Mental health and getting help if you need it

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Around one in four people in the UK has a diagnosable mental health problem in any one year and one in six are likely to experience a problem at some...


Advice on avoiding stroke

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Did you know there are around 152,000 cases of stroke each year in the UK? That’s one stroke every three minutes and 27 seconds. Or that there are 1.2 million stroke ‘survivors’? Stroke...


Are chickenpox parties a good idea?

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Chickenpox parties, once in vogue in the 1970s and 1980s, are seeing a resurgence, with some convinced they’re a good idea. But should youngsters be deliberately exposed to chickenpox in order...


Folic acid for women considering a baby

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Folic acid is important for all women considering a baby but did you know that around half of all pregnancies in the UK are unplanned? Starting a family might not be...


Meningitis: symptoms and precautions

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While it’s relatively rare, meningitis is contagious and potentially fatal. It can strike suddenly and kill quickly, so if you suspect a member of your family could have it, you should...


Allergy advice that is not to be sniffed at

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From peanuts to pollen and dairy to dust mites, lots of people seek allergy advice for themselves or a member of their family. An allergy is the body’s reaction to a...


Irritable Bowel Syndrome explained

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a long-term condition of the digestive system thought to affect around one in five people at some point in their lives. There’s a good chance it...


Raising awareness of diabetes on World Health Day

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Around 350 million people worldwide live with diabetes and the World Health Organisation (WHO) predicts that the disease will be the seventh leading cause of death by 2030. World Health Day...


Travel health tips: Seven things you need to know

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It’s the time of year when many people’s thoughts start turning to their holidays and patients ask me about health precautions they should take before travelling. Concerns about the spread of...


What you need to know about rheumatoid arthritis

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While rheumatoid arthritis is generally a condition associated with older patients, the truth is that it can affect people of any age, including children.  Affecting as many as one 690,000...


Hair loss treatment advice

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Hair loss treatment can help both men and women. Our hair is an integral part of our identity, especially for women, so losing it can cause lack of confidence, anxiety...


Family Health: Avoiding cold weather health risks

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There are plenty of myths about how people can catch a cold, with probably the most common the one about going outside in the cold with wet hair. While it’s not...


Family health: Gluten intolerance

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There’s now far more help available for people who experience gluten intolerance than used to be the case, with restaurants and supermarkets stocking specialist alternatives to many foodstuffs. There have been...


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