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Blog posts covering a wide range of health conditions.

Choosing Self Care for Life

12Nov

It’s Self Care Week in the UK – probably the single national awareness week that best matches talkhealth’s raison d’être. The Self Care Forum, which organises it and is targeted more than 22 million people around the country, says the … Continue reading

  

This week in health – 9 November 2018

9Nov

Autumn has well and truly arrived here at talkhealth HQ, and the leaves are falling from the trees almost as fast as new health stories are being published in the media. While focusing on the UK, British health journalists are … Continue reading

  

This week in health – 2 November 2018

2Nov

After an amazing summer of weather at talkhealth HQ, who would have believed it could continue into November? Healthiest and unhealthiest high streets in the UK The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has compiled a league table of British high … Continue reading

  

This week in health – 26 October 2018

26Oct

Government considers fortifying bread with folic acid Health experts are pushing the government to add folic acid to bread, saying that other countries are already doing what can only benefit consumers. The B vitamin would not change the taste of … Continue reading

  

This week in health – 19 October 2018

19Oct

October is flying by, but don’t worry if you’ve been too busy to keep up with the health news because we’ve scanned the latest stories for you. Drinking coffee could be good for your skin This week the Daily Mail … Continue reading

  

Menopausal Dryness

18Oct

Spotlight on World Menopause Day Today marks World Menopause Day and we are delighted that for the first time ever, menopause is firmly in the spotlight. It seems like we are finally realising and accepting as a society the massive … Continue reading

  

New infographic reveals the true cost of healthcare in the UK

18Oct

Our beloved health service has been supporting people in the UK when they need care the most for an impressive 70 years, but do we take the NHS for granted? The NHS in England alone costs £110 billion to run, … Continue reading

  

Woman of the Year award for our blogger Trishna Bharadia

16Oct

I was fortunate enough to attend the 18th Asian Achievers Awards 2018 in September, an event held to celebrate the achievements of some exceptionally talented people in the British Asian community across the arts and media, sports, community service, as … Continue reading

  

This week in health – 12 October 2018

12Oct

Friday has arrived, but the end of talkhealth’s working week has not – we’ll be working at The Sleep Show in London all weekend. But Sleep Show or no Sleep Show, we bring you another brief round-up from the world … Continue reading

  

7 in 10 people with liver disease in the UK don’t even know they have it

10Oct

Nearly 75% percent with liver disease don’t know it, according to research published in the Lancet(1). For many, the first indication is following admission to Accident and Emergency when the disease is advanced and chance of survival is very low. … Continue reading

  

Treatments for Osteoarthritis

9Oct

It has been estimated that the number of people in the UK with osteoarthritis is around 8.75 million with almost half that figure suffering from knee OA. This means that a third of the population aged 45 and older have … Continue reading

  

This week in health – 5 October 2018

5Oct

The week has flown by at talkhealth, so it’s time for our Friday health news round-up. Allergy news makes the headlines Perhaps the biggest health story of the past week or so has been about the sad death of 15-year-old … Continue reading

  

Ask the Expert Anxiety day raised many issues

4Oct

With mental wellbeing and anxiety being such hot topics at talkhealth at the moment it’s no surprise that our Ask the Expert online clinic on these subjects last month was well attended. Here are talkhealth we never know what topics and … Continue reading

  

Can Psychic Readings Promote Emotional Health?

3Oct

Psychic readings have been around since hope became a source of inspiration for many. Some critics and supporters claim to be for and against psychic readings and what they attempt to offer their clients. But whether or not the readings … Continue reading

  

Managing Stress

2Oct

  Deadlines. Bills. Money problems. Chores. Family responsibilities. Relationship challenges. Work issues. Politics. Drama. STRESS. TOO MUCH STRESS. Does this sound familiar? Of course it does. Statistics from the APA even show how stressed we are. Forty four percent of … Continue reading

  

Happy 18th Birthday to talkhealth!

2Oct

On 1st October 2000, the talkhealth website was launched. Back then, when websites and the world wide web were barely toddlers, who would have guessed that 18 years later we’re celebrating a major milestone in the company’s history. Our aim … Continue reading

  

This week in health – 28 September 2018

28Sep

It’s been another busy week at talkhealth but that hasn’t prevented us from monitoring news from the world of health. Our topics this time include sleep, allergies and weight loss. We always welcome your views so why not air them … Continue reading

  

Saving Starfish

26Sep

An old man was walking along a beach when he noticed a young woman off in the distance. As he got closer, he noticed that the woman was collecting starfish that had washed up on the beach and tossing them, … Continue reading

  

This week in health – 21 September 2018

21Sep

The wind has picked up and the nights have cooled down since our last health news round-up, but we’re still enjoying the odd sunny hour or two at talkhealth headquarters, too. The week’s health news has been as mixed as … Continue reading

  

This week in health – 14 September 2018

14Sep

You might agree that health seems to have suddenly become a more popular topic than ever in the media, with breaking news stories almost every day. Here are a few that caught our attention here at talkhealth in the past … Continue reading

  

Employee ill health and poor wellbeing costing the UK economy a fortune

11Sep

Every year, employee absence due to sickness, ill health and poor wellbeing is costing the UK economy a fortune. According to a new report by the CBI (the Confederation of British Industry), in partnership with Bupa and HCA Healthcare, last … Continue reading

  

The Balancing Act: Finding the Sweet Spot Between Work and Life

10Sep

Work-life-balance Teyhou Smyth

When you conjure up images of being a success at work, what do you picture in your mind’s eye? If you imagined long hours at the workplace late into evening, slaving over tasks that can’t possibly wait until tomorrow, you … Continue reading

  

This week in health – 7 September 2018

7Sep

September has kicked off with a variety of interesting stories from the world of health. Here we feature a few which you might find helpful.  What’s your heart age? You may have already read or heard that the NHS and … Continue reading

  

This week in health – 24/08/2018

24Aug

With another week coming to a close, talkhealth are back with another round-up of the weekly news. This week we will be looking at a range of different news stories in the world of health, including drinking levels, prostate treatment, … Continue reading

  

The hidden cost of caring

22Aug

In its 2018 Survey of unpaid carers Carers UK states that 72% of unpaid carers in the UK said that they had suffered mental ill health as a result of caring. This carer fatigue or compassion fatigue has been recognised … Continue reading

  

Talking through your doctor-patient relationship

15Aug

Communication cuts across every aspect of good healthcare but it’s also one of the most difficult things to get right consistently. I think we can do better. I know from working as a doctor, and from experiences as a patient, … Continue reading

  

The Gift of Anxiety

13Aug

Generally, anxiety isn’t one of our top-ten on any gratitude lists. It can bring a lot of misery to our days, and often sends us mixed messages about what is safe and what isn’t. It can raise our blood pressure, … Continue reading

  

PM awards outstanding Buckinghamshire-based MS and chronic illness ambassador

10Aug

talkhealth would like to congratulate Trishna Bharadia, who has been recognised by the Prime Minister for supporting people living with MS and other chronic conditions. Trishna is the latest recipient of the Points of Light award, which recognises outstanding volunteers … Continue reading

  

This week in health – 03/08/2018

3Aug

With another week coming to a close, talkheath’s weekly round-up of the top news in the world of health is here. This week, health news has been dominated by the prolonged heatwave currently affecting the UK. With this in mind, … Continue reading

  

Fibromyalgia – “Just Because We Don’t Complain, Doesn’t Mean We Aren’t in Pain”

3Aug

Good day my lovely followers! I hope that everyone is doing as well as possible. I know that some of you have been able to power through and get some kind of work done or you may have even been … Continue reading

  

This week in health – 27/07/2018

27Jul

With another week over, talkhealth have brought together all the top health-related news stories in our round-up article. This week, we will be looking at the legalisation of medicinal cannabis, the ongoing heatwave, and the latest news on smoking and … Continue reading

  

The lowdown on sleep apnea

25Jul

Wind back the clock a few years and sleep apnea wasn’t really a thing. Or, it was in health circles, but most of the general public had absolutely no idea of what it actually was. Suffice to say, times have … Continue reading

  

This week in health – 20/07/2018

20Jul

As another week comes to a close, talkhealth have brought together some of the biggest news stories in the world of health. This week, we will be looking at a new fund to help combat the disability employment gap, how … Continue reading

  

Tips For A Successful Pre-Op

20Jul

Tips For A Successful Pre-Op Surgery. It’s a word that sparks abject fear and worry for some, and a need for distance and distraction for others. I tend to fall into the latter category. Regardless of you deal with the … Continue reading

  

Your Treatment Plan: What You Need to Know

20Jul

By Kristin Reynolds Upon diagnosis, pancreatic cancer patients should work closely with their healthcare team in making treatment decisions. Among the points to discuss are: goals of treatment, types of treatments, potential side effects and length of treatment. The healthcare team is critical in making … Continue reading

  

No News Isn’t Always Good News

20Jul

question mark inside a speech bubble expressing bad communication between doctor and patient when searching for a diagnosis © livingpositivelywithdisability.com

Struggling to find a diagnosis in a health system that doesn’t care as much as it should… It’s been exactly six months and three days since I first visited my Rheumatologist with hands that were sore and unable to do … Continue reading

  

This week in health – 13/07/2018

13Jul

Welcome to another rendition of talkhealth’s weekly round-up of the biggest news stories of the week. This week, we’ll be looking at topics including vitamin pills, diabetes and sexual health. So, let’s get started! Diabetes Type 1 Experts believe they … Continue reading

  

talkhealth at the Allergy and Free From Show

5Jul

This weekend, from Friday 6th – Sunday 8th July, talkhealth will be at the Allergy and Free From Show at the Olympia, London. We’ll be exhibiting at stand A611 and would love anyone attending to drop by and say hello! … Continue reading

  

Interview with Andrew Smyth – author of Grave Island

2Jul

With his new book, Grave Island, now available to buy, talkhealth caught up with author Andrew Smyth to discuss the research that went in to the book around the operations and activity of pharmaceutical companies, fake drugs and medical legislation. … Continue reading

  

Professional tips that will save your face from acne

2Jul

Everyone who has pimples on their face knows how overwhelming this state can be. Acne is not only a health issue, but it can also affect your confidence, because you are always worried about the way you look. There are … Continue reading

  

This week in health – 29/06/2018

29Jun

With so much going on in the world of health it can be difficult to keep up to date with all the latest news and breakthroughs. Luckily, talkhealth’s weekly round-up should help you keep on top of all the latest … Continue reading

  

NHS England celebrates turning 70

28Jun

This year NHS England will be turning 70. Since it’s inception in 1948, after the Second World War, the NHS has provided healthcare to millions, if not billions, of those living in the UK. On Thursday 5th July 2018, the … Continue reading

  

This week in health – 22/06/2018

22Jun

Welcome to talkhealth’s weekly round-up of all the top news stories in the world of health. This week we’ll be covering a wide range of topics, including the current debate around medicinal cannabis, the expected rise in the number of … Continue reading

  

Online Clinic for Bladder Issues

22Jun

In support of World Continence Week, talkhealth hosted an Online Clinic for bladder issues, which ran from 4-15 June, giving our community the opportunity to get their bladder related questions answered by expert medical professionals. Questions & Answers Most people … Continue reading

  

Sacral Neuromodulation Ask the Expert Session

22Jun

In the UK, urinary incontinence affects an estimated 14.9% of adults over 40 years of age with faecal incontinence affecting an estimated 1.4% of adults over 40 years of age. talkhealth recently hosted an Ask the Expert session on Sacral … Continue reading

  

What Effect Would A Wet Wipes Ban Have On Ostomates?

18Jun

You may have seen the news recently and the talk of the Government banning wet wipes.  With the current focus on the environment, recyclable products are much more in favour at the moment.  Wet wipes contain non-biodegradable plastics, are single … Continue reading

  

This week in health – 15/06/2018

15Jun

As another week comes to a close, here at talkhealth we’ve rounded up all of the top news stories from the week in the world of health. From Professor Green talking about depression and the impact of loneliness through to … Continue reading

  

What a Good Relationship With Your Doctor Looks Like

14Jun

Cup of tea, glasses and an x-ray form, to illustrate getting good medical help © livingpositivelywithdisability.com

Have you ever walked out of an appointment with your GP and wondered what you paid all that money for? Have you ever felt like they didn’t really listen, palmed you off, even scoffed at your symptoms? Getting good medical … Continue reading

  

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the sports hall (GCSEs are here again, along with depression, stress and anxiety).

13Jun

Doesn’t time fly? I can hardly believe that once more a querulous cohort of GCSE students are being ushered begrudgingly into sports halls up and down the country with the weight and expectations of their parents resting heavy upon their … Continue reading

  

Rosacea and its impact on emotional health

12Jun

Rosacea

Rosacea is a lifelong condition that can adversely affect emotional health and quality of life. Even when the physical symptoms of rosacea are relatively mild the impact on the quality of life for those living with the condition can be … Continue reading

  

This week in health – 08/06/2018

8Jun

We’ve come to the end of another week and, as such, talkhealth will be looking through all the top news stories from the world of health. This week’s roundup includes new treatments and research, and overview of the summer months … Continue reading

  

1 in 8 people will have type 2 diabetes by 2045

5Jun

An image of the BMI calculator which you can click on to take you to an external link for type 2 diabetes by 2045

Concerning new research just presented at this year’s European Congress on Obesity in Vienna indicates that almost one in eight people will have type 2 diabetes and that almost a quarter of people worldwide will be obese by 2045. The … Continue reading

  

This week in health – 01/06/2018

1Jun

Cancer

Welcome to another week of talkhealth’s round up on the biggest news in the world of health. This week, we will be looking at subjects including new cancer research, new reports about obesity as well as the rising popularity of … Continue reading

  

Why You Might Need Hip Surgery

23May

The hip is a crucially important joint in the body. Problems with it create severe difficulties with walking and can subsequently affect the back, knees, ankles, and feet. Issues with the hips are often addressed with surgical intervention, even though … Continue reading

  

What is the pancreas?

16May

An icon to represent a conversation about where and what the pancreas is

Why is it easy to recall the location and purpose of some organs and more difficult for others? Perhaps it is because you can see a person breathing, or can hear someone’s heartbeat. The pancreas may work quietly in the body … Continue reading

  

This week in health – 11/05/2018

11May

Hair Loss

Welcome to another week of talkhealth’s news round-up. This week, we will be looking at news around a new drug that could help cure male baldness, how delays in cancer treatment are having a huge impact on patients, and new … Continue reading

  

How to spot the signs of bladder cancer and what to do next

2May

Bladder Cancer

A little guide for you this Bladder Cancer Awareness Month, from The Urology Foundation. In the UK, there are over 10,000 new cases of bladder cancer diagnosed every year and nearly 5,000 people die from the disease each year. It … Continue reading

  

Twitter chat for World IBD Day

2May

To mark World IBD Day, talkhealth will be teaming up with @JanssenEMEA to host our latest Tweet Chat, on Friday May 18th between 1PM and 2PM. We’ll be putting questions out to the Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) community to raise … Continue reading

  

Don’t miss out on The Ticker Ball

2May

Ticker Ball

On the 18th of May 2018, SIX TIMES OPEN will be hosting their latest event, The Ticker Ball. In support of the British Heart Foundation, the Ticker Ball will combine an evening of exquisite dining, live jazz and an auction, … Continue reading

  

Denialism on veganism: a systemic blind spot among doctors regarding the health benefits of plant-based diets

30Apr

“So, where do you get your protein?” A fellow doctor asked this question after finding out I became a vegan. Imagine my surprise, considering that doctors should know that a person’s daily protein requirement was less than one gram per … Continue reading

  

How multiple sclerosis (MS) makes you feel

27Apr

MS Awareness Week

Today’s video from MS Trust for #MSAwarenessWeek approaches the very difficult topic of how being diagnosed and living with MS makes you feel. In today’s video, we are joined by 17-year-old Chloe, 16-year-old Deon and Matthew and Haley, who are … Continue reading

  

Interview: An insight into living with MS

27Apr

MS Awareness Week

MS has a huge effect on the lives of those diagnosed with the condition. With this week being #MSAwarenessWeek, talkhealth have teamed up with the MS trust to help give others an insight into living with the condition. Today, we … Continue reading

  

Explaining MS symptoms

26Apr

MS Awareness Week

Trying to explain MS to someone who doesn’t have the condition can be extremely difficult; multiple sclerosis can have a huge impact of people in a variety of different ways, so convey this to someone with no experience of the … Continue reading

  

SilDerm – Scar Share

26Apr

Almost everyone will be affected by scarring at some point in their life. They can have a lasting psychological impact on top of the obvious physical effect. However, SilDerm don’t want people to be embarrassed of their scars. Which is … Continue reading

  

The A to Z of Multiple Sclerosis

25Apr

MS Awareness Week

We’ve now reached the mid-way point of #MSAwarenessWeek, and the MS trust have released another video around the condition, in a bid to help raise awareness about the disease. Over 70% of those living with MS experience symptoms before the … Continue reading

  

Advice for young people living with MS

24Apr

MS Awareness Week

Every day this week, the MS trust will be releasing a new YouTube video starring a young person who has been affected by MS. This is all to help aid #MSAwarenessWeek and aims to highlight the condition to younger people. … Continue reading