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

11Aug

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

  

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

  

talkhealth: Winners of BHBIA BOBI Award 2017!

25May

Last week talkhealth had the honour of winning one of the BHBIA’s (British Healthcare Business Intelligence Association) 2017 BOBI awards. The BOBI Awards (Best of Business Intelligence) are the first and only healthcare-specific business intelligence awards scheme in the UK, … Continue reading

  

Ear Nose and Throat – See talkhealth in The Guardian

25May

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

  

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

  

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

  

Ask the Expert: Children’s Skin Conditions

27Jan

Last week saw the launch of our latest venture – Ask the Expert. The one day clinic, which took place Wednesday 18th January, was the first in a series of Ask the Expert sessions which will run in partnership with … Continue reading

  

Caring for a child with eczema: Jasper’s story

17Jan

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

  

talkhealth backs the new sepsis awareness campaign

15Dec

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

  

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

7Dec

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

  

This week in health news: prostate and testicular care

15Nov

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November is considered by many to be the month of men’s health awareness. Campaigns such as Movember have made waves in recent years, raising awareness and funds across the world for men’s health issues, in particular the issue of prostate … Continue reading

  

Alcohol awareness week

11Nov

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

  

Early Osteoarthritis Diagnosis Blood Test

28Oct

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Warwick University are engaged in research that could see a blood test developed that can provide an early diagnosis of osteoarthritis several years before the onset of physical and irreversible symptoms. The blood test will work by allowing the detection … Continue reading

  

This week in health news: DVLA mishaps lead to many being denied licences

20Oct

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This week, an investigation carried out by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) identified that many vulnerable people with medical conditions and disabilities are having their driving licences revoked unfairly due to the DVLA’s (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) … Continue reading

  

An interview with Dr Andrew Thompson: Support for dermatology patients

11Oct

Back in July, talkhealth published an article which highlighted the need for psychological support which dermatology patients are severely lacking. The article was inspired by the team of experts from the Severe Eczema and Psoriasis Team at St. John’s Institute … Continue reading

  

A spoonful, a spoon less

6Oct

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“Day in bed for me it seems…#spoonie.” You may have seen tweets or posts similar to this pop up on your social media news feed which include #spoonie. For many of you that do know what it means, it’s probable … Continue reading

  

This week in health news: The Pharmacy Show

5Oct

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Last week, talkhealth attended the annual Pharmacy Show conference. The event, which was held in the NEC in Birmingham, brought together some of the most prestigious pharmaceutical and healthcare companies in the world. Each company used their stall to feature … 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

  

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

  

talkhealth voted number 2 in top 10 health blogs

25Jul

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This month we were delighted to learn that talkhealth has been voted the number 2 health blog in Vuelio’s top 10 health blogs of the year 2016.                       Vuelio, Europe’s … Continue reading

  

Best Apps for Healthy Sleep for You and Your Children

20Jul

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

  

Rosacea and Antibiotic Resistance

18Jul

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One of the biggest dangers we will face in the future is that we will become resistant to the antibiotics that are currently in existence, and we are unfortunately not making quick enough progress when it comes to developing new … 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

  

The week in health: Health Information Week

6Jul

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

  

Psoriasis Shout Out – Guy’s Hospital Event

5Jul

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On Friday 24th June talkhealth went along to Guy’s Hospital to support Psoriasis Shout Out’s afternoon of talks and performances. The event was chaired by Catherine Smith, Professor of Dermatology and Therapeutics. The other clinicians present were Dr Eleanor Higgins, Consultant Dermatologist; Dr … Continue reading

  

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

21Jun

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

  

Don’t suffer in silence: World Continence Week

21Jun

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

  

This Week in Health News: British Flowers Week

14Jun

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

  

This Week in Health News: Heart Rhythm Week

7Jun

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

  

The Psoriasis Shout Out Roadshow

3Jun

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This June talkhealth will be advocating for an exciting new venture for Psoriasis Shout Out. Between the 18th and 24th of June 2016, the Manchester-based charity and research initiative will be embarking on a roadshow around different regions and cities … Continue reading

  

Arthritis Awareness Month

24May

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

  

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

17May

Doctors have performed the first penis transplant in the USA

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

  

This Week in Health News: Sun Awareness Week 2016

9May

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

  

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

  

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

  

Treloar Talks

18Mar

Some of the speakers at March's Treloar Talks event

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

  

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

7Mar

The Zika virus represents a serious health crisis

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

  

Everything You Need to Know About Physician Incentive Plans

3Mar

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

  

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

  

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: Children’s Mental Health, and How Much do You Cost the NHS?

9Feb

How much have you cost the NHS?

After weeks of debate and strikes, the NHS continues to dominate the news this week. For a start, junior doctors are due to strike again tomorrow (Wednesday 10th February), over the ongoing dispute about proposed changes to their contracts. A … Continue reading

  

Meningitis Now: 30 Years of Achievement

8Feb

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

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

  

World Cancer Day, and Major New Research into Bowel Cancer

4Feb

Today is World Cancer Day

As you’ve probably already seen, today (4th February 2016) is World Cancer Day. Charities and individuals all over the world have been engaging with the event, both through supporting the campaign itself and organizing local efforts to raise awareness of … Continue reading

  

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

2Feb

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

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

  

5 Best Apps to Keep Your Kids Healthy and Happy

2Feb

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

  

Parenting Stress: Aren’t You Fed Up?

27Jan

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

  

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

27Jan

The NHS could be set to undergo yet more reforms

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

  

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

19Jan

Junior Doctors organized nationwide strike action last week

At talkhealth we like to keep up to date with what’s going on in the world of health so that we can keep you updated and keep the health conversation going. This week’s brought a number of high-profile health stories … 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

  

World Antibiotics Awareness Week

23Nov

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  Last week (16-22 November) was World Antibiotics Awareness Week. This has come about because for a long time antibiotics have been over-prescribed and in many cases given to patients who just don’t need them. This has made antibiotic resistance one … Continue reading

  

We’ve Won an Award!

9Nov

Our Healthcare & Pharma Award!

We’re delighted to announce that talkhealth has won the 2015 Healthcare & Pharma Award for Leading Online Social Healthcare Community of the Year – UK. We like to talk here at talkhealth, so it’s been difficult to keep quiet about … Continue reading

  

What To Expect If You Are Having An MRI

4Nov

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

  

#ZeroWasteWeek – Waste Less, Live Better

10Sep

As we all know, anything that’s good for the planet is also good for our health. Why? Because human beings don’t exist alongside the environment, we are a part of it. We have an impact on it and, in turn, … Continue reading

  

16 Things You Know When Living With A Chronic Illness (Or Three) In Your 20s

14Aug

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Living through your teens and your 20s can be a particularly difficult experience when you’re chronically ill. There are so many things that you want to be able to do and experience, but your body simply won’t cooperate. I know … Continue reading

  

Acupuncture and Fertility Challenges

30Jul

  Working within health and wellbeing I have learnt to become more conscious with my words. For example, I prefer to use the phrase ‘fertility challenges’ instead of ‘infertile’ when working with patients who have come to me for treatment … 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

  

Neal’s Yard Remedies – Healing Foods Book Review

16Jul

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We’re constantly being told what foods are bad for us – to cut back on sugar and eat more fruit; eat more eggs for protein or eat fewer eggs to prevent high cholesterol. With so much conflicting information it leaves … 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

  

Get involved this National Epilepsy Week

19May

At SUDEP Action, we supports people who have lost someone they love to epilepsy or Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP). We also campaign for change and fund research to prevent epilepsy deaths in the future. What you can do … Continue reading

  

Mid-Week Treats at talkhealth HQ

13May

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Here at talkhealth HQ, we’re beating the mid-week blues with a delicious breakfast of homemade fresh bread and jam. This lovely treat is all thanks to Catriona (and her shiny new breadmaker). When Catriona said she had some treats for us … Continue reading

  

5 Ways To Get Happy This Spring

20Mar

March 20th 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. So, here … Continue reading

  

Eat Real Food: The Plant-Based A-Z (Part 2)

20Oct

Hello and welcome to the second part of my plant-based A-Z! If you missed part 1, you can catch up by clicking here. We all know we should be eating more fruit and vegetables, beans and pulses, nuts and seeds… but … Continue reading

  

Eat Real Food: The Plant-Based A-Z (Part 1)

13Oct

It’s taken me a while to realise this, but the secret to a healthy, balanced diet is simple. Eat real food. In the words of Michael Pollon: “If it came from a plant, eat it. If it was made in … Continue reading