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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

  

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

  

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

  

This week in health – 14 December 2018

14Dec

The temperature has suddenly dropped around the UK, which could have implications for the nation’s health services. Hospitals bed occupancy in the ‘red zone’ With Christmas Day less than two weeks away, health experts have already warned that hospitals are … Continue reading

  

Stoptober – Are you ready for the challenge?

11Oct

Stop smoking

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

  

Exploring The Major Health Risks That Are Associated With Tobacco

7Mar

Did you know that each year in the United States more than 480,000 people die do to a tobacco related illness? When you factor all this up it means that 1 out of every 5 deaths in the United States … Continue reading

  

THE GREAT PRETENDER

1Mar

My Freddie Mercury (again!) – originally by The Platters (way back) After receiving such great care from The Royal Derby Hospital, I completed an on-line form to be a Volunteer Patient, partly to ‘give back’ a little and also in … Continue reading

  

Should you take Vitamin D to combat colds and flu?

17Feb

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

  

Tickly coughs and dribbly noses

11Jan

coughs_colds

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

  

‘WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER?’

21Nov

Good old Freddie Mercury classic – ‘hitting the nail on the head’ brilliantly!  The one sure thing in life is that we’re all going to die – we’re all headed in the same direction – and yet it’s a subject … Continue reading

  

‘I’M STILL STANDING – (ME ‘N ELTON!)

19Oct

… And Breathing! Reasons to be cheerful – thanks to Derby Royal Hospital I finally was given the correct diagnosis and, importantly, excellent treatment from the team of Consultants in the Respiratory Clinic, which means my breathing is the best … 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

  

Can we blame male trees for the dramatic increase in the rates of hay fever? Tom Ogren says ‘yes’!

18Oct

Iochroma Cyaneum

The sex life of plants, including trees, is not simple. Some, known as perfect flowered plants, have their male and female parts in the one flower so are effectively self pollinating (roses or apples);  some, known as monoecious flowered plants … Continue reading

  

Alert5 – a really useful app!

5Oct

I have rather lost count of the number of ‘allergy’ apps that have been launched to help you do your ‘freefrom’ shopping. I am not entirely sure how successful any of them have been – but it always seemed to me … Continue reading

  

E-cigarettes. I am confused.

21Aug

Woman smoking with electronic cigarette

I admit I am a little out of touch with latest trends and e -cigarettes are no exception . I like many tried cigarettes in my teens but did not like them and never got the habit. I understand that … Continue reading

  

Can you get hay fever later in life?

28Jul

Symptoms of hay fever

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

  

Stay cool. It’s going to be hot.

29Jun

Eczema: 5 dilemmas for parents in summer

A heat wave is forecast with temperatures rising above 30 degrees centigrade. Detrimental health effects of hot weather include dehydration, overheating, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke , which is a medical emergency and can be fatal. Generally the risk of these … Continue reading

  

Asthma inhalers – A guide for patients

17Jun

Asthma inhaler being used by boy in blue shirt

Following the article in yesterday’s Daily Mail I thought a brief explanation of what inhalers should be used when, might be worthwhile. Over my more than 30 years in General Practice the treatment of Asthma has improved dramatically. I feel … Continue reading

  

FeNO: The 10-second breath test to help diagnose and manage asthma

15Apr

VERO in Use

Asthma is one of the most common chronic conditions and, for sufferers, it can be terrifying if not managed properly. In the UK alone, 5.4m people are estimated to have the condition while, in the US, that figure is around … 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

  

NHS Accident and Emergency Update

7Jul

It has been some time since I last posted on Talk Health, the delay has simply been down to pressure of work and also I suppose partly a dearth of decent topics on which to expound. However I ended up … 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

  

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

  

The Things We Give Up For Our Conditions

19Mar

It’s been a long time since I’ve breathed as confidently as I do now. My chronic pain condition seems to be fading away of its own accord and I’m left dumbfounded at the grip it has had on my life … 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

  

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

  

#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

  

A welcome breakthrough for Cat Allergy

29Nov

PetalCleanse - the pet allergy solution

Anyone allergic to cats will be pleased to hear of some new research into cat allergy and the recent arrival of Cat Allergy Desensitisation Drops that promise relief from the debilitating symptoms that come with this common allergy. When a … Continue reading

  

The magical benefits of Salt for Asthma, COPD, Sinusitis and other respiratory and skin conditions

5Sep

newsletter image

We are all familiar with the benefits of sea air and natural salt caves, but did you know that salt has also been used for over 200 years as a natural therapy for respiratory ailments and skin conditions? Salt therapy … Continue reading

  

Thinking of taking your e-cigs on holiday? Check before you go

15Aug

Case packed, passport in hand, Euros in purse/pocket – ready to go! The big question now is “Can I take my electronic cigarettes on holiday?” Well, it depends on where you go, as regulations vary from country to country. I … 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

  

Asthma UK warns of ‘alarming variation’ in asthma hospital admissions

8May

Asthma UK has expressed concern at shocking differences in the numbers of people being rushed to hospital with an asthma attack, depending on where they live. Asthma UK has launched its Compare Your Care campaign today to find out why … Continue reading

  

Tobacco display ban deters younger smokers

5Apr

One year on, 26% of ex-smokers aged 18-24 say the tobacco display ban spurred them on to quit. A new study of UK smokers and ex-smokers reveals response to Government interventions in this blog article.  The increasing cost and smoking … Continue reading

  

Hello, I am an eczema sufferer

7Mar

hello

My name is Jenny and I have had eczema, asthma and hay fever since birth. I had been able to mostly manage my conditions by taking a steroid inhaler and applying hydrocortisone when it flared up. However it wasn’t until … Continue reading

  

Eating habits – Old versus New

19Feb

Since starting my blog about my son and his food intolerances many people have contacted me with articles they have seen discussing theories surrounding nutrition and intolerance. A while back, my Mum also came across a thought provoking article which … Continue reading

  

Nalcrom (sodium cromoglicate) ? should we try it?

14Feb

When Zac, my ‘intolerant child’ had his appointment at Great Ormond Street hospital, we were told of a drug that might help him – Nalcrom. The consultant, who I respect and trust, said he thought it was something we should … 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

  

Exciting discoveries in Gran Canaria

22Dec

Oatly in Gran Canaria

Earlier in December we were lucky enough to spend a lovely, sunny week in Gran Canaria.  This post is about a couple of the products we enjoyed discovering on this trip. As mentioned in the previous post, we were lucky … Continue reading

  

Fun in December Sun

22Dec

A holiday in December is always good I reckon, especially somewhere warm and sunny. We recently spent a week in Gran Canaria and we had a great time.  It was a great holiday for MyItchyBoy.  He was easily amused with … 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

  

Was it the ham or just a hot flush?

3Oct

Recently something really weird happened to me. It’s never happened before and it was slightly unnerving for someone who has had their fair share of anaphylactic allergic reactions. With allergies to all nuts, dairy, tomatoes and celery I am a … Continue reading

  

101 Ways to Prevent Asthma, Allergies, Eczema and Hayfever

24Sep

Okay, if you got here because you think I’m going to offer you advice on how to prevent anything, I’m not. The title is entirely facetious. If you’ve read my blog, you know that I don’t believe in cures for … Continue reading

  

INSOMNIA…NOOOOOOO – SLEEP-YEEESSSSSSS

22Sep

How much sleep do you get? Not getting enough sleep isn’t good.Requiring too much sleep can be just as bad…either way something could be wrong with your health. Sleep has ALWAYS been one of my favorite pastimes,as a teen, I … Continue reading

  

AUTOIMMUNE OLYMPIADS

19Aug

Well, the Olympics are over. Thank God! Now I can get some sleep. I was so sleep deprived. I could have won a gold medal in crankiness. I am in awe when I see the super-human type feats executed by … Continue reading

  

Vocal Lessons, the Olympics and Asthma

13Aug

Well, the Olympics is finished, the Paralympics is about to begin and I am only two weeks of singing lessons away from singing at a wedding. Since you’re probably asking what an international amateur sport competition has to do with … Continue reading

  

BOOST YOUR IMMUNE

23Jun

This week’s blog is dedicated to those who suffer from one or more autoimmune diseases. I take my hat off to you! Having to endure the daily struggles of your respective invisible illness is truly a heroic feat, and in … Continue reading

  

Atopy and Ocular Conditions

18Jun

Why Your Optometrist Should Know That You’re Atopic Before I continue, I would like stress that nothing you read here should cause you to stop using your medications as prescribed. I am not a medical professional and I am not … Continue reading