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This is the talkhealth blog spot, where we post on a wide range of health conditions, topics, issues and concerns. We post when we see something that we believe is of interest to our visitors. Our posts do not reflect any particular view or standpoint of talkhealth, but are merely to raise attention and awareness.

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23 Jun

Miranda Olding

Miranda is an expert MS nurse with a specialism in pain relief.

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18 Jun

Ask the experts…bladder issues

Vagina

Bladder issues can have a devastating impact on confidence, mobility and health - which is why we"ve enlisted the best experts to provide advice.

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5 Jun

Ask the experts…mental health and sleep

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Sleep and mental health tend to have a kind of "chicken and egg" relationship.

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5 Jun

Ask the experts…endometriosis

vagina endometriosis

1.5 million women live with endometriosis...so why are so few managing to get it under control?

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4 Jun

Ask The Experts…Lichen sclerosus

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Every month, talkhealth hosts a number online clinics with panels of experts on a particular condition or issue. Last month, we held one in partnership with the British Skin Foundation on lichen sclerosus. Our panel included consultant dermatologists Dr Anton …

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2 Jun

talkhealth meets…Ruth Holroyd, blogger and founder of What Allergy

What made you decide to start What Allergy? Starting the blog was a bit of an accident really. I wanted to do something but wasn’t sure what. Originally, I planned to create a website with reviews and safe places to …

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28 May

talkhealth community’s recommendations for self-isolation week nine: refocussing on mental health

Every week, we’re sharing your recommendations for how best to pass the time during this period of social distancing. Many thanks to everyone who has filled in our survey. We’ll get through social isolation/distancing by pulling together as a community …

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6 May

talkhealth community’s recommendations for self-isolation week seven: working and living with family

Every week, we’re sharing your recommendations for how best to pass the time during this period of social distancing. Many thanks to everyone who has filled in our survey already; if you haven’t had a chance yet, please do take …

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5 May

talkhealth is now PIF TICK accredited

We’re delighted to announce that talkhealth is now PIF TICK accredited.  PIF is the Patient Information Forum, the independent UK membership body for companies working in health information and support. Being certified under the scheme demonstrates our commitment to the …

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1 May

talkhealth meets…Claire Richards, community manager and RA survivor

What’s your role at talkhealth? I’m the Community Manager – so I moderate the forums and make sure everything on our community pages is running smoothly. How long have you lived with rheumatoid arthritis? My RA started 12 years ago …

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29 Apr

talkhealth community’s recommendations for self-isolating week six: living with a chronic condition

Every week, we’re sharing your recommendations for how best to pass the time during this period of social distancing. Many thanks to everyone who has filled in our survey already; if you haven’t had a chance yet, please do take …

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29 Apr

Foods for healthier teeth and hair

We are what we eat. What we eat can impact how we feel, how our skin looks, how we operate. And it can play a big role in how healthy our hair and teeth are. But food can also help …

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22 Apr

talkhealth community’s recommendations for self-isolating week four: home hobbies to keep you busy

Every week, we’re sharing your recommendations for how best to pass the time during this period of social distancing. Many thanks to everyone who has filled in our survey already; if you haven’t had a chance yet, please do take …

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22 Apr

How to eat for your skin

They say that our skin is the best window to our health. While that definitely doesn’t mean that you have acne, for example, you’re less healthy than someone with clearer skin, better over all health may contribute to plumper, brighter …

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16 Apr

talkhealth community’s recommendations for self-isolating week three: how to stave off boredom

Every week, we’re sharing your recommendations for how best to pass the time during this period of social distancing. Many thanks to everyone who has filled in our survey already; if you haven’t had a chance yet, please do take …

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15 Apr

How to prevent backache when you’re working from home

Working from home has become the new norm for many of us – swapping our commutes and desks for sofas and cramped kitchen tables. It’s no wonder that come 2pm, your back is cruncher than a crisp bread and your …

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9 Apr

talkhealth community’s recommendations for self-isolating week two: mental health

Every week, we’re sharing your recommendations for how best to pass the time during this period of social distancing. Many thanks to everyone who has filled in our survey already; if you haven’t had a chance yet, please do take …

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8 Apr

8 tips for beating isolation

Social distancing is absolutely crucial if we’re to beat coronavirus – we all know that. But going for days and weeks without seeing our friends and family is hard and lonely. As we cross roads to avoid walking too near …

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3 Apr

talkhealth community’s recommendations for self-isolating week one: food

Every week, we’re sharing your recommendations for how best to pass the time during this period of social distancing. Many thanks to everyone who has filled in our survey already; if you haven’t had a chance yet, please do take …

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2 Apr

The kitchen heroes to stock up on right now

Tinned foods

We’ve all seen images of idiotic shoppers stockpiling toilet roll and pasta like they’re preparing for an almighty attack of diarrhea. While buying more than we need is nothing short of selfish, it is a good idea to think about …

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26 Mar

talkhealth meets…Sahara Fleetwood-Beresford, inflammatory bowel disease blogger and founder of #IBDSuperHeroes

What symptoms prompted you to seek help initially? When I was 19, I started suffering from diarrhoea and abdominal cramps that got worse over a period of two weeks. I had visited a GP who had diagnosed me with IBS …

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25 Mar

Alternative ways to stay fit when you can’t leave your house

If you can, get walking It’s all very well aiming for 10,000 steps a day when you can leave the house but if you’re house-bound, it’s a lot more tricky. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t try to walk …

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25 Mar

Best at-home gym apps / free living room workouts

Beyond going for a walk, jog or cycle, you can’t exercise outside of your home anymore. For those of us who regularly use the gym, that ruling is going to have a big impact on the way we stay healthy …

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24 Mar

How to exercise when your kids are at home all day

Finding time for yourself is always a big ask when you’re a parent. Add on the fact that you now have your children at home with you all day, every day for the foreseeable future and small acts of self-care …

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10 Mar

How to stay safe during the coronavirus outbreak when you have a chronic condition

Woman caught cold , flu, running nose. Health care and medical concept

TELL US HOW BEST WE CAN SUPPORT YOU DURING THIS TIME – TAKE OUR SURVEY FOR LATEST UP TO DATE INFORMATION VISIT THE NHS WEBSITE FOR THE LATEST UP TO DATE INFORMATION FROM THE GOVERNMENT The current coronavirus outbreak is …

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4 Mar

talkhealth meets…Tracie Miles, information nurse specialist at the Eve Appeal

What’s your role at the Eve Appeal and what made you decide to work there? I run Ask Eve – a free, confidential service where women can call or email in with any question they have on gynaecology. It’s a …

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27 Feb

Daily dairy milk consumption linked to increased risk of breast cancer: how to check yourself

Drinking dairy milk has been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer in women, a new study has concluded. Scientists from Loma Linda University Health in California claim that daily dairy can increase the risk by up to a …

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20 Feb

An apple a day may keep the hot flushes at bay

We all know that we should be eating a diet rich in fruit and veg, but did you know that filling up on plants can actually help keep menopausal symptoms under control? A new study published by The North American …

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19 Feb

Stop what you’re doing and get up for a stretch – you may live longer

Woman standing behind desk at work

Many of us office workers turn up to work, make a cuppa, settle down to our computers and three hours later, realise that we’ve not moved an inch.  ‘It’s because I’m being productive,’ you tell yourself, ‘I don’t have time …

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17 Feb

MINDFUL LIVING SHOW 6-7 March 2020, Business Design Centre, 52 Upper St, N1 0QH

The Mindful Living Show

talkhealth will be returning to The Mindful Living Show next month, equipped with all kinds of samples and information about our various support programmes. The largest event in the UK of its kind, the show is a two-day extravaganza of …

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28 Jan

talkhealth meets… Stephanie Millward, MBE & Paralympian

Hi Stephanie, to start, can you tell us a bit about yourself Aged 16, I was the British 100m Backstroke swimming champion and within months of being selected for Team GB to compete at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games when, …

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20 Jan

THE SLEEP SHOW 6-7 March 2020, Business Design Centre, 52 Upper St, N1 0QH

Sleep well, live happy – something not enough of us are doing. Sleep has become a big topic of conversation in recent years, largely because too few of us are getting enough of it. Countless magazines and blogs talk about …

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5 Jan

How to reach your health goals this year

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Whether you’re looking to lose weight, give up smoking, or just try something new, New Year’s Resolutions are tough! According to statistics, most people who set resolutions were likely to give up by 12th January.  Here are some tips to …

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2 Jan

Top tips for beating the January blues

overcome january blues

January can be a difficult time. Once the festive season is over, there are still two solid months left of dark, cold days to endure. For many of us, January is also a time where we feel our worst, and …

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9 Dec

How to detect early signs of mouth cancer

mouth cancer

Mouth Cancer is on the increase. Unlike lung cancer or breast cancer, it’s the only major form of the disease that increases in incidence year on year, now accounting for more deaths in the UK than road traffic accidents or …

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29 Nov

How to better look after your health this Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of year but Christmas can be difficult for those of us with mental and physical health issues. Here are some of our top tips for looking after yourself and making sure you have a merry …

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29 Nov

MHRA seeking views on accessing medicines for women

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is looking to speak to women to discuss the reclassification of medicines used for hormone replacement and oral contraception from prescription-only to medicines that can instead be purchased under the supervision of …

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25 Nov

Self Care Twitter Chat Highlights

To mark Self Care Week (18-24 November 2019) we hosted a live Self Care Twitter Chat, where individuals and organisations were invited to discuss self-care routines, mental health issues and more. We received a massive response, reaching over 119,817 views …

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25 Nov

MS Trust launches new campaign #FairMSCare to highlight the need for more MS specialist nurses

MS Trust has launched a campaign called #FairMSCare, which is aimed at raising awareness of the urgent need for more multiple sclerosis (MS) specialist nurses across the country. Latest figures show us that there are now approximately 130,000 people in …

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6 Nov

5 effective ways to prevent loneliness this winter

According to a recent study, lonely people who suffer with heart problems are up to three times more likely to die one year after being hospitalised and discharged. However, it’s not just those with heart problems that are affected. Loneliness …

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25 Oct

5 easy ways to get active during winter

Darker mornings and evenings, freezing cold weather and constant rain all make it very difficult to motivate ourselves into staying fit and healthy during winter. If you’re struggling to stay inspired to stick to a fitness regime, or would just …

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23 Oct

World Menopause Day Twitter Chat Highlights

To mark World Menopause Day, Friday 18 October 2019, we hosted a Menopause Twitter Chat on our @talkhealth Twitter Page. The chat started at 1pm GMT and lasted one hour with a series of five questions. This encouraged lots of …

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10 Oct

How to look after your mental health

As today is World Mental Health Day and this week is Mental Health Awareness week, we wanted to share with you a few ways that can really help improve your mental health. Mental health is something that affects lots of …

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27 Sep

How to overcome autumn anxiety

This week marked the official start to autumn and for many of us, the change in season brings lots of new changes and challenges. The days get shorter, which means less sunlight and vitamin D, and the weather gets colder …

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27 Sep

7 reasons you have brain fog & what to do

Brain fog is a term you may have used before to describe a moment where you forget what you were saying or doing but it could be a symptom of a more serious medical condition. Brain fog can be associated …

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26 Sep

Myths and facts about bladder incontinence – Urological Health campaign

We recently worked with Health Awareness on the 2019 Urological Health campaign. A printed publication was enclosed within every copy of the Guardian newspaper and the content is available online at www.healthawareness.co.uk/urology. The campaign featured exclusive content from key thought …

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20 Sep

Antidepressants, students & mental health care, sugar tax & tea-drinking benefits

Missed out on all the latest health news this week? Catch up now… Most common antidepressant does little to relieve depression symptoms New research suggests that the most common antidepressant actually does little to relieve symptoms of depression. The largest …

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17 Sep

Five signs you might have iron deficiency anaemia – Health News IE

We recently worked with Mediaplanet on the 2019 Health News IE: Blood Health campaign. A printed publication was enclosed within every copy of the Irish Independent newspaper and the content is available online at (www.healthnews.ie). Our article, written by Deborah …

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17 Sep

talkhealth Eczema Twitter Chat highlights

On Friday 13 September, we hosted an Eczema Twitter Chat to mark World Atopic Eczema Day (14 Sept) and the start of National Eczema Week (15-22 Sept). We’re very pleased to report the chat was a great success! In total, …

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6 Sep

Diet drink risks, suicide rates, vegans & strokes & more

Check out our health roundup, featuring all the latest health news from this week. Two diet drinks a day can increase death risk by 26% Consuming two or more diet drinks a day can increase your chances of dying by …

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4 Sep

Join us for our Eczema Twitter Chat Friday 13 September

To mark World Atopic Eczema Day (14 September) and National Eczema Week (15-22 September) we’re hosting an Eczema Twitter Chat Friday 13 September between 1pm-2pm GMT. We’ll be discussing topics such as eczema triggers, care routines, self-esteem and managing eczema …

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30 Aug

HRT & breast cancer risks, women & confidence, UK healthcare spending & more

Welcome to this week’s healthcare roundup for 26 – 30th September. Menopause HRT increases risk of breast cancer Researches from Oxford University have found that Menopausal Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) could increase the risk of cancer, even after a decade …

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29 Aug

How much does the UK spend on healthcare compared to other countries?

The Office for National Statistics has released figures today that show how much the UK spends on healthcare in relation to its international peers. In 2017, the UK spent £197 billion, which works out £2,989 per person on healthcare, the …

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28 Aug

Guts UK explore the ‘Science of Digestion’ in their free event

Gut health charity, Guts UK are hosting an exciting new event for the public on Thursday 12th September starting at 5.30pm at The Revell Ward Suite, Huddersfield, Football Stadium, Stadium Way, HD1 6PG. The event is called ‘Exploring the Science …

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23 Aug

Heatwave warning, hospital food, multiple medicine risks & more

Have you missed out on the health news this week? Get up to date now with our weekly health news roundup. Met Office issues heatwave health warning for Bank Holiday weekend The Met Office has issued a level three heat …

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16 Aug

NHS told to charge EU citizens, gender & multitasking, air pollution & more

Check out the latest health news stories for this week! Get ready to charge EU citizens, NHS told New rules circulated to hospital managers means EU citizens living in Britain will have to prove they have the right to free …

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9 Aug

Recruitment for NHS mental health workers, number of teens needing glasses increases, asthma deaths & more

We hope you’ve had a good week. If you’ve missed out on any health news, here are the latest headline highlights. There are heavy rain and winds set to hit the UK this weekend so stay safe wherever you are! …

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2 Aug

Birth rates, what food to eat to avoid heart attacks, breast cancer breakthrough & more

If you’ve missed the latest health news from the week beginning 29th July, catch up now in our roundup. Butter, red meat & cheese increase heart attack & stroke risks Too much butter, red meat and cheese are actually bad …

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26 Jul

Supermarkets & obesity, baby health visits, MS scans & more

We hope you enjoyed the hot weather this week and managed to stay safe in the sun. Here are our top health stories for this week. Are supermarkets designed to make us fat? The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) …

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19 Jul

NHS Texting Results, Skin Cancer Rates, Child Mental Health & More

Have you missed out on the health news this week? Catch up now. In other news, we’ve heard the weather is set to turn this weekend so have your umbrellas at the ready! NHS plans to text patients results The …

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12 Jul

Alexa health advice, joggers & air pollution, fizzy drinks & cancer & more

In case you’ve missed all the latest health news this week, check out our highlights! Amazon Alexa now offers NHS health advice That’s right, people will soon be able to receive expert health advice from their Amazon Alexa, following a …

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3 Jul

RELIEVE IBS-D clinical trial & ContactME-IBS

The RELIEVE IBS-D clinical trial, which is testing the efficacy of the intestinal adsorbent ENTEROSGEL to treat diarrhoea and abdominal pain in patients with Irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhoea (IBS-D) has so far successfully recruited 105 patients. This large Randomised …

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2 Jul

Talking allergies & self-managing them (Ears, Nose & Throat campaign)

We recently worked with Mediaplanet on the 2019 Health Awareness: Ears, Nose & Throat campaign. One of our very own Directors, Catriona Williams discusses how to self-manage allergies and gives guidance on how to tackle allergies in your home. A …

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28 Jun

Heatwave health warning, babies eating too much sugar, cervical cancer decline, eczema & more

Have you missed the latest health news this week? There has been a lot happening and we’ve summarised it all for you here. Have a lovely weekend and make sure you stay safe in the sun. Met office issues health …

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27 Jun

New evidence suggests HPV vaccination may eradicate cervical cancer

The success of the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccination shows hope for eradicating cervical cancer in the future. HPV causes most cervical cancers and there are over 100 types. Many women will actually be infected with HPV over the course of …

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21 Jun

Eight-hour working week to reduce mental health issues, breast cancer & alcohol link & more

As the working week comes to an end and the sun appears to be shining again, here is your latest health news roundup for the week of 17 June. Should we be working eight hours a week to reduce mental …

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21 Jun

Leading surgeon warns of the health dangers associated with not warming up before running

Hiit and short bursts of exercise aid weight loss

Amir Qureshi, a leading Consultant Knee and Limb Reconstruction Surgeon at University Hospital Southampton, has suggested that there is a danger in the number of runners failing to warm up before running. He said that the rise in activities such …

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14 Jun

How to improve your health by going outdoors, student & mental health concerns, tattoo infections & more

Hiit and short bursts of exercise aid weight loss

In the same week that Boris Johnson appears to be in the lead to become our next Prime Minister and half of the UK was flooded from the rain, find out all the latest health updates in our latest health …

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7 Jun

Rosacea & exercise, constipation, sleep patterns & more

Missed out on all the latest health news this week? We have all the latest health stories for you to catch up now. Can a workout improve your skin condition? Have you been struggling to make it to the gym? …

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31 May

GP Surgery Closes, Ultra-processed Food Risks, Dating Apps & Weight & More

Have you missed the latest health news this week (27-31 May)? Don’t miss out, catch up on all the health headlines now. GP surgery closures in UK hit all-time high An investigation by the medical website Pulse has found 138 …

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23 May

Advice & guidance for living with Accidental Bowel Leakage

Accidental bowel leakage

Do you have embarrassing bowel leakages? Bladder and Bowel UK estimates that 1 in 10 adults will have some form of bowel control problem at some point in their lives. This chronic condition can be very upsetting and embarrassing and …

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17 May

Acne drug, mental health at work, dementia & more

Have you missed all the latest health news this week (13-17 May)? Don’t miss out, catch up on all the health headlines now! Will this arthritis joint pill cut heart attack risk by a fifth? A pill for arthritis can …

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15 May

Take part in our World IBD Day Twitter Chat!

World IBD Day takes place on 19 May each year and encourages a worldwide conversation that unites all those who are living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, known as inflammatory bowel diseases. Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) affects more than …

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10 May

Royal mental health text line, wine & sore throats, pollution & more

health news 6 May 2019

In the same week that Meghan Markle gave birth to baby Archie, you may have missed all the latest health news. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Check out the top health news stories for this week, 6 May. William, …

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8 May

The Food Standards Agency backs mandatory full ingredient labelling for pre-packed food

As food allergy is becoming a bigger issue, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has advised that more information should be provided on pre-packed food to give consumers greater confidence in the food they are eating. The board has also set …

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3 May

Coffee & Cancer, Blood Pressure Checks, Dementia Research & More

If you’ve missed out on all the latest health news this week (29th April) then take a look at our round-up of this week’s top stories! Diet rich in coffee, fruit & vegetables could cut cancer risk A new study …

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26 Apr

Eating late health risks, babies & screen time, e-cigarette risks & more

If you’ve missed out on all the latest health news this week (22nd April) then take a look at our round-up of this week’s top stories! Eating late could increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes & diabetes A recent …

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23 Apr

Rosacea Awareness Month at talkhealth

Did you know it’s Rosacea Awareness Month?  This month is an excellent opportunity to improve the education of rosacea, a chronic disorder of the facial skin, which affects 415 million worldwide. Rosacea is a chronic skin condition, often characterised by …

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12 Apr

Web IBS Therapy, Fatty Liver Disease, Cancer Treatment & More

If you’ve not had the chance to catch up on the latest news this week, here are the latest stories from 12 April. Fatty Liver Disease in Young People Experts have warned that high levels of fatty liver disease among young …

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9 Apr

It’s World Allergy Week 2019!

World Allergy Week

This week (7-13 April 2019) is World Allergy Week! The World Allergy Organization (WAO) and organisations like us work hard to dedicate the week to raise awareness about the global problem of food allergy. This affects the quality of life …

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5 Apr

Zebrafish & Parkinson’s, Poor Diets, Stroke Risks & More

Have you missed the latest news this week (5th April?) Don’t worry, we’ve summarised the key stories for you below. The diets cutting 1 in 5 lives short A recent, influential study shows how the food we eat is putting …

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28 Mar

Apple Watch ECG, Tampon Tax Fund, Wine Cancer Risks & More

Have you not had time to catch up on all the latest health news this week, 29th March? Don’t worry! We’ve summarised some of the key stories for you. Drinking one bottle of wine causes the same cancer risks as …

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22 Mar

DIY Cervical Cancer Kits, Stress Dogs in Schools, Superdrug Breast Checks & More

If you’ve not had time to catch up on all the latest health news this week (22nd March), don’t worry! We’ve summarised some of the key stories for you. Dogs needed to reduce stress in schools The University of Buckingham …

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20 Mar

Natasha’s parents campaign for better food labelling

Following the death of their daughter, who had severe allergies and died after eating a baguette sandwich containing sesame seeds baked into the dough, Nadim and Tanya Ednan-Laperouse are campaigning for full food labelling on all pre-packaged food sold to …

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14 Mar

A&E Waiting Times, Prostate Cancer Treatment, Cholesterol & More

vitamin D, multivitamins & children

If you’ve not had time to catch up on all the latest health news this week (11th March), we’ve summarised some of the key stories for you. A new drug to lower cholesterol  A new type of drug, called Bempedoic …

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8 Mar

Health Round Up – Smear Tests, Ambulance Response, Diabetes & Weight loss & More

Happy Internation Women’s Day! If you’ve not had time to catch up on all the latest health news this week (4th March), we’ve summarised some of the key stories for you. Public Health England Launch Cervical Cancer TV Campaign The government …

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7 Mar

Bard stops selling vaginal mesh products for stress urinary incontinence

It has been announced today that C.R. Bard have chosen to stop production and distribution of all urogynaecological mesh products for SUI and POP and that they are removing all urogynaecological mesh products from hospital and distribution centres. This is …

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4 Mar

Health round up – Parkinson’s, autism & anorexia, vitamin D and more!

Parkinson's, Parkinson's treatment

If you’ve not had time this week (1 March 2019) to read the health news, we’ve summarised some of the key stories for you. Radical Parkinson’s treatment Researchers have tested a radical treatment for people with Parkinson’s. The treatment delivers …

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4 Mar

Ask our gynaecology experts your questions

Every year we run an Online Clinic on Gynaecology. And this year our clinic is sponsored by Babystart, Sylk Intimate and Promensil.  We are also delighted our clinic is being supported by The Eve Appeal and Womb Cancer Support UK charities. Meet …

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22 Feb

Health round up – exercise & weight loss, asthma & young people, PTSD

Hiit and short bursts of exercise aid weight loss

This week in the news about health (22 February 2019) we look at exercise and weight loss, young deaths in the UK from asthma and PTSD in young people. Short bursts of exercise is good for weight loss According to …

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15 Feb

A&E waiting times, hip & knee replacements and sleep

Knee replacements & hip replacements last 25 years say researchers

In this week’s health news (15 February 2019) we cover A&E waiting times, knee and hip replacement research and brains of early risers and night owls. A&E waiting times at worst level for 15 years Waiting times in A&E departments …

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8 Feb

Genes & depression, mobile phones & children, meat consumption and talkhealth’s FREE well-being programme’s launched!

This week in health (8 February 2019) some of the key stories are summarised below. And to help with your overall health and well-being, we’ve launched mywellbeing this week – a FREE support programme for anyone wanting to improve their physical …

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4 Feb

World Cancer Day 2019: global cancer experts call for urgent action to improve early cancer detection

Today, 4 February 2019, is World Cancer Day. Today’s focus is based on highlighting the need for urgent action to increase early stage cancer detection, screening, and diagnosis to significantly improve cancer patients’ chances of survival. Taking place under the theme of ‘I Am and I Will’, today’s World Cancer Day led by the Union for International Cancer …

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4 Feb

Ask our experts your questions about allergies

allergies, hayfever, childrens allergy, anapylaxis

From today until 15 February 2019, we are running an Online Clinic on Allergies. Medical experts will be available to answer questions throughout this time. We are delighted that Green People and Imutest are sponsoring the clinic. The clinic is …

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1 Feb

Cancer screening, social prescribing & antibiotic resistance

This week in health – 1 February 2019 This week one of the main stories has been about social prescribing. We also cover what might happen within in the NHS with a no deal Brexit. And cancer screening backlog and …

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18 Jan

Correct portion size, diet, sandwich carers, cancer & more

portion size, British Nutrition Foundation, healthier portions

This week in health – 18 January 2019. This week we look at diet, portion size, research into concussion with premiership footballers, and teenage cancer and more. A snapshot of some of the key stories in health can be found …

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11 Jan

NHS health plan, HRT, mental health, pollution, fibre & more

Mental health patients missing appointments are at risk

11 January 2019 – this week in health Each week, we look at the key health news. Below are just some of the health stories for this week. Find out quickly about the NHS long-term plan, HRT, mental health, asthma …

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11 Jan

Should prescriptions for eczema treatments be cut by the NHS?

Are you aware the NHS might stop prescribing certain treatments for eczema and other chronic conditions? We are interested to understand what you think about the proposed changes and the impact this could have on you, as either a patient …

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4 Jan

This week in health – 4 January 2019

Children are consuming too much sugar

Each week, talkhealth summarises the key health stories of the week. This week it’s all about wasted GP appointments, sugar and children, children and screen time, how the NHS is coping better this winter and the challenges the NHS will …

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21 Dec

This week in health – 21 December 2018

It’s only four days until Christmas Day, but that hasn’t slowed the flow of health news. Instead, it seems to have spurred a number of health professionals to call for stronger actions to dissuade people from eating unhealthy foods. This …

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20 Dec

Super advice from our Ask the Expert session on work/life balance

Work/life balance is probably underrated as a major factor in people’s mental wellbeing. The truth is that some people thrive on working long, hard hours and some people don’t. In contrast, some people want to work more than they currently …

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19 Dec

Herbal skin cream found to contain steroids

MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) have warned the general public that a skin cream claiming to be a natural Chinese herbal remedy for treating eczema contains a potentially harmful steroid and should not be used. Zudaifu cream Zudaifu …

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14 Dec

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

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

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14 Dec

This week in health – 14 December 2018

The temperature has suddenly dropped around the UK, which could have implications for the nation’s health services. Hospitals bed occupancy in the ‘red zone’ With Christmas Day less than two weeks away, health experts have already warned that hospitals are …

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10 Dec

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

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

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7 Dec

We reach the finals of Pharmaceutical Marketing Europe Awards

We are delighted to be named as a finalist in the ‘Excellence in Patience Education and Support’ category at the recent Pharmaceutical Marketing Europe Awards (PMEA) night in London. Our entry for the competition was the mydryskin support programme, backed by …

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7 Dec

This week in health – 7 December 2018

Have you kept up to date with the health news this week? New waiting time figures have been published by the NHS, which also warns about the general health of the nation’s adults. And Sport England has surveyed children to …

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5 Dec

What’s the truth about vitamin D pills?

Did you know that one in five people in the UK have a vitamin D deficiency in the autumn and winter months? We all need the vitamin to keep our bones, teeth and muscles healthy, but much of what we …

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4 Dec

Coming soon: Wellbeing support programme for teachers

From Edd Williams – our Education Wellbeing Lead… Wellbeing. A phrase so often on the lips and in the headlines that like saying cauliflower a hundred times in a row it has started to lose all sense and meaning. However, …

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30 Nov

This week in health – 30 November 2018

Our last health news round-up of November 2018 features an exciting new health trial for the over-65s, a major achievement by Public Health England (PHE) and the continuing theme of the UK’s major diabetes challenge. Keep up to date in …

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30 Nov

Excellent advice given in Our Ask the Expert session on Eczema

A wide variety of questions were posted to our panel of skin experts during our Ask the Expert – Eczema session on 19-22 November. Topics included vitamins, good gut health, avoiding certain foods, going vegan, sleep, medication options, Aron Regimen …

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23 Nov

This week in health – 23 November 2018

News about diabetes and mental health continue to top the agendas for the media channels – and these are topics that talkhealth really cares about, too. Catch up with the health news in just 2 minutes. Type 2 diabetes numbers …

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20 Nov

Valuable advice given in our prostate & testicular health online clinic

Our recent Online Clinic on Prostate & Testicular Health (5-16 November), supported by iMEDicare Ltd., Bladder & Bowel UK and The Urology Foundation, proved to be extremely valuable for a number of people who posted their questions anonymously. Understandably though, …

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16 Nov

This week in health – 16 November 2018

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

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16 Nov

Our Ask the Expert session on self-esteem raised several sensitive issues

With mental wellbeing currently being top of mind for many people around the country, talkhealth is running a series of monthly free Ask the Expert sessions this year and next. September’s theme was anxiety while in October we focused on …

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15 Nov

Our Prostate & Testicular Health Online Clinic remains open for your questions

Our ongoing Online Clinic on Prostate & Testicular Health, supported by iMEDicare Ltd., Bladder & Bowel UK and The Urology Foundation, has already seen a variety of questions from men wanting to learn more about how to manage their condition. …

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15 Nov

New support programme for anyone with IBS

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

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12 Nov

Choosing Self Care for Life

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

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9 Nov

This week in health – 9 November 2018

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

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2 Nov

This week in health – 2 November 2018

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

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1 Nov

talkhealth launches its support programme for hair loss

We’re delighted to launch our newest support programme, myhairloss. Like all our support programmes, it’s been written by experts and it’s free of charge to anyone who registers for it. myhairloss runs for 21 weeks and is suitable for anyone …

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26 Oct

This week in health – 26 October 2018

Government considers fortifying bread with folic acid Health experts are pushing the government to add folic acid to bread, saying that other countries are already doing what can only benefit consumers. The B vitamin would not change the taste of …

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24 Oct

Assortment of arthritis and pain management questions answered in our online clinic

You might have taken part in our recent two-week Online Clinic on Arthritis & Pain Management, where we teamed up with Össur and Pharma Medico Limited, manufacturers of LithoLexal®. The clinic was kindly supported by Arthritis Action, the Institute of Osteopathy …

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22 Oct

‘Ask the Expert – psoriasis’ raised some interesting questions from our members

With the support of the British Skin Foundation (BSF), our October Ask the Expert session focused on the common skin disease of psoriasis. According to the BSF, psoriasis affects one in 50 people, and men and women in equal numbers. …

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19 Oct

This week in health – 19 October 2018

October is flying by, but don’t worry if you’ve been too busy to keep up with the health news because we’ve scanned the latest stories for you. Drinking coffee could be good for your skin This week the Daily Mail …

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19 Oct

World Psoriasis Day is on Monday 29 October

Every year, for more than ten years, the International Federation of Psoriasis Associations (IFPA) has organised World Psoriasis Day on 29 October. The day aims to raise awareness of this debilitating disease, which today affects around 2% of people worldwide, …

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18 Oct

Menopausal Dryness

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

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15 Oct

‘Ask the Expert – stress management’ summed up the feelings of the nation

Our monthly series of mental wellbeing sessions continued on Thursday last week (11 October) when we focused on stress management. Jayne Ellis and Teyhou Smyth kindly returned to answer people’s questions on this very sensitive subject. As usual with mental …

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12 Oct

This week in health – 12 October 2018

Friday has arrived, but the end of talkhealth’s working week has not – we’ll be working at The Sleep Show in London all weekend. But Sleep Show or no Sleep Show, we bring you another brief round-up from the world …

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5 Oct

This week in health – 5 October 2018

The week has flown by at talkhealth, so it’s time for our Friday health news round-up. Allergy news makes the headlines Perhaps the biggest health story of the past week or so has been about the sad death of 15-year-old …

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4 Oct

Ask the Expert Anxiety day raised many issues

With mental wellbeing and anxiety being such hot topics at talkhealth at the moment it’s no surprise that our Ask the Expert online clinic on these subjects last month was well attended. Here are talkhealth we never know what topics and …

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3 Oct

Can Psychic Readings Promote Emotional Health?

Psychic readings have been around since hope became a source of inspiration for many. Some critics and supporters claim to be for and against psychic readings and what they attempt to offer their clients. But whether or not the readings …

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2 Oct

Happy 18th Birthday to talkhealth!

On 1st October 2000, the talkhealth website was launched. Back then, when websites and the world wide web were barely toddlers, who would have guessed that 18 years later we’re celebrating a major milestone in the company’s history. Our aim …

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28 Sep

This week in health – 28 September 2018

It’s been another busy week at talkhealth but that hasn’t prevented us from monitoring news from the world of health. Our topics this time include sleep, allergies and weight loss. We always welcome your views so why not air them …

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25 Sep

Eczema isn’t just for one week a year

This year’s National Eczema Week, which actually took place over nine days, comes to a close today, 25 September. However, as many people know all too well, eczema doesn’t just affect sufferers for one week per year. talkhealth works with …

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25 Sep

Acne Twitter Chat

During our Online Clinic on Skin Conditions we will be holding an acne twitter chat on 27 September from 1pm-2pm BST via @talkhealth on Twitter supported by Eucerin. Just follow #talkacne and include the hashtag in your tweets on the …

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21 Sep

This week in health – 21 September 2018

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

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18 Sep

Rosacea Twitter Chat

During our Online Clinic on Skin Conditions we will be holding a rosacea twitter chat on 20 September from 1pm-2pm BST via @talkhealth on Twitter.  Just follow #talkrosacea and include the hashtag in your tweets on the day so you …

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17 Sep

The psychological impact of rosacea and its treatment: Increasing wellbeing and not being shy about asking for support

Social media accounts demonstrate that for some people living with rosacea can be related to significant levels of distress. That said, many people cope well with this long-term condition, yet understandably at times they may still experience anxiety, depression, and …

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14 Sep

This week in health – 14 September 2018

You might agree that health seems to have suddenly become a more popular topic than ever in the media, with breaking news stories almost every day. Here are a few that caught our attention here at talkhealth in the past …

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11 Sep

Employee ill health and poor wellbeing costing the UK economy a fortune

Every year, employee absence due to sickness, ill health and poor wellbeing is costing the UK economy a fortune. According to a new report by the CBI (the Confederation of British Industry), in partnership with Bupa and HCA Healthcare, last …

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7 Sep

This week in health – 7 September 2018

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

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24 Aug

This week in health – 24/08/2018

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

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10 Aug

PM awards outstanding Buckinghamshire-based MS and chronic illness ambassador

talkhealth would like to congratulate Trishna Bharadia, who has been recognised by the Prime Minister for supporting people living with MS and other chronic conditions. Trishna is the latest recipient of the Points of Light award, which recognises outstanding volunteers …

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3 Aug

This week in health – 03/08/2018

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

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27 Jul

This week in health – 27/07/2018

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

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20 Jul

This week in health – 20/07/2018

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

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13 Jul

This week in health – 13/07/2018

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

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5 Jul

talkhealth at the Allergy and Free From Show

This weekend, from Friday 6th – Sunday 8th July, talkhealth will be at the Allergy and Free From Show at the Olympia, London. We’ll be exhibiting at stand A611 and would love anyone attending to drop by and say hello! …

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2 Jul

Interview with Andrew Smyth – author of Grave Island

With his new book, Grave Island, now available to buy, talkhealth caught up with author Andrew Smyth to discuss the research that went in to the book around the operations and activity of pharmaceutical companies, fake drugs and medical legislation. …

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29 Jun

This week in health – 29/06/2018

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

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28 Jun

NHS England celebrates turning 70

This year NHS England will be turning 70. Since it’s inception in 1948, after the Second World War, the NHS has provided healthcare to millions, if not billions, of those living in the UK. On Thursday 5th July 2018, the …

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22 Jun

This week in health – 22/06/2018

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

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22 Jun

Online Clinic for Bladder Issues

In support of World Continence Week, talkhealth hosted an Online Clinic for bladder issues, which ran from 4-15 June, giving our community the opportunity to get their bladder related questions answered by expert medical professionals. Questions & Answers Most people …

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22 Jun

Sacral Neuromodulation Ask the Expert Session

In the UK, urinary incontinence affects an estimated 14.9% of adults over 40 years of age with faecal incontinence affecting an estimated 1.4% of adults over 40 years of age. talkhealth recently hosted an Ask the Expert session on Sacral …

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15 Jun

This week in health – 15/06/2018

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

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12 Jun

Rosacea and its impact on emotional health

Rosacea

Rosacea is a lifelong condition that can adversely affect emotional health and quality of life. Even when the physical symptoms of rosacea are relatively mild the impact on the quality of life for those living with the condition can be …

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8 Jun

This week in health – 08/06/2018

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

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1 Jun

This week in health – 01/06/2018

Cancer

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

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18 May

Sun Awareness Week

Sun Awareness Week

Summer is certainly closing in and with it the allure of barbeques, pub gardens and, of course, glorious sunny days. While we like those sun-soaked days as much as the next person, it’s important to remember the adverse effects the …

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11 May

This week in health – 11/05/2018

Hair Loss

Welcome to another week of talkhealth’s news round-up. This week, we will be looking at news around a new drug that could help cure male baldness, how delays in cancer treatment are having a huge impact on patients, and new …

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3 May

New evidence challenges use of bath emollients for children with eczema

A study published today in the BMJ suggests that there is little good evidence on the benefits of emollient bath additives, although the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends regular use of “emollient wash products” for children …

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3 May

May is Bladder Cancer Awareness Month

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

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2 May

Twitter chat for World IBD Day

To mark World IBD Day, talkhealth will be teaming up with @JanssenEMEA to host our latest Tweet Chat, on Friday May 18th between 1PM and 2PM. We’ll be putting questions out to the Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) community to raise …

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2 May

Don’t miss out on The Ticker Ball

Ticker Ball

On the 18th of May 2018, SIX TIMES OPEN will be hosting their latest event, The Ticker Ball. In support of the British Heart Foundation, the Ticker Ball will combine an evening of exquisite dining, live jazz and an auction, …

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27 Apr

How multiple sclerosis (MS) makes you feel

MS Awareness Week

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

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27 Apr

Interview: An insight into living with MS

MS Awareness Week

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

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26 Apr

Explaining MS symptoms

MS Awareness Week

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

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25 Apr

The A to Z of Multiple Sclerosis

MS Awareness Week

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

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24 Apr

Advice for young people living with MS

MS Awareness Week

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

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23 Apr

Who gets MS and why?

MS Awareness Week

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

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20 Apr

This week in health – 20/04/2018

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up on the biggest news stories in the world of health. From medical breakthroughs to scorching weather conditions, this week’s round-up certainly has a wide breadth of topics to take on. So, without further …

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16 Apr

Have your say in the future of local NHS dermatology services

Skin Care

The NHS Commissioning Alliance for Brighton and Hove, Crawley, East Surrey, High Weald Lewes Havens and Horsham and Mid Sussex are looking in to change how their local dermatology services operate, and they need your help. If you, a member …

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13 Apr

This Week in Health – 13/04/2018

Cancer Research

Every week, talkhealth round up the top news stories on the world of health from across the web and condense them into one bitesize read. This week, we’re looking at some new advancements in the understanding of cancer, diet and …

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6 Apr

This week in health – 06/04/2018

Sugar

Keep up to date on all the latest developments in the world of health with talkhealth’s weekly round-up! In this week’s round-up of the top news stories in the world of health, we’ll be discussing the newly introduced sugar taxes …

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5 Apr

The next fundraising challenge for SIX TIMES OPEN

Three Peaks Challenge

SIX TIMES OPEN, a fundraising campaign led by fraternal twins, Jonathan and David Stretton-Downes, have been working hard to reach their goal of raising £100,000 in one year for the British Heart Foundation’s research into heart disease. They have taken …

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23 Mar

This week in health – 23/03/2018

This Week in Health

In this week’s health round-up, we’ve got a range of news stories to cover, including the likes of diet, depression, care homes and back pain. This week also saw #WorldDownSyndromeDay, which came with a very heart-warming video, which you can …

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16 Mar

This week in health – 16/03/2018

This week in health

It’s been a varied week in health. There’s been some shocking and saddening news stories, including a report about the links between depression and cancer and the passing of Stephen Hawking. However, there’s also been a great deal of awareness …

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9 Mar

This week in health – 09/03/2018

This week in health

Bringing together some of the biggest news stories in the world of health, this week’s talkhealth news roundup will focus on some wide-ranging topics. Obesity has been one of the biggest health topics of the week, with many papers and …

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8 Mar

Inspirational women in health

Women in health

It’s international women’s day, and to celebrate we’ve put together a list of some of the most influential women in medicine. Ranging from the 19th century right up to the modern day, we’ve included just some of the woman who …

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2 Mar

This week in health – 02/03/2018

This week in health

It should come as no surprise, but the topic on everyone’s lips this week has been the sub-zero temperatures that have hit the UK. With snowfall across much of the country, the attention to health conditions during these treacherous times …

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6 Feb

Tinnitus Awareness Week 2018

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

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2 Jan

PHE launches Change4Life campaign around children’s snacking

Public Health England (PHE) has launched the first Change4Life campaign specifically promoting healthier snacks in order to help parents take better control of their children’s snacks. Shockingly, half of children’s sugar intake, currently around 7 sugar cubes a day, comes …

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2 Jan

3 before GP

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

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23 Nov

Is porridge better for health than statins?

A study conducted by Chris Seal, Professor of Food and Human Nutrition at Newcastle University, has stated that the incredible health benefits of porridge outweigh those gained by taking daily cholesterol-lowering medication. “Porridge is known to have many health benefits; …

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14 Nov

World Diabetes Day

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

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3 Nov

talkhealth Allergy and Eczema research published in Mail On Sunday

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

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1 Nov

Vitamin B3 found in Marmite linked with preventing miscarriages

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

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27 Oct

#TalkSchizophrenia Tweet Chat

On 10th October 2017, talkhealth and Janssen collaborated to run a tweet chat for World Mental Health Day focusing on Schizophrenia. Using the hashtag, #TalkSchizophrenia and #WMHD17.  Talkhealth, Janssen, members of the talkhealth community and other interested parties including MIND …

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20 Oct

Type 2 diabetes costing NHS £8.8bn each year

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

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15 Oct

Global Handwashing Day – A Guide to washing your hands

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

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11 Oct

Stoptober – Are you ready for the challenge?

Stop smoking

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

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2 Oct

Breaking the stigma: talkschizophrenia tweetchat

To mark World Mental Health Day (#WMHD17), we have collaborated with Janssen to host an hour long tweetchat on 10th October focusing on schizophrenia. If you have been affected by or are interested in this condition, we welcome you to …

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28 Sep

Fun Runs for the British Heart Foundation

You may remember in late last year us talking about the very inspiring twin brothers, Jonathan and David Stretton-Downes, that have partnered with the British Heart Foundation to raise £100,000 in the space of a year. The campaign, titled SIX …

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27 Sep

Do you need private medical insurance?

With hundreds of health insurance plans to choose from it is never easy to find the right one that suits you best. Many people’s thoughts on private medical insurance are….”not for me too expensive”, “I have a condition already so I …

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25 Sep

Unwanted scarring on your face or body – What can you do?

Unwanted scarring on your face or body – What can you do? Most people have at least one scar somewhere on their body (i) so you are not alone. Scars can be caused by a number of factors including surgery, …

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30 Aug

Why you might wee when you are running or exercising?

Most women, at some point in their lives have experienced urine leakage while running, but never talk about it and more often than not, this is due to weaker bladder muscles. Exercising should be enjoyable and not uncomfortable and there …

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29 Aug

Next stage of world-leading childhood obesity plan announced

Publich Health England (PHE) are now considering the evidence on children’s calorie consumption and are setting the ambition for the calorie reduction programme to remove excess calories from the foods children consume the most. These foods include pizzas, burgers, ready …

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25 Aug

Psoriasis Treatment – Approval from the MHRA of Dovonex

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)  have just announced the approval of Dovonex Psoriasis Ointment to be made available through pharmacies without a prescription. At talkhealth we would like to thank everyone that responded to our request to …

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23 Aug

Medical devices regulator issues warning on unreliable HIV home-testing kit

  The Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is warning people not to purchase or use Hightop HIV/AIDS home test kit as they may be unreliable and produce inaccurate results.  If you or someone you know has used a Hightop …

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