general health

Blog posts covering a wide range of health conditions.

Dr Faiza Khalid

17 Jan

How to have a healthier commute

A daily commute can sometimes take a toll on your physical and mental health. In this post for talkhealth, I will be sharing some helpful tips on how to have a healthier and happier commute. Be more active If your …

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Dr Sufian Ali

17 Jan

Head lice: what you need to know

Head lice made headlines after Labour MP Emma Hardy suggested changes made to NHS guidelines “threatens an epidemic of head lice in our schools” in parliamentary debate at the end of last year. The guidance published by NHS England in …

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Maria Kane

16 Jan

Chronic Pain and Mental Health

When it comes to our physical health problems, it’s important that we also consider our mental wellbeing. As a psychotherapist with a background in Health Psychology, the link between our physical and mental health is always at the forefront of …

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talkhealth

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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Teyhou Smyth

11 Jan

Post Holiday Blues

Dealing With Post-Holiday Blues JANUARY 7, 2019 It was the most wonderful time of the year. Everyone decked the halls and rocked around the Christmas tree. The New Year has been rung in. The ball has dropped. The resolutions, set. …

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talkhealth

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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Guest blogger

4 Jan

Running Machine: Why are regular runners leaning towards treadmills for training?

Treadmills take out the factor of weather and its unpredictability out of one’s fitness routine completely. These are convenient running machines that have found their way into every celebrity’s fitness routine, athlete’s regular workout and beginner’s fancy. Every gym is …

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talkhealth

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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talkhealth

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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talkhealth

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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Sarah Taylor

12 Dec

Ménière’s: What I’ve learnt …

Ménière’s has been like a rollercoaster ride that has scooped me up and flung me about and turned me upside down. I’m currently in the middle of a relapse and I can’t work, but I wanted to write a positive …

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talkhealth

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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talkhealth

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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talkhealth

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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talkhealth

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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talkhealth

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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talkhealth contributors

28 Nov

Improve your quality of life

Businesses and professionals whose daily focus is on helping people coming to the end of their life are well placed to help us all live to the full. Hospice workers, end-of-life carers and funeral directors come face-to-face daily with the …

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Dr Maheinthan Yogeswaran

28 Nov

Should we be eating less fat?

With Christmas coming up, many people will be worried about the amount of fat they are consuming during the festive period. In my first blog post for talkhealth, I hope to dispel some of the myths surrounding fat. Although the …

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Teyhou Smyth

19 Nov

Improving Self Esteem

When self-esteem is lower than it should be, self-advocacy almost always suffers too. After All, when we are not feeling worthy of our own admiration and love, we likely do not expect others to recognize our worth, either. It’s hard …

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talkhealth

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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talkhealth

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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talkhealth

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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talkhealth

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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talkhealth

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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talkhealth

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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talkhealth

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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talkhealth

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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Guest blogger

18 Oct

New infographic reveals the true cost of healthcare in the UK

Our beloved health service has been supporting people in the UK when they need care the most for an impressive 70 years, but do we take the NHS for granted? The NHS in England alone costs £110 billion to run, …

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Trishna Bharadia

16 Oct

Woman of the Year award for our blogger Trishna Bharadia

I was fortunate enough to attend the 18th Asian Achievers Awards 2018 in September, an event held to celebrate the achievements of some exceptionally talented people in the British Asian community across the arts and media, sports, community service, as …

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talkhealth

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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British Liver Trust

10 Oct

7 in 10 people with liver disease in the UK don’t even know they have it

Nearly 75% percent with liver disease don’t know it, according to research published in the Lancet(1). For many, the first indication is following admission to Accident and Emergency when the disease is advanced and chance of survival is very low. …

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Guest blogger

9 Oct

Treatments for Osteoarthritis

It has been estimated that the number of people in the UK with osteoarthritis is around 8.75 million with almost half that figure suffering from knee OA. This means that a third of the population aged 45 and older have …

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talkhealth

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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talkhealth

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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talkhealth

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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Teyhou Smyth

2 Oct

Managing Stress

  Deadlines. Bills. Money problems. Chores. Family responsibilities. Relationship challenges. Work issues. Politics. Drama. STRESS. TOO MUCH STRESS. Does this sound familiar? Of course it does. Statistics from the APA even show how stressed we are. Forty four percent of …

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talkhealth

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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talkhealth

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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Jayne Ellis

26 Sep

Saving Starfish

An old man was walking along a beach when he noticed a young woman off in the distance. As he got closer, he noticed that the woman was collecting starfish that had washed up on the beach and tossing them, …

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talkhealth

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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talkhealth

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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talkhealth

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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Teyhou Smyth

10 Sep

The Balancing Act: Finding the Sweet Spot Between Work and Life

Work-life-balance Teyhou Smyth

When you conjure up images of being a success at work, what do you picture in your mind’s eye? If you imagined long hours at the workplace late into evening, slaving over tasks that can’t possibly wait until tomorrow, you …

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talkhealth

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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talkhealth

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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Jayne Ellis

22 Aug

The hidden cost of caring

In its 2018 Survey of unpaid carers Carers UK states that 72% of unpaid carers in the UK said that they had suffered mental ill health as a result of caring. This carer fatigue or compassion fatigue has been recognised …

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David Neal

15 Aug

Talking through your doctor-patient relationship

Communication cuts across every aspect of good healthcare but it’s also one of the most difficult things to get right consistently. I think we can do better. I know from working as a doctor, and from experiences as a patient, …

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Teyhou Smyth

13 Aug

The Gift of Anxiety

Generally, anxiety isn’t one of our top-ten on any gratitude lists. It can bring a lot of misery to our days, and often sends us mixed messages about what is safe and what isn’t. It can raise our blood pressure, …

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talkhealth

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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talkhealth

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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Meghan French

3 Aug

Fibromyalgia – “Just Because We Don’t Complain, Doesn’t Mean We Aren’t in Pain”

Good day my lovely followers! I hope that everyone is doing as well as possible. I know that some of you have been able to power through and get some kind of work done or you may have even been …

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talkhealth

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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Guest blogger

25 Jul

The lowdown on sleep apnea

Wind back the clock a few years and sleep apnea wasn’t really a thing. Or, it was in health circles, but most of the general public had absolutely no idea of what it actually was. Suffice to say, times have …

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talkhealth

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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Caz

20 Jul

Tips For A Successful Pre-Op

Tips For A Successful Pre-Op Surgery. It’s a word that sparks abject fear and worry for some, and a need for distance and distraction for others. I tend to fall into the latter category. Regardless of you deal with the …

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The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

20 Jul

Your Treatment Plan: What You Need to Know

By Kristin Reynolds Upon diagnosis, pancreatic cancer patients should work closely with their healthcare team in making treatment decisions. Among the points to discuss are: goals of treatment, types of treatments, potential side effects and length of treatment. The healthcare team is critical in making …

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Lowen Puckey

20 Jul

No News Isn’t Always Good News

question mark inside a speech bubble expressing bad communication between doctor and patient when searching for a diagnosis © livingpositivelywithdisability.com

Struggling to find a diagnosis in a health system that doesn’t care as much as it should… It’s been exactly six months and three days since I first visited my Rheumatologist with hands that were sore and unable to do …

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talkhealth

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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talkhealth

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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talkhealth

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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Guest blogger

2 Jul

Professional tips that will save your face from acne

Everyone who has pimples on their face knows how overwhelming this state can be. Acne is not only a health issue, but it can also affect your confidence, because you are always worried about the way you look. There are …

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talkhealth

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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talkhealth

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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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

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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talkhealth

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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Natalie Garton

18 Jun

What Effect Would A Wet Wipes Ban Have On Ostomates?

You may have seen the news recently and the talk of the Government banning wet wipes.  With the current focus on the environment, recyclable products are much more in favour at the moment.  Wet wipes contain non-biodegradable plastics, are single …

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talkhealth

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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Lowen Puckey

14 Jun

What a Good Relationship With Your Doctor Looks Like

Cup of tea, glasses and an x-ray form, to illustrate getting good medical help © livingpositivelywithdisability.com

Have you ever walked out of an appointment with your GP and wondered what you paid all that money for? Have you ever felt like they didn’t really listen, palmed you off, even scoffed at your symptoms? Getting good medical …

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Edd Williams

13 Jun

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the sports hall (GCSEs are here again, along with depression, stress and anxiety).

Doesn’t time fly? I can hardly believe that once more a querulous cohort of GCSE students are being ushered begrudgingly into sports halls up and down the country with the weight and expectations of their parents resting heavy upon their …

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talkhealth

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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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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Pancreatic Cancer Action

5 Jun

1 in 8 people will have type 2 diabetes by 2045

An image of the BMI calculator which you can click on to take you to an external link for type 2 diabetes by 2045

Concerning new research just presented at this year’s European Congress on Obesity in Vienna indicates that almost one in eight people will have type 2 diabetes and that almost a quarter of people worldwide will be obese by 2045. The …

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talkhealth

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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talkhealth contributors

23 May

Why You Might Need Hip Surgery

The hip is a crucially important joint in the body. Problems with it create severe difficulties with walking and can subsequently affect the back, knees, ankles, and feet. Issues with the hips are often addressed with surgical intervention, even though …

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Pancreatic Cancer Action

16 May

What is the pancreas?

An icon to represent a conversation about where and what the pancreas is

Why is it easy to recall the location and purpose of some organs and more difficult for others? Perhaps it is because you can see a person breathing, or can hear someone’s heartbeat. The pancreas may work quietly in the body …

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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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The Urology Foundation

2 May

How to spot the signs of bladder cancer and what to do next

Bladder Cancer

A little guide for you this Bladder Cancer Awareness Month, from The Urology Foundation. In the UK, there are over 10,000 new cases of bladder cancer diagnosed every year and nearly 5,000 people die from the disease each year. It …

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talkhealth

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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talkhealth

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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Stef

30 Apr

Denialism on veganism: a systemic blind spot among doctors regarding the health benefits of plant-based diets

“So, where do you get your protein?” A fellow doctor asked this question after finding out I became a vegan. Imagine my surprise, considering that doctors should know that a person’s daily protein requirement was less than one gram per …

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talkhealth

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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talkhealth

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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talkhealth

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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Guest blogger

26 Apr

SilDerm – Scar Share

Almost everyone will be affected by scarring at some point in their life. They can have a lasting psychological impact on top of the obvious physical effect. However, SilDerm don’t want people to be embarrassed of their scars. Which is …

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talkhealth

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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talkhealth

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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Mark

23 Apr

Live Well with COPD Group

Here we have an amazing bunch of people who inspire me each and every week.Westbrook Wellness is very pleased to work with and see the self help support group Live Well with COPD achieve very encouraging results in their bi-annual, …

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Mark

23 Apr

Work”Out” or Work”In” ?

  I talk rather alot about working “In”as well as” Out” in my sessions but how do you know when to work “in” and not work “out”? It’s really simple protocol but as ever you need to be accurate and …

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talkhealth

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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talkhealth

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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talkhealth

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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Mark

12 Apr

Exercise of The Week

Add this Week’s Exercise of the Week into your routine! The Fish. A simple yet very effective exercise. Stretching the chest, torso, intercostals, hip flexor, and the throat. Strengthening the upper back muscle, the muscles at the back of the …

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James Rush

12 Apr

Sodium healthy or unhealthy?

Salt has been valued highly for as long as mankind can remember, to the point in which people used to use it for trading with others around the globe. Salt was a significant factor as to why early humans settled …

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Caz

9 Apr

Coming To Terms With A Stoma

Post-op

Some people get a day. Some may get a week, a month, a year. Others may get no warning, simply waking up with a new life. From IBD and cancer, to colonic inertia, pelvic floor dysfunction and bowel trauma, stoma …

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talkhealth

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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Guest blogger

4 Apr

LUV your sensitive skin with SunSense

Do you struggle to find the right sunscreen for your sensitive skin? Finding the right sunscreen can be problematic if you suffer from skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, skin rashes due to prickly heat or polymorphic light eruption and …

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talkhealth

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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James Rush

19 Mar

Supporting your marathon running training

Once you’ve made the decision to enter an marathon or endurance race of any kind, the same is true for all sports in general for that matter and that is don’t let all the hard work and effort be wasted …

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Mark

19 Mar

Pilates where did it come from? Should you be Practicing Pilates?

Where Did Pilates Come From? Should you be practicing Pilates?  Joseph Pilates was initially a frail young German who took it upon himself to become a very strong, educated, healthy man. Joseph took part in wide range of sports including fencing, …

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talkhealth

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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Louise Potter

14 Mar

What Is Diversion Colitis?

I get asked this question a-lot across support groups as I have been quite vocal about diversion colitis since having this diagnosed. I have decided to do a video entry for this to explain about the condition and how it …

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talkhealth

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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talkhealth

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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Guest blogger

8 Mar

The last taboo? Vaginal dryness during menopause

It’s one of the most common symptoms of menopause, but vaginal dryness is often the least talked-about. Though it can affect women of any age (with an estimated 17% of women aged 18-50 experiencing it at some stage) it is …

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Guest blogger

6 Mar

5 protein-rich foods free of gluten

Protein is a key component of a healthy diet and ensuring your daily meals include an ample amount should be a key focus if you’re looking to improve your health or levels of fitness. However, this can be made more …

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talkhealth

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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Rachel Jury

28 Feb

Rare Disease Day 2018

Rare Disease Day

Today is the 28th February and a very special day…today is Rare Disease Day! Rare Disease Day is help on the last day of February to raise awareness for rare diseases and improve access to treatment and medical representation for …

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Louise Potter

25 Feb

Low Residue Diet After Ileostomy Formation

What Is A Low Residue Diet? So for those of you facing stoma surgery you may have heard this. You may not have heard this. So what is a low residue diet? A low residue diet is something that needs …

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Guest blogger

20 Feb

Creating an effective uniform for the healthcare industry

Businesses in the healthcare industry have certain specific considerations that they need to keep in mind when they’re creating a uniform. Businesses in the healthcare industry have certain specific considerations that they need to keep in mind when they’re creating a …

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James Rush

20 Feb

How effective is a plant-based diet

A review of the effectiveness of a plant-based diet compared to a meat-eating diet on health, performance, and weight-loss.   When considering a plant-based diet, what option do you have to consider: –   Vegan, complete removal of all animal products …

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Guest blogger

15 Feb

What sort of impact could ‘Aussie Flu’ have on the UK?

A virulent strain of influenza, H3N2 has severely hit the UK this flu season. The number of patients combating the virus at one point rising by 78% in just a week, according to statistics from the Royal College of GPs. …

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Caz

8 Feb

What I want you to know about invisible illness

Not all is what it seems. From the outside, you’d say I’m a healthy, happy young woman who looks fine. Look beyond what your eyes tell you and you’ll find chronic illness. Invisible illness is a condition or disability that’s …

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James Rush

6 Feb

Superset training – how to implement them and when is best to do so

I am going to give my views on how best to implement agonist-antagonist paired set training and their benefits over traditional set training based on my own experience of training myself and others as well as a recent review was …

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Ed Francis

2 Feb

Excuses NOT to go to Therapy – Reality Check

I wish I could watch as you click off this page when the reality of what you are about to read hits home with you and begins to sink in. It is a horrible feeling; I know I’ve been there! …

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James Rush

1 Feb

Beginners guide to weight loss

I have listed 5 methods of the many available when considering a nutrition protocol for weight loss. The fundamentals must exist when choosing your protocol but the protocol must also be fit with your lifestyle and level of engagement, choosing …

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James Rush

25 Jan

Top 5 recovery methods for active individuals

Here are my 5 tips to recovery for active individuals who wish to get back to the sport of training that they enjoy so much at the best level possible for them. Recovery according to sports physiology literature is a …

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Edd Williams

24 Jan

Live Twitter Q&A Tuesday 30th 1:00 pm & 7:30 pm

For those of you have been reading and (hopefully) enjoying my recent blog posts regarding how best you as parents can help your children navigate the choppy waters of education and careers related learning, and, by so doing mitigate the …

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James Rush

23 Jan

How to take control of your own health

Now that it’s January everybody wants to get back to the gym and start a new diet or exercise health kick of some description whether that’s a detox protocol or simply couch to 5k. For the average person in the …

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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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Mark

9 Jan

No Time for Exercise? How about 3 minutes?

Are you tight for time and want to try Pilates?  “I don’t have 10 minutes to myself” sound like you? To busy to book in at a club, drive to the club, and attend a class…. I know that time …

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Edd Williams

3 Jan

New Year, new you? You’re better off eating cake than pretending you don’t for a fortnight.

New year, new you? It’s one of the biggest myths perpetrated by, well, just about everyone and everything. The simple function of chronology doesn’t allow one to entirely reinvent oneself because the hand of a clock sweeps past an arbitrary …

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talkhealth

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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talkhealth

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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Dr. Seth Rankin

6 Dec

The Skincare Changes you Need to Remember in the Winter

While many of us spend our winter dreaming of a white Christmas we often forget the impact the harsh weather can have on our skin is overlooked! The main culprits to blame for this are cold, dry air, low humidity …

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Dr. Seth Rankin

30 Nov

How to stay Healthy as the weather gets Colder

It’s that time of year again when we welcome back crisp mornings, short days, and colourful leaves. Winter is the favourite season for many, but for others, well, it’s not so straightforward! If you have been allergic to winter in …

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Guest blogger

29 Nov

The success of the Stoptober 2017 campaign

For another year, a focus on quitting smoking swept the nation with the Stoptober campaign. This is a 28 day long event run each October during which smokers are inspired to stop smoking. There is always a considerable amount of …

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Dr. Seth Rankin

15 Nov

A Guide to… The Flu

The common cold or flu? It’s not uncommon around wintertime for you, or the people you know, to start falling ill, complaining of sore throats and blocked noses – maybe even missing a day or two of work. Often, people …

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Edd Williams

9 Nov

3 simple steps to help define and secure your child’s future (and take a load off too…)

In my previous blog post I spoke about how the gravity of the choices facing our students could be, amongst other factors, having a demonstrably negative impact on their wellbeing and mental health. This is an idea that has certainly …

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Dr. Seth Rankin

9 Nov

A Guide to Norovirus

A nasty strain of Norovirus (otherwise known as the ‘winter vomiting bug’) is expected to sweep across Britain this winter and leave us all feeling under the weather. What actually is Norovirus and is there a way of preventing the …

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James Rush

7 Nov

Protein requirements for weight loss

My top points when looking at protein needs in general and when trying to lose weight. My top points when looking at protein needs in general and when trying to lose weight. When our aim is weight loss by default we …

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talkhealth

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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Deborah

27 Oct

Record low sales of antibiotics for use in animals

There’s much in the press about antibiotic resistance and rightly so. Antibiotic resistance is a major threat to modern medicine with estimates suggesting it could be responsible for ten million deaths per year by 2050 and cost the global economy …

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talkhealth

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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Edd Williams

25 Oct

Is poor mental health in our young the inevitable consequence of uncertainty?

Given the renewed focus in the UK to address years of stigmatising, ignoring or explaining away it is refreshing to see mental health is being acknowledged as an issue worthy of time, money and initiatives. For too long the rote …

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Ed Francis

23 Oct

What is Stress – The Stress Response

We all experience stress on a daily basis, it is completely natural and that being the case, we can’t stop it, however, we can stop it in its tracks and reduce our stress triggers. Firstly, lets look at what’s going …

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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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Dr. Seth Rankin

18 Oct

Health Benefits of Walking

Greek physician, Hippocrates said: “Walking is a man’s best medicine,” and over 2000 years of medical and scientific research later his statement still holds pretty strong! Even celebrities like Brooke Shields, Katherine Heigl and Bethanny Frankel enjoy a good stroll …

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talkhealth

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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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

4 Oct

Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Childbirth is one of the most wonderful miracles in the world and thanks to an army of incredible midwives, doctors and nurses, the experience can be exhilarating. Despite the adrenaline and excitement that comes with giving birth, there are several …

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Ed Francis

2 Oct

Spider Phobias Cause Unwanted Stress

It is of course this time of year where all you see are things spider related and even see the little critters invading your home. Arachnophobia is the worlds biggest fear and causes many people unnecessary stress and anxiety, oddly, …

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talkhealth

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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talkhealth

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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Dr. Seth Rankin

27 Sep

Mastitis

There are many benefits of breastfeeding as breast milk provides the best nutrition for a baby, containing antibodies to help the baby fight off infection and can act as a great bonding experience for mother and baby. However, there are …

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talkhealth

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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Charity News

27 Sep

Smokers twice as likely to develop debilitating skin disease

Tobacco smokers are twice as likely to develop a debilitating skin disease, according to new research published in the British Journal of Dermatology this week. Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a chronic and recurring inflammatory disease of the hair follicles, which …

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Olivia Rendall

25 Sep

Find the Fun in Fitness for National Fitness Day 2017

This week, talkhealth will be joining thousands all across the UK in supporting National Fitness Day 2017. Wednesday 27th September will see people all across the country shoving on their running shoes or slipping on their swimming costumes to have …

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Dr. Seth Rankin

21 Sep

A Guide to…Migraines

We have all suffered the discomfort of a headache at some point in our lives, but anyone who has ever suffered from migraines knows all too well the misery and suffering that this condition can cause. Migraines are a disorder …

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Alison Webb

20 Sep

National Meningitis Awareness Week

This week is National Meningitis Awareness Week, but how much do we really know about Meningitis and the different strains! As a parent to 18 year old twin daughters who recently lost a very dear friend (George Zographou) to Meningitis, …

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Dr. Seth Rankin

13 Sep

What Is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis   is a condition where the cells that line the womb (uterus) are found elsewhere in the body. The lining of the womb is what is shed during your period but the cells that are found in other parts of …

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Guest blogger

11 Sep

Is the Robocop knee brace the new ‘must have’ for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis? The celebrities seem to think that it is …

Recent media stories, a landmark study and the Autumn/Winter TV schedules highlight the Össur Unloader’s ability to offer pain relief, improve function and maintain a healthy lifestyle Recent national news stories (London, UK – August, 2017) have drawn attention to the …

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talkhealth

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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talkhealth contributors

30 Aug

4 Ways to Stay Healthy

One of the things you will want to do is remain as healthy as possible. This can allow you to get more out of life and enjoy the good things it has to offer. Another reason to work towards the …

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Deborah

30 Aug

Online Doctor v Patient-to-patient Support

Do people seek information from HCPs online or do they prefer online support from fellow patients? Over recent years there has been a steady increase in the availability of patient-focused websites offering health information and support across a wide range …

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talkhealth contributors

29 Aug

3 Reasons to See a Therapist

Despite the major advances in mental health, seeing a therapist still holds a stigma in general society. We are afraid to seek out help because in some way it’s means that we are “broken”. That we aren’t as healthy as …

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talkhealth

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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Deborah

25 Aug

What does today’s tech-savvy, self-caring, knowledgeable patient look like?

modern, tech-savvy, self-caring, all-knowing patients

There’s little doubt that the 21st century patient is very different to the 20th century patient of my era. Much has changed and technology has been the key driver for change. So what does the modern, tech-savvy, self-caring, all-knowing patient …

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talkhealth

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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Deborah

24 Aug

40-60 years old not even walking for 10 minutes once a month

According to a report by Public Health England (PHE), middle aged men and woman are not getting enough exercise. In fact a staggering 41% are not even managing a 10 minute brisk walk once a month! Dr Jenny Harries, Deputy …

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talkhealth

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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Guest blogger

11 Aug

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

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

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talkhealth

5 Jul

The NHS – The Beginning

The NHS was born was 5 July 1948. Aneurin Bevan, a Welsh Labour Party politician who was the Minister for Health following the Second World War, launched the NHS in the Park hospital in Manchester, otherwise known today as Trafford …

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Guest blogger

1 Jun

5 Hacks to Improve your Workouts

Several individual and group exercise formats are offered by fitness centers, such as those that are choreographed to music like dance and aerobics classes. Many offer boot camp, fall prevention, sculpting, kickboxing, indoor cycling, yoga, Pilates and core conditioning. Group …

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talkhealth

31 May

UK expats could cost NHS £500million report says

A report, published today, by the Nuffield Trust, suggests that when reciprocal health arrangements within Europe end, post Brexit, the cost to the NHS could be as much as an extra £500m each year as expats return to the UK for …

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talkhealth

25 May

Ear Nose and Throat – See talkhealth in The Guardian

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

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talkhealth contributors

24 May

Factors Determining The Costs To Preserve Health

In an ideal world, no cost is too high to preserve health, but the unfortunate reality of health care pricing is almost always a factor in deciding which treatment approaches to take. High Cost of Health Care Worldwide How expensive …

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talkhealth

16 May

Manage your health with Patient support Programmes

For those living with chronic health conditions, self-management is crucial for managing and controlling symptoms day to day. Protecting your own health is a responsibility that can require some help and guidance to ensure you pursue the right treatment for …

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Guest blogger

3 May

The challenge of coping with osteoarthritis in the workplace

Half of all adults in the UK will develop Osteoarthritis, 1 in 2 will develop osteoarthritis (OA) in their knees while 1 in 4 will develop it in their hips and 1 in 12 will develop it in their hands. …

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talkhealth contributors

18 Apr

Infections and Conditions Common to Children

Vaccines have made a lot of the illnesses associated with childhood a rarity, but many others continue to be a fact of life. They range from such common infections as conjunctivitis and croup to the more mysterious ones, such as …

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talkhealth contributors

18 Apr

3 Tips for Incorporating Healthy Living Into your Family’s Life

If you have a family, you will want to do all you can to keep them healthy. This will take the right amount of effort on your part and know-how. It’s important to understand how and why you will want …

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talkhealth contributors

12 Apr

Start Each Day Awake and Refreshed Naturally

For many people, as they get older getting the proper amount of sleep just doesn’t seem possible. If you have trouble falling asleep every night or a few times in a week, you’re not alone. Scientific research shows that over …

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talkhealth contributors

12 Apr

Discussing Ways to Achieve a Healthy Lifestyles with Children

Children today live in a world that’s changing rapidly. Processed foods are the new norm and electronic devices are replacing activity. If you’re concerned that your children are caught up in the fast lane, it’s time to put your parenting …

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talkhealth

5 Apr

GLUTEN FREE PRESCRIPTIONS – Action Against Allergy

AAA support for coeliacs Action Against Allergy is giving its support to the campaign being co-ordinated by Coeliac UK to persuade the NHS to seek an alternative to their proposed withdrawal of prescriptions for the gluten free foods needed by …

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talkhealth

30 Mar

Anaphylaxis Campaign – Orange Wig Day Friday 19 May 2017

Living with severe allergies and being at risk of anaphylaxis (a severe and potentially fatal allergic reaction) seriously affects the lives of those at risk. There is currently no cure or treatment to prevent anaphylaxis – instead people must learn …

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Guest blogger

23 Mar

Top Healthcare Technology Advances to Watch Out

Healthcare organizations are searching for the best tools to improve patient care and, in some cases, reduce healthcare costs. These technology advances may replace obsolete procedures and treatments in the future. However, not all of them are as promising as …

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talkhealth contributors

23 Mar

What healthy sleep habits should you adopt?

If you want to remain healthy, and retain your levels of concentration, you need to make sure you get the right amount of sleep. Different people require different amounts of sleep, but the average adult generally needs between seven and …

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talkhealth

21 Mar

Paraffin in skin creams linked to fire deaths

You may have read in the news this week (19 March 2017) about the link between people using paraffin based skin creams and dozens of fire deaths across England. People living with conditions such as eczema and psoriasis who use paraffin based …

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Guest blogger

16 Mar

What Is the Disability Living Allowance?

The welfare system is there to help us should we end up in difficulties – it’s the rainy day fund that we all, collectively as a society, contribute to through our salaries. One way in which it’s there to help …

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Guest blogger

13 Mar

What Steps Are Taken in a Dental Implant Procedure?

Have you had enough of not being able to smile because you’re worried about what people think of your missing teeth? If that’s the case you would have likely already heard of how getting dental implants can give you the …

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Guest blogger

7 Mar

Exploring The Major Health Risks That Are Associated With Tobacco

Did you know that each year in the United States more than 480,000 people die do to a tobacco related illness? When you factor all this up it means that 1 out of every 5 deaths in the United States …

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Betty Hutton

1 Mar

THE GREAT PRETENDER

My Freddie Mercury (again!) – originally by The Platters (way back) After receiving such great care from The Royal Derby Hospital, I completed an on-line form to be a Volunteer Patient, partly to ‘give back’ a little and also in …

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Dean Edwards

1 Mar

Fake Tan Fail?

Some of you with eagle eyes may have noticed over the years especially during the summer months that my hands are noticeably lighter than the rest of my body. This is not the result of me washing my hands too …

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Guest blogger

23 Feb

How to detox your body

A detox is essentially a holistic regimen to clear your body of toxins, invigorate your senses and rejuvenate. If you don’t want to go to extremes like colonic irrigation, here are a few simple and effective ways to help you …

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Guest blogger

21 Feb

Everything you need to know about chlamydia

What is chlamydia? Chlamydia trachomatis is a bacterial infection transmitted through sexual contact (semen or vaginal fluid). Infection can occur via vaginal, anal, and oral sex and even when a man does not ejaculate. It is treated with antibiotic, usually azithromycin …

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talkhealth

17 Feb

Should you take Vitamin D to combat colds and flu?

Yesterday (16 February 2017) it was widely reported on TV, in newspapers and across the Internet that taking Vitamin D could significantly reduce the incidence of colds and flu amongst the general population. In fact, some newsrooms went as far …

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talkhealth

14 Feb

Introducing Action Against Allergy – our latest charity forum partnership

talkhealth are excited to announce that we are now hosting the forums for the charity ‘Action Against Allergy’. Log on to the AAA forums to join the general discussion, view charity news and individual to talkhealth we are especially delighted to announce a forum …

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talkhealth contributors

14 Feb

How to Choose a 30 Day Rehabilitation Program

If you, or perhaps someone that you know, need to go to an intensive rehabilitation facility then you may be considering a 30 day program. This is exactly what it sounds like, a month on lock down without the influences …

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British Skin Foundation

9 Feb

BSF – Pollution: How it affects our skin

Concerned about the effects of pollution on the skin? Dr Anjali Mahto, Consultant Dermatologist & British Skin Foundation Spokesperson discusses the measures you can take at home to protect your skin. Dr Mahto explains, “As skin is your outermost barrier, …

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Guest blogger

8 Feb

Could microscopic worms help rebalance your biome?

Autoimmune illnesses and allergies are becoming a more and more common occurrence. We regularly hear about people with food and seasonal allergies. Many of us know someone who suffers with migraines, Crohn’s disease or eczema. And the increase in the …

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talkhealth

4 Feb

World Cancer Day – Saturday 4th February – We can, I can.

Currently 8.2 million people die a year from cancer with lung cancer being the most diagnosed globally. In the UK 2.5 million people are living with cancer and this number is expected to rise to 4 million by 2030. Living …

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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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Guest blogger

19 Jan

Do e-cigarettes work at helping you kick the habit?

In the UK, smoking is the primary cause of preventable illness and premature death, accounting for around 96,000 deaths a year. This figure is more than those for obesity, alcohol, road traffic accidents, illegal drugs and HIV infection combined. The …

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British Skin Foundation

17 Jan

Caring for a child with eczema: Jasper’s story

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

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talkhealth

16 Jan

Should GPs run a 7 day service?

The government are keen for GP surgeries to open from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week. Doctors are being told that if they fail to meet their commitments to keep surgeries open for longer, they may lose extra funding. …

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talkhealth contributors

12 Jan

The Fight To Stay Sober: Why You May Not Want To Battle Your Addiction On Your Own

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Addiction – no matter what it is that you are addicted to – can be a very hard thing to beat on your own. There are many factors that play into why it is such a tough road for people …

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Guest blogger

10 Jan

Reasons Why Paternity Tests Should Be Beneficial

father_and_child

Giving birth is one of the most exciting, memorable and painful experiences of your life. In the ideal world, you are accompanied by your loving partner; and you end up with a happy, healthy baby that you both can love …

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Kath

10 Jan

Let’s talk about it!

Tender moment between a mother and her 11 days old newborn baby

I wonder what makes it OK to talk openly about breast health yet we still find it awkward to discuss problems with our downstairs department? We all go a bit embarrassed, give it a silly name and laugh it all …

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Guest blogger

6 Jan

Don’t let high blood pressure affect your vision

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An eye examination can prove beneficial to more than just your eye health. Conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, and excessive levels of cholesterol can all be spotted during an optician’s routine checks. Whilst this is hugely beneficial for catching irregularities …

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