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Walking with the Ramblers – the perfect way to keep fit in the great British countryside

14Dec

Walking in the Great British countryside can be one of the most relaxing and refreshing ways anyone can spend their free time. A little gentle exercise, fresh air and – in many places, wonderful views – are all well known … Continue reading

  

‘Problems Peeing’ Ask the Expert clinic poses a host of questions

10Dec

Unsurprisingly, many people who experience problems peeing don’t exactly shout from the rooftops about it. That’s probably why our Ask the Expert clinic on the subject, held from 3 to 6 December, attracted lots of questions from anonymous members seeking … Continue reading

  

Improve your quality of life

28Nov

Businesses and professionals whose daily focus is on helping people coming to the end of their life are well placed to help us all live to the full. Hospice workers, end-of-life carers and funeral directors come face-to-face daily with the … Continue reading

  

5 lessons I have learnt from becoming a ‘hypothyroid mum’

21Nov

Having hypothyroidism can be challenging and difficult, even when you have it well managed, add a new born into the mix and life can become extremely overwhelming and exhausting fast. Yes, life as a new mum is exhausting but thyroid fatigue is debilitating, … Continue reading

  

Improving Self Esteem

19Nov

When self-esteem is lower than it should be, self-advocacy almost always suffers too. After All, when we are not feeling worthy of our own admiration and love, we likely do not expect others to recognize our worth, either. It’s hard … Continue reading

  

This week in health – 16 November 2018

16Nov

There’s been a plethora of health stories published this week and, thankfully, some is good news. In this round-up we have… NHS promises flu vaccine shortage will be resolved soon Although the government has advised older people to get the … Continue reading

  

New support programme for anyone with IBS

15Nov

Did you know that as many as 10-20% of people in Britain today suffer with irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS? These are the figures that healthcare organisations and charities such as The IBS Network quote. This means that potentially a … Continue reading

  

Choosing Self Care for Life

12Nov

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

  

This week in health – 9 November 2018

9Nov

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

  

This week in health – 2 November 2018

2Nov

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

  

Menopausal Dryness

18Oct

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

  

New infographic reveals the true cost of healthcare in the UK

18Oct

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

  

A Natural Approach to Menopause

18Oct

Menopause is not an illness, it’s part of the natural ageing process for every woman. There is no hard and fast rule to managing symptoms as everyone’s experience will be different. Some women may sail through with very few side … Continue reading

  

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

10Oct

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

  

Managing Stress

2Oct

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

  

Saving Starfish

26Sep

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

  

This week in health – 21 September 2018

21Sep

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

  

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

10Sep

Work-life-balance Teyhou Smyth

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

  

This week in health – 7 September 2018

7Sep

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

  

This week in health – 24/08/2018

24Aug

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

  

The hidden cost of caring

22Aug

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

  

Talking through your doctor-patient relationship

15Aug

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

  

The Gift of Anxiety

13Aug

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

  

This week in health – 03/08/2018

3Aug

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

  

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

3Aug

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

  

This week in health – 27/07/2018

27Jul

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

  

The lowdown on sleep apnea

25Jul

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

  

This week in health – 20/07/2018

20Jul

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

  

This week in health – 13/07/2018

13Jul

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

  

This week in health – 29/06/2018

29Jun

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

  

This week in health – 22/06/2018

22Jun

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

  

This week in health – 15/06/2018

15Jun

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

  

This week in health – 08/06/2018

8Jun

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

  

This week in health – 01/06/2018

1Jun

Cancer

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

  

Why You Might Need Hip Surgery

23May

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

  

May is Bladder Cancer Awareness Month

3May

May 2018 is Bladder Cancer Awareness Month. It is a global campaign aimed at focusing attention on bladder cancer. Throughout the month talkhealth will be supporting the charity, Fight Bladder Cancer who are highlighting the impact of bladder cancer, promoting … Continue reading

  

How multiple sclerosis (MS) makes you feel

27Apr

MS Awareness Week

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

  

Interview: An insight into living with MS

27Apr

MS Awareness Week

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

  

Explaining MS symptoms

26Apr

MS Awareness Week

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

  

SilDerm – Scar Share

26Apr

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

  

The A to Z of Multiple Sclerosis

25Apr

MS Awareness Week

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

  

Advice for young people living with MS

24Apr

MS Awareness Week

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

  

Who gets MS and why?

23Apr

MS Awareness Week

It’s MS Awareness Week, and to help raise awareness of the condition the MS Trust have put together a range of videos to help demystify the condition. With over 70% of those with MS experiencing symptoms before the age of … Continue reading

  

Work”Out” or Work”In” ?

23Apr

  I talk rather alot about working “In”as well as” Out” in my sessions but how do you know when to work “in” and not work “out”? It’s really simple protocol but as ever you need to be accurate and … Continue reading

  

LUV your sensitive skin with SunSense

4Apr

Do you struggle to find the right sunscreen for your sensitive skin? Finding the right sunscreen can be problematic if you suffer from skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, skin rashes due to prickly heat or polymorphic light eruption and … Continue reading

  

#ThinkHand campaign could be a game-changer

1Apr

I feel like Thursday 22nd February 2018 is going to be one of those days when in years to come I’ll look back and know that I was part of what will hopefully be a game-changer in the world of … Continue reading

  

Persistence saved my life, it could save yours too

20Mar

Losing weight, diarrhoea and loss of appetite are symptoms associated with a number of common health issues, and may not cause alarm for many but did for me when I suddenly started experiencing them in the summer of 2007. After … Continue reading

  

Pilates where did it come from? Should you be Practicing Pilates?

19Mar

Where Did Pilates Come From? Should you be practicing Pilates?  Joseph Pilates was initially a frail young German who took it upon himself to become a very strong, educated, healthy man. Joseph took part in wide range of sports including fencing, … Continue reading

  

What Is Diversion Colitis?

14Mar

I get asked this question a-lot across support groups as I have been quite vocal about diversion colitis since having this diagnosed. I have decided to do a video entry for this to explain about the condition and how it … Continue reading

  

The last taboo? Vaginal dryness during menopause

8Mar

It’s one of the most common symptoms of menopause, but vaginal dryness is often the least talked-about. Though it can affect women of any age (with an estimated 17% of women aged 18-50 experiencing it at some stage) it is … Continue reading

  

What sort of impact could ‘Aussie Flu’ have on the UK?

15Feb

A virulent strain of influenza, H3N2 has severely hit the UK this flu season. The number of patients combating the virus at one point rising by 78% in just a week, according to statistics from the Royal College of GPs. … Continue reading

  

Tinnitus Awareness Week 2018

6Feb

Tinnitus Awareness Week is running from 5-11 February this year. The aim of the week is to raise awareness of the condition, which affects approximately 1 in 10 of the population. A recent British Tinnitus Association survey found that just under … Continue reading

  

What to expect after your surgery

25Jan

So, you’ve been told you need to have an ileostomy formed and the big day arrives for you to go down to theatre and have it formed. All the questions you were going to ask have flown through your ears … Continue reading

  

#ThinkHand – Understanding why hand function is important for staying independent

18Jan

Q1. What does it mean to be independent? For me, it means not having to rely on others in order to perform everyday tasks that many of us take for granted. Q2. What is the thing that scares me most … Continue reading

  

Weight Loss for Health

10Jan

Since the start of January, the media has been full of weight loss plans and exercise regimes. My gym, which was quiet over Christmas, was full to the brim on Monday and I struggled to park the car at 6.30am … Continue reading

  

No Time for Exercise? How about 3 minutes?

9Jan

Are you tight for time and want to try Pilates?  “I don’t have 10 minutes to myself” sound like you? To busy to book in at a club, drive to the club, and attend a class…. I know that time … Continue reading

  

3 before GP

2Jan

Patients are being urged to adopt a new three-step approach in order to help relieve pressures on GP services over the winter. The Royal College of GPs (RCGP) have launched a campaign called ‘3 before GP’ which refers to three questions patients … Continue reading

  

The success of the Stoptober 2017 campaign

29Nov

For another year, a focus on quitting smoking swept the nation with the Stoptober campaign. This is a 28 day long event run each October during which smokers are inspired to stop smoking. There is always a considerable amount of … Continue reading

  

Osteoporosis

16Nov

Osteoporosis is a condition that affects many of us. It gradually becomes more common as we age but can also occur in those who are younger with osteoporosis-associated conditions. But what can we do about it? Firstly lets look at … Continue reading

  

World Diabetes Day

14Nov

There are two main types of diabetes with type 2 being the most common. In the last decade the number of obese people developing Type 2 diabetes has increased, despite the condition being preventable with a healthy diet and regular … Continue reading

  

talkhealth Allergy and Eczema research published in Mail On Sunday

3Nov

In September we ran a survey to see if patients suffering with eczema are more likely to also have allergies or sensitivity to foods such as eggs, nuts, diary and wheat. The aim of the research was to find out … Continue reading

  

Vitamin B3 found in Marmite linked with preventing miscarriages

1Nov

You may remember a few months ago the much hyped headline which stated that Marmite may be the key to preventing miscarriages and birth defects. Newspapers around the country jumped on the story branding it the new miracle cure. Results … Continue reading

  

Record low sales of antibiotics for use in animals

27Oct

There’s much in the press about antibiotic resistance and rightly so. Antibiotic resistance is a major threat to modern medicine with estimates suggesting it could be responsible for ten million deaths per year by 2050 and cost the global economy … Continue reading

  

Be Breast Aware

26Oct

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is drawing to a close, but this doesn’t mean we should stop talking about it. Breast Cancer can strike at any time and in most cases, early detection is key! Early Detection Women of all ages … Continue reading

  

Type 2 diabetes costing NHS £8.8bn each year

20Oct

It is estimated that 600,000 people in the UK have Type 2 diabetes but have yet to be diagnosed. Including the undiagnosed, that’s around 4 million people in the UK alone. And since 1996, the number of people with diabetes … Continue reading

  

Sylk Intimate and The Eve Appeal – raising awareness into the 5 gynae cancers

19Oct

At #TeamEve we are very excited to announce a twelve month charitable partnership between Sylk Intimate and The Eve Appeal.  This partnership  will help to raise much-needed awareness into the 5 gynae cancers and funding for pioneering research into early … Continue reading

  

When to call an ambulance:

17Oct

The NHS is struggling to cope. It has stretched funds and increasing demand, and the UK’s ambulance service and Accident and Emergency Departments need your help to avoid total overload. The national target for an ambulance is 8 minutes, but … Continue reading

  

Global Handwashing Day – A Guide to washing your hands

15Oct

To mark Global Handwashing Day here is our guide for washing your hands the right way. Handwashing is the easiest way to prevent the spread of germs and infections, such as the common cold, meningitis, diarrhoea and hepatitis A. It … Continue reading

  

Link between cancer and obesity higher in women

13Oct

As someone who has recently lost weight (22 pounds or 9.7kg in new money) I was interested to read a recent study published in The Lancet. A recent cancer diagnosis within my family made me stop and think. I’m middle-aged … Continue reading

  

Stoptober – Are you ready for the challenge?

11Oct

Stop smoking

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

  

A Guide to…Breast Cancer

1Oct

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is here and we thought it would be good to shine a light on this very important subject. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in females and represents a major health concern for women worldwide. … Continue reading

  

Smokers twice as likely to develop debilitating skin disease

27Sep

Tobacco smokers are twice as likely to develop a debilitating skin disease, according to new research published in the British Journal of Dermatology this week. Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a chronic and recurring inflammatory disease of the hair follicles, which … Continue reading

  

A Vision of Good Eye Health

25Sep

Regular eye checks and a healthy lifestyle go hand in hand with healthy eyes, yet too often we overlook the health of our eyes until we start to experience vision problems. So what should we be doing to protect our … Continue reading

  

Find the Fun in Fitness for National Fitness Day 2017

25Sep

This week, talkhealth will be joining thousands all across the UK in supporting National Fitness Day 2017. Wednesday 27th September will see people all across the country shoving on their running shoes or slipping on their swimming costumes to have … 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

  

How to Cope with What Life Sends Your Way

31Aug

Stress is a part of life. Sometimes the stress that comes out of each situation is good and sometimes it’s bad. For instance, achieving a goal can become stressful but once you reach it you feel a sense of accomplishment, … 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

  

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

25Aug

modern, tech-savvy, self-caring, all-knowing patients

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

  

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

  

How do you feel today?

4Aug

Listening to Sheryl Sandberg this week on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, made me really think about our community and those that live day to day with a chronic condition. Sheryl is the Chief Operating Officer at Facebook and for … 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

  

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

  

Brothers to brave Atlantic Ocean in row for skin cancer research

15Mar

Two Lymington brothers are preparing to row the Atlantic Ocean in memory of their late father Peter Massey, who sufferer with basal cell carcinoma skin cancer and sadly passed away in 2015 aged 63. Jude Massey, 17, and Dr Greg … Continue reading

  

Quit smoking while pregnancy – No Smoking Day 8 March 2017

6Mar

March 8th 2017 is national no smoking day and for the estimated 15.8 % of the UK population who regularly light up this is the day you are encouraged to kick the habit. Parents to be are one particular group who … Continue reading

  

Health news round up

3Mar

There’s been quite a bit of interesting health news this week; from footballers and dementia, to artificial embryos and  ovarian cancer. Blood tests and ovarian cancer – doctors have revealed that a blood test every 4 months could help women that … 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

  

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

  

Even celebrities get rosacea

2Feb

It is estimated that around 6 million people in the UK are currently living with Rosacea. It is a common but poorly understood condition and can often be mistaken for acne. Symptoms of rosacea include permanent flushing and redness of … 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

  

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

  

Tickly coughs and dribbly noses

11Jan

coughs_colds

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

  

Reasons Why Paternity Tests Should Be Beneficial

10Jan

father_and_child

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

Tender moment between a mother and her 11 days old newborn baby

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

  

Uncovering the Causes of Self-Medication

5Jan

Laptop and coffee

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

  

New Year Resolutions

3Jan

Weight Loss

  We hope you’ve all had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! In the talkhealth office today, we’ve been talking about our various New Year resolutions. It’s safe to say we’ve all over-indulged this Christmas and several … Continue reading

  

talkhealth backs the new sepsis awareness campaign

15Dec

sepsis-poster-for-blog

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

  

5 Healthy Activities That Are Actually Enjoyable

25Oct

Beautiful woman lying and sleep on the snowy bed

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

Cool Refreshing Dark Amber Beer against a Background

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

  

Top Tips for Losing Your Baby Weight

29Sep

Group of different fruit and vegetables

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

  

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

laser_surgery

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

Fat man holding a measurement tape against white background

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

  

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

22Aug

blood donation, missing blood groups

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

young nurse measuring the patient's blood pressure

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

  

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

  

Stop suffering and start living with PMS

9Jun

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The symptoms of PMS can be debilitating and frustrating, and they are experienced by all women at some point or another when they are of childbearing age. With symptoms including headaches, tiredness, forgetfulness, bloating, cravings, anxiety and skin problems, PMS … 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

  

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

  

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

  

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: 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

  

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

  

Menopause And Moods

22Mar

Menopause and mood swings are very common, but you don’t have to just suffer as there are ways you can help stay on top of them. Many women experience mood swings as part of PMS, but just because its menopause … Continue reading

  

Soft Laser for vaginal rejuvenation: an intimate makeover

21Mar

Getting older may be scary, especially for women. One day, you will realise that you are just human: the body changes occurring with aging result in changes in function and in appearance. In the contemporary society, which increasingly values youth … 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

  

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

  

How To Tackle Night Sweats

25Feb

Are you one of those unfortunate women who suffer both daytime hot flushes and night time sweats? It may seem like a different condition, but it is actually it is just a continuation of the same problem and unfortunately we … 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

  

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

2Feb

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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

  

Cleanmarine for Women

28Jan

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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

  

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

  

Multiple Sclerosis – One Inspiring Mum’s Story

27Nov

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“I was diagnosed with relapsing remitting MS nearly three years ago after I developed double vision over a few hours one Thursday morning.  I’d had pins and needles in my arms and legs, and other odd sensory problems on and … 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

  

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

  

22Oct

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A blast from the calorie past! Cliff found this calorie list among my mother-in-law Vivian’s papers.The doctor’s name is at the top, and in Vivian’s handwriting are the words “For Al.” So did the doctor want Cliff’s dad on a diet or … 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