cancer, even after a decade … Continue reading

  

The Importance of Magnesium

30Aug

According to the Mental Health Foundation, these days more than 32% of people in the UK keep thinking about work all the time, ¼ actually places their own personal health at risk just to meet deadlines and 1/5 believes that … Continue reading

  

How much does the UK spend on healthcare compared to other countries?

29Aug

The Office for National Statistics has released figures today that show how much the UK spends on healthcare in relation to its international peers. In 2017, the UK spent £197 billion, which works out £2,989 per person on healthcare, the … Continue reading

  

Worried about exercising and falling?

29Aug

It is common for people to worry so much about falling that they restrict their movement, unfortunately this is a vicious circle as you are more likely to fall if you spend long periods of time seated and don’t do … Continue reading

  

Exercise and Falling

29Aug

Worried about exercise and falling? It is common for people to worry so much about falling that they restrict their movement, unfortunately this is a vicious circle as you are more likely to fall if you spend long periods of … Continue reading

  

Guts UK explore the ‘Science of Digestion’ in their free event

28Aug

Gut health charity, Guts UK are hosting an exciting new event for the public on Thursday 12th September starting at 5.30pm at The Revell Ward Suite, Huddersfield, Football Stadium, Stadium Way, HD1 6PG. The event is called ‘Exploring the Science … Continue reading

  

95% of the body’s detoxification enzymes are found in the Liver.

27Aug

🌿 To look after your Liver, start by reducing toxins like refined sugar, saturated fat, carbonated drinks, smoking, alcohol, pollution, cleaning products. 🌺 Try giving your body a rest from heavy meats and Monosaccharide carbs, by replacing a meal with … Continue reading

  

Heatwave warning, hospital food, multiple medicine risks & more

23Aug

Have you missed out on the health news this week? Get up to date now with our weekly health news roundup. Met Office issues heatwave health warning for Bank Holiday weekend The Met Office has issued a level three heat … Continue reading

  

Dealing with Stress – How to prevent anxiety from ruining important relationships

23Aug

Chronic stress is a bummer. It can have a devastating effect on the body. It can lead to low energy, loss of libido, stomach problems, headaches, insomnia and more. Not only will the body be an absolute wreck when experiencing … Continue reading

  

5 Reasons Why a Diet May Fail to Cause Weight Loss

22Aug

We live in a results-oriented world. Indeed, instant gratification is a part of the norm thanks to a myriad of tech innovations. However, some things still require lots of hard work and patience; weight loss is one of those things. … Continue reading

  

Recovery

21Aug

“Some days there won’t be a song in your heart, sing anyway.” – Emory Austin Recovery takes everything you don’t feel like you have. It takes the energy you scrape from the bottom of the barrel to someday feel normal … Continue reading

  

Daily wellbeing practice in setting boundaries for greater self compassion, respect, and happiness

19Aug

🌺🌿💜🤸🏻‍♂️😊🤸🏻‍♀️💜🌿🌺 “Daring to set boundaries is about the courage to love ourselves, even when we risk disappointing others.” – Brene Brown 🌿 I am learning to love and accept who I am right now. It is a practice I have been … Continue reading

  

NHS told to charge EU citizens, gender & multitasking, air pollution & more

16Aug

Check out the latest health news stories for this week! Get ready to charge EU citizens, NHS told New rules circulated to hospital managers means EU citizens living in Britain will have to prove they have the right to free … Continue reading

  

😳 Anxiety 😳

12Aug

🌺 As a sufferer of Anxiety my whole life, I have learned and practiced some affective strategies that have enabled me to overcome the fear-based personality that was once stopping me from living a happy and free life, and reaching … Continue reading

  

A nice cup of tea

11Aug

There is nothing more quintessentially English than a nice cup of tea. We debate the nuances of how to make it properly – milk before the tea or after, warm the pot before adding the hot water and tea or … Continue reading

  

Recruitment for NHS mental health workers, number of teens needing glasses increases, asthma deaths & more

9Aug

We hope you’ve had a good week. If you’ve missed out on any health news, here are the latest headline highlights. There are heavy rain and winds set to hit the UK this weekend so stay safe wherever you are! … Continue reading

  

WHY WE NEED A FRESH PERSPECTIVE ON IVF STATS

9Aug

At the end of June, The European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) released new stats on the success rates for assisted reproduction across Europe.  And let’s just say they didn’t paint a flattering picture.  Media outlets commented on … Continue reading

  

Everything you need to know about cervical screening but were too embarrassed to ask

7Aug

Cervical Screening Awareness Week aims to highlight the importance of regular cervical screening for women’s health. It’s an annual event – which runs from 10th to 16th June 2019 this year  – and is organised by Jo’s Trust, a charity … Continue reading

  

Look After Your Mental Health With A Good Night’s Sleep

6Aug

There’s a close relationship between sleep and mental health. Lack of sleep can affect mental health but mental health problems can also affect how well you sleep – both the quantity and the quality of it – so it’s extremely … Continue reading

  

What does abundance mean to you? 🦋🌸💞✨💥💫

5Aug

To me it means knowing we are totally in control of our own health & happiness. 🌿 A mindset that always sees the best in every situation, whether it brings an abundance of joy or teaching us to grow through … Continue reading

  

Birth rates, what food to eat to avoid heart attacks, breast cancer breakthrough & more

2Aug

If you’ve missed the latest health news from the week beginning 29th July, catch up now in our roundup. Butter, red meat & cheese increase heart attack & stroke risks Too much butter, red meat and cheese are actually bad … Continue reading

  

Vaccinations for travellers, a guide to keeping you well when travelling abroad

31Jul

Vaccinations are viewed as a necessity of childhood. However, there are many jabs to consider in order to keep us healthy as adults, especially when travelling. The vaccines you need when travelling depend on factors such as your age and … Continue reading

  

Simple steps for growing your daily wellbeing & long term happiness

30Jul

🌺 Know what your body needs to heal & meal prep in advance to make it easier for you to stay on track. 🌿 Drink plenty of water daily. Take a thermos with you so you can fill with hot … Continue reading

  

Going Vegan? 🌱

30Jul

You may already know of the many benefits of going Vegan, Vegetarian, Pescatarian, Flexitarian; 🌺 To name a few: * Better digestion * Improved metabolism * Improved energy levels * Improved circulation * Healthy weight loss * Improved detoxification ability … Continue reading

  

Supermarkets & obesity, baby health visits, MS scans & more

26Jul

We hope you enjoyed the hot weather this week and managed to stay safe in the sun. Here are our top health stories for this week. Are supermarkets designed to make us fat? The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) … Continue reading

  

NHS Texting Results, Skin Cancer Rates, Child Mental Health & More

19Jul

Have you missed out on the health news this week? Catch up now. In other news, we’ve heard the weather is set to turn this weekend so have your umbrellas at the ready! NHS plans to text patients results The … Continue reading

  

Tips to begin reducing stress, anxiety, and pain, naturally

18Jul

Did you know? 🍃🌸🥬🍫🥜🥑🌸🍃 ———————————- Did you know Magnesium is one of the most important nutrients we require to function? . Magnesium is responsible for over 300 enzyme systems that regulate important biochemical reactions in the body. Its most important … Continue reading

  

Feeling run down? Tired all the time? Running on empty?

17Jul

a pair of feet sticking out of the end of a bed with white bed linen - tired all the time - life coaching for optimum wellbeing

Getting really good quality sleep can make an enormous difference to our health and wellbeing. Here are my top ten tips for getting a really good night’s sleep. Some may be surprising! Continue reading

  

SIBO Solutions

15Jul

Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth or SIBO, is a condition that can be minor or have debilitating symptoms. Most commonly, doctors will prescribe a type of antibiotic to eliminate overgrown bacteria. What happens when the patients SIBO arise again after a … Continue reading

  

13 ways to avoid being bitten by these 12 common and not so common culprits

12Jul

The warmer summer months sees a swell in the insect population of the UK – as we can discover to our cost. Bites and stings can be painful as well as cause a reaction. In some cases a severe one, … Continue reading

  

Cold Water Shock

12Jul

On a hot day, plunging into a cool pool or the sea may well be a very appealing prospect. However, every year people die from a physiological reaction known as cold water shock. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution campaigns to … Continue reading

  

Alexa health advice, joggers & air pollution, fizzy drinks & cancer & more

12Jul

In case you’ve missed all the latest health news this week, check out our highlights! Amazon Alexa now offers NHS health advice That’s right, people will soon be able to receive expert health advice from their Amazon Alexa, following a … Continue reading

  

Staying safe around water this summer – a guide for children and their parents

11Jul

Having fun in the sun during the summer holidays often includes water, be it in a paddling pool, Lido, villa pool, lake, river or the sea. However, whilst it is refreshing to take a dip, staying safe is vital. Sadly, … Continue reading

  

How to Prepare for Festival Season

11Jul

Whichever festival you’re attending, whether music or literature focused, abroad or in the UK, day-long or spanning a week, the safety risks remain the same… Festivals are exhausting and the late nights, strange food and different living conditions can take … Continue reading

  

Looking After Your Liver

11Jul

95% of the body’s detoxification enzymes are found in the Liver. 🌿 To look after your Liver, start by reducing toxins like refined sugar, saturated fat, carbonated drinks, smoking, alcohol, pollution, cleaning products. 🌺 Try giving your body a rest … Continue reading

  

Why new ‘breakthrough’ in hair loss technology might not be such a crowning glory…

9Jul

If you’ve got an interest in hair restoration, or you’re worried about losing your own locks, chances are you saw the news last week announcing a ‘critical breakthrough’ in the fight against hair loss.  Newspapers and websites trumpeted a ‘cure … Continue reading

  

Androgenic alopecia: causes and treatment

8Jul

With 50% of the male population alleged to be affected by the condition to a certain degree, it’s difficult for the notorious pattern of hair loss to not have caught your attention. It’s so peculiar a fact for this condition … Continue reading

  

RELIEVE IBS-D clinical trial & ContactME-IBS

3Jul

The RELIEVE IBS-D clinical trial, which is testing the efficacy of the intestinal adsorbent ENTEROSGEL to treat diarrhoea and abdominal pain in patients with Irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhoea (IBS-D) has so far successfully recruited 105 patients. This large Randomised … Continue reading

  

Talking allergies & self-managing them (Ears, Nose & Throat campaign)

2Jul

We recently worked with Mediaplanet on the 2019 Health Awareness: Ears, Nose & Throat campaign. One of our very own Directors, Catriona Williams discusses how to self-manage allergies and gives guidance on how to tackle allergies in your home. A … Continue reading

  

Heatwave health warning, babies eating too much sugar, cervical cancer decline, eczema & more

28Jun

Have you missed the latest health news this week? There has been a lot happening and we’ve summarised it all for you here. Have a lovely weekend and make sure you stay safe in the sun. Met office issues health … Continue reading

  

Stop Getting Injured at the Gym! How to Prevent Common Workout Injuries

27Jun

Go to any gym this time of year and it’ll be packed full of people working hard to get that bikini body. Working out is excellent and should be incorporated into daily routine. It doesn’t just help us look good, … Continue reading

  

Ticks and the Danger of Lyme Disease for you and your dog

27Jun

All dog walkers should be aware of the dangers of a serious bacterial infection called Lyme disease, which is passed on by ticks to them and their dog. Dogs, cats and humans can all get Lyme disease. Although it’s uncommon … Continue reading

  

Can Alexa Save My Life?

27Jun

Scientists have recently discovered that Amazon Echo, Alexa and even smartphones could soon be used to identify cardiac arrests in its owners. How? An AI-powered tool which could be installed on smart phones and speakers could detect irregular gasps of … Continue reading

  

New evidence suggests HPV vaccination may eradicate cervical cancer

27Jun

The success of the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccination shows hope for eradicating cervical cancer in the future. HPV causes most cervical cancers and there are over 100 types. Many women will actually be infected with HPV over the course of … Continue reading

  

Eight-hour working week to reduce mental health issues, breast cancer & alcohol link & more

21Jun

As the working week comes to an end and the sun appears to be shining again, here is your latest health news roundup for the week of 17 June. Should we be working eight hours a week to reduce mental … Continue reading

  

Leading surgeon warns of the health dangers associated with not warming up before running

21Jun

Hiit and short bursts of exercise aid weight loss

Amir Qureshi, a leading Consultant Knee and Limb Reconstruction Surgeon at University Hospital Southampton, has suggested that there is a danger in the number of runners failing to warm up before running. He said that the rise in activities such … Continue reading

  

Strokes can happen to anyone at any age, what causes them, how to spot them and what to do

19Jun

A stroke (or CVA Cerebral Vascular Accident) is a disturbance to the blood flow of the brain caused by a blockage or bleed in one of the blood vessels supplying the brain. Blockages to the brain are a lot more … Continue reading

  

Belittling psychiatric assessments are creating a storm of depression and suicide among trans patients

18Jun

By Christopher Inglefield, plastic surgeon and medical director at the London Transgender Clinic.  Around forty per cent of transgender people have attempted to take their own lives at some point in time.  That’s a shocking, harrowing statistic, supplied by the National … Continue reading

  

Why does Gastrointestinal Problems Affect Mostly Women

18Jun

Ask any woman if she has had chronic digestive problems in her life. The answers will most likely be positive rather than her male counterpart.  According to the International Gastrointestinal Disorders,” A significant proportion – 35% to 40% – of … Continue reading

  

How to improve your health by going outdoors, student & mental health concerns, tattoo infections & more

14Jun

Hiit and short bursts of exercise aid weight loss

In the same week that Boris Johnson appears to be in the lead to become our next Prime Minister and half of the UK was flooded from the rain, find out all the latest health updates in our latest health … Continue reading

  

The Heart of the Matter – everything you need to know about heart health for British Heart Week 2019

14Jun

British Heart Week 2019 takes place from 7th to 15th June. To mark this event we offer a round up of all our heart health articles. From performing CPR to keeping your blood pressure in check, to dealing with a … Continue reading

  

Diabetes – signs and symptoms and how to help with a hypo

13Jun

The facts One in 15 people in the UK have diabetes. This includes one million people who have Type 2 but haven’t yet been diagnosed. In the UK, someone is diagnosed with diabetes every two minutes. Worldwide According to the … Continue reading

  

What’s causing your cough?

11Jun

Medicspot GP Dr Sufian Ali explain what's causing your cough?

Coughing is a natural reflux that helps keep your airways clear. In this post, we’ll be taking a look at some of the common causes of a lingering cough. While having a cough is quite normal and usually nothing to … Continue reading

  

Rosacea & exercise, constipation, sleep patterns & more

7Jun

Missed out on all the latest health news this week? We have all the latest health stories for you to catch up now. Can a workout improve your skin condition? Have you been struggling to make it to the gym? … Continue reading

  

Trauma in childhood can affect your health

3Jun

In the mid 90s a team of researchers from a private healthcare company in America made a startling discovery.  They asked over 17,000 people about their experiences of abuse and trauma in childhood, and followed them over 15 years.  They … Continue reading

  

GP Surgery Closes, Ultra-processed Food Risks, Dating Apps & Weight & More

31May

Have you missed the latest health news this week (27-31 May)? Don’t miss out, catch up on all the health headlines now. GP surgery closures in UK hit all-time high An investigation by the medical website Pulse has found 138 … Continue reading

  

Sepsis: Life-Threatening Yet Difficult to Spot

28May

Sepsis is responsible for 52,000 deaths in the UK each year. A distressing 250,000 people contract the condition, which can have life changing implications; such as amputations, internal organ failure and brain damage. Why has sepsis been in the news? … Continue reading

  

Support for Carers

28May

Unpaid carers are a lifeline to those they look after and are of huge benefit to society as a whole. A staggering 7 million of us in the UK are carers and so the relief to NHS services is truly … Continue reading

  

Low-FODMAP

28May

  “Mindful eating is eating with intention while paying attention.” – Katie Konersman RD, CDE  If you are present in the digestive health community or simply into diets, you might have heard of something called the Low-FODMAP Diet. The diets abbreviation … Continue reading

  

Advice & guidance for living with Accidental Bowel Leakage

23May

Accidental bowel leakage

Do you have embarrassing bowel leakages? Bladder and Bowel UK estimates that 1 in 10 adults will have some form of bowel control problem at some point in their lives. This chronic condition can be very upsetting and embarrassing and … Continue reading

  

The long-term effects of concussion in sport

22May

Concussion in sport is an issue that’s hit the headlines with increasing frequency over the last few years, but how much do we really know about the long-term effects of head injuries? What do we know so far? In short, … Continue reading

  

The Financial Benefits of Quitting Smoking

22May

It’s a habit that many of us want to be rid of, however, according to the latest NHS statistics, almost 15% of adults in the UK are still classified as smokers. It’s no doubt an incredibly tough habit to kick, … Continue reading

  

Why bank holidays are so dangerous and 14 tips for safer DIY!

21May

The bank holidays in May are the traditional time to undertake longer home or garden improvement projects.  You have the extra day, the weather is better and there is work to be done to ensure your home – and in … Continue reading

  

Acne drug, mental health at work, dementia & more

17May

Have you missed all the latest health news this week (13-17 May)? Don’t miss out, catch up on all the health headlines now! Will this arthritis joint pill cut heart attack risk by a fifth? A pill for arthritis can … Continue reading

  

Healthy Fasting for Ramadan 2019

15May

There are 2.8 million Muslims in Britain and many will be following Ramadan, a month-long fast. To ensure you remain healthy when fasting, it is sensible to plan ahead and understand how fasting can affect your health.  Read on for … Continue reading

  

Do I need my tonsils removed?

15May

Medicspot Dr Abby Hyams on tonsils

Many people who suffer from tonsillitis frequently ask if they need their tonsils removing. This is done by tonsillectomy  – a surgical procedure which involves removing the tonsils. The recommended treatment for tonsillitis depends on its severity, how often it … Continue reading

  

Why I Support the Government Stance on Textured Breast Implants

15May

In April this year, amid a growing global clamour, the UK Government’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) announced that it has no plans to ban ‘macrotextured’ breast implants, or breast implants with polyurethane-coated surfaces. And in spite of … Continue reading

  

Take part in our World IBD Day Twitter Chat!

15May

World IBD Day takes place on 19 May each year and encourages a worldwide conversation that unites all those who are living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, known as inflammatory bowel diseases. Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) affects more than … Continue reading

  

Iron Infusions

13May

What is anemia? Anemia is when the body produces too little or small red blood cells to support the body. Red blood cells are made to carry oxygen to your lungs and remove carbon dioxide. When someone is anemic they … Continue reading

  

Royal mental health text line, wine & sore throats, pollution & more

10May

health news 6 May 2019

In the same week that Meghan Markle gave birth to baby Archie, you may have missed all the latest health news. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Check out the top health news stories for this week, 6 May. William, … Continue reading

  

Living with arthritis: a guide from a 20-something

9May

After experiencing horrendous pain for a year, it was both a shock and a relief to be told my pain was in fact osteoarthritis. I finally had a name, but now what? Since my late teens, I have been living … Continue reading

  

The Food Standards Agency backs mandatory full ingredient labelling for pre-packed food

8May

As food allergy is becoming a bigger issue, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has advised that more information should be provided on pre-packed food to give consumers greater confidence in the food they are eating. The board has also set … Continue reading

  

How to relieve sinus pain naturally

8May

Medicspot Drinking Water

Sinus pain and pressure can be an unpleasant experience that affects many people, often caused by the common cold or seasonal allergies. The good news is that there are plenty of things you can do to help relieve the pain. … Continue reading

  

Living with Depression

8May

Depression is a severe mental disorder and usually is not taken very seriously. For the majority, depression is almost the same thing as being sad. However, a person with depression knows the difference. Living with depression is one of the … Continue reading

  

Why Dog Owners Should Learn First Aid

7May

Why dog owners should learn first aid For many people, their dog truly is their most loyal companion and best friend. As a dog owner, you are fully responsible for the health of your furry friend, just as you are … Continue reading

  

Teenagers and First Aid

7May

Teenagers are risk takers! Teach them first aid Teenagers and young people are the most likely to push boundaries and take risks. Rather than restricting their freedom, why not equip them with the skills and confidence to help each other … Continue reading

  

Orecchiette con Cima de rape – Low FODMAP

6May

This recipe was in a newspaper supplement but wasn’t really Low FODMAP friendly so I decided to give it an update and make it suitable for those with food intolerances. It is a traditional Puglian recipe using broccoli tops (Cima … Continue reading

  

Coffee & Cancer, Blood Pressure Checks, Dementia Research & More

3May

If you’ve missed out on all the latest health news this week (29th April) then take a look at our round-up of this week’s top stories! Diet rich in coffee, fruit & vegetables could cut cancer risk A new study … Continue reading

  

How I got my asthma diagnosis

1May

I started smoking at the age of 9. Yes, I am very ashamed of it now but we all know that peer pressure has far more influence than it’s given credit for. I smoked all through school, college and into … Continue reading

  

Chronic Illness and Eating Disorders

30Apr

Potential trigger(s): Please note I will be talking variables of eating disorders When eating disorders come to mind, for most, people think of the most common like anorexia and bulimia. Eating disorders like these, stem from a psychological disturbance. Whether … Continue reading

  

What’s The Difference Between A General Dentist And An Orthodontist?

29Apr

Before going any further, let’s get one thing straight: All orthodontists are, in fact, dentists – but not all dentists are actual orthodontists. You should be able to make informed decisions about dental treatment options, which is why it’s vital … Continue reading

  

Eating late health risks, babies & screen time, e-cigarette risks & more

26Apr

If you’ve missed out on all the latest health news this week (22nd April) then take a look at our round-up of this week’s top stories! Eating late could increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes & diabetes A recent … Continue reading

  

The Future of Concussion in Premier League Football

26Apr

The University of Birmingham and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust have launched a new study, supported by the Premier League and funded by The Drake Foundation, to review and potentially enhance concussion diagnosis in football. This study is running … Continue reading

  

Rosacea Awareness Month at talkhealth

23Apr

Did you know it’s Rosacea Awareness Month?  This month is an excellent opportunity to improve the education of rosacea, a chronic disorder of the facial skin, which affects 415 million worldwide. Rosacea is a chronic skin condition, often characterised by … Continue reading

  

Why We Dismiss ‘Breast Implant Illness’ At Our Peril

23Apr

Breast Implant Illness, or BII, is so far little known in the UK but has exploded in the US in recent months. Large numbers of women are becoming concerned that their breast implants are making them unwell.   And they’re … Continue reading

  

How Grapefruit Could Have A Disastrous Effect on Your Medication

18Apr

How Grapefruit Could Have a Disastrous Effect on Your Medication Have you ever seen the following contraindication on your medication – Do not take this medicine with fruit juice – and wondered why? This article helps explain why grapefruit and … Continue reading

  

Going On Holiday with ME / CFS and Fibromyalgia

16Apr

A woman in a straw hat reclines on a white sand beach in front of an azure ocean - going on holiday when you have ME, Chronic Fatigue or Fibromyalgia

I used to really look forward to my holidays, but when I became ill with ME, the thought of going away… honestly – it became a bit of an ordeal for me. This can happen when you are struggling with … Continue reading

  

Chronic Illness and Body Image

15Apr

Body image is a touchy subject. Your body and how you view it is personal. Speaking for a lot of the chronic illness community, we all do not have the best relationship with our bodies 24/7. They go through a … Continue reading

  

Web IBS Therapy, Fatty Liver Disease, Cancer Treatment & More

12Apr

If you’ve not had the chance to catch up on the latest news this week, here are the latest stories from 12 April. Fatty Liver Disease in Young People Experts have warned that high levels of fatty liver disease among young … Continue reading

  

Hospital Go Bags : Prepare For The Unexpected

12Apr

Have you ever had unexpected trips to the hospital emergency department before? Maybe you know all too well what it’s like to be caught off guard. Life gets thrown into disarray, best laid plans go out the window, and you’re … Continue reading

  

It’s World Allergy Week 2019!

9Apr

World Allergy Week

This week (7-13 April 2019) is World Allergy Week! The World Allergy Organization (WAO) and organisations like us work hard to dedicate the week to raise awareness about the global problem of food allergy. This affects the quality of life … Continue reading

  

Diet and Psoriasis: What Works?

8Apr

Diets were in the news again this week.  An article in The Lancet looked at diets in 195 countries across the world and confirmed that a poor diet of processed meat, sodium and sugary foods was the leading factor in … Continue reading

  

Zebrafish & Parkinson’s, Poor Diets, Stroke Risks & More

5Apr

Have you missed the latest news this week (5th April?) Don’t worry, we’ve summarised the key stories for you below. The diets cutting 1 in 5 lives short A recent, influential study shows how the food we eat is putting … Continue reading

  

Ways to Cope with the Struggles of Depression and Anxiety

5Apr

WAYS TO COPE WITH THE STRUGGLES OF DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY According to mental health specialists, depression and anxiety are two disorders that have become an increasing public health problem. In the last several years, numerous studies have concluded that more … Continue reading

  

5 Common STD Signs & Symptoms

5Apr

STDs hold the rare distinction of being both extremely common and deeply misunderstood. Indeed, while sexually transmitted infections occur frequently, many people don’t know the signs and symptoms associated with these conditions. The good news is, modern medicine has made … Continue reading

  

Here’s why you should always pee after sex

3Apr

What women suffering from recurring cystitis need to know It may not be top of your priority list when you’ve just had sex, but anyone who’s experienced recurrent cystitis will tell you that a quick trip to the toilet as … Continue reading

  

Small Steps To Sustainable Health

3Apr

Huffing and puffing up the hill, putting one foot in front of the other. I never thought that my return to running would feel so hard. But after gaining weight and becoming inactive I was a far cry from my … Continue reading

  

Sleep

2Apr

We spend a third of lives doing it. It’s vital to our health and wellbeing. And yet we don’t always pay enough attention to why we need it! The answer of course is sleep – something that every single one … Continue reading

  

Mental Health and IBS

1Apr

Hello again beautiful people, it has been some time since I have uploaded. My life has been busy with college classes, dance, and juggling my health. None the less, I appreciate being a blogger for talkhealth. I am grateful for … Continue reading

  

Apple Watch ECG, Tampon Tax Fund, Wine Cancer Risks & More

28Mar

Have you not had time to catch up on all the latest health news this week, 29th March? Don’t worry! We’ve summarised some of the key stories for you. Drinking one bottle of wine causes the same cancer risks as … Continue reading

  

Listen To Your Body – It Knows What It’s Talking About

26Mar

Many things contributed to my recovery from ME. Many, many things actually: Getting the nutrition and supplements right to support my body in starting to fire up the processes that it had forgotten how to do properly Protecting my weak … Continue reading

  

Concussion and Head Injuries in Football

22Mar

Concussion within professional English football and its long-term effects is something that’s been talked about by sporting bodies, players and spectators for years: however, it’s still happening all too much. No official statistics on concussion rates in football are released, … Continue reading

  

DIY Cervical Cancer Kits, Stress Dogs in Schools, Superdrug Breast Checks & More

22Mar

If you’ve not had time to catch up on all the latest health news this week (22nd March), don’t worry! We’ve summarised some of the key stories for you. Dogs needed to reduce stress in schools The University of Buckingham … Continue reading

  

How to know if your prostate is infected

21Mar

Prostates are usually talked about in relation to cancer, and whilst this is the most common cancer in men – affecting roughly 1 in 8 men – it is not the only medical problem that your prostate could face. Prostatitis … Continue reading

  

Adjusting To A Chronic Illness Diagnosis

21Mar

  Around 15 million people in the UK have a diagnosed chronic illness and recent research indicates that this number is only going to increase.  In the UK, the most common chronic illnesses are asthma, diabetes and coronary heart disease.  … Continue reading

  

Natasha’s parents campaign for better food labelling

20Mar

Following the death of their daughter, who had severe allergies and died after eating a baguette sandwich containing sesame seeds baked into the dough, Nadim and Tanya Ednan-Laperouse are campaigning for full food labelling on all pre-packaged food sold to … Continue reading

  

How a skin condition like psoriasis can affect your child and what you can do to support them

20Mar

Living with a skin condition like psoriasis or eczema is hard. Around 60% of people with psoriasis suffer with depression and up to 48% report feeling anxious. While we know about the psychological impact of psoriasis on adults, less is … Continue reading

  

A&E Waiting Times, Prostate Cancer Treatment, Cholesterol & More

14Mar

vitamin D, multivitamins & children

If you’ve not had time to catch up on all the latest health news this week (11th March), we’ve summarised some of the key stories for you. A new drug to lower cholesterol  A new type of drug, called Bempedoic … Continue reading

  

What is ‘healthy’ when you’re chronically ill?

13Mar

It has been almost eight years since I first started feeling unwell. This was a something that niggled me at first but would go on to engulf my life at the ripe age of 22. I’ve written about my diagnosis … Continue reading

  

Health Round Up – Smear Tests, Ambulance Response, Diabetes & Weight loss & More

8Mar

Happy Internation Women’s Day! If you’ve not had time to catch up on all the latest health news this week (4th March), we’ve summarised some of the key stories for you. Public Health England Launch Cervical Cancer TV Campaign The government … Continue reading

  

Bard stops selling vaginal mesh products for stress urinary incontinence

7Mar

It has been announced today that C.R. Bard have chosen to stop production and distribution of all urogynaecological mesh products for SUI and POP and that they are removing all urogynaecological mesh products from hospital and distribution centres. This is … Continue reading

  

Lemon – Low FODMAP

7Mar

http://www.compoundchem.com The words of the song the Lemon Tree, the words are undeniable “Lemon tree very pretty, and the lemon flower is sweet, but the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat.” Many people with gastro-oesophageal reflux (GORD) … Continue reading

  

Health round up – Parkinson’s, autism & anorexia, vitamin D and more!

4Mar

Parkinson's, Parkinson's treatment

If you’ve not had time this week (1 March 2019) to read the health news, we’ve summarised some of the key stories for you. Radical Parkinson’s treatment Researchers have tested a radical treatment for people with Parkinson’s. The treatment delivers … Continue reading

  

Ask our gynaecology experts your questions

4Mar

Every year we run an Online Clinic on Gynaecology. And this year our clinic is sponsored by Babystart, Sylk Intimate and Promensil.  We are also delighted our clinic is being supported by The Eve Appeal and Womb Cancer Support UK charities. Meet … Continue reading

  

Can you exercise if you have osteoarthritis?

23Feb

an infographic showing the benefits of exercising with osteoarthritis

  Osteoarthritis can be seen as a reason to avoid exercise. However a great infographic from the Institute of Bone and Joint Research shows that even if walking and doing some exercise may hurt the answer is not to avoid … Continue reading

  

Health round up – exercise & weight loss, asthma & young people, PTSD

22Feb

Hiit and short bursts of exercise aid weight loss

This week in the news about health (22 February 2019) we look at exercise and weight loss, young deaths in the UK from asthma and PTSD in young people. Short bursts of exercise is good for weight loss According to … Continue reading

  

Eczema- Medication update

21Feb

Hi All, I hope all is well and everyone is recovering from the busy festive fun. I would like to give a quick update on my medication which was prescribed by my dermatologist. Well, I really struggled with the steroids … Continue reading

  

An Introduction to The Drake Foundation

18Feb

  Talk Health Partnership An Introduction to The Drake Foundation Whilst rules are in place in sports to protect players from head injuries, collisions are inevitable in both content and non-contact sports, such as rugby and football. And it’s not … Continue reading

  

IBS Weight Gain and Bloating

15Feb

 I’m the girl on Instagram showing my ‘best life’. I like to show off my love for fashion and life in general through pictures! This is the superficial me, I portray on my socials. Every since having IBS (c), I … Continue reading

  

A&E waiting times, hip & knee replacements and sleep

15Feb

Knee replacements & hip replacements last 25 years say researchers

In this week’s health news (15 February 2019) we cover A&E waiting times, knee and hip replacement research and brains of early risers and night owls. A&E waiting times at worst level for 15 years Waiting times in A&E departments … Continue reading

  

“Be-friend your mind, be-friend your life: mindfulness and self-care”

13Feb

1 in 5 people in the developed world live with chronic pain. 1 in 3 live with a long-term health condition (LTC). 2 out of 3 adults will experience mental illness over their lifetime. Advances in acute medical care are … Continue reading

  

Narcissistic Personality Disorder

12Feb

Never Enough: The Narcissist’s Insatiable Curse If you have gotten to know a person with narcissism, you are bound to recall how you felt during and after your interactions with them. Not all narcissists are alike. But the term does … Continue reading

  

Genes & depression, mobile phones & children, meat consumption and talkhealth’s FREE well-being programme’s launched!

8Feb

This week in health (8 February 2019) some of the key stories are summarised below. And to help with your overall health and well-being, we’ve launched mywellbeing this week – a FREE support programme for anyone wanting to improve their physical … Continue reading

  

Kidney Cancer: Is it easy to spot the symptoms?

7Feb

  Every year, nearly 8,500 people are diagnosed with kidney cancer and more than 3,500 people die from the disease. It is one of the most common types of cancer in the country but how easy is it to spot … Continue reading

  

Habit reversal for atopic eczema

4Feb

Habit reversal

              Our 12 year old patient was delighted when her previously troublesome chronic atopic eczema quickly cleared using habit reversal for habitual scratching using The Combined Approach. We asked her what part of the treatment … Continue reading

  

World Cancer Day 2019: global cancer experts call for urgent action to improve early cancer detection

4Feb

Today, 4 February 2019, is World Cancer Day. Today’s focus is based on highlighting the need for urgent action to increase early stage cancer detection, screening, and diagnosis to significantly improve cancer patients’ chances of survival. Taking place under the theme of ‘I Am and I Will’, today’s World Cancer Day led by the Union for International Cancer … Continue reading

  

Ask our experts your questions about allergies

4Feb

allergies, hayfever, childrens allergy, anapylaxis

From today until 15 February 2019, we are running an Online Clinic on Allergies. Medical experts will be available to answer questions throughout this time. We are delighted that Green People and Imutest are sponsoring the clinic. The clinic is … Continue reading

  

Cancer screening, social prescribing & antibiotic resistance

1Feb

This week in health – 1 February 2019 This week one of the main stories has been about social prescribing. We also cover what might happen within in the NHS with a no deal Brexit. And cancer screening backlog and … Continue reading

  

Slimming Down: How to Lose Weight without Working Out

31Jan

When it boils down to it, losing weight is about losing calories. It is a simple idea, but it is not something that most people can achieve quickly. It might surprise you, but more often than not it is the … Continue reading

  

Five ways to boost your Qi or body energy

30Jan

The concept of Qi – body energy that is stored in the blood – is a fundamental aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Massaging your meridians – the paths through which Qi flows – to improve their fluidity will boost … Continue reading

  

Spinach, a superfood – fable, fact or just wartime propaganda?

29Jan

If I had a pound every time a patient says spinach is high in iron in the clinic, I reckon I would be relatively wealthy. Also, if I knew what I was about to find out about this story whilst … Continue reading

  

What to Expect: Endoscopy

28Jan

Welcome back my most exquisite readers. I am starting a new series called “What to Expect.” It will touch base on such topics as doctors, hospitals, treatments, so on and so forth. Note that I am speaking from my personal … Continue reading

  

What Every Woman Should Know About the Menopause

24Jan

Menopause is still a taboo subject, leaving women feeling ill-informed and unsupported. I have worked in Women’s Health for several years and yet 3 years ago as I started experiencing my first symptoms, I realised I knew very little about … Continue reading

  

Low Fodmap Diet is Not for Everyone

22Jan

Greetings! It is the IBS savvy teen, Laura. Being in the IBS community for quite some time, I thought I should share my experience with the lowfod map diet. If you do not know what that is, it is an … Continue reading

  

When is a headache something more serious?

19Jan

Headaches are a symptom of pain that occurs anywhere in the region of the head or neck. Most of the time, headaches are not anything to worry about and will simply go away on their own. You can usually help … Continue reading

  

Correct portion size, diet, sandwich carers, cancer & more

18Jan

portion size, British Nutrition Foundation, healthier portions

This week in health – 18 January 2019. This week we look at diet, portion size, research into concussion with premiership footballers, and teenage cancer and more. A snapshot of some of the key stories in health can be found … Continue reading

  

How to have a healthier commute

17Jan

A daily commute can sometimes take a toll on your physical and mental health. In this post for talkhealth, I will be sharing some helpful tips on how to have a healthier and happier commute. Be more active If your … Continue reading

  

Head lice: what you need to know

17Jan

Head lice made headlines after Labour MP Emma Hardy suggested changes made to NHS guidelines “threatens an epidemic of head lice in our schools” in parliamentary debate at the end of last year. The guidance published by NHS England in … Continue reading

  

How to Explain your IBS

17Jan

“Not one IBS case is alike…” I have heard that phrase from my doctors countless times. Professionals are not wrong when they say it though. Since becoming involved in the IBS community, I have not come across one person with … Continue reading

  

Chronic Pain and Mental Health

16Jan

When it comes to our physical health problems, it’s important that we also consider our mental wellbeing. As a psychotherapist with a background in Health Psychology, the link between our physical and mental health is always at the forefront of … Continue reading

  

Broccoli

13Jan

Broccoli is a newer addition to the low fodmap family – although particular attention needs to be made concerning which parts are low fodmap. Growing conditions and plant storage of FODMAPs affects the fodmap content of foods. A good example … Continue reading

  

NHS health plan, HRT, mental health, pollution, fibre & more

11Jan

Mental health patients missing appointments are at risk

11 January 2019 – this week in health Each week, we look at the key health news. Below are just some of the health stories for this week. Find out quickly about the NHS long-term plan, HRT, mental health, asthma … Continue reading

  

Post Holiday Blues

11Jan

Dealing With Post-Holiday Blues JANUARY 7, 2019 It was the most wonderful time of the year. Everyone decked the halls and rocked around the Christmas tree. The New Year has been rung in. The ball has dropped. The resolutions, set. … Continue reading

  

Should prescriptions for eczema treatments be cut by the NHS?

11Jan

Are you aware the NHS might stop prescribing certain treatments for eczema and other chronic conditions? We are interested to understand what you think about the proposed changes and the impact this could have on you, as either a patient … Continue reading

  

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