Articles in the health Category
Diabetes is one of the most common long-term health conditions in the UK, and it can require people to use regular medication alongside changes to their diet and lifestyle. Here’s what you need to know…
Diabetes is a serious life-long health condition that occurs when there is too much glucose – or blood sugar – in the blood stream. It is a result of the body being unable to process glucose properly.
If your blood sugar is consistently too high, it can increase the risk of a number of potentially serious health …
This week we march into March, which is National Bed Month.
That doesn’t mean that you have a free pass to stay in bed for the whole month! But it does give us a good opportunity to talk about the importance of sleep.
Sleep is a big part of our lives – we spend approximately one third of our day asleep.
Sleep plays a vital role in our health and wellbeing. Without good quality sleep we cannot function properly and are at increased risk of:
Obesity – sleep affects hormones in the body, raising …
Baby charity Group B Strep Support is urging pregnant women to make sure they’re aware of group B Strep (GBS or Strep B), and the risk it can pose to their baby.
Group B Strep is the UK’s most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies, causing sepsis and pneumonia, and of meningitis in babies under 3 months. Carried normally by one in every four women, the group B Strep bacteria can pass from a pregnant woman to her baby around birth with potentially devastating consequences for the baby.
On average …
From the GP’s surgery, by Alexandra Phelan
The weather is still freezing and your fingers have turned white and they feel numb or painful. That’s just the cold, right? Or could it be Raynaud’s? Statistically the coldest month of the year in the UK, February is also Raynaud’s Awareness Month.
Known as Raynaud’s phenomenon, syndrome, disease or simply ‘Raynaud’s’, it is a relatively unknown condition that causes the small blood vessels in our extremities to temporarily spasm and block the flow of blood.
Sufferers usually experience Raynaud’s in their fingers, but can also get it …
The normal human mind is that can only hold one thought at a time.
During the course of each day, our minds will focus on the task in hand for some of the time at least. There will be times though where we mull over past conversations or events. Our minds might wander forwards in time to what we’re having for supper. We are also prone to being interrupted by thoughts that appear out of the blue.
Our internal dialogue or chatter might replay conversations where we wished we’d come up with …
From the GP’s surgery, by Alexandra Phelan
Today, the third Monday in January, is often described as Blue Monday because it is said to be the most depressing day of the year. The reality is that depression doesn’t pick and choose the days it affects sufferers. However, Blue Monday provides a good excuse to talk about a condition that either has or will affect many people.
What is depression?
Depression is a mental health condition characterised by feelings of unhappiness, hopelessness and anxiety.
We all have days when we feel a bit down, but depression …
The daily school run and ferrying children to and from extra-curricular activities after school and at weekends can mean hours spent in the car. Not only can it play havoc on your back, neck and overall health it can also be extremely stressful and impact your emotional as well as physical well being.
It is not uncommon to experience a range of musculoskeletal problems from spending too much time in the drivers’ seat, that over time can build up into serious health issues.
Steven Berkman of Boost Physio has some tips on …
Want to achieve your New Year Resolutions? Here’s how.
Over 90% of our resolutions dissolve into a pile of dust by mid-February. Self-help author Anne Jones likes to set herself targets as a way of keeping motivated. She has found these simple steps work very well for setting intentions and manifesting what she needs and/or wants in her life:
Be sure of what you want to achieve. Before you set out intentions, sit down and think about what it is you are asking for – either of yourself or for the universe to …
Do you look after aging parents and the needs of your children too? According to a new survey by the Association of British Dispensing Opticians, one in four people aged 40-60 spend more time looking after the health of others than their own. 17 per cent admit that their own health suffers due to the demands of looking after others.
What effect is this having on people in this bracket? The research found that a fifth (20 per cent) feel pressured by their growing responsibilities. Almost three quarters (72 per …
Late nights, long lie ins and days without structure are just some of the joys the summer holidays bring kids – but it also plays havoc on their sleep patterns.
“As the start of a new school year looms, now is the time to get children back into their regular sleep routines,” said Lisa Artis of The Sleep Council.
“It’s not uncommon to find that the long break disrupts bed and wake up times. However routine is key for a good night’s kip and in order to readjust sleep patterns, specialists recommend …