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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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3 Medical Breakthroughs of 2017 - Happy New Year from Isabel Healthcare

Posted by Jason Maude on Fri, Dec 29, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Back in 2015 we wrote a post for the New Year on pediatric medical breakthroughs of the past year. This year has been another brilliant year for finding new treatments and ways to diagnose both our most common illnesses, and also some of the more rare diseases. We’ve rounded up three of the landmark medical developments of 2017, as we reflect on the past year and look forward to 2018.



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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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Am I going through menopause? Symptom checker for menopause

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Dec 07, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Menopause is the permanent end of the menstrual period cycle and therefore the end of the fertility period in a woman. In this blogpost we talk about what to expect during this time in your life, the different stages of menopause, and advice on how to deal with the changing symptoms.

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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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"The Cost of Assuming your Doctor Knows Best" - A Response to Vinita Parkash

Posted by Jason Maude on Thu, Nov 23, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Vinita Parkash, MD, a professor of pathology at Yale School of Medicine, published a blogpost last week on “The Cost of Assuming your Doctor Knows Best.” This candid post was extremely interesting, as was the comments section, and we wanted to give our take on the whole thing on our own blog.

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1 Minute Read | Late Pregnancy Bleeding | Differential Diagnosis

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Nov 16, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Late pregnancy bleeding, or antepartum hemorrhage is vaginal bleeding which occurs after 20 weeks of gestation and is reported in 2-5% of all pregnancies. Vaginal bleeding occurring at this point in later pregnancy is associated with increased maternal risks, including maternal morbidity secondary to acute haemorrhage, or operative delivery.  Increased fetal risks can occur due to uteroplacental insufficiency or preterm birth. Successful management depends on accurate identification of the cause of the bleeding and timely intervention according to severity of the condition.

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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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Are you doing Movember 2017? | Prostate Cancer Symptoms and Diagnosis

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Nov 02, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

It’s that time of year again, the summer is most definitely over and Halloween is behind us. In the world of charities and awareness, November means Movember, a campaign set up by the Movember Foundation. Movember is a time where men’s health gets the spotlight and men all over the globe stop shaving their upper lip to raise money and start discussions about their health. We’ve blogged about this unusual month back in 2015, talking about the four main areas of men’s health that the foundation focuses on, Prostate Cancer, Testicular Cancer, Mental Health and Physical Inactivity. These were borne out of some shocking statistics on these areas, such as the fact that one man will commit suicide due to mental health issues every minute. This year, however, we really wanted to focus in on one of the main four areas, and give you all the symptom, diagnosis and treatment information, so that hopefully you can talk to your fellow man about it, and that’s what Movember is all about - talking about men’s health. We’ve decided to focus on Prostate Cancer, as this tends to be the one most men are embarrassed or unsure of.

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How Has Stoptober Affected Your Health | Benefits of quitting smoking

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Oct 26, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

We’re nearly at the end of October, which also means the end of Stoptober, an initiative in the UK set up by the NHS and Public Health England. The concept came about to help people stop smoking, giving smokers the challenge of stopping completely for one month. After thinking about quitting, that first step can be the most daunting, and Stoptober is a great way to combat this and kick off the new you. Whether you tried Stoptober or not, we have 10 reasons why you should carry on with your challenge into November and beyond.

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