general health

Blog posts covering a wide range of health conditions.

A Guide to…Migraines

21Sep

We have all suffered the discomfort of a headache at some point in our lives, but anyone who has ever suffered from migraines knows all too well the misery and suffering that this condition can cause. Migraines are a disorder … Continue reading

  

National Meningitis Awareness Week

20Sep

This week is National Meningitis Awareness Week, but how much do we really know about Meningitis and the different strains! As a parent to 18 year old twin daughters who recently lost a very dear friend (George Zographou) to Meningitis, … Continue reading

  

What Is Endometriosis?

13Sep

Endometriosis   is a condition where the cells that line the womb (uterus) are found elsewhere in the body. The lining of the womb is what is shed during your period but the cells that are found in other parts of … Continue reading

  

Is the Robocop knee brace the new ‘must have’ for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis? The celebrities seem to think that it is …

11Sep

Recent media stories, a landmark study and the Autumn/Winter TV schedules highlight the Össur Unloader’s ability to offer pain relief, improve function and maintain a healthy lifestyle Recent national news stories (London, UK – August, 2017) have drawn attention to the … Continue reading

  

Why you might wee when you are running or exercising?

30Aug

Most women, at some point in their lives have experienced urine leakage while running, but never talk about it and more often than not, this is due to weaker bladder muscles. Exercising should be enjoyable and not uncomfortable and there … Continue reading

  

4 Ways to Stay Healthy

30Aug

One of the things you will want to do is remain as healthy as possible. This can allow you to get more out of life and enjoy the good things it has to offer. Another reason to work towards the … Continue reading

  

Online Doctor v Patient-to-patient Support

30Aug

Do people seek information from HCPs online or do they prefer online support from fellow patients? Over recent years there has been a steady increase in the availability of patient-focused websites offering health information and support across a wide range … Continue reading

  

3 Reasons to See a Therapist

29Aug

Despite the major advances in mental health, seeing a therapist still holds a stigma in general society. We are afraid to seek out help because in some way it’s means that we are “broken”. That we aren’t as healthy as … Continue reading

  

Next stage of world-leading childhood obesity plan announced

29Aug

Publich Health England (PHE) are now considering the evidence on children’s calorie consumption and are setting the ambition for the calorie reduction programme to remove excess calories from the foods children consume the most. These foods include pizzas, burgers, ready … Continue reading

  

What does today’s tech-savvy, self-caring, knowledgeable patient look like?

25Aug

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There’s little doubt that the 21st century patient is very different to the 20th century patient of my era. Much has changed and technology has been the key driver for change. So what does the modern, tech-savvy, self-caring, all-knowing patient … Continue reading

  

Psoriasis Treatment – Approval from the MHRA of Dovonex

25Aug

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)  have just announced the approval of Dovonex Psoriasis Ointment to be made available through pharmacies without a prescription. At talkhealth we would like to thank everyone that responded to our request to … Continue reading

  

40-60 years old not even walking for 10 minutes once a month

24Aug

According to a report by Public Health England (PHE), middle aged men and woman are not getting enough exercise. In fact a staggering 41% are not even managing a 10 minute brisk walk once a month! Dr Jenny Harries, Deputy … Continue reading

  

Medical devices regulator issues warning on unreliable HIV home-testing kit

23Aug

  The Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is warning people not to purchase or use Hightop HIV/AIDS home test kit as they may be unreliable and produce inaccurate results.  If you or someone you know has used a Hightop … Continue reading

  

Let the sun shine into your life with the vital vitamin D

11Aug

 After I broke my shoulder in an accident three years ago, my GP suggested a DEXA scan to measure bone density for osteoporosis. I was not surprised, at the age of 70 and more than 20 years after suffering from … Continue reading

  

The NHS – The Beginning

5Jul

The NHS was born was 5 July 1948. Aneurin Bevan, a Welsh Labour Party politician who was the Minister for Health following the Second World War, launched the NHS in the Park hospital in Manchester, otherwise known today as Trafford … Continue reading

  

5 Hacks to Improve your Workouts

1Jun

Several individual and group exercise formats are offered by fitness centers, such as those that are choreographed to music like dance and aerobics classes. Many offer boot camp, fall prevention, sculpting, kickboxing, indoor cycling, yoga, Pilates and core conditioning. Group … Continue reading

  

UK expats could cost NHS £500million report says

31May

A report, published today, by the Nuffield Trust, suggests that when reciprocal health arrangements within Europe end, post Brexit, the cost to the NHS could be as much as an extra £500m each year as expats return to the UK for … Continue reading

  

Ear Nose and Throat – See talkhealth in The Guardian

25May

talkhealth recently partnered with Mediaplanet UK on the 2017 Ears, Nose & Throat Campaign in The Guardian newspaper and online. Our article, titled 5 Remedies for blocked Ears, covered a number of remedies and manoeuvres to alleviate blocked ears such … Continue reading

  

Factors Determining The Costs To Preserve Health

24May

In an ideal world, no cost is too high to preserve health, but the unfortunate reality of health care pricing is almost always a factor in deciding which treatment approaches to take. High Cost of Health Care Worldwide How expensive … Continue reading

  

Manage your health with Patient support Programmes

16May

For those living with chronic health conditions, self-management is crucial for managing and controlling symptoms day to day. Protecting your own health is a responsibility that can require some help and guidance to ensure you pursue the right treatment for … Continue reading

  

5 Healthy Snacks You Should Avoid at All Costs

16May

Truth be told, a lot of people are confused when it comes to identifying snacks that are really healthy. Even popular labels like “sugar-free” and “organic” tend to mislead us. You should know that not all claims are true and … Continue reading

  

The challenge of coping with osteoarthritis in the workplace

3May

Half of all adults in the UK will develop Osteoarthritis, 1 in 2 will develop osteoarthritis (OA) in their knees while 1 in 4 will develop it in their hips and 1 in 12 will develop it in their hands. … Continue reading

  

Infections and Conditions Common to Children

18Apr

Vaccines have made a lot of the illnesses associated with childhood a rarity, but many others continue to be a fact of life. They range from such common infections as conjunctivitis and croup to the more mysterious ones, such as … Continue reading

  

3 Tips for Incorporating Healthy Living Into your Family’s Life

18Apr

If you have a family, you will want to do all you can to keep them healthy. This will take the right amount of effort on your part and know-how. It’s important to understand how and why you will want … Continue reading

  

Start Each Day Awake and Refreshed Naturally

12Apr

For many people, as they get older getting the proper amount of sleep just doesn’t seem possible. If you have trouble falling asleep every night or a few times in a week, you’re not alone. Scientific research shows that over … Continue reading

  

Discussing Ways to Achieve a Healthy Lifestyles with Children

12Apr

Children today live in a world that’s changing rapidly. Processed foods are the new norm and electronic devices are replacing activity. If you’re concerned that your children are caught up in the fast lane, it’s time to put your parenting … Continue reading

  

GLUTEN FREE PRESCRIPTIONS – Action Against Allergy

5Apr

AAA support for coeliacs Action Against Allergy is giving its support to the campaign being co-ordinated by Coeliac UK to persuade the NHS to seek an alternative to their proposed withdrawal of prescriptions for the gluten free foods needed by … Continue reading

  

Anaphylaxis Campaign – Orange Wig Day Friday 19 May 2017

30Mar

Living with severe allergies and being at risk of anaphylaxis (a severe and potentially fatal allergic reaction) seriously affects the lives of those at risk. There is currently no cure or treatment to prevent anaphylaxis – instead people must learn … Continue reading

  

Top Healthcare Technology Advances to Watch Out

23Mar

Healthcare organizations are searching for the best tools to improve patient care and, in some cases, reduce healthcare costs. These technology advances may replace obsolete procedures and treatments in the future. However, not all of them are as promising as … Continue reading

  

What healthy sleep habits should you adopt?

23Mar

If you want to remain healthy, and retain your levels of concentration, you need to make sure you get the right amount of sleep. Different people require different amounts of sleep, but the average adult generally needs between seven and … Continue reading

  

Paraffin in skin creams linked to fire deaths

21Mar

You may have read in the news this week (19 March 2017) about the link between people using paraffin based skin creams and dozens of fire deaths across England. People living with conditions such as eczema and psoriasis who use paraffin based … Continue reading

  

What Is the Disability Living Allowance?

16Mar

The welfare system is there to help us should we end up in difficulties – it’s the rainy day fund that we all, collectively as a society, contribute to through our salaries. One way in which it’s there to help … Continue reading

  

What Steps Are Taken in a Dental Implant Procedure?

13Mar

Have you had enough of not being able to smile because you’re worried about what people think of your missing teeth? If that’s the case you would have likely already heard of how getting dental implants can give you the … 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

  

Fake Tan Fail?

1Mar

Some of you with eagle eyes may have noticed over the years especially during the summer months that my hands are noticeably lighter than the rest of my body. This is not the result of me washing my hands too … Continue reading

  

How to detox your body

23Feb

A detox is essentially a holistic regimen to clear your body of toxins, invigorate your senses and rejuvenate. If you don’t want to go to extremes like colonic irrigation, here are a few simple and effective ways to help you … Continue reading

  

Everything you need to know about chlamydia

21Feb

What is chlamydia? Chlamydia trachomatis is a bacterial infection transmitted through sexual contact (semen or vaginal fluid). Infection can occur via vaginal, anal, and oral sex and even when a man does not ejaculate. It is treated with antibiotic, usually azithromycin … Continue reading

  

Should you take Vitamin D to combat colds and flu?

17Feb

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

  

Introducing Action Against Allergy – our latest charity forum partnership

14Feb

talkhealth are excited to announce that we are now hosting the forums for the charity ‘Action Against Allergy’. Log on to the AAA forums to join the general discussion, view charity news and individual to talkhealth we are especially delighted to announce a forum … Continue reading

  

How to Choose a 30 Day Rehabilitation Program

14Feb

If you, or perhaps someone that you know, need to go to an intensive rehabilitation facility then you may be considering a 30 day program. This is exactly what it sounds like, a month on lock down without the influences … Continue reading

  

What is the recovery time for knee realignment surgery?

13Feb

Like any type of surgery, it’s useful to know the recovery time so you can make any necessary changes or arrangements for your care. So, how long does it take to recover from knee realignment surgery? Find out more about … Continue reading

  

BSF – Pollution: How it affects our skin

9Feb

Concerned about the effects of pollution on the skin? Dr Anjali Mahto, Consultant Dermatologist & British Skin Foundation Spokesperson discusses the measures you can take at home to protect your skin. Dr Mahto explains, “As skin is your outermost barrier, … Continue reading

  

Could microscopic worms help rebalance your biome?

8Feb

Autoimmune illnesses and allergies are becoming a more and more common occurrence. We regularly hear about people with food and seasonal allergies. Many of us know someone who suffers with migraines, Crohn’s disease or eczema. And the increase in the … Continue reading

  

World Cancer Day – Saturday 4th February – We can, I can.

4Feb

Currently 8.2 million people die a year from cancer with lung cancer being the most diagnosed globally. In the UK 2.5 million people are living with cancer and this number is expected to rise to 4 million by 2030. Living … Continue reading

  

Go for gold

23Jan

According to the Food Standards Agency (FSA), you shouldn’t eat burnt toast as you may be increasing your exposure to acrylamide, a carcinogenic chemical formed via a reaction between amino acids and sugars when foods with a high starch content are … Continue reading

  

Jo’s trust #smearforsmear campaign

20Jan

Jo’s trust is the only UK charity which dedicates itself to women affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities. Every year, Jo’s trust campaigns for women to be increasingly aware of the symptoms of cervical cancer and the need to … Continue reading

  

Do e-cigarettes work at helping you kick the habit?

19Jan

In the UK, smoking is the primary cause of preventable illness and premature death, accounting for around 96,000 deaths a year. This figure is more than those for obesity, alcohol, road traffic accidents, illegal drugs and HIV infection combined. The … Continue reading

  

Caring for a child with eczema: Jasper’s story

17Jan

Looking after a child with severe eczema can be exhausting for parents as well as the child. There’s so much to consider, environment, clothes, weather, treatments, financial implications – the list goes on. Sorrel Ronan faces a relentless battle every … Continue reading

  

Should GPs run a 7 day service?

16Jan

The government are keen for GP surgeries to open from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week. Doctors are being told that if they fail to meet their commitments to keep surgeries open for longer, they may lose extra funding. … Continue reading

  

The Fight To Stay Sober: Why You May Not Want To Battle Your Addiction On Your Own

12Jan

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Addiction – no matter what it is that you are addicted to – can be a very hard thing to beat on your own. There are many factors that play into why it is such a tough road for people … Continue reading

  

Reasons Why Paternity Tests Should Be Beneficial

10Jan

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Giving birth is one of the most exciting, memorable and painful experiences of your life. In the ideal world, you are accompanied by your loving partner; and you end up with a happy, healthy baby that you both can love … Continue reading

  

Let’s talk about it!

10Jan

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I wonder what makes it OK to talk openly about breast health yet we still find it awkward to discuss problems with our downstairs department? We all go a bit embarrassed, give it a silly name and laugh it all … Continue reading

  

Don’t let high blood pressure affect your vision

6Jan

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An eye examination can prove beneficial to more than just your eye health. Conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, and excessive levels of cholesterol can all be spotted during an optician’s routine checks. Whilst this is hugely beneficial for catching irregularities … Continue reading

  

Uncovering the Causes of Self-Medication

5Jan

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We live in a world with thousands of different kinds of drugs. Some of these are common in our daily lives (caffeine, nicotine) and some are more exotic (ayhuasca). It doesn’t matter who you are or what your background is, … Continue reading

  

Dentists urge us to cut the cake culture in the office

4Jan

Yesterday, (3 January 2017), the Royal College of Surgeons, Faculty of Dental Surgery (FDS) issued a press release urging workers to cut the cake culture that seems to have become established in many offices up and down the country. The FDS … Continue reading

  

3 tops tips to improve your quality of life with a long-term health condition

20Dec

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It is estimated over a quarter of the population in England (15.4 million people) has a long-term condition such as diabetes, coronary heart disease or chronic lung disease and an increasing proportion of these people have multiple conditions. Although there … Continue reading

  

How secured emails protect Healthcare industry file exchange

19Dec

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Need to exchange files in health sector: File exchanges in the health care sector is a common affair that needs to be done with complete security. There is a constant need to exchange medical data and records about a patient, … Continue reading

  

talkhealth backs the new sepsis awareness campaign

15Dec

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Today (15th December 2016) a new campaign has been launched by Public Health England (PHE) to help raise awareness of Sepsis – a condition which has been blamed for approximately 37,000 deaths a year and arises as a complication of … Continue reading

  

Weight loss surgery: which option is best for me?

13Dec

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Being overweight can have all sorts of side-effects. There are lots of well-advertised health risks associated, like heart attacks and strokes, but it can affect you in other ways too. It can cause your joints to hurt, make it difficult … Continue reading

  

talkhealth went to Parliament

8Dec

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On December 7th, talkhealth was kindly invited to attend an event organised by the Chronic Pain Policy Coalition (CPPC) in the Houses of Parliament. The event, which was titled ‘Living better with Chronic Pain: The Vital Role of Primary Care’, … Continue reading

  

Winter warmers: top tips to get through winter

8Dec

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Winter is indeed here. With more long dark and cold days ahead, it is important to know what you can do to stay warm, happy and healthy over the coming months. talkhealth want to give you a few of our … Continue reading

  

Exciting new campaign SIX TIMES OPEN in association with the British Heart Foundation

7Dec

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Twins, Jonathan and David Stretton-Downes, have partnered with the British Heart Foundation to launch an exciting campaign called SIX TIMES OPEN. The official launch happened in November and was attended by representatives from the BHF. The story behind the campaign – … Continue reading

  

6 Reasons You Are Tired All of The Time

7Dec

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Do you feel sluggish throughout the day? Tired of looking at everyone else and wondering how come they have so much energy? If so, don’t lose heart, many people feel this way. There are many reasons that you could feel … Continue reading

  

Nutrients to support fertility in women and men

1Dec

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If you and your partner are thinking of trying for a baby, by consuming the right amount and type nutrients, both of you may enhance your chances of conception as well as carrying a healthy pregnancy[1]. Read on for more … Continue reading

  

What happens when I have my wisdom teeth removed?

29Nov

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The words ‘wisdom teeth’ alone are enough to send a shiver down the back of many a spine. Getting them removed can improve your quality of life enormously, and can spell the end to upsetting toothache. Having your wisdom teeth … Continue reading

  

Alternative Medications That Can Improve Ailments And Quality Of Life

28Nov

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During the past few years, the media has helped to make consumers aware of the dangers of prescription medications. While these drugs may offer temporary relief, they also come with risks. And, those risks may last for an extensive period … 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

  

How can family help substance addicts on the road to recovery?

17Nov

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Substance addiction can bring in a very powerful, negative impact to any individual and the people around him. In fact, substance addiction costs the US government around $200 billion per year, so the problem is indeed very demanding. But how … Continue reading

  

GHC launch “Small Steps for Big Change”

16Nov

More than 3 million children under 5 years old will die from infectious diseases next year and now, with the cold and flu season firmly upon us, the risk of infectious illnesses spreading thick and fast is far more prevalent. … Continue reading

  

Living with carpal tunnel syndrome: the facts

11Nov

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Carpal tunnel syndrome can cause major discomfort, here BMI Healthcare  discuss the number of ways you can deal with the condition. Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a common condition, which can lead to pain in the hands and fingers. There … Continue reading

  

Alcohol awareness week

11Nov

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Did you know that next week (14-20 November) sees the start of alcohol awareness week? An initiative run by Alcohol Concern (you know them- the founders of Dry January!) which aims to raise awareness of the risks of alcohol to … Continue reading

  

Everything you need to know about your CT scan

9Nov

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If it’s not been possible to diagnose what’s causing your symptoms from a physical examination, you may need to have a scan of some kind. In this article BMI Healthcare  discuss one of the more common scans and what it … Continue reading

  

MHRA – The Importance of Reporting

9Nov

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This week, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is running a social media campaign to stress the importance of reporting suspected side effects. The campaign, which runs from 7 – 11 November, has been launched as part of … Continue reading

  

9 questions you might have about your colonoscopy

7Nov

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Having a colonoscopy can help doctors diagnose all sorts of conditions. While it’s completely normal to be nervous about any examination, this is a commonly performed procedure and knowing what’s involved can help allay any fears. Here BMI Healthcare  answer … Continue reading

  

Psoriasis Awareness Week 2016 – What Does Psoriasis Mean to You?

27Oct

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Psoriasis Awareness Week runs annually and aims to inform and raise awareness of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. This year the awareness week is running from Saturday 29th October – Saturday 5th November and talkhealth are working to support Psoriasis Association with … Continue reading

  

5 Healthy Activities That Are Actually Enjoyable

25Oct

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Do you ever feel like all the things that are fun for you have over the years been proven bad for your health or waistline? We hear you. But it might delight you know that things aren’t actually as bad … Continue reading

  

5 Things You Should Do If You Have a Problem with Alcohol

24Oct

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There is no clearly defined line that separates moderate drinking from problem drinking. If you feel ashamed of your drinking, hide your habit from others, or feel that you “need” to drink in order to feel better, you may have … Continue reading

  

Relief from IBS – your route to digestive comfort

20Oct

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Around one in five people in the UK experience IBS or troublesome digestive problems with symptoms such as reflux, heartburn, vomiting, nausea, flatulence, stomach ache, discomfort, and diarrhoea. Self-management of lifestyle and diet is key to managing the daily discomfort … Continue reading

  

Getting a Bikini Body the Healthy Way

13Oct

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Whenever the slumber of winter ends, the goal on the tip of everyone’s tongue seems to be “bikini body.” In many ways, the idea of being “beach body ready” has got a bit out of control, with diets claiming to … Continue reading

  

What should you avoid whilst trying to conceive?

6Oct

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Mr David Chui is a specialist in fertility and has experience in helping couples to conceive for over 25 years. He is currently the Medical Director of the Sussex Downs Fertility Centre, BMI The Esperance Hospital. Here Mr Chui explains … Continue reading

  

What to expect during a prostate exam

5Oct

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Mr Richard Brough  is a Consultant Urologist at BMI The Alexandra Hospital and has over 25 years’ experience in urology. Here, Richard explains what to expect during and after a prostate exam as well as the common symptoms of prostate cancer. … Continue reading

  

What to expect in a bone density test

4Oct

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If you’ve been asked to have a bone density test, here’s everything you need to know. Bone density tests are commonly used to determine if someone has osteoporosis – a disease that weakens bones, causing them to become thinner and … Continue reading

  

Top Tips for Losing Your Baby Weight

29Sep

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You have just spent the last nine months getting ready for the life-changing birth of your new bundle of joy and we know, you are probably a little bit exhausted after the whole event. The birth of your baby will … Continue reading

  

Dangers of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) formerly known as legal highs

20Sep

This video tells the very tragic story of Laurence, the son of a lovely family I know who live on the same street as me. On the 1st anniversary of Laurence’s passing (19.09.15), please share this video with your family … Continue reading

  

8 Facts you should know about laser eye surgery

20Sep

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There are different types of laser eye surgery There are three main types of laser eye surgery, LASEK, LASIK and Smile. LASEK involves removing the epitheral layer to perform the surgery, which then grows back within a few hours. Recovery for … Continue reading

  

Back in business: treatment options for lower and chronic back pain

2Sep

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While back pain can be debilitating and distressing, there are a number of treatment options available. As the largest private hospital group in the UK, BMI Healthcare are used to providing a range of options and treatments for back pain, … Continue reading

  

How to get fast access to GP appointments

1Sep

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Private GP appointments at BMI Healthcare enable fast access to diagnosis, quality facilities and a calm, dignified patient experience. Despite the National Health Service (NHS) providing essential healthcare services free of charge at point of delivery, many people in the … Continue reading

  

Where have all the O’s, B’s and A’s gone? You can help fill the gaps – #missingtype?

22Aug

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NHS Blood & Transplant need your blood. You may have seen their latest campaign entitled #missingtype. The campaign has been designed to attract blood donors new and old. The campaign is running across several social media channels including Twitter and … Continue reading

  

Why a Career in Biostatistics Could be the Best Move for You

21Aug

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If you are thinking about pursuing a career in the diverse and expanding field of public health, you should consider becoming a biostatistician. In this dynamic position, you will be able to put your knowledge and skills to use in … Continue reading

  

How the growing elderly care sector is leading to increased responsibility for nurses

17Aug

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Along with a national nursing shortage, growing debts and the ongoing dispute about junior doctors’ contracts, the UK’s ageing population is often cited as a major threat to our National Health Service. Today, over 3 million people in the UK … Continue reading

  

6 Ways Acupuncture Could Benefit Your Health

10Aug

Acupuncture had been practised for thousands and thousands of years over time, perfecting and refining the techniques used. Extensively studied, acupuncture has shown significant results for those with ongoing health issues or problems. Although some still remain sceptical, there are … Continue reading

  

Best Apps for Healthy Sleep for You and Your Children

20Jul

Sleep deprivation is a worldwide problem of our time. Although the recommended amount of sleep is 8 hours daily for adults and about 10 hours for school-aged children, an average grown-up barely sleeps 6 hours a day. As for teenagers, … Continue reading

  

How EMRs Are Transforming Patient Care within the Healthcare Industry

14Jul

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Within recent years there have been huge innovations in digital technology for the healthcare industry, some of which makes it easier for healthcare providers to care for an ever growing number of patients and other innovations that take patient care … Continue reading

  

Different Headache Types Require Different Treatment

6Jul

Headaches aren’t unusual; we all get them from time to time. But almost 10 percent of U.S. adults will have at least one headache each year so bad that they will end up to the doctor. As many as 6 … Continue reading

  

The week in health: Health Information Week

6Jul

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For the average busy person, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find the time to visit a healthcare professional in person. Many struggle to find the time to visit the doctor, while others find it almost impossible to book appointments … Continue reading

  

Become a Live in Carer – What’s involved?

30Jun

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The option of live in care is an alternative to the traditional nursing home. It normally entails the carer living in the home of the client on a full time basis for the duration of the care contract. 24 hour … Continue reading

  

EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE … (Apologies to ‘The Police’ and ‘Sting’)

28Jun

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Ok – so, this is my first attempt at blogging! It will probably be best to report on my own experiences and progress with ABPA, and also to bring in accounts/ views of other sufferers of this condition and other … Continue reading

  

The EU Referendum: what does this mean for our NHS?

21Jun

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This Thursday, the entire nation will have the opportunity to cast their vote in arguably the most important referendum of our lifetime. On the 23rd June, millions will be deciding whether the UK should REMAIN or LEAVE the EU.   … Continue reading

  

Don’t suffer in silence: World Continence Week

21Jun

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Bladder incontinence is a problem which affects 6 million people, just within the UK. The condition causes people to feel embarrassed and isolated, with many being too scared to leave the house.   Urinary incontinence is described as the unintentional … Continue reading

  

5 Nursing Specialties Worth Considering

16Jun

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Nursing is not for everyone. Some people don’t have the compassion or empathy required to consider nursing as a career. Some faint at the site of blood, which is a no-no if you want to work as a nurse. If … Continue reading

  

Hot Flushes – What Do They Say About Your Health?

15Jun

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Are you experiencing hot flushes? If so, then you could be experiencing some health problems. Hot flushes are something women expect to experience at some point in their lives, usually heralding menopause – but it’s not always menopause that causes … Continue reading

  

This Week in Health News: British Flowers Week

14Jun

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‘Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.’   American Environmentalist and author, Luther Burbank was a firm believer in the healing power of flowers. Flowers have become one of … Continue reading

  

This Week in Health News: Heart Rhythm Week

7Jun

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At talkhealth we understand the importance of monitoring your health for any irregularities. Very often we brush off unusual activity in our bodies and ignore any tell-tale signs telling ourselves ‘It’ll be fine, it’ll pass’. In line with Heart Rhythm … Continue reading

  

What is causing my chest pain?

7Jun

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There are numerous causes for chest pain and fortunately most chest pain is harmless. However it is important to be aware of the more serious causes of chest pain and if you have any worries at all you should seek … Continue reading

  

Facing the world with psoriasis

2Jun

I have much admiration for those who are able to face the world, psoriasis and all.  It takes a kind of courage I often lack.  I’ve had lots of unpleasant encounters due my psoriasis, not to mention the sympathy and … Continue reading

  

#Rosacea Twitter Chat

19May

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Our brand new talkrosacea hub is now live. On it you will find some great resources of information and support for rosacea sufferers. In order to celebrate the launch of the hub and to spread the word on Twitter, we … Continue reading

  

6 easy ways to cut the carbs on your dinner plate

18May

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If you’ve decided to go down the low carb route to try and shift a few pounds then don’t despair. There are lots of tasty alternatives which you may not know about. Here are 6 of my favourite options, but … Continue reading

  

Mindfulness for psoriasis

17May

The exciting news is that mindfulness can help if you have psoriasis. But what is it and how does it work? Mindfulness is a meditation technique where you focus your mind on the present moment and appreciate now rather than … Continue reading

  

This Week in Health News: The First Penis Transplant in the USA, and Should Men Over 40 Avoid Having Children?

17May

Doctors have performed the first penis transplant in the USA

A prominent health news story over the last few days has been the reporting on the first penis transplant in the USA. The story may make many readers wince, but as the doctors who performed the operation have pointed out, … Continue reading

  

What is Super Gonorrhoea and How To Avoid It?

16May

Super Gonorrhea is a drug resistant sexually transmitted bacterial infection. When one is infected the normal symptoms would include thick yellow discharge from the genitals, pains during urination and bleeding between periods. These symptoms are not observed immediately; it takes … Continue reading

  

A Look At Antibiotics For Acne

16May

Acne, scientific name acne vulgaris, is an extremely prolonged or at times slow to heal skin disease of the pilosebaceous and emerges due to blockages in the skin’s hair follicles. The blockage can be as a result of important processes … Continue reading

  

Gluten free beer – is it really safe for coeliacs?

11May

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Gluten free beer is exploding in popularity in the United Kingdom. Brands like Daura Damm, Celia and Green’s can found on shelves all over the country. But are these beers really safe for coeliacs? Coeliac UK says yes, but research … Continue reading

  

How Healthcare Apps are Helping to Improve Clinical Trials

11May

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  Smartphones are changing our lives every day. Almost every industry is affected by the mobile revolution in one way or another. At George Clinical, we are in the business of clinical trials and we see how even the clinical … Continue reading

  

This Week in Health News: Sun Awareness Week 2016

9May

Girl holiday sun

With the temperature hitting upwards of 26°C across the country this weekend, thousandsof us were outside enjoying the weather. But while you were out in the sun, how much attention did you pay to the protection of your skin? In … Continue reading

  

5 Healthy Foods That May Be Damaging For Your Teeth

6May

We try to remain as fit and healthy as possible for a variety of reasons. It could be that we want to be around as long as possible to watch our loved ones grow and craft their own lives. It … Continue reading

  

Alternative Medicine modalities – should we just accept them ?

26Apr

Sometime ago I posted a series of articles here covering off my skeptical world view and position on non-scientifically based medical treatments. Please feel free to review them at your leisure. In ensuing months there have been several critical comments … Continue reading

  

Varicose Veins Affect up to 1 in 5 Men

25Apr

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Varicose veins are a common problem and while there is a tendency to associate the condition with women, one recent review found that an estimated 10-20% of men have varicose veins, with that number increasing at an alarming rate. Varicose … Continue reading

  

This Week in Health News: Treatment for Skin Cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease; The Junior Doctors Dispute Wares On

19Apr

Junior Doctors Strike

Over the last few weeks, we’ve covered a number of positive health stories about potential breakthroughs in the treatment of deadly diseases including cancer. The potential good news continues this week, with the announcement of a new combination of drugs … Continue reading

  

The Top Benefits of Vitrification or Egg Freezing – and Why More Women are Safely Doing it Today

15Apr

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Egg freezing has become increasingly popular, not only for medical reasons, but simply because a woman has only so many cycles in her life when she can successfully produce eggs – after the age of 35, fertility rates drop, even … Continue reading

  

This Week in Health News: Revelations about the Quality of Mental Health Care for Young People and a Breakthrough in Cancer Treatment

12Apr

Children and teenagers are being let down by the medical establishment, two new reports argue

Two stories that have dominated the health news over the last few days share a common theme: that young people with mental health problems are being let down by the medical establishment in the UK. An edition of the BBC’s … Continue reading

  

Polarized Sunglasses – Why You Need a Pair This Summer

11Apr

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  You might have heard the phrase “polarized lenses” before, but you may not know exactly what they do, the advantages they have over more traditional types of sunglasses, and what they can do to improve your eye health and … Continue reading

  

This Week in Health News: More Strikes, The Oldest Ever Mother of Triplets, and Singing’s Effect on Cancer

6Apr

Evidence suggests that singing in a choir may - for some at least - help to reduce stress and have a number of positive health benefits

Today (Wednesday 6th April), junior doctors in England began their fourth strike over the new contracts that are to be ‘imposed’ on them by the government. The walkout began at 08:00am and will last for 48 hours. With these latest … Continue reading

  

What is it like to wake up in a Psychiatric Hospital?

30Mar

I wake up from a long deep slumber, I’ve been sleeping in a large comfortable double bed. I’m not at home because my room is only home to a childlike single. The room I’m in is similar to a medium … Continue reading

  

Preventing Cystitis

29Mar

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Recurrent Cystitis – Another bout of Cystitis? You are not alone. Cystitis and urinary tract infections, often referred to as UTIs, are reported as the most common types of bacterial infection in outpatient medicine- causing between 1 – 3% of … Continue reading

  

Transgender Health

22Mar

Recent reports have suggested that health care for transgender people in the UK is lacking

Like a huge and unwieldy behemoth, the NHS is finally trying to get its act together and negotiate its way around the plight of transgender patients. However, services are already stretched to the limit, with waiting lists getting longer and … Continue reading

  

Treloar Talks

18Mar

Some of the speakers at March's Treloar Talks event

At talkhealth, we believe strongly in the importance of talking about health issues. Last week, then, we were delighted to attend the inaugural Treloar Talks event – an evening of fascinating presentations from an eclectic group of speakers in support … Continue reading

  

How will the 2016 Budget affect your health?

16Mar

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Today, George Osborne delivered his 8th budget as Chancellor. Tell us what you think of the 2016 budget. Do you think the Chancellor went far enough with his health initiatives? The key health-based initiatives announced are: A new Sugar Tax. … Continue reading

  

How To Prevent Leaks When Suffering With Incontinence

15Mar

For those of you who suffer with incontinence, you are probably in need of some tips to prevent any embarrassing situations arising. Even though incontinence can’t be completely avoided, you can alleviate the symptoms through lifestyle changes. 1. Exercising One … Continue reading

  

Prevention of Pressure Sores on Elderly Patients Living in Care Homes

15Mar

Pressure sores are a common and substantial concern for elderly patients living in care homes, with over 700,000 people affected every year. For the NHS, they are the single most costly chronic wound, and most often occur in patients over … Continue reading

  

Zika virus – so now we have Guillain Barre syndrome to contend with too!

7Mar

The Zika virus represents a serious health crisis

Newspaper articles over the last couple of days, have been highlighting the observed increase in the numbers of patients with Guillain Barre syndrome (GBS) seen in some Latin American countries over the last few weeks and in particular, Brazil. Zika … Continue reading

  

Everything You Need to Know About Physician Incentive Plans

3Mar

Physician Incentive Plans

  In healthcare, there are a wide number of options that offer monetary incentives to healthcare providers. These are known as Physician Incentives Plans, or PIP for short. There are currently around 40 different PIP available across the United States, … Continue reading

  

Diabetes! It’s time to get serious

3Mar

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In the last decade the number of people living with type 2 diabetes has increased by a staggering 60% Shockingly around 2.6 million people in Britain suffer from Type 2 Diabetes. A third of people who have this disease don’t … Continue reading

  

Early Symptoms of HIV

29Feb

HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is responsible for causing AIDS (Auto-Immune Deficiency Syndrome). If you have contracted HIV infection, finding its early symptoms can help you slow the progression of disease down, while manage to control the disease efficiently. Acute Retroviral … Continue reading

  

This Week in Health News: A Radical New Cancer Treatment and More

25Feb

Researchers are developing a radical new method of cancer treatment

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

  

Processed Foods: What’s OK, What to Avoid

19Feb

Health experts are warning of an imminent obesity epidemic

There’s a lot of talk about food in the media. Health experts are warning us of an imminent obesity epidemic, with numbers of Type 2 diabetes increasing rapidly. Food-related illnesses are beginning to put real pressure on the NHS. One of … Continue reading

  

5 Facts about Diabetes

18Feb

People living with diabetes are at higher risk for health issues affecting their feet

1. Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90% of all diabetes cases globally Type 2 Diabetes is by far the most common type of diabetes and is becoming increasingly prevalent. Also known as hyperglycaemia, it is caused by excessively high blood … Continue reading

  

Why You Need Your Travel Insurance in Europe This Year

17Feb

If you’re going on holiday you would never forget to pack your passport, EHIC card, or tickets so there is no reason to forget travel insurance. Delays In the world of public transport and travelling there will always be delays, … Continue reading

  

Seven Benefits of Technology in the Healthcare Industry

17Feb

There is no doubt that healthcare is one of the main industries which has been significantly impacted by advancements and developments in technology, science and IT. From advanced medical research made possible by technology to the opportunity for patients to … Continue reading

  

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

16Feb

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

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

  

Is there no safe way to get a suntan?

11Feb

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

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

  

PM Awards 2016 – 30 years of pharmaceutical marketing excellence

8Feb

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Last week I had the pleasure of attending the PM Awards (Pharmaceutical Marketing Awards) at the Grosvenor Hotel in London. The PM Awards is in its 30th year and to help with the celebrations, the accompanying music was some of … Continue reading

  

Meningitis Now: 30 Years of Achievement

8Feb

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

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

  

Actions You Can Take to Keep Your Health-Related Resolutions

3Feb

Every year it’s the same: “This year I’m going to work out every day!” “This year I’m going to only eat healthy food!” “This year I’m going to be healthier than I have ever been!” And on and on. We … Continue reading

  

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

2Feb

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

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

  

5 Best Apps to Keep Your Kids Healthy and Happy

2Feb

With all the buzz about the changes that technologies and Internet have brought to our lives, there are plenty of different ideas, myths and truths that everyone wants to prove or break. But the fact remains as it is – … Continue reading

  

Cleanmarine for Women

28Jan

Cleanmarine Krill Oil for Women

Most women experience uncomfortable symptoms associated with their menstrual cycle, such as mood changes, physical discomfort, and cravings. Many of these symptoms may be alleviated by taking a natural supplement containing Krill Oil. An independent study has shown that Cleanmarine® … Continue reading

  

Parenting Stress: Aren’t You Fed Up?

27Jan

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Being a parent is a terrible full-time job. And if you meet people who say it isn’t – believe me, they are either on meds, or still pregnant and have never been ‘in the field’ for real-life parenting. Of course, … Continue reading

  

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

27Jan

The NHS could be set to undergo yet more reforms

Welcome to our second weekly round-up of health news! Last week, we talked about the ongoing dispute about junior doctors’ contract renegotiations and the strikes that had broken out the week before, as well as the proposed ‘sugar tax’ in … Continue reading

  

Should mental health be taught in primary schools?

22Jan

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Far from being a problem exclusively suffered by adults, mental health issues affect children too. According to the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health around one in ten youngsters suffer from mental health problems, with 75% of these not … Continue reading

  

R.I.P. David Bowie – and what do we know about liver cancer?

13Jan

David Bowie died this week of liver cancer.

The world experienced a palpable and seismic tremor of sadness at the death of David Bowie this week, who had fought an 18 month battle with cancer. As further details emerge it seems that the underlying diagnosis was of liver … Continue reading

  

Meet Speedo Mick … charity fundraiser extraordinaire

12Jan

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Amongst other things I’m a Wycombe Wanderers football fan. A league 2 club with no money but fans who totally believe in and support the manager and the squad week in and week out. And this weekend just gone was … Continue reading

  

All You Need to Know About High Cholesterol

11Jan

High cholesterol is a disease that plagues worldwide (WHO, 2015). Every now and then, a new patient is diagnosed with high cholesterol, and asked to make major changes in life if he wants to live longer. Cholesterol: The Basics Cholesterol … Continue reading

  

Real Pelvic Floor Exercise Advice for Women (and Men)

11Jan

The pelvic floor muscles are important for controlling and preventing accidental leakage of urine. Incontinence affects both sexes but is thought to be more prevalent in women due to the nature and location of the pelvic floor muscle. As we … Continue reading

  

Control Your High Blood Pressure

8Jan

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          Every now and then, at least one person is declared a patient of hypertension or high blood pressure. Hypertension is a disease when the blood pressure of a person elevates as compared to average. All … Continue reading

  

Depression and Pain: Are They Really Linked?

5Jan

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It is estimated that 1 in 4 of us will experience some kind of mental health problem during our lives, with depression being the most commonly diagnosed mental disorder in the United Kingdom. Mentally and physically draining, depression can seriously … Continue reading

  

Sugar Consumption

21Dec

Our Love Affair With Sugar: Sweet Treat or Public Enemy Number One? Sugar is getting a lot of negative press of late. Books like David Gillespie’s “Sweet Poison” and Dr. Robert Lustig and John Yudkin’s “Pure, White, and Deadly” have … Continue reading

  

Medical conditions related to restless legs

14Dec

Many of us have experienced itchy feet in a figurative sense, prompting us to up-sticks and travel, but around 1 in 10 people literally suffer with this and other symptoms of restless leg syndrome (RLS). This disorder can significantly impair … Continue reading

  

The Most Important Lifestyle Choices for Perfect Oral Health

10Dec

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Oral health is just as important as your normal health and we should be making as much effort to keep our mouth healthy as the rest of our body. Poor oral health and oral hygiene can lead to a wide … Continue reading

  

Does the ‘Season of goodwill’ truly apply to all?

9Dec

Christians and atheists alike are all looking forward to Christmas. We are lucky to live in a multicultural and diverse-religion society and although not all religions celebrate Christmas, the air of  festivity is felt throughout the land. As a nation … Continue reading

  

Your Immune System – The First Line of Defence against Infections

8Dec

Growing problems of immunity to antibiotics

On 6th December 2015, there was some disturbing news in the Daily Mail.  The headline ran thus: “Superbug that beats antibiotics heading our way” Basically, superbugs have breached the last line of antibiotic defences for the first time.  A drug, Colistin, … Continue reading

  

talkhealth at the House of Commons

8Dec

William Frankland MBE and Dr Pamela Ewan

Last Wednesday (2 December), talkhealth spent the evening at the Houses of Commons, talking with experts and MPs about the state of allergy care in the UK. We were there for a reception organised by the National Allergy Strategy Group and … Continue reading

  

The Most Common Dental Problems and How to Avoid Them

8Dec

Young woman with perfect teeth and dental instruments

Oral health is one of the most common areas we have medical issues. Few of us haven’t had to have fillings and other dental treatments in our lives. Today we decided to look at a few of the most common … Continue reading

  

Get on top of your dental routine

2Dec

Blue toothbrush with toothpaste on white background

Few of us actually manage to maintain our oral health as well as we would like, or perhaps should. There’s always so much to do in our lives that we often miss the little details. A recent study found that … Continue reading

  

Does Father Christmas Have IBS?

2Dec

Santa: Eating a Plate of Cookies

It was six o’clock and I wanted to go home when the nurse came in and announced I had one more patient to see. I thought I’d seen the last one, I complained, my heart sinking. I’m sorry she said, … Continue reading

  

10 Tips for Keeping Your Gut Healthy This Christmas

1Dec

There are plenty of tasty temptations over Christmas...

It’s the silly season again! We will all be tempted to eat far too much, drink ourselves daft and collapse in front of the telly. And then there’s the relatives. They come bearing gifts we don’t want and stay for … Continue reading

  

Bah Humbug! Hope For Christmas Future?

1Dec

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The Christmas and New Year holiday break can be a pretty challenging time for the human body. Many independent factors come together and conspire to give our bodies a pretty good kicking and I am certainly no exception to this … Continue reading

  

3 Signs You May Have Anxiety Disorder

29Nov

I was about the age of 25 when I was diagnosed with having anxiety attacks. Anxiety attacks are also known as panic attacks. There are several symptoms of suffering from anxiety disorder. However the symptoms varies from different people. I … Continue reading

  

Safety Before Style: Keeping Eyes Safe with Contact Lenses and Makeup

27Nov

Most contact lens wearers aren’t aware of some of the potential hazards that make-up and hair products pose for their contact lenses and ultimately, their eyes. Wearing colored contact lenses can help people achieve the look they want as well … Continue reading

  

Dental Care Myths You Need To Bust Right Now

27Nov

Back from when we first learnt how to brush our teeth, we were always told what to do and what to avoid so that maximum oral hygiene could be maintained. These dental and oral health tips given to us by … Continue reading

  

The Health Benefits of Liquorice

24Nov

In the past, liquorice roots have always held great commercial value. Besides this, their status of luxury meant that they were often offered as a gift to kings. Today, while maybe not treated as quite as luxurious a product as … Continue reading

  

Tips to ease ear infection pain in children

24Nov

Middle ear infections (acute otitis media) are one of the most common childhood illnesses. More than 80% of children will have at least one infection by their third birthday, and nearly 100% will have experienced an episode by age five. … Continue reading

  

#TakeaSEQondLook Twitter Chat

24Nov

#TakeaSEQondLook

You may have seen a video on Facebook over the last few days about people pledging to #TakeaSEQondLook – so far, it’s been viewed by around 11 million people. Or, if you’re on Twitter, you may have noticed people you … Continue reading

  

The Most Common Causes of Back Pain and How to Treat Them

23Nov

Back pain is something which thousands of people experience and live with, sometimes for years at a time. Back pain is something which can affect anyone: fitness fanatics, office workers, drivers, professional athletes or any number of individuals. It can … Continue reading

  

What to Do if Your Young Adult Has an Addiction to Marijuana

23Nov

Addiction to a substance can begin at any age, but more often than not it starts when a person is a teen or young adult. Marijuana is a common drug for teenagers to begin taking, and if you think that … Continue reading

  

How to Beat your Fear of the Dentist

23Nov

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Odontophobia is the fear of going to the dentist or receiving dental treatments. Anxiety towards the dentist is one of the most common fears in the UK. Roughly 20% of all adults in the UK suffer from some form of … Continue reading

  

Stress and Self Medicating: A Deadly Combination

17Nov

There is no denying the fact that stress can be very damaging to a person’s physical and mental well-being. Stress is common and isn’t necessarily a bad thing, however, when a person is unable to handle it effectively it can … Continue reading

  

Epaderm Winter Skin Twitter Chat

12Nov

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Yesterday (Wednesday 11 November), we collaborated with Mölnlycke Health Care, makers of Epaderm® emollient, to bring you a #talkskin Twitter Chat. This time, we wanted to give our members a chance to pick each other’s brains about dealing with skin … Continue reading

  

The Most Common Causes of Back Pain and How to Treat Them

12Nov

Back pain is something which thousands of people experience and live with, sometimes for years at a time. Back pain is something which can affect anyone: fitness fanatics, office workers, drivers, professional athletes or any number of individuals. It can … Continue reading

  

What To Expect If You Are Having An MRI

4Nov

Five years ago I barely even knew what an MRI was.  Since then, the word MRI has featured far more frequently than I would have liked within my family.  Due to serious health scares with three of my four children, … Continue reading

  

Chlamydia: “The Silent Infection’s” Symptoms in Men

4Nov

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that is notorious for its lack of symptoms – especially in women. The infection is caused by bacteria called chlamydia trachomatis, and in up to half of the cases of confirmed chlamydia, an … Continue reading

  

Medical Benefits of Botox

3Nov

In the medical world, Botox treatments are generally looked at for its benefits in anti-aging. Although Botox has proven to be useful in that field, studies have shown that the treatment can actually help in other areas. It has also … Continue reading

  

Laser Eye Surgery Breakthroughs on the Horizon

3Nov

Most people are aware of the different types of laser eye surgery out there for correcting vision, such as LASIK, but there are many different procedures for many different issues within the eye. Currently, the same researchers that helped advance … Continue reading

  

Sleep deprivation, and why it’s dangerous

2Nov

For some, sleep deprivation sounds like a problem that’s only experienced by people who have severe sleeping disorders. We all know that not getting enough sleep isn’t a good thing – but a lot of people don’t understand just how … Continue reading

  

ME is an invisible condition with very clear effects

27Oct

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ME, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis is also known as CFS or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome It is often asked if ME is a valid disease as there are no objective, definitive tests that prove you have it. However, it is generally now accepted … Continue reading

  

IBS? Really?

27Oct

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As a dietitian specialising in Irritable Bowel Syndrome I usually begin my consultations by discussing how the patient feels about their diagnosis. Many of my patients instead of being reassured by their diagnosis find it very hard to accept that … Continue reading

  

The Danger Of Buying DIY Tattoo Kits Online

27Oct

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Hi my name is Maria Patricia and I own a laser clinic where one of the predominant treatments is tattoo removal. Over the years I have noticed alarming numbers of my clients that have had tattoos done when they were … Continue reading

  

8.5 Ways to Keep Your Bones Healthy

23Oct

Bones are complex organs and rather than being static as most people think, are in constant dynamic change, adapting and adjusting to all the knocks and traumas and changes in lifestyle that we throw at them on a daily basis. … Continue reading

  

Back to the Future – 21 October 1985

21Oct

What's the future of health?

Today, as many of you will know, is Back to the Future day. The day Marty McFly and Doc Brown travelled forward in time on 21 October 2015 in the film Back to the Future. This iconic film is being discussed on … Continue reading

  

But Who Will Heal The Healers?

19Oct

What went wrong? When I was at school in the 70s the ultimate vocations were considered to be law and medicine. Law for the ‘arts’ students and medicine for the ‘scientists’ and if you were clever and worked really hard … Continue reading

  

Recap of “DNA Blood tests”: An NPR story

15Oct

In January 2015, National Public Radio (NPR) released a story featuring the new options non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) brings to women in the U.S. The feature, presented by Nell Greenfieldboyce, examines the impact of NIPT on the way previous genetic … Continue reading

  

IBS is no fun for anybody

13Oct

As a practicing Consultant Gastroenterologist, by far the commonest condition that I see in my out-patient clinics, is IBS The patients are usually are at their wit’s end by the time they get to see me, having harassed their GPs … Continue reading

  

The Health Benefits of Cycling in Old Age

13Oct

Happy senior couple cycling in the park. Healthy lifestyle.

All kinds or reports show that staying active in old age is important, so a lot more people are looking for ways to take more exercise as they age. They are doing this in lots of different ways. Walking and … Continue reading

  

What does ‘abnormal’ white cell count mean?

8Oct

This is something your GP may talk to you about after reviewing your blood tests. It sounds very scary but the vast majority of times there is usually a very simple and non-worrying reason. White cells are blood cells that … Continue reading

  

Your Recovery Toolbox: How to Adopt Physical Exercise While Beating Your Addiction

8Oct

Fighting an addiction of any kind may be one of the most difficult things you will ever do in your life. Relapse rates are notoriously high among recovering addicts – as many as 60% will relapse at some point, and … Continue reading

  

What’s on your mind?

5Oct

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Are you aware that Monday 12 October marks the opening of the talkhealth online clinic on Mental Health? Good mental health means feeling good about life and feeling good about yourself. There have been recent articles in the press about … 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

  

Type 2 Diabetes doesn’t discriminate for Age

2Oct

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The news of an obese 3 year old from Texas being the youngest patient ever with type 2 diabetes is shocking indeed. She reached the weight of 5 ½ stone and developed symptoms of extreme thirst and excess urination after … Continue reading

  

Can e-cigarettes and liquids help smokers quit sooner?

1Oct

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So you want to quit smoking. Whereas you may have tried in the past – using nicotine patches, gum, or inhalers – and view e-cigarettes as nothing more than another fad that’s going to leave you turning back to your … Continue reading

  

Understanding In Vitro Fertilisation: A Mom’s Guide to IVF Procedures

30Sep

Many couples who are struggling with fertility consider In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) to be one of the most promising options available, which is not surprising considering the procedure’s relatively high success rates. IVF can bypass and circumvent most causes of … Continue reading

  

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