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What is wrong with my lungs? 5 lung conditions to be aware of

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Oct 03, 2019 @ 12:22 PM

We all know that our lungs are a vital organ, necessary to keep us alive, and if we don’t have a medical career, we can probably remember some of the information we were taught at high school and that’s about it. Something to do with aioli? Or is that the garlic dip? The good news is that for our bodies to work, we don’t need to know what they’re doing, they are able to function by themselves. But what happens when we get a pain, a rash, or an ache that we’ve never had before, and our body is unable to work as well as it usually does? With something as vital as the lungs, this can be quite alarming, and we suddenly wish we’d paid more attention in biology class. Difficulty breathing and pains in our chest are definitely not symptoms to be ignored, and knowing what the symptoms mean, how to spot them, and what to do next is really important. You should always talk to your doctor if you have any new symptoms that don’t go away, but researching the symptom yourself with a credible symptom checker can really help you and your doctor to reach a diagnosis quicker. Here are the most common causes of problems in your lungs and their symptoms.

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Iron deficiency anemia in infants and children - Signs and symptoms

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Sep 19, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

Iron deficiency symptoms, as we explored last week in our blogpost, are common in pregnant women and in women who experience heavy periods. Another predominant age group at risk of iron deficiency symptoms are infants and children. In this week’s post we will explore how iron deficiency manifests in the under 18’s and symptoms to be aware of, which can give you an early warning that your infant or child is becoming iron deficient.

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Could I have Bell’s palsy? Symptoms and treatment for Bell’s palsy

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Fri, Aug 23, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

Bell’s palsy can be very frightening to experience or witness, and cause great alarm. Over a matter of hours, muscles in the face begin to lose function, and many mistake these temporary symptoms for the more serious condition of a stroke. While not as medically threatening as a stroke, Bell’s palsy, which most commonly occurs in those between the ages of 15 and 45, is an acute condition that should be treated within hours to encourage the best prognosis. In this blogpost we’ll explain the condition further, talk about the symptoms to look out for and how to differentiate between Bell’s palsy and a stroke, and what to expect with treatment and recovery.

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1 Minute Read -  Aplastic Anemia Differential Diagnosis

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Aug 15, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

Aplastic anemia is a rare life-threatening disorder with hypocellular bone marrow, where the bone marrow cannot make enough new blood cells. This hypocellular bone marrow results in pancytopenia, which is low reticulocyte, granulocyte and platelet counts. We’ve written about pancytopenia before if you’d like to know more about that. Each year between 2-5 people per 1 million are affected by aplastic anemia.  Aplastic anemia occurs most frequently in young adults between 10-25 years old, as well as patients older than 60 years.

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Could I have myeloma? Myeloma and blood cancer symptoms

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Aug 01, 2019 @ 11:39 AM

This blogpost is another instalment of our in-depth look at specific blood cancers. We’ve written an overview of blood cancers, touching on the 3 main types. We have written posts about Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and leukemia. This week, we’re going into more detail with myeloma, a type of blood cancer inside the bone marrow. We’ll go over the definitions, types, and symptoms of myeloma, as well as helping you know what treatments are available and how to get help if you are concerned.

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1 Minute Read - Disparities in Gynecologic Cancers

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Jul 18, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

The National Cancer Institute defines healthcare disparities as ‘differences in the incidence, prevalence, and mortality of a disease and the related adverse health conditions that exist among specific population groups.’  It has been noted that disparities often exist for gynecologic cancers when considering and diagnosing these conditions. Gynecologic cancer is any cancer that originates in a female’s reproductive organs.  The five types of gynecologic cancers are:

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Women with alopecia month - Could I have alopecia?

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Jul 04, 2019 @ 12:06 PM

Every month we try to highlight a monthly observance and raise awareness for a cause in the medical field. July is women with alopecia month in the US, and we’re giving you the ins and outs of this condition, covering what is known about the types and causes of alopecia.

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1 Minute Read - Dysphagia - Difficulty Swallowing

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Jun 20, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

Dysphagia is the medical term used to describe patients who have difficulty swallowing and is common, especially in the older generation, although it can occur at any age. Each year 1 in 25 adults will experience a swallowing problem in the United States. 

The normal mechanical process of deglutition, or the act of swallowing, transfers a food or liquid bolus which has been ingested and transports it from the mouth to the stomach via the esophagus.  If this process is interrupted via disease or motility issues, then two types of dysphagia can occur.

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Could I have Leukemia? Types, symptoms and treatment of leukemia

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, May 30, 2019 @ 12:18 PM

Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally, surpassed only by cardiovascular diseases. What’s more, around 80% of the people who get heart disease are over 65, whereas with cancer overall, that number is reduced to around 50%. This means cancer has probably affected everyone at some point, be that with a diagnosis yourself, or when someone in your life has had cancer. This is why we write about cancer quite a lot on the blog, most recently having done a crash course series on the types of cancer, and the treatments that may be offered to you should you be diagnosed. We aim to demystify and help make sense of as many types of cancer as we can, and today’s blogpost is no different. We’ve written about blood cancer as a whole before, and we have a post on Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, but we have never gone into detail about leukemia, with which around 60,000 people are diagnosed each year in the US alone. In this blogpost we’ll go over the main types of leukemia, the signs and symptoms to look out for, and how the disease is treated.

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Body Image - #bebodykind – Mental Health Awareness Week

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, May 16, 2019 @ 11:50 AM

Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK takes place this week and is organized by the Mental Health Foundation. Each year an issue is selected and focused on to raise awareness of how that issue is linked to Mental Health, and to open up conversations around the topic.  This year’s topic is “Body Image – How we think and feel about our bodies.” Body image has a big impact on all our lives and a UK poll released this week by the Mental Health Foundation found that out of 4,500 UK adults:

  • One in 5 adults (20%) felt shame about their body image
  • One in 3 (34%) felt down or low
  • 19% felt disgusted because of their body image in the past year

1,118 UK teenagers (age 13-19) reported that 37% felt upset and 31% felt ashamed with their body image.

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