Arthritis Care

Arthritis Care. According to NHS statistics there are 10 million people living with arthritis in the UK. This makes it a very common condition.  It affects men and woman to an equal degree as well as people of all ages. Although commonly considered a condition associated with older people there are currently approximately 15,000 children and young people with arthritis in t...
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Mental Health Awareness Week

This year Mental Health Awareness Week is focusing its attention on stress. Tackling Stress and Improving our Mental Health We all experience some degree of stress in our lifetime. Some of which is normal and useful as it can help improve our performance in winning a race for example or passing those exams. However prolonged stress can have a bad effect on your hea...
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World Asthma Day

Today is the 20th annual World Asthma Day. It takes place yearly in May to raise awareness of Asthma worldwide. World Asthma Day is organised by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA). This year’s World Asthma Day theme is “NEVER TOO EARLY, NEVER TOO LATE.” Quoting from the official GINA worldwide press release: “It’s always the right time to address airways disease....
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Allergy Awareness

Allergies occur when your body’s defence system (immune system) overreacts to certain substances. The immune system treats a harmless substance as if it were a harmful germ or virus. Many things can cause this overreaction, including pollens, medicine, food, dust, animal dander, and mould. Allergies can be mild or severe. Mild allergies can be managed with home treatment...
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Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

April is Bowel Cancer awareness month. Why do I need to know about Bowel Cancer? Bowel cancer is an umbrella term for cancer of the colon (large bowel) and rectum (back passage).  According to statistics provided by Cancer Research UK it is the 4 most common cancer in the UK, with 41,804 cases diagnosed per year. Bowel Cancer UK call it the “second biggest Cancer kil...
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MS Awareness Week 2018

This week (23-29th April) is MS awareness week. MS or Multiple Sclerosis affects 2,500,000 people worldwide and approximately 100,000 people in the UK live with MS. What is MS? Multiple Sclerosis is a lifelong condition that can cause mild to very severe disability, the symptoms are hugely unpredictable and vary significantly from person to person. It is a neurolog...
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Male Cancer Awareness Week

The Orchid Male Cancer Awareness Week takes place from the 9-15th of April this year. Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers amongst men in the UK with growing numbers, however it is not the only cancer that men need to be aware of. Penile, testicular and even male breast cancer are rarer forms of male specific cancer. According to a survey carried out by Orch...
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Parkinson’s Disease

What is Parkinson’s Disease? Parkinson's is a disease that affects the way you move. The disease happens when there is a problem with certain nerve cells in the brain that control movement. Over time the disease gets worst, but usually this happens slowly, over many years. In the UK, there are about 145,000 people diagnosed with Parkinson’s. This is around 1 in every ...
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Exercising to feel better about your condition

We are all aware that exercise is good for us. Exercise is an easily accessible and free way to significantly reduce your risk of developing any number of serious illnesses. But what if you already have an illness? Is there any point in trying to exercise then? The answer may surprise you. Exercise can still have a plethora of health benefits for you even if you have alread...
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Hay Fever Symptoms and Treatments

  Allergic rhinitis means allergies or hay fever.  When you are exposed to particles in the air that you’re allergic to, like pollen, dust, or cat dander, your immune system attacks the particles and causes symptoms. Hay fever symptoms: coughing and sneezing a blocked or runny nose itchy, red or watery eyes itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears loss...
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