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February 17, 2015Self Testing
Self-testing is now available to any individual wishing to rule out conditions such as diabetes, bowel cancer and cervical cancer. In addition increasing numbers of patients with conditions such as atrial fibrillation, taking the drug warfarin in order to thin their blood, are opting for self-monitoring. Traditionally screening for cervical cancer has required women to […]
October 29, 2014World Stroke Day!
Wednesday 29th October is ‘World Stroke Day’ and this year it’s focus is predominantly on the affect of stroke on women. Around 30,000 women die from stroke every year, that’s three times as many as breast cancer. What is stroke? Stroke is caused when there is a blockage that stops blood flow to the brain […]
October 15, 2014Are you taking part in Stoptober?
Thousands of people are taking part in the 28 day challenge to try and kick the habit and if you can last the month, you are five times more likely to stop for good. With health, family and money being the top reasons for people wanting to quit, there really is no time like the […]
It is known that you can reduce your risk of developing cancer through living a healthy lifestyle. Although there are no proven ways of preventing cancer, you can reduce your risk of developing it. A healthy lifestyle is defined by the following: Maintaining a healthy weight Eating a healthy and balanced diet Drinking less alcohol […]
October 8, 2014A new test to target statins?
In the context of the ongoing – and increasingly sterile – debate about the pros and cons of statins it is refreshing to hear something new. According to some research presented at a meeting held in Quebec recently it might actually be more sensible to seek to better identify individuals at heightened risk of heart […]
September 29, 2014Celebrate World Heart Day today!
Founded in 2000 World Heart Day aims to raise awareness about the 17.3 million lives lost to heart disease and stroke yearly. This year’s theme is about creating heart healthy environments – so the places you live and work in encourage you to make the right decisions about your heart health. Click here to read […]
According to the World Health Organization, the UK has one of the highest rates of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) in the world and it is the leading cause of death not just in the UK, but worldwide. With this is mind, it’s important to take your heart health seriously. This disease does affect more men, but […]
August 22, 2014Cancer screening – the patient perspective
No screening test for cancer is 100% accurate. While some individuals might benefit from having an early cancer spotted, many more will have abnormalities detected that, although suggestive of a cancer, turn out after further investigations to be completely innocuous. Such false-positives have led to concerns that cancer screening can result in psychological and physical […]
July 10, 2014Health screening for Atrial Fibrillation
Usually the heart beats in a regular, organised fashion controlled by a small group of pacemaker cells found on the right side of the heart. It’s also normal for the heart to pump at different rates during the day – for example if we exercise or become anxious. Arial fibrillation is a condition in which […]
June 24, 2014Lack of vitamin D linked to early death
The traditional view of Vitamin D is that it is essential for maintaining bone health. Vitamin D deficiency is linked to rickets – in children; and osteomalacia – in adults. These two conditions can lead to bone deformities with an increased risk of fractures. Beyond the focus on bone health the evidence for other health […]