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NEW HUB: talkscars has officially launched

23Sep

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At talkhealth, we are are very excited to announce that our newest hub is now officially live. talkscars (and wound care), our newest health hub, will bring together articles, blogs and news on the latest developments and research in the … 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

  

3 Things You Need to Know About Finding Home Care for Your Parents

19Sep

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As children, we want nothing but the best for our parents. Sometimes, that means letting them live at home instead of an assisted care facility. Your parents will have a better time spending their days with the family – including … Continue reading

  

Refusal to treat obese patients and smokers: should this plan be put on hold?

13Sep

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In April of this year, the Vale of York clinical commissioning group (CCG) voiced their plans to make people wait for up to a year for treatment for non-life-threatening conditions such as hip and knee replacements if their body mass … 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

  

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

  

Rosacea – A Day in the Life of

5Aug

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Sarah Jagger, Celebrity makeup artist and rosacea sufferer, recently embarked on a venture which aimed to shed new light on the struggles those with rosacea will experience day to day. As a part of Galderma’s ‘Experience my Rosacea’ campaign, Sarah … Continue reading

  

This Week in Health: The Power of Pokémon

14Jul

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The resurgence of Pokémon has taken the world by storm in the past week, and you would be hard pressed trying to find someone who had no knowledge of it. The Pokémon Go app has in its first few days … 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

  

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

  

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

  

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

  

Arthritis Awareness Month

24May

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During the month of May, people around the country have been doing their part to raise awareness and sharing their experiences for National Arthritis month.   Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the two most common forms of arthritis in the … Continue reading

  

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

17May

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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

  

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

  

5 Ways Travel Can Be Good For Your Health

7May

We all know that travel is good for the soul. But what impact can travel have on your health?   1) Boost Your Mood People report feeling happier when they go on holiday more often. That’s probably fairly obvious. Not … 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

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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

  

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

  

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

  

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

  

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

  

5 Facts about Diabetes

18Feb

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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

  

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

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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

  

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

  

Effective Treatment of Genital Herpes

8Jan

Genital herpes is one of the most common yet silent sexually transmitted diseases (Gerbase, et al., 1998). With effective treatment, the disease can be nipped in the bud before it spreads in the body and becomes serious. Genital Herpes Genital … 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

  

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

  

HIV is not AIDS

19Nov

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Charlie Sheen’s very recent and very public admission that he is carrying the HIV virus has hit all the headlines. Of course although a very private thing for him he felt he had to ‘come out’ to put an end … 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

  

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

  

Breast reduction surgery in men. Is it necessary?

15Oct

‘Man boobs’ (gynaecomastia) have always threatened the masculinity and machismo of men of all ages but a recent article in The Independent has suggested that breast reduction surgery in young adolescents has surged in the US in the last few … Continue reading

  

‘The clap’ hits the 21st century

6Oct

Gonorrhoea, that most ancient of sexually transmitted diseases is back in the news again! First described as ‘the clap’ in the 16th century and possibly even referred to as ‘zav’ or ‘zavah’ in biblical times, the gonococcus (N. gonorrhoeaea)  has … Continue reading

  

Pain Management and TCM

1Oct

  As a traditionally trained Acupuncturist I regularly get people coming to me for the treatment of pain; often as a last resort but also as part of a holistic pain management strategy working in partnership with other health professionals … Continue reading

  

The Benefits of Using a Shaving Brush

24Sep

For men, shaving is somewhat of a ritualistic practice, generally passed down from father to son, and is an important part of any man’s personal care routine. In past times shaving was more of a procedure involving a complete kit … Continue reading

  

#ZeroWasteWeek – Waste Less, Live Better

10Sep

  It’s Zero Waste Week, that one week a year where we’re encouraged to help the environment by producing less waste. But, if truth be told, every week should be Zero Waste Week.   In the UK, we produce millions … Continue reading

  

13 symptoms never to ignore

7Sep

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A large number of people have a habit of ignoring potentially serious symptoms. This may have dire consequences for the individuals concerned as delays in diagnosing cancer can lead to disastrous outcomes in terms of treatment and potential cure. There … Continue reading

  

Burning, Burping, Coughing. Acid reflux sucks.

1Sep

Some of us can eat what we like. Tangy oranges, a glass of wine, raw onion on a crunchy salad, baked beans, a pint of cider, fresh tomatoes, one too many beers followed by a hot and spicy curry……. Some … Continue reading

  

5 High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) Sessions

24Jul

Because of the incredible benefits it offers your body, HIIT is fast becoming an incredibly popular fat loss workout plan in the fitness industry. HIIT enables you to burn a ton of calories, lose more fat and enhances an individual’s … Continue reading

  

Living the dream

7Jul

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This week we are running our online clinic on bladder, bowel and digestive health. I have had a stressful week, moving house, downsizing here in the UK and hoping soon to semi-retire and move to France. It made me think of … Continue reading

  

What Does Healthy Really Mean Anyway?!

2Jul

“Healthy”. That word is everywhere. But what is and isn’t “healthy” seems to change from one day to the next. You know what I mean… Once upon a time, fat was the enemy, low-fat was the way forward and half … Continue reading

  

Don’t Let ED Ruin your Relationship

22Jun

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Erectile dysfunction can cut right to the core of a couple’s relationship, whether you have been together for years or are just getting into the swing of things. When a man cannot perform in the bedroom it can have devastating, … Continue reading

  

This week @ talkhealth

19Jun

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It’s been another very busy week at talkhealth, as always! We are delighted to have an Intern, April, who will be joining us on Monday. She will be primarily helping with our social media campaigns as well as various projects … Continue reading

  

Is Binge Drinking Really That Bad?

20May

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What the UK Government defines as binge drinking might come as a shock to some. Binge drinking is defined as the intake of twice the recommended daily alcohol limit. For men that means eight units, the equivalent of four pints … Continue reading

  

Blog Highlights: Marathons, Recipes, Sexual Health and more

15May

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talkhealth bloggers come from all walks of life and all have a story to tell. From healthy eating and weight loss to dealing with disability and illness, there’s support for everyone at talkhealth. We’ve already had some great content this … Continue reading

  

New Safety App for National Epilepsy Week Stay Smart campaign

15May

SUDEP Action has launched its Stay Smart campaign for National Epilepsy Week encouraging people with epilepsy to register for a new Safety App. The technology, EpSMon, is designed to help people with epilepsy assess their risks in between visits with … Continue reading

  

Age Related Hearing Loss – Causes and Treatment

30Apr

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According to The charity ‘Action On Hearing Loss’, a one in seven UK resident suffers from some kind of hearing loss. There are many reasons for loss of hearing, some are directly linked with medial conditions such as infections, some … Continue reading

  

TAPER? I’M STILL TRAINING!!! AND BEING SUPPORTED BY STEPHEN FRY!

31Mar

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Oh my!  The Virgin Money London Marathon really is getting close!  Sunday 26th April to be precise, or even more precise: 3 long runs, 8 effort runs, 9 recovery runs (or parkruns), 6 rest days, 2x Pilates sessions, 4x swims … Continue reading

  

Is your bed giving you a good night’s sleep?

26Mar

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Sleep is an important part of our overall health and well-being. Without enough sleep we can be grumpy and irritable, find it hard to concentrate during the day, and will often suffer with other health issues such as headaches, back … Continue reading

  

5 Ways To Get Happy This Spring

20Mar

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  Today is both International Day of Happiness and the first day of spring!   There is so much to smile about now spring is finally here and studies show that happier people live longer and enjoy better overall health. … Continue reading

  

The Invisibility Cloak

19Feb

I didn’t gain weight accidentally.  I didnt gain weight because I simply couldn’t resist the chocolate or couln’t be bothered to exercise. I didn’t gain weight by having my four children. It didn’t creep up on me.  I gained weight … Continue reading

  

Running to beat blood cancers

4Feb

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My journey into marathons and ultra-marathons to challenge myself and raise funds for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research I’m a 53 year old Dad with two daughters at UNI, kart racer and a management consultant working long, pretty stressful hours from … Continue reading

  

Recent talkhealth Survey Results

3Feb

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To coincide with our Online Clinics we ran a survey in November on Erectile Dysfunction, in December on Drink Awareness and in January on Weight Management.  A brief summary of the results are below with links to the full findings. … Continue reading

  

10 Breakfast Ideas for National Breakfast Week

26Jan

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It’s National Breakfast Week! If you usually skip breakfast or have the same old thing every morning, this is the week to shake things up and start each day with something healthy and delicious! Breakfast is the most important meal … Continue reading

  

The FEELS

30Dec

When I started writing about my weight loss journey I imagined myself sitting at my laptop being witty and wise and hopefully inspirational. Whats happened is Ive opened a can of worms where my feelings about my metamorphasis have bubbled … Continue reading

  

Brussel Sprouts with Cranberries, Chestnuts, Garlic and Thyme

23Dec

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Wait! Woah! What are you doing with that sprout!? I hope you’re not planning on boiling it! Boiling sprouts, in my opinion, should be considered a criminal offence. They’re always over-boiled, so no wonder they have such a bad reputation. … Continue reading

  

5 Ways to Naturally Boost Your Immune System This Winter

25Nov

Winter is fast approaching and with the colder temperatures and the darker nights comes the seemingly inevitable coughs and sniffles! But there are a number of ways to boost your immune system and give yourself the best chance of fighting … Continue reading

  

How “Seconds Matter” to someone living with arthritis

17Nov

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With more than 100 forms of arthritis and musculoskeletal diseases, the cost to the UK for musculoskeletal conditions is over £5billion annually. With Arthritis being a disease that affects more than 10 million people of all ages across the UK, … Continue reading

  

Public Health England: Enhanced Ebola screening process

15Oct

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Public Health England (PHE) is helping to roll out enhanced screening for Ebola starting at Heathrow, then Gatwick and St Pancras (Eurostar), in passengers that Border Force officers identify as having travelled from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. Passengers will … Continue reading

  

How to join the 10% of Brits who think they’re good sleepers

18Sep

At the end of each day, we Brits love nothing more than to sink into our mattresses and enjoy a good night’s sleep. Unfortunately, this is only a reality for a relatively small amount of the population with following research … Continue reading

  

Skin cancer hospital admissions soar by 41% in just five years

2Sep

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The number of hospital admissions for skin cancer treatment in England has increased by 41 per cent in the space of just five years, according to a study being presented this week at the World Congress on Cancers of the … Continue reading

  

Cervical Awareness survey results

13Aug

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In March 2014 for Ovarian Cancer Awareness month we ran an online clinic on gynaecology with NHS Choices, Multi-gyn, Promensil Menopause, Sylk Intimate Moisturiser, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Eve’s Appeal. To find out more about our talkhealth members views, we also … Continue reading

  

Bladder, bowel and digestive health clinic 2014

28Jul

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Did you manage to visit our online clinic on bladder, bowel and digestive health? If you missed it or would like to read through the questions and answers you can see all the content here. We would like to thank … Continue reading

  

New clinical trial in bowel cancer

21Jul

Cancer Research UK scientists have discovered how two genes – called MEK and MET – cause bowel cancer cells to become resistant to treatments used against the disease, according to research in the journal Cell Reports*. “Our discoveries in this … Continue reading

  

Sun safety at Wimbledon

30Jun

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The sun is shining once again over Wimbledon and St John Ambulance is encouraging spectators to stay safe in the sun by being aware of a few simple steps. The high temperatures are already keeping the 43 volunteer first aiders, … Continue reading

  

Challenge eHealth Innovation Awards

27Jun

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talkhealth are proud to be supporting the Challenge ‘eHealth innovation Awards’. Please see details below. Expressions of interest are now open for the ‘Challenge eHealth Innovation Awards’.  The event sponsored by the Welsh Government offers SMEs, clinicians, healthcare workers, patients, … Continue reading

  

Does sunlight help protect against skin cancer?

22May

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Moderate sunbathing outdoors or on a sunbed can be good preparation for a summer holiday. Sunburn and recreational exposure to the sun, e. g. during a summer holiday, encourage skin cancer, particularly in fair-skinned people. At the same time, the … Continue reading

  

Need to lose weight ASAP!

20May

I’ve just had a Facebook message asking me for help, looking for a gym, as they “need to lose weight ASAP” Here is my response: “Here’s some free advice that most people pay for, so I’ll keep it simple and … Continue reading

  

NHS CHOICES ONLINE EPILEPSY CLINIC NOW OPEN

19May

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  Our first ever NHS Choices clinic is NOW OPEN FOR QUESTIONS! We’ve teamed up with NHS Choices, Epilepsy Society, Epilepsy Action, Medic Alert UK and SUDEP during National Epilepsy Week to hold an online Q&A session. Our fantastic panel … Continue reading

  

Anti-Ageing Show 2014 – we find out some great hints & tips!

13May

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talkhealth visited Olympia this weekend to see some exciting products and services available to help with the signs of anti-ageing.  And as you can imagine it was all in the interest of ‘science/talkhealth‘… and clearly not for us personally!….  In … Continue reading

  

Exam Pressure – Helping Out the Kids!

8May

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Kids at the age of seven appear to be doing their exams at the moment. It appears that they are being put under lots of pressure. Parents are reporting to me that their kids are experiencing tantrums, sleepless nights, crying…in … Continue reading

  

Want to know the latest news on talkhealth? Here’s what we’ve got coming up in May…

2May

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National Epilepsy Week National Epilepsy week for 2014 is running from 18th – 24th May – and talkhealth will be doing everything we can to help raise awareness during this time. We are very excited to be running the FIRST EVER … Continue reading

  

Cutting-Edge Drugs To Be Fast-Tracked To Patients

28Mar

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State-of-the-art medicines will be fast-tracked to patients thanks to the Early Access to Medicines Scheme. The scheme will make the UK one of the best countries in the world to capitalise on breakthroughs in medical care. The Government is determined … Continue reading

  

NHS Charges From April 2014

21Mar

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NHS prescription charge in England will increase by 20 pence from £7.85 to £8.05 for each quantity of a drug or appliance from 1 April 2014. It is also intended that the single charge will increase by 20 pence to … Continue reading

  

Nutrition & Hydration Week 17-23 March

19Mar

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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

  

Dangerous misconceptions about skin cancer revealed by new research

19Mar

Over half (53 per cent[1]) of people within the UK worry less about skin cancer than other cancers, with nearly one in five (18 per cent) misguidedly thinking it’s easily avoidable, according to new research. Furthermore, 38 per cent of … Continue reading

  

Bowel Cancer UK launches new diet information pack for people in recovery from bowel cancer

10Mar

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Bowel Cancer UK has produced a new information pack called ‘Your Diet: Living with and beyond bowel cancer’ which will inform and give tips to people recovering from bowel cancer. Every year, over 40,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer … Continue reading

  

Halfway Through Couch to 5K

3Mar

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This week sees the start of Week 6 of the Couch to 5K course I am running for Sherfield Park Runners. Of those who started the course initially we have 17 stalwarts who are working really hard and are dedicated … Continue reading

  

Thyroid Eye Disease Meeting – Newcastle upon Tyne – Friday 16 / Saturday 17 May 2014

18Feb

A unique event bringing together leading European and British experts on Thyroid Eye Disease (TED) will be an opportunity for patients with TED, their families and carers, members of the public and pupils to meet European and UK experts to … Continue reading

  

True or false? Unhealthy habits that are actually healthy

12Feb

In February it’s tempting to dump your healthy resolutions and sneak a cheeky cigarette or a glass of wine. Research suggests that nearly 50% of us make New Year’s resolutions but only 8 per cent go on to keep them … Continue reading

  

Week 2 – Couch to 5k

6Feb

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Last night we held the second session of our Sherfield Park Runners Couch to 5k course (or C25K for short). But before I give you an update on how last night went, I need to tell you about the hard … Continue reading

  

Week 1 – Couch to 5k

30Jan

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Last night, on behalf of Sherfield Park Runners, I ran the first ever session of our beginners’ running course – Couch to 5k. Over the next 9 weeks I will be taking people who have never run before through a … Continue reading

  

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) link with cancer

23Jan

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a blood clot in the deep veins of the legs, is always going to be a matter of concern. Worryingly however, recent NICE guidelines have highlighted an additional concern for those found to be suffering from … Continue reading

  

Running – Couch to 5k

20Jan

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It’s been quite a while since my last blog post but I’ve lots to say about my running and the running club I co-founded in April last year – Sherfield Park Runners! In October, I completed my third ever half … Continue reading

  

JANUARY WEIGHT MANAGEMENT CLINIC IS NOW OPEN!

17Jan

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January has seen the return of our ever popular NHS Choices Weight Management Clinic in partnership with The Healthy Portion Plate, B-eat, MGEDT and HOOP. Has Christmas left you feeling like you may have over-indulged? Are you generally an emotional … Continue reading

  

Sticking To New Year’s Resolutions Does Not Depend On Will Power

17Jan

Do you stick to your New Year's Resolutions?

Those struggling to stick to their New Year’s resolution might take comfort in scientists’ assertion that will power has very little to do with a person’s character. Professor Nick Chater revealed that the environment is a far bigger factor in … Continue reading

  

Want To Run A Marathon? Tips To Help…

13Jan

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 So, you’ve signed up for the London Marathon? Here are some generalised training tips and knowledge to help. OK, not the London Marathon, but I do like this shot of me and the huskies on the Brecon Beacons! A marathon … Continue reading

  

Losing Weight and Keeping It Off

1Jan

Out With The old   Today is New Year’s Day, and my Facebook feeds are filled with people selling products and solutions for weight loss. Without exception these are based on the ‘calorie deficit model’ – or dieting. Unfortunately this … Continue reading

  

A sticky end for Varicose Veins

19Dec

Treatments for varicose veins have changed beyond recognition over the last ten years. Up until 1998, the only real option for the treatment of varicose veins and associated conditions (such as venous leg ulcers) was the infamous tying and stripping … Continue reading

  

Do you know what you are giving your partner for Christmas this year?

13Dec

Everyone likes to get into the festive spirit at Christmas but our friends over at The STI Clinic have put together this video called “Christmas Surprises” to remind us it’s not always all fun and games. Have a watch and … Continue reading

  

Choose Life

10Dec

Someone asked me the other day whether cancer was ultimately a positive, transformative experience. Gosh, what a question! Thinking positively about cancer didn’t come easily to me at all, and I can’t imagine it comes easily to anyone. I experienced … Continue reading

  

How can managers support working carers who look after someone with cancer?

10Dec

Peter’s manager had been trying to get hold of me urgently. I left a routine meeting I had been chairing to call him back. One of the longer term members of his team had recently become a dad (for the … Continue reading

  

The Hidden Impact of Cancer – Dealing with the Psychological Impact of a Cancer Diagnosis

10Dec

  A few days ago I took part in two events concerning cancer and mental health. You might well ask – what has that got to do with cancer and returning to work?  My response to that is that it … Continue reading

  

Vitamin C Supplements – Should We?

29Nov

I am not a fan of supplements. Instead I prefer to promote having a healthy balanced nutrition from whole food sources. Some people may benefit from food supplementation under medical supervision if they have a medical condition that requires it. … Continue reading

  

Moderate coffee consumption may reduce risk of type 2 diabetes by 25%

18Nov

The Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee highlights the latest research on coffee consumption in the prevention of type 2 diabetes Regular, moderate coffee consumption may decrease an individual’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to research highlighted in … Continue reading

  

talkhealth update!

14Nov

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Today is the first of a new series of blogs about the latest news @talkhealth! As it is Movember this month we have all been talking  about men’s health! We’ve successfully launched talkmenshealth and have opened this month’s star attraction, the Men’s Health Clinic!  There … Continue reading

  

Online Clinic on Men’s Health now OPEN

13Nov

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Our Online Clinic on Men’s health is now open, this is your chance to ask our experts about any health concerns or queries you may have.  We know that men in particular are not that good at going to the … Continue reading

  

Prostate health – why are so many men still in the dark?

7Nov

This month marks the start of Movember, a global movement that seeks to raise awareness of men’s wellbeing, in particular testicular and prostate health.   Many men – in particular young men – don’t pay as much attention to looking … Continue reading

  

Depression and how to spot the signs

4Nov

Jon Rees

Depression is incredibly common and we all know someone (or several people) who has suffered from this problem, even if they have never shared this with us. As a GP, I see patients every day of my working week suffering … Continue reading

  

Dr Google visited by almost half the nation online

28Oct

BHF launch film series to help ease patient fears about common heart tests and treatments The British Heart Foundation (BHF) has launched a series of online videos and DVDs to help ease patients’ fears and anxieties about common heart tests … Continue reading

  

How do we get men to be more open about cancer

1Oct

Silence isn't always golden

One major issue that has been raised with us a number of times is how to get men to be more open about health issues and cancer specifically so that HR professionals and line managers can provide them with the … Continue reading

  

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

13Sep

I often find myself working with clients suffering from IBS, both in my Hypnotherapy and in my Personal Training capacities. Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or ‘IBS’, is a disorder involving a collection of symptoms that can include abdominal pain and cramping … Continue reading

  

Performance – it is all in the mind

5Aug

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As I crossed the first peak of the mountains my legs were like jelly. The wobble in my legs vibrated through my body. Then the cramps started. These were deep cramps right across my hamstrings and calves. I felt wasted, … Continue reading

  

Returning to work after cancer – what’s so important?

24Jul

Enabling cancer survivors  to return to work benefits the wider community

Returning to work after cancer – what’s so important? There are at present over 2 million people in the UK living with cancer and Macmillan Cancer Support estimates that by 2030 there will be 4 million. But the story of … Continue reading

  

Hypnosis for surgery

23Jul

I’ve received some lovely feedack following my last post. One of the messages was from a good friend of mine, Greg, recently had a bit of bad luck – his kidneys packed up. You know, as they do. No reason … Continue reading

  

Role of Emotions in Disease and Illness – An Introduction

8Jul

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An emotion is not a feeling, and a mood is something different too. Most people don’t understand the difference. An emotion can be thought of as just an ‘electro-chemical spark’ in the brain. Yet it is responsible for so much! … Continue reading

  

Pfizer’s UK patent expires – but what does this mean for the patient?

4Jul

Young Man in Boxer Shorts. Model Released

In recent weeks you will have no doubt heard or seen reports about changes to Viagra and Pfizer’s patent on the drug. Since 1998 Pfizer has owned the patent on Viagra, which means in has had exclusive rights to the … Continue reading

  

Two-fifths of Britons sunburn on purpose to get ‘deeper’ tan

24Jun

Two thirds of britons deliberately burn to try and get a deeper tan

Two-fifths of people (40%) say they burn their skin in the sun on purpose to ‘deepen’ a tan, according to new research by Macmillan Cancer Support1. This is despite the fact that getting a painful sunburn just once every two … Continue reading

  

Know your stuff – the importance of self examination for testicular cancer

18Jun

Dr Chowdhury explains about how to do a testicular self-examination

Testicular cancer is the most common cancer for men aged 15-49 in the UK[i], with cases having more than doubled in Britain since the mid-1970s[ii]. However, despite this for the vast majority of men – around 95% – testicular cancer is curable, and this rate … Continue reading

  

Good news and bad news re cancer issued today.

7Jun

      I’m sure you’ve heard the news today based on research by Macmillan  that by 2020 almost half of Britons will get cancer in their lifetime although 38% will not die from the disease. The growth in the … Continue reading

  

STI diagnoses hit 450,000 in England

5Jun

STIs on the increase in the under 25s

According to Public Health England, diagnoses of sexually transmitted infections have risen to almost half a million in England in the last year with the highest rates of STIs in young people under the age of 25. This represents a … Continue reading

  

Over due Update!

9May

Hi all it’s been a while since my last blog. It’s been a busy few weeks with fostering and we have enjoyed a trip to the lake district, a great place to get away and relax in balance with nature. … Continue reading

  

Quick facts about UV protection and your eyes

7May

Studies have shown that the effects of UV radiation are cumulative and may increase the chance of developing eye problems later in life

Many people know that exposure to the sun, especially at the height of summer, can damage their skin. But they don’t realise that extended exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays can also increase the risk of developing eye problems. CUMULATIVE DAMAGE: … Continue reading

  

Depression Awareness Week – 15- 21 April 2013

12Apr

Depression Awareness Week - 15th - 21st April 2013

15-21 April is Depression Awareness Week. Dr Richard Bowskill is a consultant psychiatrist and leading expert at the Priory Group. One of his clinical and research interests is in the field of Depression. Dr Bowskill said:  “Depression is a medical … Continue reading

  

Men’s 4 New Risk Factors For Osteoporosis

3Apr

I read in the news this morning that men will eventually become extinct – as if they don’t have enough to worry about with declining fertility and man boobs – now it seems they are also at risk from osteoporosis. … Continue reading

  

London takes its place among healthcare innovation elite cities of the world

13Mar

Downing Street

Jeremy Hunt launches London Centre of Innovation Excellence and new app library to help people live well. The UK’s worldwide reputation for innovation in healthcare will be sealed today as Jeremy Hunt launches London’s new centre of innovation excellence established … Continue reading

  

Reported cases of gonorrhoea up by 25%

27Feb

Gonorrhoea cases increase

According to the newspapers today, reported cases of gonorrhoea are soaring amid warnings that sexually transmitted diseases are becoming resistant to treatments. Diagnosed cases are up by a quarter to around 21,000 in 2011. As a result the Health Protection … Continue reading

  

Are we a nation of secret boozers?

27Feb

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According to the news today the UK is a nation of secret boozers. New figures show that around half of us lie about how much we drink. A team at the University College London ran a study into our drinking … Continue reading

  

Economic downturns, job losses and the ‘global crisis’ is now the right time to change your life?

13Feb

With all the bad news about the economy, many people are feeling scared about making any changes in their lives they feel it’s not the ‘right time’. But now could well be the perfect time! Jessica McGregor Johnson believes that … Continue reading

  

Walking Medicine

4Feb

In todays world of Deadlines, Emails, Bills and Crammed work Schedules its no surprise that people find it hard to find time for health and well-being. Many people dislike the idea of the busy gym as they may not know … Continue reading

  

How will you stick to your New Year’s Resolutions? Read some top tips to beat the odds

2Jan

Almost 1 in 10 (9%) New Year’s resolutions last at least 6 months but almost 4 in 10 (39%) will be over in 2 weeks. More than 4 in 10 (45%) say lack of willpower is to blame for why … Continue reading

  

Health 2012: a year in headlines

31Dec

Our health in 2012

In 2012 we’ve found that the standards of health reporting have – largely – improved. Where there have been health scares these have been sensibly and even-handedly reported, ‘wonder cures’ seem to have hit the headlines far less often than we’ve … Continue reading

  

Women more likely to be recognised with signs of depression than men

15Nov

Study by the University of Westminster reveals that gender stereotypes influence perceptions of depressed people Women are more likely to be identified as having symptoms of depression and mental health disorders than men, according to research by Dr Viren Swami … Continue reading

  

Online clinic on prostate disease NOW OPEN

9Nov

We are extremely excited that our NHS Choices online clinic on prostate disease, supported by the charity Movember and sponsored by ProstaBrit and TENA Men is now open for pre-clinic questions. Our medical experts will be on hand to answer … Continue reading

  

Movember and Sons London Launch

25Oct

On 17th October 2012, talkhealth attended the London launch of Movember 2012. During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in the UK and around the world. The aim of which … Continue reading

  

Music and mental health: my personal playlist

19Oct

It makes sense that a chirpy tune should lift your mood, doesn’t it? Well no, not necessarily. In my darkest moods on my darkest days of depression, an excessively cheerful song would have been about as uplifting as a bad … Continue reading

  

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

4Oct

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

  

Middlesex University psychology expert tips on dealing with Stoptober

28Sep

Stoptober

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

  

Viral Meningitis Warning As Footballer Taken Ill

5Jul

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

  

Fashions Change but Tattoos are Forever

3Jul

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

  

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

19Jun

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

  

Rise in sexually transmitted infections

31May

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

  

Encouraging results for men with enlarged prostate

21May

New research on improved sexual function for men with enlarged prostate Welcome news for men with an enlarged prostate (BPH) appears with the publication of new research on an effective way of treating both the BPH and the sexual dysfunction … Continue reading

  

Male depression: the importance of being honest

11May

“There are a lot of things that go on behind your eyes, in your head” – Five minutes into ITV’s recent Tonight programme about the stigma of male depression, came this poignant admission from rugby union player Duncan Bell, a … Continue reading

  

Lies, damned lies and statistics

9May

We are always seeking ‘proof’ to guide our decisions, particularly when it comes to medical matters but that might be a mistake according to a new report. The largest comprehensive analysis of Clinicaltrials.gov finds that clinical trials are falling short … Continue reading

  

Aqua Classes… Do they really work?

10Apr

The benefits of Aqua Exercise. Warm water pressure helps to block pain receptors, making it ideal for persons post surgery. (back, hip, knee, shoulder etc) Water works to keep you buoyant meaning the exercise is less weight bearing. This means there … Continue reading

  

Sugar – Poison, Drug or both?

13Mar

 What is all the Fuss about Sugar! Its just Sugar right? Our World is infested with Sugar in many forms, in Soft Drinks, over Pills, in Medications, Sweets, Syrups, Sauces the list goes on… Have you ever hit the pause … Continue reading

  

Top Australian sunscreen now available at Waitrose

9Mar

SunSense, the No 1 Australian sun protection brand, is now available at selected Waitrose stores and Ocado.  SunSense, which is also available at John Lewis stores and from Crawford Healthcare Ltd, provides high factor protection from the sun’s dangerous rays. … Continue reading

  

Take Away? or Take that Take Aways?

2Mar

Its Friday…. I have had 3 Text Messages from Takeaway Pizza Companies! 4 Flyers through the door from fast food companies At least 10 people say they are going for takeout today!! Thats 17 opportunities to justify a take away tonight … Continue reading

  

Prostate cancer drug too expensive

2Feb

Men with advanced prostate cancer are being denied the right to take a drug which could extend their life by more than 3 months. Although a final decision has yet to be made Abiraterone has been provisionally rejected for use … Continue reading

  

Alkaline – Stay Phit on the inside out.

18Jan

So we are now well into January 2012… Christmas, chocolates, fizzy drinks, cakes and desserts are no longer for many people as they head towards a new years promise of weight loss and being healthier. On the Subject of health … Continue reading

  

It’s all in the mind

4Jan

Since we launched our new talkweight forum and weight is in the forefront of my mind, we’ve been having some interesting discussions in the office about being overweight, obesity and will power. The TV also seems to be full of … Continue reading

  

As a nation are we in denial about our weight?

2Jan

I read, with interest, an article in the Mail Online today about the increasing size of our nation entitled One in four Britons are obese but most of them are in denial. The study was carried out by Slimming World … Continue reading

  

Thoughts are Things

14Dec

Everything starts with a thought or energy, if you will. What you eat drink or do starts with a thought. (your thoughts about food/drink are the first stage of digestion, this goes on to enrich or infect, your whole mind body and spirit) … Continue reading

  

23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?

13Dec

A Doctor-Professor answers the old question “What is the single best thing we can do for our health” in a completely new way. Dr Mike Evans explains …. Dr Evans is founder of the Health Design Lab at the Li … Continue reading

  

Over 40% of Cancers through Lifestyle Choices try something new Today

7Dec

Today the BBC reported on Cancer UKs latest news that over 40% of cancers are through neglect of positive lifestyle choices, Smoking, Alcohol, Lack of Exercise and lack of Nutrition. Making simple lifestyle choices using the opportunities that day to day life presents us with, as in my previous … Continue reading

  

Online clinic on prostate disease now closed

2Dec

Talkhealth and NHS Choices closed the clinic on prostate disease last night. The clinic, sponsored by AXA PPP healthcare and ProstaBrit was a huge success. Experts including Mr Christopher Eden, Mr Omer Karim, Dr Jon Rees and Mr Declan Cahill … Continue reading

  

Many Men could be suffering in silence from prostate problems, new survey reveals

30Nov

A new One Poll survey has highlighted that that many men might be suffering in silence with uncomfortable and unpleasant prostate problems because 40% consider them to be just part of the ageing process. Despite possible reduction in quality of … Continue reading

  

Prostate protection – drink coffee

29Nov

We read in deliciousmagazine.co.uk that drinking coffee may help to guard against the most dangerous types of prostate cancer. The study included nearly 50,000 men and the research discovered that those men who drank 6 or more cups of coffee … Continue reading