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Blogs about life with cancer.

Helen Barnshaw

30 Apr

Homemade Healthy Ginger Beer

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Helen Barnshaw

27 Feb

Having trouble getting all your MICRO and MACRO NUTRIENTS cleanly?

?Have you tried MICRO ALGAE??As well as containing Proteins, Lipids, and Carbohydrates, it’s also a powerhouse of Vitamins A C & E, various B Vitamins, and minerals Magnesium, Calcium, Potassium, Iron, and Iodine.?THE BENEFITS✔️I use Micro Algae in place of …

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talkhealth

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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talkhealth

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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Emma Hammett

7 Aug

Everything you need to know about cervical screening but were too embarrassed to ask

Cervical Screening Awareness Week aims to highlight the importance of regular cervical screening for women’s health. It’s an annual event – which runs from 10th to 16th June 2019 this year  – and is organised by Jo’s Trust, a charity …

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Helen Barnshaw

30 Jul

Going Vegan? ?

You may already know of the many benefits of going Vegan, Vegetarian, Pescatarian, Flexitarian; ? To name a few: * Better digestion * Improved metabolism * Improved energy levels * Improved circulation * Healthy weight loss * Improved detoxification ability …

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talkhealth

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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talkhealth

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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Christopher Inglefield

15 May

Why I Support the Government Stance on Textured Breast Implants

In April this year, amid a growing global clamour, the UK Government’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) announced that it has no plans to ban ‘macrotextured’ breast implants, or breast implants with polyurethane-coated surfaces. And in spite of …

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talkhealth

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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talkhealth

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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talkhealth

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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talkhealth

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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talkhealth

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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talkhealth

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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talkhealth

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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talkhealth

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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talkhealth

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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talkhealth

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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talkhealth

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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Pancreatic Cancer Action

20 Mar

Persistence saved my life, it could save yours too

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

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Rachel Jury

16 Jan

Urostomy bag Change

Recently there has been a lot of media coverage of brave ostomates baring all in magazines, Tv and breaking stoma stigmas. More and more articles are being featured of men and women embracing their stoma bags and talking openly about …

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Deborah

10 Jan

Weight Loss for Health

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

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The Urology Foundation

16 Nov

The operation to remove a cancerous testicle

The operation to remove a cancerous testicle – The surgeon’s view by Dr Ian Eardley, consultant urologist at Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust, Leeds. “When a man has testicular cancer, almost always it is best to remove the whole testis. The …

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Guest blogger

19 Oct

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

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

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Deborah

13 Oct

Link between cancer and obesity higher in women

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

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talkhealth

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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Dr. Seth Rankin

1 Oct

A Guide to…Breast Cancer

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

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British Skin Foundation

15 Mar

Brothers to brave Atlantic Ocean in row for skin cancer research

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

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talkhealth

23 Jan

Go for gold

According to the Food Standards Agency (FSA), you shouldn’t eat burnt toast as you may be increasing your exposure to acrylamide, a carcinogenic chemical formed via a reaction between amino acids and sugars when foods with a high starch content are …

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talkhealth

20 Jan

Jo’s trust #smearforsmear campaign

Jo’s trust is the only UK charity which dedicates itself to women affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities. Every year, Jo’s trust campaigns for women to be increasingly aware of the symptoms of cervical cancer and the need to …

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talkhealth

11 Nov

Alcohol awareness week

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

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talkhealth

17 May

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

Doctors have performed the first penis transplant in the USA

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

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talkhealth

9 May

This Week in Health News: Sun Awareness Week 2016

Girl holiday sun

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

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talkhealth

19 Apr

This Week in Health News: Treatment for Skin Cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease; The Junior Doctors Dispute Wares On

Junior Doctors Strike

Over the last few weeks, we’ve covered a number of positive health stories about potential breakthroughs in the treatment of deadly diseases including cancer. The potential good news continues this week, with the announcement of a new combination of drugs …

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talkhealth

12 Apr

This Week in Health News: Revelations about the Quality of Mental Health Care for Young People and a Breakthrough in Cancer Treatment

Children and teenagers are being let down by the medical establishment, two new reports argue

Two stories that have dominated the health news over the last few days share a common theme: that young people with mental health problems are being let down by the medical establishment in the UK. An edition of the BBC’s …

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talkhealth

6 Apr

This Week in Health News: More Strikes, The Oldest Ever Mother of Triplets, and Singing’s Effect on Cancer

Evidence suggests that singing in a choir may - for some at least - help to reduce stress and have a number of positive health benefits

Today (Wednesday 6th April), junior doctors in England began their fourth strike over the new contracts that are to be ‘imposed’ on them by the government. The walkout began at 08:00am and will last for 48 hours. With these latest …

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talkhealth

16 Mar

How will the 2016 Budget affect your health?

Sugar Tax

Today, George Osborne delivered his 8th budget as Chancellor. Tell us what you think of the 2016 budget. Do you think the Chancellor went far enough with his health initiatives? The key health-based initiatives announced are: A new Sugar Tax. …

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talkhealth

25 Feb

This Week in Health News: A Radical New Cancer Treatment and More

Researchers are developing a radical new method of cancer treatment

You may have noticed a number of cancer-related stories in the news this week. For one thing, data released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre has shown a significant recent drop in the number of women in England …

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talkhealth

11 Feb

Is there no safe way to get a suntan?

Basal cell carcinoma - the most common form of skin cancer.

This week, actor Hugh Jackman revealed on social media that he has recently undergone treatment for basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer. He’s been treated for the condition a number of times before, and has this …

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talkhealth

4 Feb

World Cancer Day, and Major New Research into Bowel Cancer

Today is World Cancer Day

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

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talkhealth

2 Feb

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

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

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

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Dr Helen Webberley

13 Jan

R.I.P. David Bowie – and what do we know about liver cancer?

David Bowie died this week of liver cancer.

The world experienced a palpable and seismic tremor of sadness at the death of David Bowie this week, who had fought an 18 month battle with cancer. As further details emerge it seems that the underlying diagnosis was of liver …

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Deborah

12 Jan

Meet Speedo Mick … charity fundraiser extraordinaire

BBC

Amongst other things I’m a Wycombe Wanderers football fan. A league 2 club with no money but fans who totally believe in and support the manager and the squad week in and week out. And this weekend just gone was …

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Patricia

8 Dec

Your Immune System – The First Line of Defence against Infections

Growing problems of immunity to antibiotics

On 6th December 2015, there was some disturbing news in the Daily Mail.  The headline ran thus: “Superbug that beats antibiotics heading our way” Basically, superbugs have breached the last line of antibiotic defences for the first time.  A drug, Colistin, …

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Koh Ming Shao

18 Nov

3 Things a Cancer Patient Should Do Before Passing On

My late father-in-law was 67 when he passed away with Stage IV of Pancreatic Cancer in June 2015. He underwent several cycles of chemotherapy and had lived for 1.5 years before succumbing to the cancer this year. He was very …

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Dr Helen Webberley

8 Oct

What does ‘abnormal’ white cell count mean?

This is something your GP may talk to you about after reviewing your blood tests. It sounds very scary but the vast majority of times there is usually a very simple and non-worrying reason. White cells are blood cells that …

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Dr Helen Webberley

28 Sep

The miracle that is aspirin

aspirin

Aspirin has been around a long time. It was first marketed by a German pharmaceutical company Bayer in 1898 as a cough suppressant and a ‘non-addictive’ substitute for morphine. Although acetylsalicylic acid (the chemical name for aspirin) was only first …

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Dr Helen Webberley

7 Sep

13 symptoms never to ignore

Dont-ignore

A large number of people have a habit of ignoring potentially serious symptoms. This may have dire consequences for the individuals concerned as delays in diagnosing cancer can lead to disastrous outcomes in terms of treatment and potential cure. There …

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Guest blogger

24 Aug

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

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

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Dr Roger Goulds

21 Aug

E-cigarettes. I am confused.

Woman smoking with electronic cigarette

I admit I am a little out of touch with latest trends and e -cigarettes are no exception . I like many tried cigarettes in my teens but did not like them and never got the habit. I understand that …

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Dr Roger Goulds

14 Aug

Live self determined-Die self determined

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In my last blog I wrote about the process of Assisted Dying in Switzerland. A country I have loved to ski and walk in for many years and a country I feel very at home in, as do my two …

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Dr Roger Goulds

9 Aug

To die with dignity?

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In this weeks news was the story of a woman in her seventies who travelled to a clinic in Switzerland to take advantage of Swiss law, which allows  an individual to choose to end their life. The article suggested that …

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Oral Health Foundation

28 Jul

14 Shocking things you need to know about dental health

A woman brushing her teeth

14 Shocking things you need to know about dental health. We all know that brushing our teeth twice a day and regular visits to our dentists are the key to keeping our teeth healthy. While this is true, there are …

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Kerry

8 Jul

Smear Test Saved My Life!

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

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Dr Roger Goulds

7 Jul

Living the dream

oldcouplefield-3

This week we are running our online clinic on bladder, bowel and digestive health. I have had a stressful week, moving house, downsizing here in the UK and hoping soon to semi-retire and move to France. It made me think of …

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Barbara Younger

3 Jun

Raising Awarenss: Womb Cancer Support UK

Womb Cancer Support

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

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Ultrabonkers

5 May

Still a marathon runner – ready to do it all again!

ultrabonkers marathon blog

A week on from successfully completing my first marathon, the Virgin Money London Marathon 2015, and I’m still just as happy as I was a week ago, and it will be something that lives with me all my life. I …

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talkhealth

5 May

An exciting week at talkhealth

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Last week Deborah was invited to speak at Digital Works 2015, hosted by the PM Society, to discuss our digital offering and the benefits we can provide. She spoke alongside presenters from the likes of Novo Nordisk and Novartis to …

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Ultrabonkers

20 Apr

ONE WEEK! One week of paranoia, excitment, balanced nutrition, hydration & staying healthy

7days_togo

This is it, just one week left till the Virgin Money London Marathon 2015.  A week / 7 days.  Seems a short time but, oh my word!  This is going to be a long, long, long week!  Not that I’m excited or …

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Ultrabonkers

31 Mar

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

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

Oh my!  The Virgin Money London Marathon really is getting close!  Sunday 26th April to be precise, or even more precise: 3 long runs, 8 effort runs, 9 recovery runs (or parkruns), 6 rest days, 2x Pilates sessions, 4x swims …

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Ultrabonkers

4 Feb

Running to beat blood cancers

Running to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research

My journey into marathons and ultra-marathons to challenge myself and raise funds for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research I’m a 53 year old Dad with two daughters at UNI, kart racer and a management consultant working long, pretty stressful hours from …

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Applebottomgenes

30 Dec

The FEELS

When I started writing about my weight loss journey I imagined myself sitting at my laptop being witty and wise and hopefully inspirational. Whats happened is Ive opened a can of worms where my feelings about my metamorphasis have bubbled …

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Barbara Younger

12 Dec

My Cancer Story: Handmade Affirmations!

Open Box

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

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Lesley

8 Dec

The Christmas Gift

I love Christmas. I love the build-up to Christmas. The crazy running around, gift-buying, baking, visiting, carolling, then the peace and quiet of Christmas Day. To reflect on the year, on life, be thankful, happy and sad. Christmas will never …

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Oral Health Foundation

10 Nov

Cancer prompts marriage, travelling and thrill-seeking

Getting married, travelling to Australia and skydiving are the three most common things Brits would do if they were diagnosed with cancer. When asked to name three things they would add to a bucket list if they were told they …

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talkhealth

4 Nov

Cancer Survival in England: Adults Diagnosed 2008 to 2012, followed up to 2013

Open book. Clipping path

Headline figures The trend of increasing survival continued for cancer patients diagnosed during 2008–2012. Survival is generally lower for older patients than younger patients, even after adjusting for death from other causes than cancer. Five-year net survival is over 80% for …

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Lesley

9 Oct

Autumn colours

Mom always enjoyed the autumn colours on her birthday. She would have been 70 today. We will be going for a walk in the woods later, to enjoy the colours and to celebrate. Mom’s cancer was aggressive. The first round …

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Charity News

30 Sep

Lynda Bellingham- Bowel Cancer UK statement

Bowel cancer charity logo

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

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talkhealth

2 Sep

Skin cancer hospital admissions soar by 41% in just five years

skin cancer melanoma

The number of hospital admissions for skin cancer treatment in England has increased by 41 per cent in the space of just five years, according to a study being presented this week at the World Congress on Cancers of the …

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Oral Health Foundation

14 Aug

Mediterranean diet reduces mouth cancer risk

Man eating salad

The article was released on the British Dental Health Foundation News section A Mediterranean diet can halve the risk of developing mouth cancer, according to a new study. The results, published in the British Journal of Cancer1, discovered that patients who …

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talkhealth

28 Jul

Bladder, bowel and digestive health clinic 2014

talkhealth clinic on bladder, bowel and digestive health

Did you manage to visit our online clinic on bladder, bowel and digestive health? If you missed it or would like to read through the questions and answers you can see all the content here. We would like to thank …

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Charity News

21 Jul

New clinical trial in bowel cancer

Cancer Research UK scientists have discovered how two genes – called MEK and MET – cause bowel cancer cells to become resistant to treatments used against the disease, according to research in the journal Cell Reports*. “Our discoveries in this …

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Barbara Younger

16 Jul

Garden Blessings and a Cancer Diagnosis

Pink Zinnea

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

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Charity News

14 Jul

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

jologo_1

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

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Charity News

9 Jun

Cervical Screening Awareness Week: What you need to know

jo's cervical cancer pic

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

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talkhealth

28 May

Genuine and practical help for people with weight issues?…

Marya Rosales

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

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Charity News

22 May

Does sunlight help protect against skin cancer?

hat

Moderate sunbathing outdoors or on a sunbed can be good preparation for a summer holiday. Sunburn and recreational exposure to the sun, e. g. during a summer holiday, encourage skin cancer, particularly in fair-skinned people. At the same time, the …

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Lesley

30 Apr

Always on my mind

I’m not used to people telling me things I didn’t know about my Mother. In the weeks leading up to her death from lung cancer, we talked a lot. She told me many personal things, and we shared the most …

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Charity News

9 Apr

European study reveals new causes of mouth and throat cancer

Poor oral health and failure to have regular dental checks could increase the risk of mouth and throat cancer, according to a pan-European study. The research also suggests – based on a small number of tumour patients – that excessive …

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Charity News

19 Mar

Dangerous misconceptions about skin cancer revealed by new research

Over half (53 per cent[1]) of people within the UK worry less about skin cancer than other cancers, with nearly one in five (18 per cent) misguidedly thinking it’s easily avoidable, according to new research. Furthermore, 38 per cent of …

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Charity News

10 Mar

Bowel Cancer UK launches new diet information pack for people in recovery from bowel cancer

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Bowel Cancer UK has produced a new information pack called ‘Your Diet: Living with and beyond bowel cancer’ which will inform and give tips to people recovering from bowel cancer. Every year, over 40,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer …

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Phil

20 Feb

A Skeptical Approach to Medicine – Part Three – What’s the harm ?

It’s been a while since I had the opportunity to post on Talk Health Partnership. This is despite a range of subjects interesting and moving me to want to comment. As ever, time is one of a select few commodities …

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talkhealth

12 Feb

Smokers to get ready for battle on No Smoking Day

National No Smoking Day on 12 March 2014

Smokers in across the UK are being urged to prepare for battle and attempt to give up cigarettes for good on No Smoking Day which takes place on Wednesday 12 March 2014. One in five UK adults smoke (1), but …

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Lesley

6 Feb

Walk and talk

Just when I thought there was no more to say, a simple comment to Dad today brought out another level of reflection from us both. Time has given us the space to listen and so nearly three years since Mom …

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talkhealth

27 Jan

#talkhealth Twitter Chat – Should ecigs be banned for under 18’s?

Should ecigs be banned for under 18s?

Tonight is the first of our #talkhealth weekly Twitter Chats. Each Monday from 8-9pm we will be hosting a Twitter Chat based around a topical health news story of the week. Tonight it’s all about electronic cigarettes. “Should ecigarettes be …

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Barbara Wilson

10 Dec

Choose Life

Someone asked me the other day whether cancer was ultimately a positive, transformative experience. Gosh, what a question! Thinking positively about cancer didn’t come easily to me at all, and I can’t imagine it comes easily to anyone. I experienced …

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Barbara Wilson

10 Dec

How can managers support working carers who look after someone with cancer?

Peter’s manager had been trying to get hold of me urgently. I left a routine meeting I had been chairing to call him back. One of the longer term members of his team had recently become a dad (for the …

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Barbara Wilson

10 Dec

The Hidden Impact of Cancer – Dealing with the Psychological Impact of a Cancer Diagnosis

  A few days ago I took part in two events concerning cancer and mental health. You might well ask – what has that got to do with cancer and returning to work?  My response to that is that it …

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Oral Health Foundation

28 Nov

The Grim Reality of Oral Cancer in Africa

Dental examinations in Tanzania

Mouth cancer (also known as oral cancer) is when an abnormal group of cells, known as a tumour, develops within the tissues of the tongue, mouth, lips or gums. As a dental practitioner working out in Africa for much of …

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Oral Health Foundation

19 Nov

Oral cancer: My perspective

Christine Gundry

As a PhD student researching cancer, I have heard time and time again the latest cancer statistics and the latest idea of how to ‘beat’ cancer. However, it never crossed my mind that I, a healthy and happy 25 year …

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Charity News

14 Oct

Young cancer patients three times more likely to be diagnosed through A&E

A report released today by Teenage Cancer Trust shows that over a third of young people with cancer (37%) are diagnosed through admission to accident and emergency. This is nearly three times the number of adults diagnosed in this way …

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Barbara Wilson

1 Oct

How do we get men to be more open about cancer

Silence isn't always golden

One major issue that has been raised with us a number of times is how to get men to be more open about health issues and cancer specifically so that HR professionals and line managers can provide them with the …

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Guest blogger

4 Sep

Don’t depend on EHIC when travelling with a medical condition

MedicalTravelCompared.com is a travel insurance comparison site specifically for over 65s and those with a pre-existing medical condition. The MedicalTravelCompared insurance panel currently comprises over 18 insurance products. Travellers complete a simple question set and a list of insurers, covers and premiums are returned. MedicalTravelCompared.com is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. The FCA Number is 592298. www.MedicalTravelCompared.com 0844 887 2102

Warnings to UK travellers not to rely solely on the EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) for emergency treatment while they are on holiday should be heeded especially by people with pre-exiting medical conditions.  www.MedicalTravelCompared.com, the first stand-alone comparison site for …

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Stef

31 Aug

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Radiation Necrosis: Does It Really Work?

If you’re an athlete or a cancer patient, you’re probably familiar with hyperbaric therapy. If you’re not, you should be. It’s a treatment option for people suffering from different conditions, including sports injuries and radiation necrosis. Hyperbaric therapy offers 100 …

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Guest blogger

15 Aug

Thinking of taking your e-cigs on holiday? Check before you go

Case packed, passport in hand, Euros in purse/pocket – ready to go! The big question now is “Can I take my electronic cigarettes on holiday?” Well, it depends on where you go, as regulations vary from country to country. I …

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Lesley

9 Aug

I’m not dead yet

Anniversaries focus the mind. Bring back memories. A talk radio discussion this morning reminded me how angry I was in the month before Mom died. How determined we were that Mom would not die in hospital. Mom was admitted for …

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Barbara Wilson

24 Jul

Returning to work after cancer – what’s so important?

Enabling cancer survivors  to return to work benefits the wider community

Returning to work after cancer – what’s so important? There are at present over 2 million people in the UK living with cancer and Macmillan Cancer Support estimates that by 2030 there will be 4 million. But the story of …

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Lesley

21 Jul

Time passing

The every-day hum drum of life is OK. It’s the quiet times that get to me. The times when grief is close to the surface of my heart, and erupts in a harsh sob, that I can’t even tell the …

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Phil

8 Jul

Do people buy ‘go private’ because the NHS is bad ?

In the United Kingdom the historic premise behind the National Health Service (NHS) has always been medical care free to the user at the point of delivery. It should of course never be forgotten that the NHS is anything but …

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Barbara Wilson

1 Jul

The Critical Role of Line Managers

I am often asked what is the most important factor in helping people return to work after cancer. Clearly a lot depends on the diagnosis, the stage that the cancer is at, and the kind of work the individual does. …

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Charity News

24 Jun

Two-fifths of Britons sunburn on purpose to get ‘deeper’ tan

Two thirds of britons deliberately burn to try and get a deeper tan

Two-fifths of people (40%) say they burn their skin in the sun on purpose to ‘deepen’ a tan, according to new research by Macmillan Cancer Support1. This is despite the fact that getting a painful sunburn just once every two …

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Guest blogger

18 Jun

Know your stuff – the importance of self examination for testicular cancer

Dr Chowdhury explains about how to do a testicular self-examination

Testicular cancer is the most common cancer for men aged 15-49 in the UK[i], with cases having more than doubled in Britain since the mid-1970s[ii]. However, despite this for the vast majority of men – around 95% – testicular cancer is curable, and this rate …

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Stef

14 Jun

Justice League Chemotherapy Bags for Children with Cancer

Justice League chemotherapy bags

Justice League chemotherapy bags are now available for children with cancer. It’s about time that superheroes gave sick kids a helping hand. Warner Bros., famous among comic book fans for their DC Comics legacy, recently partnered with A. C. Camargo …

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NecessaryEvils

10 Jun

DIARY ENTRY 2ND DECEMBER 2010

Sean’s brain tumour was discovered in late Easter this year. It was diagnosed as a Pilomyxoid Astrocytoma, a low grade tumour. For those who don’t know what this means, I’ll explain. The World Health Organisation categorizes tumours as one of …

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Barbara Wilson

7 Jun

Good news and bad news re cancer issued today.

      I’m sure you’ve heard the news today based on research by Macmillan  that by 2020 almost half of Britons will get cancer in their lifetime although 38% will not die from the disease. The growth in the …

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talkhealth

4 Jun

Government advert campaign about passive smoking

Government campaign about passive smoking on TV and online

People who smoke are being reminded of the dangers of passive smoking (second-hand smoke) in a Government advertising campaign  both via TV and online adverts. The latest research suggests that the NHS spends around £23m each year on children affected …

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Barbara Wilson

15 May

Angelina

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

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Guest blogger

7 May

Quick facts about UV protection and your eyes

Studies have shown that the effects of UV radiation are cumulative and may increase the chance of developing eye problems later in life

Many people know that exposure to the sun, especially at the height of summer, can damage their skin. But they don’t realise that extended exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays can also increase the risk of developing eye problems. CUMULATIVE DAMAGE: …

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Guest blogger

7 May

Sun Awareness Week survey results revealed

Half of Britons think that their skin is darker than it actually is, putting them at risk of developing skin cancer, according to new research by the British Association of Dermatologists. The statistics are being released to mark the start …

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Barbara Wilson

3 May

Rise in Cancer patients facing discrimination at work

Today Macmillan published a press release showing that four in ten people (37%) who return to work after cancer treatment say they experience some kind of discrimination from their employer or colleagues – compared to just under a quarter (23%) …

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Charity News

3 May

More and more cancer patients facing discrimination at work

Rise in cancer patients facing discrimination at work

There has been a rise in the number of people living with cancer experiencing discrimination at work – despite the introduction of the Equality Act, according to Macmillan Cancer Support1. New research shows almost four in ten people (37%) who …

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Barbara Wilson

2 May

Working With Cancer – Beginnings

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It was probably the most important bath I’ve ever had. Why? Well because it was while I was soaking away, floating in the steamy scented water and wondering if my hair would ever grow back after chemotherapy, that I thought …

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Lesley

24 Apr

Long-distance grieving

They say that the world is getting smaller, meaning it is easier to travel to or communicate with loved ones, friends, family and colleagues. But what about when someone you care about is ill, terminally ill? And living 10,000 km …

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Guest blogger

22 Apr

Half of people with moles which are cancerous or at risk of skin cancer have a history of sunburn or sunbed use

Over half of people with moles which are cancerous or at risk of skin cancer have a history of sunburn or sunbed use, according to figures released by The MOLE Clinic. In the past 12 months, the London-based independent skin …

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talkhealth

15 Apr

Online clinic on 50+ health – opens 17 April

NHS Choices / talkhealth online clinic on 50+ health

Our NHS Choices / talkhealth online clinic on 50+ health opens this Wednesday, 17 April 2013 and runs until 23 April. We have a fantastic panel of 10 medical experts who will be available throughout the week to answer all …

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talkhealth

13 Mar

London takes its place among healthcare innovation elite cities of the world

Downing Street

Jeremy Hunt launches London Centre of Innovation Excellence and new app library to help people live well. The UK’s worldwide reputation for innovation in healthcare will be sealed today as Jeremy Hunt launches London’s new centre of innovation excellence established …

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Lesley

21 Feb

Close one door and another one opens

When Mom was diagnosed I was angry. So angry that her retirement had been ripped apart so cruelly. So angry that her life would be cut short and there was nothing we could do about it. Angry that my job …

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Lesley

31 Jan

Don’t sweat the small stuff

I have changed. I used to be a worry-pot. I used to get annoyed at the slightest thing. I could get in a real temper. But that was before Mom became ill and died. It was a life-changing event. I …

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talkhealth

2 Jan

How will you stick to your New Year’s Resolutions? Read some top tips to beat the odds

Almost 1 in 10 (9%) New Year’s resolutions last at least 6 months but almost 4 in 10 (39%) will be over in 2 weeks. More than 4 in 10 (45%) say lack of willpower is to blame for why …

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talkhealth

31 Dec

Health 2012: a year in headlines

Our health in 2012

In 2012 we’ve found that the standards of health reporting have – largely – improved. Where there have been health scares these have been sensibly and even-handedly reported, ‘wonder cures’ seem to have hit the headlines far less often than we’ve …

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J W

27 Dec

Bleurgh

Well I don’t have cancer and the organs they removed from me were cancer free too which is the most fantastic news. So why do I feel a bit low and unhappy? Surgical menopause, that’s why. I had my ovaries …

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talkhealth

20 Dec

The participation of women in clinical trials

Clinical trials are vital for advancing medical knowledge and furthering the fight of human conditions and diseases. With continuing evidence and research in women’s health and more discoveries around women’s health, it is fact that women are valuable to clinical …

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Carol

16 Dec

DISEASES OFFER A SPEC-TACULAR VIEW

This week’s blog is dedicated to my Father who passed away in June of 2011 of cancer. I love and miss you daddy! My father, a former military man, had a wife and two daughters. He did not want any …

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talkhealth

5 Dec

40% only visit GP after nudge from a friend or relative

More than a third (40 per cent) of people say talking to a friend or relative about a change to their body that was playing on their mind encouraged them to make an appointment with a GP, according to a …

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DrB

4 Dec

Chelsea Physic Garden

In deepest Chelsea, London UK, there is a gem often overlooked by international visitors. In the picture DrB stands between the Psychiatry and Dermatology beds in Chelsea Physic Garden. Containing almost 5000 plant species from all over the world, the …

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J W

23 Nov

Life is like a box of chocolates…

Well life bowled me a googlie recently which has changed a few things around. I had to have a biopsy of my womb in mid-September due to the long term unopposed oestrogen I have been on and unfortunately I got …

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talkhealth

12 Nov

Vitiligo patients three times less likely to get skin cancer, study reveals

People with vitiligo, one of the most common skin diseases, are three times less likely to develop skin cancer, new research due to be published in the British Journal of Dermatology will reveal. Vitiligo is a condition in which areas …

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Deborah

12 Nov

Running is fun!!

Well, we are one week into our half marathon training! So far we’ve done 3 x 1.2 mile runs – I know it doesn’t sound like a lot, but with 18 weeks of training ahead far better to start steadily …

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talkhealth

9 Nov

Online clinic on prostate disease NOW OPEN

We are extremely excited that our NHS Choices online clinic on prostate disease, supported by the charity Movember and sponsored by ProstaBrit and TENA Men is now open for pre-clinic questions. Our medical experts will be on hand to answer …

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talkhealth

25 Oct

Movember and Sons London Launch

On 17th October 2012, talkhealth attended the London launch of Movember 2012. During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in the UK and around the world. The aim of which …

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talkhealth

18 Oct

Cervical screening: little change in a decade with around one in five women still not screened within five years

About one in five eligible women in England have not had cervical screening within the last five years – broadly the same as a decade ago – according to a Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) report. At 31 …

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talkhealth

10 Oct

HPV vaccination does not lead to an increase in sex

There have been claims recently that the HPV (Human papillomavirus) vaccination increases sexual activity in adolescent girls as it effectively gives them a ‘green light’ to have sex because of a perceived protection against sexually transmitted infections. This study published …

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talkhealth

8 Oct

Pancreatic Cancer Action and the Royal College of GPs Develop Tool to Aid Earlier Diagnosis of Britain’s Fifth Deadliest Cancer

National charity Pancreatic Cancer Action and the Royal College of GPs have joined forces to develop the world’s first e-learning tool to help GPs diagnose pancreatic cancer earlier. Pancreatic cancer is Britain’s fifth deadliest cancer with 22 people dying a …

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Lesley

3 Oct

Could all the money in the world find a cure for cancer?

I honestly think the short answer to that is no, but I would love to be proved wrong. Funding shortfall There are any number of high-profile cancer research campaigns, all begging and pleading for funding. The UK medical research funding …

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Sarah

22 Sep

Cancer Warning for Women who like a Glass of Wine or Three

They are the problem drinkers missed by government efforts to curb alcohol misuse – women, often middle-class and professional, who share a bottle of wine with a partner over dinner each night, putting their health at risk. Unnoticed because they …

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Lesley

10 Sep

Your choice

Sometimes, when things get a bit tough, it is easy to forget that we have a choice. We have a choice about where and how we die. With a diagnosis of terminal illness, we are given plenty of time to …

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Carol

26 Aug

LOSING IT…MY HAIR

At this moment, while writing this blog post…I am doing something I don’t like to do: getting my hair done. I would rather sit in a dentist chair than spend the many many hours it takes to get my hairconstructed. …

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Lesley

23 Aug

When your time is up

I am writing this today, the day after Tony Nicklinson died. I don’t know his family, but I do understand how brave they are. To see your loved one suffer is so very hard to bear. We knew that Mom’s …

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Carol

19 Aug

AUTOIMMUNE OLYMPIADS

Well, the Olympics are over. Thank God! Now I can get some sleep. I was so sleep deprived. I could have won a gold medal in crankiness. I am in awe when I see the super-human type feats executed by …

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Lesley

6 Aug

Get your ducks in a row

That’s what Mom always said. She was a wise woman, right to the end. And her clarity and comprehension of her situation helped us to help her. My wonderful husband was pro-active in getting Mom to decide where she wanted …

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Carol

21 Jul

CLEANING HOUSE

Since I’ve written a blog post about poop, I feel as though I can talk to you guys about anything. We are all family, right? OK, so, I want to discuss with y’all a word that is even more vile …

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Deborah

4 Jul

Eat 40% less and live 20 years longer

Eat 40% less and live 20 years longer - just like mice!

Today I forgot my lunch. Typical rush in the morning and being hassled by my kids to get out of the house to start the 25 minute school run in the car. I had some errands to run today, so …

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talkhealth

4 Jul

Can you screen for skin cancer?

Skin Cancer is the most frequent type of cancer in the UK, but of the 100,000+ cases only ten percent will be the most deadly kind – melanoma – and of those affected only around 2,000 will die.  If detected …

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Lesley

3 Jul

Isn’t it time we changed the way we do bereavement?

Bereavement doesn’t have to mean suffering. It can be a period of reflection, from which we, the survivors, draw comfort and strength to face the future without our loved ones. I have been close to my Dad this week as …

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Carol

23 Jun

BOOST YOUR IMMUNE

This week’s blog is dedicated to those who suffer from one or more autoimmune diseases. I take my hat off to you! Having to endure the daily struggles of your respective invisible illness is truly a heroic feat, and in …

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talkhealth

19 Jun

J&J files for expanded use of prostate cancer drug Zytiga

Johnson & Johnson has filed for approval of a new indication for its prostate cancer drug Zytiga in the US and EU, which could allow it to be used earlier on in the course of the disease. The company’s Janssen …

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Lesley

18 Jun

Can General Practice handle the emotion of terminal illness?

Reading a GP’s Twitterings made me realise that we have very different ideas about what patients should expect from GPs. GPs expect patients to fit into the numbers game (alcohol consumption, weight, blood pressure, cholesterol). Patients expect GPs to treat …

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Southdowns Private Health Care

14 Jun

Is sunburn a child protection issue?

Tanning - a Child Protection Issue?

I recently noticed a news story, in The Huffington Post on 27th May, relating to a story which is receiving a lot of coverage in America this week about a mother who is facing second-degree child endangerment charges for allegedly allowing …

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Lesley

29 May

Sometimes, death is a negative

I enjoy reading grief blogs. They are often witty, inspirational and always personal. But some are written by cynical ‘grief specialists’, each with a unique process for dealing with grief. Now, this is OK for some, but for many of …

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Lesley

25 May

Things my mother never taught me

My mother was a fine woman. She was strong and jolly and independent. She was not a stay at home mom. She worked full time and I went to pre-school when I was just two years old. I loved it, …

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talkhealth

18 May

Risk of Malignant Melanoma linked to blood pressure study finds

The main risk for both Malignant Melanoma and Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers is exposure to UV light, whether direct from the sun or from artificial sources such as sun-beds. However there may be other unexplored risk factors which may add to …

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talkhealth

16 May

Online Clinic on Skin Cancer and Sun Safety

talkhealth in partnership with NHS Choices, Skcin and Factor 50 have today launched an Online Clinic on Skin Cancer and Sun Safety. Clinical experts including Dr Andrew Wright, Dr Jonathan Bowling Clinical Nurse Specialist Saskia Reeken and Speciality Nurse Deborah Mills …

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Lesley

14 May

Dying Matters Awareness Week

The support we had when Mom was dying was second to none. The group of people who rallied round and made sure that Mom’s wishes were met, were angels to her and to us. Mom found it difficult to accept …

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Lesley

9 May

Be clear on cancer: what the NHS ads don’t say

Let me first be clear – I whole-heartedly support the NHS lung cancer campaign to know the signs and go to your doctor if you have a persistent cough. But ours won’t be the first you’ve read, or the last, to say …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Southdowns Private Health Care

26 Mar

Jade Goody’s Legacy offers protection for boys.

On the 22nd March 2012 it was three years since the tragic death of Jade Goody. The Big Brother reality TV star died of cervical cancer at the age of 27 on Mother’s Day 2009, leaving two young sons. Although …

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Mark

13 Mar

Sugar – Poison, Drug or both?

 What is all the Fuss about Sugar! Its just Sugar right? Our World is infested with Sugar in many forms, in Soft Drinks, over Pills, in Medications, Sweets, Syrups, Sauces the list goes on… Have you ever hit the pause …

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talkhealth

12 Mar

Factor 50 Working In Partnership With Crawford Healthcare

Skin Cancer support group, Factor 50, has today announced its new partnership with Crawford Healthcare Ltd.   The UK distributor of the Australian sun protection range, SunSense, will be supporting Factor 50 throughout 2012, providing samples of high factor sun …

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talkhealth

9 Mar

Top Australian sunscreen now available at Waitrose

SunSense, the No 1 Australian sun protection brand, is now available at selected Waitrose stores and Ocado.  SunSense, which is also available at John Lewis stores and from Crawford Healthcare Ltd, provides high factor protection from the sun’s dangerous rays. …

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talkhealth

8 Mar

Yorkshire Cancer Research funds scientists for research into ovarian cancer

Yorkshire Cancer Research has awarded scientists at the University of Leeds more than £41,000 for further research into the identification of drug resistant cells in ovarian cancer. One of the deadliest cancers in women, ovarian cancer is hard to detect …

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AnnA_R

7 Mar

What’s The Fastest Growing Cancer In Women?

One of the wonderful things about being a writer is people send you all sorts of snippets – without which I would never have heard of Dr Oz. Not as you might think a native Antipodean, his is actually from …

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talkhealth

1 Feb

International investigation into skin cancer survival to begin in Leeds

A MAJOR international collaboration between scientists investigating the survival of melanoma skin cancer patients will begin at the University of Leeds later this year. Professor Julia Newton-Bishop from the Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine, part of the University of Leeds’ …

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Lisa

31 Jan

Winter Sun Can Be Damaging

Most people don’t need to think twice about liberally applying a sunscreen during the summer or when holidaying abroad, although when the bitterly cold long winter sets in, applying sunscreen is the last thing on many a mind. The thing …

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talkhealth

18 Jan

Britain’s Burning – 92% of visitors to skin cancer roadshow say they have been sunburnt

Survey results released today from the Mole & Sun Advice Roadshow, organised by the British Association of Dermatologists and supported by La Roche-Posay, reveal that 92 per cent of those asked said they had experienced sunburn, and many had been …

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Mark

18 Jan

Alkaline – Stay Phit on the inside out.

So we are now well into January 2012… Christmas, chocolates, fizzy drinks, cakes and desserts are no longer for many people as they head towards a new years promise of weight loss and being healthier. On the Subject of health …

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Lisa

7 Dec

Skin Self Examination – why are they so important!

Skin Self Examinations are so important with 200 new cases of skin cancer being diagonised in the UK every day. My family was one of them 4 years ago. Both my husband and myself have a number of moles, I’m very …

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Mark

7 Dec

Over 40% of Cancers through Lifestyle Choices try something new Today

Today the BBC reported on Cancer UKs latest news that over 40% of cancers are through neglect of positive lifestyle choices, Smoking, Alcohol, Lack of Exercise and lack of Nutrition. Making simple lifestyle choices using the opportunities that day to day life presents us with, as in my previous …

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talkhealth

5 Dec

Skin cancer compensation soars in Australia

The amount of compensation employers in Australia are paying out to workers in skin cancer claims has doubled in less than a decade. Workers are eligible for compensation for sun related injury or disease because employers have a duty of …

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