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Do I have a migraine? Migraine symptoms, types and causes

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, May 24, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

Migraines are a very common ailment, with studies suggesting they affect up to 13% of the US adult population. Symptoms can be moderate to severe, and can last hours or even days, and a lot of people confuse a migraine with a bad headache. It is however, a little different to other headaches, and people who suffer from regular migraines often describe attacks as debilitating, rendering them unable to carry out day to day activities.

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1 Minute Read - Tickborne Diseases - The Great Imitator

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, May 17, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

Tickborne diseases are infectious pathogens transmitted by tick bites to humans. 

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1 Minute Read - Mitochondrial Disease - The Quest for a Timely Diagnosis

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Apr 19, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

Results of a recent survey published in the journal Neurology Genetics, on patients with mitochondrial disease, have stated that genetics identify the ‘diagnostic odyssey’ experienced. Diagnostic odyssey is defined as the time taken between a patient first developing symptoms and receiving a correct medical diagnosis. 210 patients participated in the survey, all of whom had physician diagnoses of mitochondrial disease and were recruited through the Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network.  The results were alarming:

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ECRI Institute says Diagnostic Errors Are a Top Patient Safety Concern

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Mar 22, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

The ECRI Institute (formerly the Emergency Care Research Institute), has announced diagnostic errors as the top concern within its 2018 Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations report. ECRI Institute is an independent non-profit organization which dedicates itself to applying scientific research to discover which medical processes, devices, procedures and drugs are best and improve patient care. The ECRI Institute serves 5,000 members and clients include hospitals, health systems, public and private payers, U.S. federal and state government agencies, health clinics, patients, policymakers and ministries of health.

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National Brain Injury Awareness Month 2018 - TBIs and their symptoms

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Mar 08, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month in the US, led by the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA). A brain injury is quite literally any injury to the brain, and so is a very wide subject encompassing many different injuries. From sports injuries and traffic accidents to strokes and damage from drug abuse, a brain injury affects up to 1.5 million Americans every year, and those are just the ones that report to the emergency room or doctor. This year BIAA are focusing on breaking down stigmas and misconceptions surrounding brain injuries and the disabilities resulting from them. They are using the hashtag #changeyourmind to help spread awareness, and we’ll talk more about what you can do once we’ve done our bit. We thought we would go over the basic information, terminology and of course symptoms of brain injuries, to help educate everyone this National Brain Injury Awareness Month.

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1 Minute Read - Measles - Europe rates soar

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Feb 22, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

In 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that measles was at an all time low across Europe, with only 5,273 cases being recorded, and 547 of these being in the UK. In 2015, the UK only had 91 cases confirmed, and this meant the country achieved the WHO elimination status, which dictates that the number of cases reported  has been low enough to stop the disease circulating around the UK. Unfortunately, these figures have now risen for 2017 within Europe to over 20,000 of which the UK accounted for 282 cases.

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World Heart Month 2018 | Could I Have Angina?

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Feb 08, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

February brings with it matters of the heart, in more ways than one. Aside from Valentine’s Day on February 14th, the month also marks a focus on heart health both in the US and the UK. We’ve blogged about Heart Month for the past two years now, on steps you can take to improve your heart health and atrial fibrillation symptoms, and 2018 is no different. This year we’ve chosen another common heart condition which is often ignored or left undiagnosed, as people fear that it may be the sign of a more sinister problem. The truth is, angina is a great warning and a reminder for us to take a look at our overall health and how we’re treating our hearts, so ignoring it can lead to much bigger problems.

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What to expect after the menopause - postmenopausal symptoms

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Feb 01, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

We recently wrote a blogpost on the symptoms of the menopause, detailing what to expect when entering the perimenopause until menopause occurs.  Generally, the symptoms are bothersome, but they are a normal part of the menopause transition and therefore nothing to be concerned about.  After you reach menopause, which is defined as having no period for a year or more, you have entered the postmenopausal stage. There are some common symptoms of the postmenopausal stage, and the risk for more serious complications also increases at this time in life, due to your body adjusting to the absence of reproductive hormones.

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Could I have SAD? - Seasonal Affective Disorder Symptoms and Diagnosis

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Jan 25, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

blue-face.pngThe beginning of this month saw “Blue Monday,” the day coined by PR everywhere as the most miserable day of the year, after a psychologist was actually asked to create a formula to decide “the most depressing day of the year” for a holiday company. This was obviously a PR stunt grown way out of proportion as over 10 years later, we are still talking about the fact there is seemingly only one day in the year where it is okay to feel depressed. From a health perspective, this is both an inaccurate portrayal of the debilitating mental health issues that many deal with daily, and also quite harmful to those struggling with depression.

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Dry January 2017 - 10 Benefits to quitting drinking

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Jan 04, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

Back in October we did a post on the effects of stopping smoking, to encourage those who had taken on the Stoptober challenge. With the new year, comes a lot of new years resolutions, from stopping smoking, to starting the gym. Whatever you’re trying to give up or start in 2018, we hope you do well and stick to your health goals. A very popular choice of resolution, at least for the first month of the year, is cutting down on alcohol consumption. Dry January has been around for a few years now and with each year more and more people take part. For some it’s a concerted effort to banish the booze forever or tackle a more serious alcohol addiction, but for many it is simply a great way to kick off the year, detox from the overconsumption of the holidays, and resolve to drink less overall in 2018. Well just as we did with Stoptober, we’ve rounded up 10 benefits to cutting down or completely cutting out your alcohol intake, to give you the motivation to carry on this Dry January.

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