Sciatica

  Sciatica is pain, tingling, or numbness produced by an irritation of the nerve roots that lead to the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is formed by the nerve roots coming out of the spinal cord into the lower back. It goes down through the buttock, then its branches extend down the back of the leg to the ankle and foot. What causes sciatica? The most common ca...
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What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)?

COPD is a lung disease that makes it hard to breathe. It is caused by damage to the lungs over many years, usually from smoking. COPD is often a mix of two diseases: Chronic bronchitis. In chronic bronchitis, the airways that carry air to the lungs (bronchial tubes) get inflamed and make a lot of mucus. This can narrow or block the airways, making it hard for you to b...
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Quick tips for Sun Health

Sunlight in the right amount is good for our health however we should safely enjoy sunlight so we gain the health benefits and not be harmed. Sunburn is the most common problem caused by too much sun. The skin becomes red, hot and painful and the burnt skin may peel after a few days. Sunburn increases the risk of cancer and it does not just happen on holiday but may als...
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Health Information Week 2019

  Health Information Week is a campaign dedicated to promoting high quality health information for patients and the public. The importance of the public having access to sound and safe health information has increased dramatically in the last few years. Having the internet and “Dr Google” at our finger tips and the shift in focus onto self-care and better self-manag...
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Sleep Hygiene

What is sleep hygiene? Simply put sleep hygiene is a range of habits and practices, that when observed regularly, can improve your sleep quality…and to be honest, who of us would not benefit from a good night’s sleep?  These tips may seem bland and simplistic at first glance however they may just make all the difference between a restless night and waking up refreshed t...
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Breathing well with a lung condition in warmer weather

It's June and we are hoping for a few weeks of sunshine to come our way, however it is important to remember that if you have a lung condition, hot weather can have a negative impact on your breathing. As this week is the annual Breathe Easy week hosted by the British Lung Foundation we have decided to revisit an earlier blog of ours with plenty of helpful and practical ...
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How to make a plan for healthy eating

  Healthy Eating Week takes place from 10-14th of June this year. The British Nutrition Foundation’s suggested goals for this year are: Have breakfast, Have 5 A DAY, Drink plenty, Get active and Cook from Scratch. If you have decided to start a healthy eating plan, congratulations! Making that decision is an important step in becoming a healthier person. When yo...
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Top Tips for Protecting your Skin in the Sun

It’s summertime and we are hoping for plenty of blue skies and sunny days. Whilst out and about enjoying all the fun-in-the-sun activities. Weather you are holiday abroad on at home it is very important to make sure your skin is adequately protected against the sun’s dangerous UV rays. Sunscreen is vital but it’s protective power is limited especially over very long periods o...
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Mental Health Awareness Week 2019

  This week, 13-19th of May, is Mental Health Awareness Week and this year the focus is on body image. Body image is loosely summed up as the way we see or perceive our bodies and how we feel about this. It is a critical part of our self-esteem or self-worth.  Having a negative body image or low self esteem are in themselves not mental health problems however they ...
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Managing Hayfever

The pollen count is at its highest between late March and September. This is when hayfever is usually worse as during that time it is warm, humid and windy. Hayfever is an allergic reaction to pollen, typically when it comes into contact with your mouth, eyes, nose and throat. Hayfever symptoms include: sneezing and coughing a runny or blocked nose itchy, r...
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