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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

  

Innovative ovarian cancer test detects the disease before symptoms are present

20Jul

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Find out more about the brand new ROCA test, which is helping to detect ovarian cancer at an earlier stage before any symptoms are present. Ovarian cancer is common in the UK, affecting around 7,000 women each year. It can … 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

  

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

  

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

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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

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

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

  

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

  

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

  

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

30Sep

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

  

#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

  

What Treatment is Available for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?

3Sep

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Polycystic ovary syndrome is a condition that causes cysts to develop on one or both ovaries. The condition can cause irregularities with egg release and unusually high levels of androgens in the body – which are so-called ‘male’ hormones. But … 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

  

Needles? Ouch! 10 Myths About Acupuncture

27Aug

There are a lot of myths about acupuncture, a medical model that has been around for over 4000 years and used successfully to improve the health and well being of people around world. Below are 10 of the common acupuncture … Continue reading

  

How Did that Mole Get There? Tips to Treating Moles and When to Get Help

24Aug

The body has a funny way of operating. One way in which the body sends signals that something’s going on is through the skin. Various skin conditions such as acne and moles can be an underlying warning sign that something … Continue reading

  

Hormone Hell

20Aug

It’s been a while since I posted and the reason for this is that around a year after my surgery all my symptoms came back with a vengeance and I am fighting hard to regain control of them. Sometimes, on … Continue reading

  

5 Health Choices Women Should Make

5Aug

Women are often much more worried about their health and society puts a lot of pressure on women of all ages when it comes to looks. Magazines are often filled with guidance on health choices women need to make before … Continue reading

  

Is Botox Right for You?

27Jul

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Ageing is not fun. It is hard when you see your youthful looks slipping away, so unsurprisingly every year millions of people across the world decide to reverse some of the ageing process using either plastic surgery or Botox. Increasingly … 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

  

Smear Test Saved My Life!

8Jul

To me, it is a no brainer!  If someone says to you, would you like a test that could potentially save your life, then the answer should be ‘yes, yes, yes!’ I am utterly shocked that in this day and … 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

  

Ask the pharmacist

26Jun

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Ask the pharmacist is a great service which provides you the opportunity to ask about any topic you like. This includes medicines, advice and confidential questions. If you have a question you’d rather not ask face to face or simply … Continue reading

  

When Sex Is Painful What Can You Do?

21Jun

The hormonal changes at menopause can make sex more difficult as the body’s natural lubrication diminishes. You don’t have to ‘put up with it’ as restoring hormone balance can really help. This is a frequent concern for women as they … 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

  

Never say never …

4Jun

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In February this year I wrote a blog about my running – or should I say a lack of! Late last year, the GP had sent me to the hospital for X-rays as I’d been complaining of very sore knee … Continue reading

  

Raising Awarenss: Womb Cancer Support UK

3Jun

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  Thanks to the posts about my own cancer, I connected with Kaz Molloy, a uterine cancer advocate in the UK. There, uterine cancer is known as “womb cancer.” Kaz says there’s very little awareness of this kind of cancer in the UK. She shares … Continue reading

  

Sudden Infant Death syndrome – Advice for Parents

1Jun

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I have not shaved today. Over 30 years ago I worked for a Paediatrician who had a special interest in what was then termed cot death.  I found it very distressing and emotional dealing with cases.  Little was known about … 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

  

Going Through the Change: A Menopause Superhero Novel!

28Apr

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(Cover art by Polina Sapershteyn) Here’s a post by a writer friend of mine, Samantha Bryant. She’s written a novel about menopause and superheros! Menopause can be a pretty scary word. In a world that values youth and physical perfection above … Continue reading

  

talkhealth members’ top 5 gynae issues

1Apr

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In March, we ran our online clinic on gynaecology 2015. This clinic is always one of our most popular and covered over 65 gynaecology topics. If you missed out don’t worry – the clinic is still available for reference, so you … Continue reading

  

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

31Mar

Click the arrow above to watch how Stephen Fry is supporting runners raising money by running the London Marathon

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

Running to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research

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

  

So now I can’t run!

3Feb

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If you’ve stopped by my blog and read some of my posts, you’ll know I’m a runner. Or should I say I ‘WAS’ a runner. Running has been great for me in so many ways and quite a big part … 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

  

talkhealth’s healthy New Year resolutions!

5Jan

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How are your New Year’s resolutions going – did you make some and were they health related?  We have just had a quick check round to see what some of the talkhealth team’s new year resolutions are and how they … 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

  

The Magic Pill

21Dec

Ive traveled the country chatting to many different groups about my weight loss journey and the various issues surrounding weight.  At the end there is a Q&A session and there are two questions that ALWAYS pop up.  I’ve got to … Continue reading

  

My Cancer Story: Handmade Affirmations!

12Dec

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The biggest challenge I faced after my cancer surgery was letting myself recover. Sounds so silly! But as a project person, sometimes I fought the need to rest. (Other days, I thought it glorious. I loved having no greater mission than hours … Continue reading

  

Skin Deep Behind The Mask – charity founder Shabana shares her journey in national media.

11Dec

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Recently we were pleased to announce our collaboration with the charity Skin Deep Behind the Mask across all of our skin related forums.  Together it is our belief and aim that this will provide a greater support network and platform … Continue reading

  

Dream a little dream.

8Dec

Lets talk about inspiration.  Specifically inspiration to lose weight. Why are you putting yourself through the upheaval of making all these changes?  Lets face it, its a right pain in the arse so whats your motivation? Are you doing it … 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

  

10 Things You Should Know About Oestrogen Dominance

23Nov

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Dealing with oestrogen dominance by rebalancing with bioidentical natural progesterone is essential for healthy hormone balance. Women from puberty to post-menopause can be affected but just how much do you know about it? Whatever a woman’s age, or health, it … 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

  

4 Ways That Green Tea Helps Weight Loss

15Nov

Progesterone helps weight loss as it rids the body of excess fluid, but one fluid you want to increase is tea. Black tea helps osteoporosis, but green tea has many other health benefits including helping get rid of those extra … Continue reading

  

Are Plastics Affecting Your Libido?

9Nov

Low libido can be due to many causes, and progesterone does stimulate sex drive in women, but there is also a hidden factor in your everyday life that may be having an effect too. A frequent question for women at … Continue reading

  

Menopause Tips from a Halloween Witch

31Oct

    “Menopause,” the witch hissed, shaking her broom. “Nothing to it.” “Really?” I asked. “You’ve got the magic potion? Do share!” She pointed a snarly finger my way. “You foolish blogger! There’s no potion for menopause!” Her face softened a bit. “But here are some … Continue reading

  

Mental ill-health & stroke – the hidden consequence

29Oct

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As most now know Robin Williams committed suicide.  I think the immediate comments on Twitter summed up the widespread ignorance of the impact of severe depression and anxiety in our society when one wrote, ‘So What has Robin Williams got … 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

  

Lifescript: Tips from Menopause Bloggers

14Oct

Menopause Tips

Lifescript writer Susan Jara put together this collection of menopause tips and life strategies from nine bloggers, including yours truly. Jara writes, “Often, women who have experienced it have the best tips for managing perimenopause or menopause symptoms.” That’s for sure! Don’t … Continue reading

  

The Causes and Treatment of Endometriosis

14Oct

  Endometriosis is a surprisingly common condition that involves tissue behaving in a similar way to the lining of the womb. However, in the case of this sometimes distressing condition, the tissues is outside the womb. While there are several … Continue reading

  

6 Key Signs of Menopause

6Oct

October is World Menopause Month and if you are not sure whether you are pre/peri or post menopause this handy guide can help.    Wherever you live in the world, you are likely to share common symptoms with fellow menopause … Continue reading

  

Lynda Bellingham- Bowel Cancer UK statement

30Sep

Bowel cancer charity logo

“At Bowel Cancer UK, we were all saddened to hear of the news of Lynda Bellingham’s diagnosis of advanced bowel cancer.” “But unfortunately it’s all too common.  Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer and that’s why we … 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

skin cancer melanoma

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

  

A slice of what you fancy….

27Aug

Chocolate cake

You would be forgiven for thinking that all we do is eat cake at talkhealth as it is currently looking that way – as the last Wednesday of the month we have ‘Cake Wednesday’ in the office….. The saying a slice … Continue reading

  

Cervical Awareness survey results

13Aug

syringe and medicine for injection

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

talkhealth clinic on bladder, bowel and digestive health

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

  

Garden Blessings and a Cancer Diagnosis

16Jul

Pink Zinnea

I’m a reluctant gardener. Perhaps because I can only grow zinnias and marigolds.  For real. All other seeds fail me. Perennials, except for a few, refuse to reappear in the spring. But this year the gardening muse took over, and I … Continue reading

  

Cervical cancer prevention in BME communities: raising awareness and overcoming barriers.

14Jul

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talkhealth are proud to support Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust during Ethinic Minority Cancer Awareness Month (EMCAM) To highlight Ethnic Minority Cancer Awareness Month, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and the NHS Cancer Screening programme are holding a free training day in … Continue reading

  

NHS Accident and Emergency Update

7Jul

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

  

Sun safety at Wimbledon

30Jun

Man with a sunburn

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

  

Natural Ways of Coping With Anxiety and Panic Attacks

26Jun

We all feel anxious from time to time, but if you are experiencing this with no specific reason, and your everyday life is being affected, then it is time to take action. The usual symptoms can include restlessness, feeling tense … Continue reading

  

Just Over Yonder: A Poem for Menopause and Other Times Too

23Jun

Just Over Yonder

As I went through The Great Pause, I kept asking older women about it. “Menopause? That was ages ago! I’ve forgotten,” they’d reply cheerfully. Their responses were happy but not helpful. But… Their forgetfulness inspired me to start this blog, so I could … Continue reading

  

A Shadow of My Former Self

23Jun

Shadow

Menopause messes with your mind… Whirls and twirls those old brain waves And shoots out changes in attitude, perspective, and personality. Some changes just happen. Some are more deliberate, prompted by an increase in zest, courage, and confidence. A week ago, my friend Judy Brown sent … Continue reading

  

Cervical Screening Awareness Week: What you need to know

9Jun

jo's cervical cancer pic

Cervical Screening Awareness Week (CSAW) is a UK-wide initiative led by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust. The week aims to highlight the importance of cervical screening (smear) and how attending a screening invitation can help to prevent cervical cancer.   Please … Continue reading

  

Genuine and practical help for people with weight issues?…

28May

Marya Rosales

Today’s newspaper headlines highlight the NICE guidelines that make “recommendations on the provision of effective multi-component lifestyle weight management services for adults who are overweight or obese (aged 18 and over)”.  The major health problems often cited as a consequence of obesity … 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

  

NHS CHOICES ONLINE EPILEPSY CLINIC NOW OPEN

19May

Clinic on NHS Choices homepage

  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

Joe and the ball

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

epilepsy clinic

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

  

Goodbye thinning, hello healthy new hair!

2May

Protein

by Anushka F – Content Editor at MagicFreebiesUK – Free Stuff, Free Samples & More Over the last few months I’ve been on a mission to strengthen my hair from within. So for my first blog post, I wanted to share … Continue reading

  

talkhealth visit the Natural & Organic Product Show

21Apr

Silicol Gel

          Last week talkhealth went to the very busy Natural & Organic Product Show up in Olympia.  We were so pleased to see so many friendly faces including Pravera, silicolgel and Salcura to name but a … Continue reading

  

Ellen’s Video: A Mother and Son Production

4Apr

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[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4TMJ7xyeaE&w=560&h=315] Check out the way cool video in the link above. Three cheers for sons! And a thousand cheers for a son who helps his mom, Ellen Dolgen, spread honest and up-to-date information about perimenopause and menopause. Jack Dolgen … Continue reading

  

Cutting-Edge Drugs To Be Fast-Tracked To Patients

28Mar

Pills on table

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

  

Any Time of the Month? Sure!

24Mar

Doc Pic

I made a doctor’s appointment the other day. The next morning  in the shower (why does this stuff come to us in the shower?), a memory came sailing back. How fast I had forgotten… For thirty-five years or so, I … Continue reading

  

NHS Charges From April 2014

21Mar

Stethoscope and First Aid Kit isolated

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

  

Help save a life on International Women’s Day

12Mar

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A straight forward conversation with the woman you love about her heart could be enough to save her life, says the British Heart Foundation (BHF). Maureen Talbot, a Senior Cardiac Nurse at the BHF, said: “Too few women realise that … 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

choices-logo

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

  

Endometriosis UK’s Awareness Week Campaign – 3rd-9th March, 2014

3Mar

it's ok to talk

Women and young girls are waiting an average of two years before consulting their GP about difficult or painful periods.  The Diagnosis Survey by Endometriosis UK found that women and young girls do not realise that what they are suffering … 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

  

The Cabbage Patch: Any Takers?

14Feb

Cabbage

So tell me, is it a good system or a bad one? Reproduction and all the joys and troubles it brings. Sometimes I think the cabbage patch would have been a better plan. If babies came from cabbage patches, we wouldn’t … Continue reading

  

British Association of Dermatologists’ statement on the Government’s response to the Keogh Review of cosmetic interventions

13Feb

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In Spring 2013 the Government commissioned an independent review of cosmetic surgery recommending better regulation, better training and proper redress if things go wrong. Initial recommendations have been made as a result of the review and a full statement from … 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

whistle

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

couch to 5k beginners running course

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

  

To swallow or not to swallow a gastric balloon

30Jan

Probably the typical UK woman?

Much has been written about gastric balloons and how effective they may or not be for some people.  And last week a new gastric balloon was introduced to the market from Obalon in the form of a pill that can easily … 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

banner on talkhealth

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

  

The Mosaic of Menopause

7Jan

Mosaic

There were days I thought menopause was chipping away at my body. And there were days I felt like menopause was chipping away at my soul. Pieces of me were falling off bit by bit. But the good news, the … 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

  

Menopause and Angel Wings

13Dec

Younger--Friend for the Ride--Angel Banner

Angels. Who wouldn’t want to be one? (Someday, that is.) Robes that hide stomachs and veiny legs. Wings that take you wherever you want to go, with no security line hassles. And you can sing!  (I didn’t make the chorus … 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

Young Man in Boxer Shorts. Model Released

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

NHS Choices - hopefully better res

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

  

What do you dream of?

9Nov

“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is a reality”- John Lennon. Dreaming. One word many authors have made an absolute fortune publishing books on, the majority of which have created little summaries … Continue reading

  

Bonfires and storms brewing.

5Nov

“Some people create their own storms and get mad when it rains”- Anon. First and foremost remember remember the 5th of November, gunpowder, treason and plot! Good old Guy Fawkes the fact he wanted to blow up the houses of … Continue reading

  

Menopausal Beach Toes

5Nov

Barbara on the Beach

Beach walker here. Barefoot beach walker. That is until three years ago when I noticed the sand wearing away the skin on the bottom of my toes. Yikes! Those poor toes returned from a beach walk looking like I’d run … 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

  

Be your own leader.

3Nov

“Being positive in a negative situation is not naïve, it’s leadership”- Anon. Throughout life I’ve constantly wondered whether you can be your own leader or whether this is just a figment of my imagination. I have looked at many examples … Continue reading

  

Be slow and patient.

1Nov

“Be slow to fall into friendship but when thou art in continue firm and constant”- Socrates. Gosh can you all believe it? It’s November already, where has the year gone? It’s absolutely flown! Unfortunately this year cannot pass by quick … Continue reading

  

Does time really change things?

30Oct

“They always say time changes things but you actually have to change them yourself- Andy Warhol. Good evening everyone. Before I kick off tonight’s post I’ve got to say it “Oooo Halloween’s tomorrow” and I know that like most Halloween’s … 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

  

Sing, dance and tell.

27Oct

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    “Sing your song, dance your dance, tell your tale”- Anon. Today’s post is a little different to the one’s I usually write. I think it’s dawning on me that we can all stand tall and that we shouldn’t … Continue reading

  

Seeing the world.

25Oct

“Better keep yourself clean and bright. You are the window through which you must see the world”- George Bernard Shaw The world. It can sometimes feel like a daunting prospect when you’re suffering from a life long condition however to … Continue reading

  

Smiling and staring Epilepsy in the face.

20Oct

“Nothing you wear is more important than your smile”- Connie Stevens. Smiling. The big booming grin that can tell a thousand tales. Smiling usually consists of you raising both sides of your mouth and showing off those pearly whites of … Continue reading

  

This isn’t the end. Be proud of you.

18Oct

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“Everything is ok in the end, if it’s not ok then it isn’t the end”- Anon. A story. It has a start, a middle and an end. From my ramblings I think you know enough about me by now. As … Continue reading

  

Beer and Menopause: Help from the Hops!

18Oct

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When I was a student at Duke in the seventies, the beer flowed. But I barely touched it.  Just didn’t like the flavor. After I married Cliff, I took sips of his beers over the years.  But only sips.  I … Continue reading

  

Someone’s looking down on me.

14Oct

No quotes just one word. Hope. A mixture of three things tonight. One person, one condition, one almighty decision. Not usually am I a person who believes in the afterlife however over the past couple of years I’ve started to … Continue reading

  

High Cholesterol In Women Does Not Have The Not Same Heart Attack Risk As For Men

13Oct

Women get protection from their hormones for reducing heart attack risk, and it is progesterone that makes the difference. It is something I have trying to tell doctors for years – sadly with little success – which is what Dr … Continue reading

  

Do something today..

10Oct

“Do something today that your future self will thank you for”- Anon. You know what it is? Life throws all sorts of problems and to be brutally honest that’s just normal in my world as it is with so many … Continue reading

  

Menopausal You and Me: Mellow or Bold?

26Sep

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  Menopause makes us bold, like these garden flowers, who went summer nuts outside my kitchen window. We speak up. We voice our opinions. We make brave choices. But… Menopause makes us mellow too. We know when to remain silent. … Continue reading

  

BLOOD PRESSURE AWARENESS WEEK

17Sep

September 16 is the start of making more people aware of the dangers of high blood pressure, and offering free checks throughout the country.  What are the risks? In about 90% of cases, there is no obvious underling medical cause … 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

  

Breast Pain in the Menopause

2Aug

Statue Lady

You might guess the lady above is thinking poetic marble lady thoughts. Nope. She’s in a grump because her top hurts. She hasn’t had a period for over two years, but the other day her top starting hurting like it … Continue reading

  

Can You Predict The Start Of Your Menopause?

30Jul

Wouldn’t that be great? It can be so confusing as our hormones start their journey from peri to full menopause to be able to say definitively ‘this is it’. Or even be able to say for sure that their symptoms … 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

  

Falling Off the Roof!

8Jul

Falling Off the Roof

For your viewing pleasure, a painting created exclusively for Friend for the Ride: My mom painted this young lady falling off the roof, inspired by a recent conversation with her friends. During their high school and college days, in the … 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

  

Lowering the odds.

3Jul

Everyone knows how to lose weight.  Its not rocket science!  It may not be easy, but its not difficult. Like playing the lottery, the rules may be simple and the prize life changing but the odds are enormous.  So, what … Continue reading

  

2 Key Reasons Why Young Women Need Bioidentical Hormones

3Jul

It is a myth that only women at menopause need hormone balance. Younger women are as much in need of it for a variety of hormonal conditions that can often be related to oestrogen dominance or progesterone deficiency. Supplementing with … Continue reading

  

Euphoria! The Best Part of the Menopause Roller Coaster

2Jul

MTM hat toss

Preview Yep! Euphoria. I’d be living my regular life and all of a sudden. Pow! I’d fly into the best mood. Dust bunnies, pudgy stomach, piles of projects. Didn’t matter. Life was a beach! A big, wonderful, splashy, happy beach. … 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

  

Menopause Blogs!

17Jun

First Post

Above is the heading for my first post. Seems like yesterday! Today I’m pleased to report that Friend for the Ride was selected by Healthline as one of the best menopause blogs of 2013. I’m in fine company! Check out the … Continue reading

  

Menopause Recap: Good Articles Spinning Around the Web

7Jun

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I wonder what Flemish painter Jacob Jordaens would think of the Internet. He painted this picture of Adam and Eve and the Tree of Knowledge back in the 17th century. Looks sort of like they are spinning the World Wide Web. … 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

  

A Wedding/Menopause TMI Post!

22May

Wedding Purse

The purse above is the purse I carried on my daughter Katherine’s big day. For Laura’s upcoming nuptials, I thought it would be fun to get a new one. But alas, pennies are spilling from our pocketbooks like lucky rice … Continue reading

  

Angelina

15May

I’ve just been asked to do an interview about Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy in the context of working in an industry where appearance is everything. As Hadley Freeman wrote today in the Guardian, she has done something extraordinary and brave.  That doesn’t make … Continue reading

  

Menopause and Spilled Milk!

10May

  As a writer, revision is my middle name. I revise, almost, until the cows come home. But what about as a menopausal woman? Do I need to turn myself into ice cream? Or should I just be happy with spilled … 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

  

The Scale: A Poem

8May

Scale

  In honor of us menopausal types, my poem, “The Scale”:   Do you cringe When you deliver The bad news to me, Or is smirking More your style? Someday, Scale, I hope you’ll speak Kindly, firmly, fondly, With words since  Your numbers fail … Continue reading

  

GL Diet Can Switch On Skinny Genes

8May

I admit, I misread the email and thought someone at last could get me into skinny jeans, but  with the sun finally shining and my shorts laughing at me from a deep dark drawer, I thought it was worth a … 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

  

Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms of Chronic Candida

7May

The human body harbors a variety of yeasts as well as beneficial bacteria to keep out destructive bacteria and toxins in the digestive tract and mucus membranes. For optimal health, it’s necessary to harbor a good balance of yeast and … Continue reading

  

Menopause Feet, Oh My!

5May

Feet

About fifteen years ago, my friend Lisa Flinn commented, “When you go through menopause, I read that a layer of fat on you feet disappears. It makes walking more uncomfortable.” We were talking on the phone when she gave me … Continue reading

  

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