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Could I have cervical cancer? - cervical cancer screenings and symptoms

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, May 10, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

Worldwide screening programmes for cervical cancer are one of the great success stories of modern medicine and have been responsible for a massive decrease in the disease. In the US there has been a 50% decrease over the past 30 years due to screening, and results in the UK are not far behind. But the impact of this potentially devastating disease is not shared equally around the world. More than 8 in 10 deaths from cervical cancer occur in low to middle income countries, who tragically can’t afford the screening, or as it’s more commonly known, the smear test. Cervical Cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women with more than 527,000 cases being diagnosed worldwide every year, with approximately 50% of those leading to death.

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World Mental Health Awareness Month | Stress and staying fit

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, May 03, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

In recent years the subject of mental health has been gaining more and more publicity, as we start to become both more conscious of the effects mental health have on our general wellbeing, and also more accepting. Removing the long held stigma surrounding mental health is paramount to us being able to research, treat and, most importantly, prevent the often complex diseases surrounding mental health. Amazingly, since 1949 the US have run their Mental Health Awareness Month in May, but it is only in the last decade that people have really started to accept mental health as an intrinsic part of our overall health. The UK also host Mental Health Awareness Week from 14th-20th May. The US are focussing on fitness, with the hashtag #4mind4body, highlighting the impact of good exercise and physical wellbeing on the mind, whilst the UK are exploring stress. Whilst not a mental health problem in itself, when stress is not dealt with effectively it is potentially the largest cause of mental health issues today. We wanted to explore both of these themes this May, and so we’ve written a little bit about each, to inspire everyone to think about their fitness, their stress levels, and their overall mental health.

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Could I have age-related macular degeneration (AMD)?

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Apr 12, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) has been in the news a lot recently for different reasons. The American actress, Roseanne Barr recently announced that after 2 years preparing herself for a life with severely impaired vision following a diagnosis of AMD, a second opinion from a different doctor has revealed a more positive diagnosis: her so called ‘blindness’ was actually caused by a mole growing on the inside of her eye which, given time, could be removed. And in another similar story and an even more positive note, an 86 year old patient who had all but lost sight in one eye due to AMD, has now recovered his sight again, following pioneering stem cell therapy at London’s Moorfields Eye Hospital.

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10 Facts you didn’t know about Autism - World Autism Awareness Week 2018

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Mar 29, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

This week is World Autism Awareness week, with countries around the globe learning about and discussing this neurological spectrum condition. Autism was first researched and considered in the 1940s by the pioneers Hans Asperger and Leo Kanner, although it would be another 40 years before this work would be translated and published, and research could gain momentum. Even by the 1980s, however, there was still a lot to learn about the condition, with many people confusing definitions of autism with those of psychosis or other mental and physical illnesses.

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Could I have endometriosis? - Endometriosis symptoms and diagnosis

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Mar 15, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

A recent article in the UK ‘Times’ newspaper has highlighted shocking statistics relating to the diagnosis of endometriosis, a common condition affecting girls and women of childbearing age. As many as 10% of women around the world have endometriosis, meaning 176 million people worldwide are suffering with the condition. Despite these numbers, the average sufferer has to wait over seven years, often enduring constant pain and repeated miscarriages, among other symptoms, before finally receiving a diagnosis. Caroline Overton, a senior consultant at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, has called for more teaching and awareness on the condition, stating that “more must be done to recognise and understand the symptoms and to encourage women to voice concerns about their health.”

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Could I have Raynaud's Disease? | Raynauds symptoms and diagnosis

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Feb 15, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

With reports coming in about the excessively cold temperatures at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, thoughts turn to the discomfort of having cold fingers and toes. But imagine suffering this discomfort all year round, so much so it makes simple, everyday tasks like buttoning up a shirt very difficult. This is what some sufferers of Raynaud’s Disease experience on a regular basis. February is Raynaud’s awareness month in the UK and campaigns are working hard to increase awareness of this condition, also known as Raynaud’s Phenomenon or Syndrome, which afflicts around 10% of the adult population, with 4/5 sufferers being women.

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Could I have constipation? Constipation symptoms and diagnosis

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Jan 11, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

fig-sliced-plate-wooden-table.jpgWe’re all familiar with that post-holiday bloated feeling, and given that for many of us, rich foods, sweet puddings, a glass or three of wine and slouching in front of the TV are all part and parcel of the holidays, it’s no surprise that our digestive systems sometimes issue the odd complaint after a week or two of overdoing it. Sometimes that uncomfortable bloated feeling just stays a bit too long and constipation sets in. So how do we know when we need to go to the doctor about it, and when should we be aware that perhaps there’s a bit more going on than just constipation?

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The 12 Ailments of Christmas | Common winter illnesses and symptoms

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Dec 14, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

It’s no coincidence that more people get ill over the holiday period than any other time of year. Parties, late nights, bad weather, over-indulgence in food and drink, not to mention concerns about the bank balance, all take their toll on our bodies. To ease you into the festivities we’ve compiled a list of 12 common ailments you’re more likely to pick up, along with some ideas on how to prevent them, so you can hopefully enjoy a germ-free Christmas or holiday season.

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How to Save a Life - Coping with Emergencies

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Nov 30, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

We have blogged before on first aid procedures that are useful to know, and our recommendations on first aid courses you can take. There are some medical occurances, however, for which a blanket first aid course just cannot prepare you, and it is in these emergency situations that the bravery and instinct of those around the person in trouble, and their actions, could determine how well that person recovers. There are certain conditions in which noticing the signs early, or performing specific procedures when they do happen, can improve the chances of a successful recovery.

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Could I Have Lung Cancer? | Symptom Checker

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Nov 09, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Recently, we blogged about Stoptober, a British initiative to encourage people to quit smoking. Now we’re into November, it’s the awareness month for one of the illnesses most commonly associated with smoking: lung cancer. If the Stoptober campaign is working for you and you’ve managed to kick the habit, then rest assured that your risks of contracting lung cancer will already be going down. In this blogpost, we explains the symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatments for lung cancer, so you can be prepared and understand your symptoms.

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