By : Anna | Published : Wednesday February 25, 2015 | Posted in : General Health
We all lead busy lives, and that can often involve sitting down for long hours at work, barely moving as we spend more time in the office and less time being active. But could our increasingly sedentary lives be killing us?
By : Bryn | Published : Tuesday February 17, 2015 | Posted in : General Health
The UK population is much better equipped to self-diagnose and self-monitor than they have been at any other time in history. Health-tracking devices make it easier for potential patients to be aware of their heart-rates and general fitness without the need to visit a doctor.
By : Bryn | Published : Thursday February 12, 2015 | Posted in : General Health
In most people the body saves heat for when it becomes cold by narrowing the blood vessels. In people with Raynaud’s it’s a little different and the body’s reaction to cold is much stronger than normal.
By : Bryn | Published : Thursday January 29, 2015 | Posted in : General Health
According to Alcohol Concern, more than 9 million people in the UK drink more than the recommended daily limit, and drink-related conditions account for around 10% of the UK burden of disease and health. It may surprise you to learn, then, that drinking has actually been on the decline since 2005, with the proportion of men drinking regularly during the week falling from 72% to 64%, and weekly drinking by women falling from 57% to 52%.
By : Bryn | Published : Wednesday January 21, 2015 | Posted in : General Health
The New Year – or the post-Christmas recovery month, as I like to call it – is a time of change for many people, and even if it isn’t one of your New Year’s Resolutions (how’s yours going, by the way?) there’s a good chance that losing weight is on your mind in the aftermath of the December binge. Today, with only about 32% of people in the UK deemed to have a healthy Body Mass Index (BMI), it’s never been more important to start tracking your...
By : Anna | Published : Friday January 16, 2015 | Posted in : General Health
Eating sugary foods can make us feel good, that’s why we often find it so difficult to give them up. That’s because when sugar is eaten, the brain releases a chemical known as dopamine, which stimulates the same receptor areas as heroin and morphine, creating a pleasurable response.
This feeling of enjoyment can make it difficult to resist sweet treats, leaving us powerless to resist these type of foods. Instead we find ourselves reaching for them...
By : Anna | Published : Thursday December 25, 2014 | Posted in : General Health
Piled on the pounds over the holidays? Already planning to go to the gym every day throughout 2015 in an effort to repair the damage caused by the festive season?
Don’t worry, it’s normal to put on a bit of weight over Christmas with so many tempting foods around. Thankfully, with a bit of forward thinking it’s possible to lose the weight naturally and without too much stress.
By : Hari | Published : Friday October 31, 2014 | Posted in : Sexual Health
With the media endlessly reporting on STI prevalence and antibiotic resistance, you would be forgiven for fretting about contracting a sexually transmitted infection. But are STIs really so scary?
Ideally you should protect yourself from catching anything in the first place, but unfortunately mistakes and accidents happen. If you do start experiencing symptoms such as pain, itching or a rash, it’s essential to get yourself tested as soon as possible.
By : Hari | Published : Thursday October 9, 2014 | Posted in : High Cholesterol
Being diagnosed with high cholesterol can come as a shock. But after the initial surprise, a lot of people don’t seem to care. After all, it’s not as bad as being told you are morbidly obese and neither does it seem to present any immediate health problems. Or does it? Are we being too casual about cholesterol? Maybe if it were called kill-esterol, we would sit up and take notice. And if high cholesterol runs in your family, you should definitely take...
By : Hari | Published : Thursday September 25, 2014 | Posted in : General Health
How gullible are we? It seems the general public, especially kids, keep falling for the same old marketing tricks rolled out by sports drink manufacturers. In a new review issued in the Journal of Medical Ethics, researchers are claiming there is no strong evidence that many nutritional supplements and sports beverages are good for health.