Monthly Archives: April 2012

Alexandra

30 Apr

Living with a fragrance allergy

My last post for TalkHealth was about the nose-tickling topic of hayfever. Since then, it has rained pretty much exclusively and pollen counts have remained low across the UK. Typical! However my post today is about another common cause of …

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Danny

30 Apr

When doctors still made house calls and people still died at home

Over 100 years ago, when doctors still made house calls and people still died at home, it would have been difficult to predict the events that led much of the Western world to a trillion dollar healthcare systems technology industry …

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Lesley

28 Apr

Tea and sympathy

I’m a great fan of the cup of tea. My favourite is Earl Grey made with tea leaves and beaming with bergamot. I don’t like it particularly strong. I take a little milk, but not sugar. I vividly remember my …

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Stitch

27 Apr

On the other hand…

Well, just before you think it’s going to be all doom and gloom here at Stitch Towers, I thought I’d count my blessings and try to think about 10 Good Things that have arisen due to my PD diagnosis. If Martha …

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Danny

27 Apr

A simple solution for improving healthcare

We can improve healthcare today by improving accessibility of the information shared between doctor (the expert on the science) and the patients (the experts on their personal experience). Over 5000 years ago, as described in the Old Testament, the first human …

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talkhealth

27 Apr

Online clinic on hay fever and environmental allergies with NHS Choices

talkhealth in partnership with NHS Choices, Action Against Allergy and The King’s College London Allergy Academy have today launched an Online Clinic on Hay Fever and Environmental Allergies. Clinical experts including Dr Adam Fox, Dr Helen Brough, Dr Joanna Lukawska and …

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Lesley

26 Apr

Physiology of grief

As the impact of my Mother’s death lessens, I can now put into perspective the way my body reacted to the grief at losing my Mother to cancer last year. Some have likened the grief process to accelerated ageing, with changes …

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Sarah

26 Apr

The Roaring Twenties!

My tolerance in my late teens and twenties was amazing. Whether it is genetics or not, I obviously had inherited hollow legs, and throughout my twenties could drink a country dry with little side effect. It also gave me confidence …

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CharlotteB

26 Apr

Anorexia in Adolescents

A 19 minute video to help explain signs, symptoms and treatment for anorexia in adolescents. Anorexia in adolescents by C and M Productions   +576   

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talkhealth

25 Apr

CHARITY PLEDGES £0.7m FOR HUMANE MEDICAL RESEARCH Dr Hadwen Trust announces 2012 grant recipients

The Dr Hadwen Trust (DHT) today announced grants totalling over £720k to fund innovative and humane research into bipolar disorder, cardiovascular disease, cystic fibrosis, motor-neuron disease, rabies and schizophrenia. The projects, which will be taking place at seven leading universities …

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Danny

25 Apr

The value proposition of private social networking for healthcare

The value proposition of private social networking for healthcare is saving time not spending time. You, me, we’re all consumers As consumers of products and services, doctors are no different from anyone else. They have basic needs (sales is defined …

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Ray

25 Apr

The lucky one

I’m sure that this is a common experience for people in situations similar to mine.  I’ve actually lived alone at various points in my life and mostly I’ve found it O.K.  My current situation is not remotely like that, because …

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Danny

25 Apr

How private social networking can make healthcare workers really effective

We  are accustomed to think  about social media in terms of the personal interactions that stimulate our System 1: the intuitive, fast thinking process in our brain that enables us to enjoy interesting content and parry conversations with witty repartee. …

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Barbara Younger

24 Apr

From the Muck of Menopause

Menopause is mucky. Periods so weird they would scare a lady swamp monster. Breasts that feel like water balloons ready to pop.  Sleep? In a bed all night long? Impossible! The emotional stuff is even more mucky. Muck . Muck. …

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Sarah

23 Apr

Truth and Honesty

This is an off piste post, but I just had to share from reading another blog, the contents of which touched me enormously along with my take on the acceptance of drinking to excess. I am never surprised at the …

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Lisa

23 Apr

Rosacea and my eyes

Sorry its been a while since I have written on this blog- life has been very hectic and very stressful. With lots happening within my business and personal life my stress levels have been going through the roof and my …

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Danny

20 Apr

The biggest resource in healthcare is the patients themselves.

We can use private social networks to enable patients to connect directly with their physicians and healthcare providers. By connecting directly with their physician in a private social network, doctors can provide guidance and patients can provide feedback using a simple, easy-to-use …

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Sarah

19 Apr

Coeliac disease and osteoporosis: why exercise is so important

I went to see a doctor a little while ago, and she suggested sending me for a DEXA scan, which measures your bone density. Out of however many years (at least ten!?) I have been at the same surgery, she …

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Danny

19 Apr

(Un)-meaningful use – the healthcare system you should be using

How do you get the most of a software application for managing your patients’ medical information, i.e. maximize your return on investment? At the same time, how do you minimize your security and compliance risk for using the software? Different …

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Stitch

18 Apr

Creep

Parkinson’s is a funny old thing. It creeps up on you without you really noticing. Apparently, by the time you realise there’s something up, most of the dopamine producing cells have died or are distinctly doddery. It’s all too late …

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Tracy

18 Apr

Don’t Pick on the Peanut People

Before I start this article, I would like to tell you about myself. I am the mother of a child who has multiple food allergies which includes peanuts, uncooked dairy, eggs, gluten and watermelon. I have spent the last 10 …

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AnnA_R

18 Apr

Help For Hot Flushes

There is no doubt that one of the most aggravating, and sometimes annoyingly persistent, symptoms of menopause are those dratted hot flushes and night sweats. Every woman seems to respond differently and to have her own unique timetable for their …

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Brooke

18 Apr

I’m back & better than ever!

Hey guys 🙂 Okay, I know I haven’t posted in a loooong time and, I’ll be honest, I forgot about blogging for a while! I’ve been back and forth to the hospital for check-up appointments in between finishing projects in …

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Lesley

18 Apr

Mesothelioma in the UK and throughout Europe

I received an email  from the Mesothelioma Center. Although based in the US, I agreed to host a guest post. Jensen Whitmer has written the post, which I hope will get more of us thinking about the risks our loved …

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Sarah

18 Apr

THE INSTANT ALCOHOLIC.

After the death of my Father, aged 13, the isolation became immense. My elder Brother was away at school, and my Mother was in the grip of both alcohol misuse and grief. I had friends at school and played a …

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Bunmi

17 Apr

My real life fear of FOOD sad but true

I’ve had bad nights sleep and here I am awake at 3am.  I’m feeling grotty and then my head fills with emotion and questions and then the tears start.   Suddenly I realize what is wrong….. Yesterday I went out on …

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Sarah

17 Apr

Coeliac…isn’t that a vegetable?

I am not a fussy eater It is not an allergic reaction No, it isn’t contagious Yes, I can eat potatoes No, I can’t “just try a little bit” These endless questions and assumptions made about coeliac disease can be …

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Nikki and Chris

16 Apr

Keeping Eczema at bay

Hi Everyone I can’t believe it is so long since I last blogged but after the very, very, bad episode of Eczema some months ago, I sort of lost the will to write about it, which I’m sure you will …

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Lesley

16 Apr

A more gentle approach to grief

Perhaps I was a bit harsh last week. I was feeling particularly vulnerable. It’s my birthday this week and I’m missing my Mom. My Dad has been leaning quite heavily on me and the emotional strain is getting a bit …

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Stitch

15 Apr

Boho or beige??

Let’s continue with decorating my new pad here at talkhealth. Don’t worry I won’t exhaust the metaphor – we won’t be picking out coasters together. But I would like to set the tone, the style. My persona. And then we …

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CharlotteB

15 Apr

Let’s talk about fat

Let’s talk about fat. We live in a society that views all fat as bad.  Fat free everything everywhere.  Dire warnings about being overweight and how much obesity is costing the healthcare systems.  Fat has been demonised.  Fat is officially BAD …

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CharlotteB

14 Apr

PANDAS

There has long been a discussion Around the Dinner Table about Pandas.  Not just the cute black and white furry bears that have proved useful as a distraction technique whilst refeeding a loved one with an eating disorder but the …

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Barbara Younger

13 Apr

Droop and THE GIRLS

Corsets Girdles Magnetic Harness Underwear, UK (1890)

I’m wondering if these old time corsets would help me deal with the droop my girls complain about. In the above sentence, THE GIRLS means my daughters.  Whenever we go clothes shopping, I usually hear from Laura or Kath:  ” …

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Stitch

13 Apr

Here I am…

Here I am, in an empty, white room. I haven’t put the curtains up, rolled out the rugs or shuffled my comfy chair in – a new space for me to make into a home. Soon snippets and threads will be all …

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AnnA_R

13 Apr

Mediterranean Diet – In A Capsule

Well, not really of course but Masquelier have produced a supplement that contains the key ingredients to help you and your heart stay healthy. My regular readers will know my feelings about statins by now, and a healthy alternative is …

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Sarah

13 Apr

Tragic Beginnings

I am not sure whether or not I was born to be alcoholic, the jury is still out from my point of view on the genetic connection. There is very strong arguments for this to be the case and indeed …

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Ellie

13 Apr

3 Miracle Foods That Burn Fat

Foods that burn fat is this possible? Scientific research have discovered that people that consume particular foods loose weight compared to those who don’t, even when all other contributing factors remain the same. Sounds too good to be true! In …

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Ellie

13 Apr

What Is The Paleo Diet And Why It Is Good For Us

For detailed information on what is the Paleo Diet, there is an abundance of information available on the internet. It is also called the Caveman or Paleolithic Diet. The logic behind it is the fact that our prehistoric ancestors thrived …

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CharlotteB

12 Apr

Anorexia in Adolescents

M and I started making films about eating disorders in January 2011, using Xtranormal.  It may not have been the slickest or smoothest of mediums but it has served our purpose of disseminating information to parents, carers and clinicians in …

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CharlotteB

12 Apr

Do Parents Cause Eating Disorders?

An important blog post from ExtraLongTail Parents and Anorexia can be read here. or from F.E.A.S.T. Do Parents Cause Their Children to Develop Eating Disorders? Parents do not cause eating disorders. That statement may seem obvious, but it is the …

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Lesley

12 Apr

De-clutter your life: moving on from grief

I am not a life coach or counsellor. I’m not even a really friendly ear. I’m outspoken and honest. And I say this, de-clutter your lives. Do it now. Do not surround yourself with people who are negative and unrewarding. …

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Alison

12 Apr

Sweating it out: menopausal facts are hard to figure

All women have to go through it eventually – the menopause may be postponed with the help of HRT, but even those still wanting to produce babies in their eighties have one day to accept the fact that their ovaries …

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CharlotteB

12 Apr

The importance of nutrition for the brain

I have involved in a number of discussions over the last week about the importance of nutrition for the brain.  I have looked at a number of studies about food and depression, the importance of nutrition for geriatric patients and the …

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CharlotteB

12 Apr

Another BMI Rant

To Deborah Mason – for encouragement: Would it surprise you to know that Venus Williams is 3kg off being classed as overweight?  Does this now make you rethink the current obesity epidemic hysteria in the media? For the three zillionth …

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CharlotteB

12 Apr

An Explanation of BMI and its shortcomings

This is a really complex subject so I will try and break it down: BMI and the DSM The DSM threshold for anorexia nervosa is a BMI of 17.5.  Two points to notice.  The first is that a person with …

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CharlotteB

12 Apr

Setting a Target Weight Range

Reproduced by kind permission of F.E.A.S.T. (Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders) www.feast-ed.org Setting Target Weight After an eating disorder diagnosis, it is important to determine whether the patient’s disordered eating behaviors have artificially changed body composition and …

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Catriona

11 Apr

Channel 4 and Care in Dementia Homes

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I have recently been speaking with a documentary production team for Channel 4 about experiences people have had with Dementia Care Homes.  They are interested particularly in the following topics: – Prescription of anti-psychotics – Finding a Dementia Care home …

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CharlotteB

11 Apr

The Role of Nutrition for Parents

The role of nutrition, food intake and weight What do food and nutrition have to do with eating disorder recovery? What can parents do when it comes to what, when, and how much to eat? There are two important things …

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CharlotteB

11 Apr

What causes an eating disorder

Reproduced with kind permission of F.E.A.S.T. (Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders)  www.feast-ed.org “What causes a person to develop an eating disorder? We do not yet know, for sure, what causes eating disorders. Here are some things we do …

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Beth M

11 Apr

Denial is not a river in Egypt

There is no magic pill, drink or technique that will cure you of having a chronic health condition. Well-meaning people will say in the early days, “Oooh try this thing”.  Or, “I’ve heard if you cut out bread, wheat and …

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CharlotteB

11 Apr

Feeding Requirements

Where do you begin when your child has just been diagnosed with an eating disorder?  Well, if you are anything like me, you begin from a place of total ignorance, prejudice and despair.  Unhelpfully, the majority of Tier 1 clinicians …

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CharlotteB

11 Apr

Eating Disorders and Malnutrition

Reproduced by kind permission of F.E.A.S.T. (Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders) www.feast-ed.org “EFFECTS OF MALNUTRITION An eating disorder, along with the cognitive and emotional symptoms, causes nutritional chaos. That chaos of lost nutrients, erratic supply, and the …

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CharlotteB

11 Apr

Eating Disorders – a short introduction

When describing mental illnesses, it is the current practice to describe them as brain disorders.  Personally, I prefer brain circuitry disorders as described here by Dr Thomas Insel, Head of NIMH. So what are eating disorders and are they brain …

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Mark

10 Apr

Aqua Classes… Do they really work?

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

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Catriona

9 Apr

Carers in the home

Last week there was a lot in the British press about carers in the home and you may even have caught Deborah from talkhealth talking on BBC London radio about the issues surrounding the care provided for people in their …

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Sarah

9 Apr

WHY MIDDLE CLASS WOMEN ARE DYING FOR A DRINK

There is no doubt that more Middle Class, Middle Aged professional working Mothers are drinking too much, along with stay at home Mums. Wine seems to be the drug of choice. Over the last 20 years or so it has …

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Deborah

6 Apr

Happy Easter

Well it’s Easter weekend and time for eating chocolate! But no not me! I may nibble a bit of the children’s Easter eggs but I’ve told my husband that on no account must he buy me an egg! I’ve now …

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Sarah

5 Apr

I am Sarah and I am an alcoholic…

I am Sarah and I am an alcoholic. Not active, an ex alcoholic. The first statement is one that many are familiar with, quoted millions of times at the famous AA meetings. Prior to my sobriety, those words always conjured …

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Lesley

5 Apr

The invisibility cloak

It has occurred to me that society has a way of cloaking the difficult aspects of life, death and some things in between. I assumed that because I was OK to talk about Mom’s cancer, everyone else would be OK …

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Barbara Younger

5 Apr

Should a Friend Tell a Friend She’s Got a Chin Hair?

This is one of those TMI kind of posts, a post that when I was thirty-five, I had no clue I would dare write.  Of course when I was thirty-five, I had no clue about the super yucko stuff that was going to happen to …

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Tracy

5 Apr

When Kitchens Attack

While we are busy preparing and flitting around the kitchen, we sometimes forget to be careful of seemingly innocent items that can become cross-contamination traps. It’s hard enough cleaning, searching out recipes, shopping and doing everything on time to produce …

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Cat

5 Apr

First blog – doing something about postnatal depression

When I went to see my GP in June I began with a very rambling and stream of consciousness rant about how I was feeling. I was tearful, I explained, and exhausted. Anxious too – and even when my children …

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Lesley

4 Apr

Let’s talk about dying

I have been looking at cancer blogs and forums and have noticed something quite disappointing. They are filled (quite rightly) with inspirational survivor stories and battle cries, but are lacking in discussions on death and dying. The two largest cancer …

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Galin

3 Apr

Introductory blog

My name is Galin Cleary and I am a Chiropractor.  This is my first blog for talkhealth and I am very excited to be joining the team. I thought I’d start with my journey into Chiropractic.  I initially did an …

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Lisa

3 Apr

What’s in your make up bag?

How many of us have bags or draws where we hoard our make up long after its shelf life but how long should we keep our make-up for? I know myself I have lipsticks and eye shadows from years gone …

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