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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

July 24, 2017Daily crosswords are good for the brain

Recent research indicates that people who frequently play word puzzles and crosswords tend to have a younger brain age than those who don’t. The online study, which was administered by Exeter University and King’s College London had over 17,000 participants, aged from 50 to 96.  The participants were tested on their attention skills, short-term memory […]

July 21, 2017Risk of aggressive prostate cancer increases with height

New research conducted at Oxford University has found that taller men have an increased risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer than their shorter peers. The study found that whilst there is little association between overall height and the risk of developing prostate cancer, taller men have a higher risk of developing aggressive high-grade tumours. For […]

July 17, 2017World Hepatitis Day – 28th July 2017

1.4 million people die from viral Hepatitis each year – yet the majority of these deaths could be prevented through better awareness and understanding of how we can prevent Hepatitis and we could eliminate this disease. Viral Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver caused by a virus.  There are five different types of the […]

Coeliac Disease Testing at Bluecrest

Bluecrest have recently added Coeliac disease to the catalogue of illnesses we can screen for – the test can be added on to a screening package, or it can also be purchased as a standalone test. Coeliac disease is a common, treatable condition which causes gluten to trigger an immune reaction and chronic inflammation of […]

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