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LEGIONNAIRES’ DISEASE – THE POTENTIAL THREAT OF WINDSCREEN WATER by Nick B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine A new study has revealed that motorists who do not use screen wash for their windscreen wipers are at risk of contracting the potentially fatal Legionnaires ‘disease. ... Read on »
PARKINSON’S DISEASE - CAN YOUR COFFEE HABIT PROTECT YOU? by Nick B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine New research indicates a twenty five per cent reduction in the risk of developing Parkinsosn’s disease among coffee drinkers. Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neur ... Read on »
FOOD MILES – SOME CONSIDERATIONS FOR SUSTAINABILITY by Nick B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Just what is the real cost of some of the food we’re buying at our supermarkets? Transporting food over long distances is not environmentally friendly. People are wide ... Read on »
CALCIUM SUPPLEMENTS – THE PROS & CONS by Nick B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The importance of calcium for our bones has long been publicized, but it seems that taking too much in the form of supplements can seriously damage our health. Adverti ... Read on »
BREAST CANCER VACCINE – THE OUTLOOK by Nick B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The prospect of a vaccine that can give protection from breast cancer is an exciting one, but news of the new trials need to be tempered with a realistic outlook – there’s ... Read on »
ACUPUNCTURE – SOME NEW INSIGHT INTO HOW IT WORKS. by Nick B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Acupuncture has been regarded by many with scepticism. Now some new research evidences a scientific basis for its perceived beneficial effects. Practiced throughout th ... Read on »
CAN BRUSHING YOUR TEETH REDUCE THE RISK OF DEVELOPING HEART DISEASE? by Nick B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine A new study published in the British Medical Journal looked at whether our teeth brushing habits are linked to the incidence of heart disease. Over the past twenty yea ... Read on »
RESUMING A SEX LIFE FOLLOWING HEART ATTACK – ARE PEOPLE GETTING THE ADVICE THEY NEED? by Nick B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Resuming sexual activity after having had a heart attack is perfectly safe for the majority of people, but unless this is discussed with patients by their doctor as part o ... Read on »
SO HOW DO WE KNOW WHICH FISH ARE SUSTAINABLE? by Nick B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The majority of British consumers want to buy sustainably sourced fish, but the information currently available from retailers is confusing, says a new report from consume ... Read on »
HEARING YOUR MOTHER’S VOICE ON THE PHONE MAY BE ALMOST AS COMFORTING AS GETTING A HUG FROM... by Nick B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine In a new study published yesterday, scientists found that vocal contact between mothers & daughters did not differ significantly from physical contact in terms of the impa ... Read on »
CAN HEADACHES BE CAUSED BY THE MEDICATION USED TO TREAT THEM? by Nick B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Headache is one of the most frequent reasons for seeing a doctor. However, the medications taken to relieve the pain – both prescribed & over the counter - are often misus ... Read on »
DOES CARING FOR A PARTNER WITH DEMENTIA INCREASE YOUR OWN RISK? by Nick B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine In Britain there are seven hundred & fifty thousand people with dementia, & it is predicted that this will rise to 1.7 million by 2050. Now a new study - published in the ... Read on »
SLEEP LESS, DIE SOONER by Nick B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine New research published in the scientific journal Sleep, claims to have found definitive evidence of a link between abnormal sleep patterns & premature death. The study ... Read on »
ALTERNATIVE BOWEL CANCER SCREENING TEST COULD RADICALLY CUT DEATHS FROM THE DISEASE by Nick B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine A new study suggests that a single examination of the bowel could cut the death rate from bowel cancer in people aged over fifty five by as much as forty three per cent! ... Read on »
DOES FAST FOOD = FAST BEHAVIOUR? by Nick B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine As a means of quickly satisfying those hunger pangs when time is of a premium, fast food  is an accepted phenomenon of the way we have come to live, but it may be responsi ... Read on »
TANNING – ARE SUNBEDS ADDICTIVE? by Nick B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Despite all the publicity about the serious health risks of tanning, some people just keep going back for more. Repeated exposure to ultra violet light increases the r ... Read on »
USING AN IPOD MAY SERIOUSLY DAMAGE YOUR HEARING! by Nick B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Over ninety per cent of young people listen to a personal music player, many at full volume, which could cause permanent damage to their hearing. In an article publish ... Read on »
INCREASED RISK OF BREAST CANCER FOR TEENAGERS WHO BINGE DRINK by Nick B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine An estimated six hundred women die each year in England from breast cancer caused by their excessive alcohol consumption. A new study suggests that drinking heavily from a ... Read on »
DOES DIETING NEED TO BE ACCOMPANIED BY EXERCISE TO BE EFFECTIVE? by Nick B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine A new study suggests that attempting to lose weight solely by reducing the amount of calories consumed is likely to be ineffective. The research was conducted at Orego ... Read on »
ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE – REDUCING THE RISK THROUGH DIET by Nick B. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Diet can’t totally eliminate the risk of dementia, but watching what we eat may lower it. Given its importance as a potentially modifiable factor in the development of ... Read on »