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November 27, 2017Dry January

Dry January is Alcohol Concern’s annual campaign used to encourage people to abstain from alcohol throughout the whole of January.  The campaign was launched in 2011 – since then, the number of participants has grown steadily, with 5 million Brits going dry in January 2017.  According to Alcohol Concern, 79% of people who participated saved […]

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5 health problems to watch out for in winter

Coughs and colds A big factor in preventing coughs and colds is ensuring you wash your hands frequently.  During the course of the day, your hands come into contact with all sorts of bugs and germs from shared surfaces like door handles, light switches and coins.  If someone you live with is ill, make sure […]

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What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression which comes and goes according to seasonal changes.  Typically, SAD affects people in the cold, dark winter months, predominantly during December, January and February.  Whilst SAD is very rare in those who live near the equator where sunlight levels tend to remain high throughout the year, […]

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Cervical Cancer Prevention Week

The 22nd-28th of January is Cervical Cancer Prevention week, an initiative set-up by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust.  The Trust is a charitable organisation set-up to help raise awareness of cervical abnormalities and cervical cancer. Every day in the UK, 9 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer.  Although 75% of cervical cancers can be prevented by […]

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August 23, 2017World Heart Day

The World Heart Federation’s annual World Heart Day falls on 29th September this year.  The day is part of an international campaign to spread awareness about heart disease and stroke prevention. High blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose levels and a lack of exercise or unhealthy diet are all factors which can trigger heart disease and increase […]

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August 22, 2017Vascular Disease Awareness

The Circulation Foundation is the UKs only dedicated vascular charity – each September, the charity aims to raise awareness of vascular diseases and promote the excellent work of their staff and volunteers.  This year, the theme is “Step it up for September” – focussing on exercise, healthy eating, stopping smoking, fundraising and raising awareness of […]

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How to spot the symptoms of Lyme disease

Many of us have heard about the traumatic ordeal of former England rugby player, Matt Dawson, who contracted Lyme disease after being bitten by a tick in a London park early last year.  Following multiple heart operations and 18 months of treatment, he is now thankfully free of the disease – however, he is still […]

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August 14, 2017Drinking tea could help stave off severe flu

Good news for tea drinkers – recent research has found that drinking tea could help ward off the flu! The research was conducted on mice, where it was found that a gut microbe helped fight off severe flu infections, most likely by breaking down naturally occurring compounds called flavonoids.  These flavonoids are commonly found in […]

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August 2, 2017World Alzheimer’s Month

September is World Alzheimer’s Month, which is an annual international campaign to raise awareness about dementia. Dementia is a broad term used to describe brain disorders which cause a loss of certain brain functions including memory problems, confusion, personality changes and impaired reasoning.  Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, affecting 62% of […]

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July 31, 2017The hidden signs of a thyroid disorder

Thyroid disorders are very common in the UK – it’s estimated that one in twenty of us are affected by them. Although the thyroid gland is one of the smallest in the body, its role is very important.  The thyroid regulates energy production and metabolic rate throughout the body, including the heart, brain, skin, bowels […]

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