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Health 2012: a year in headlines

31Dec

Our health in 2012

In 2012 we’ve found that the standards of health reporting have – largely – improved. Where there have been health scares these have been sensibly and even-handedly reported, ‘wonder cures’ seem to have hit the headlines far less often than we’ve … Continue reading

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Lichenification

29Dec

The epidermal layer of skin reacts to repetitive mechanical trauma by thickening up (hypertrophy), with an accumulation (hyperkeratosis) of dead cells (keratinocytes) sticking to the skin surface. The appearance is called lichenification by dermatologists. The similarity to the bark of … Continue reading

  

Happy Sitting: An Idea for the New Year

29Dec

  On my first official babysitting gig for my grandson a few months ago, We played, sang, read, And sang some more, And then one of us Cried, really cried. Oh no! Grandma KK, the other grandma, Had visited in the morning And lulled baby to sleep … Continue reading

  

Growing old and what we need

27Dec

Demographics of growing older. Interestingly I have been thinking about this of late with my field of work we often forget there are a growing number of ‘younger’ old people who are relatively fit and healthy contributing to society the … Continue reading

  

Bleurgh

27Dec

Well I don’t have cancer and the organs they removed from me were cancer free too which is the most fantastic news. So why do I feel a bit low and unhappy? Surgical menopause, that’s why. I had my ovaries … Continue reading

  

The Aftermath of Christmas

27Dec

How was your Christmas? Jolly, Happy, Joyous and Fun? Perhaps Peaceful and Relaxing? On Christmas Night, I am always grateful these days,  that it was scattered with the above, tired but still with a clear head, of not having to … Continue reading

  

Should patients be routinely screened for dementia?

27Dec

This morning our Founder, Deborah Wyatt, was interviewed  by Nikki Bedi on BBC Radio London talking about whether dementia screening will scare patients from seeing their GP. According to a story in the Telegraph today, doctors will be paid for … Continue reading

  

The skin as a battleground

26Dec

Sometimes in clinic we talk about how the skin can become a battleground. Perhaps as a territory that is the boundary between ourselves and our surroundings, it is easy to see how this can be. The scratching, picking, rubbing, biting, … Continue reading

  

Exciting discoveries in Gran Canaria

22Dec

Oatly in Gran Canaria

Earlier in December we were lucky enough to spend a lovely, sunny week in Gran Canaria.  This post is about a couple of the products we enjoyed discovering on this trip. As mentioned in the previous post, we were lucky … Continue reading

  

Fun in December Sun

22Dec

A holiday in December is always good I reckon, especially somewhere warm and sunny. We recently spent a week in Gran Canaria and we had a great time.  It was a great holiday for MyItchyBoy.  He was easily amused with … Continue reading

  

Pioneering dementia research projects receive £22m Government boost

21Dec

Twenty one pioneering research projects to boost dementia diagnosis rates and trial ground breaking treatments have been selected to receive a share of £22million of Government funding, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced today. Visiting pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly’s UK dementia … Continue reading

  

A simple back exercise.

20Dec

Very important muscles to exercise as we age are the upper back muscles to prevent that hunched over look where the chest muscles are too tight and the upper back muscles are weak.  Exercises that don’t use any equipment to work … Continue reading

  

Adding Weight to your Workout at home – Part 1

20Dec

I was asked the following question after my (slightly ranty) post about celebrity trainers and weight training. “I’ve never thought about lifting weights. How does one get started, and how do you work into a cardiovascular work out?” Some people … Continue reading

  

The participation of women in clinical trials

20Dec

Clinical trials are vital for advancing medical knowledge and furthering the fight of human conditions and diseases. With continuing evidence and research in women’s health and more discoveries around women’s health, it is fact that women are valuable to clinical … Continue reading

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A Guest Post from Santa Claus!

19Dec

I have begged and pleaded and tried my very best to convince men friends to write a guest post for my menopause blog. Some have turned me down with a smile, some with a quite serious shake of the head. … Continue reading

  

Stressful Times?

18Dec

Modern life is sometimes thought of as particularly stressful, compared with life in previous times. These days seem to have more pressure, more demands, and more complexity to contend with. Modern life is hectic, while perhaps previous times were at … Continue reading

  

DISEASES OFFER A SPEC-TACULAR VIEW

16Dec

This week’s blog is dedicated to my Father who passed away in June of 2011 of cancer. I love and miss you daddy! My father, a former military man, had a wife and two daughters. He did not want any … Continue reading

  

Cookie Aging Points and the World’s Easiest Cookie Recipe

16Dec

Holiday Frosting

I’d be telling a lie, which is chancy this time of year with Santa watching and all, if I said I love getting old. Some say we’re supposed to not mind aging.  ”Age is just a number,” they tell us. But wrinkles … Continue reading

  

Chronic diseases now the biggest healthcare burden

14Dec

An interesting article has appeared in PM Live, based on several articles recently published in The Lancet. These articles reveal that advancements in treating infections and tackling malnutrition have seen chronic diseases and disability become the biggest global healthcare burdens. … Continue reading

  

Time to stop the excuses and take action

12Dec

A friend shared this e-card with me via my Facebook. It made me laugh and I shared it amongst my friends. Then I got thinking …. losing weight is not easy, and maintaining a healthy weight is even harder. It’s … Continue reading

  

Gluten free pizza – great news for those with coeliac disease

11Dec

If there’s one thing I miss more than noodles and doughnuts, it’s being able to go out for a pizza. So I am very pleased to spread the word that Dominos, Pizza Hut and Prezzo are ALL OFFERING GLUTEN FREE … Continue reading

  

Courage: Of Eleanor Roosevelt and the Lion King

11Dec

The brave and bold Eleanor Roosevelt offered this advice: Do something every day that scares you. But I’m too scared to do something every day that scares me. The word on the menopausal street is that we get braver and … Continue reading

  

It’s Time to Advocate for Eczema

10Dec

This has been adapted from an early draft of a speech I wrote for the Eczema Society of Canada’s Patient Education event in Toronto in November 2012. I ended up giving a different talk, but still felt attached to this … Continue reading

  

Eczema: what is it, why do I have it and how can I treat it?

10Dec

Why have I got eczema? Eczema or dermatitis, is a condition where your skin becomes sensitive and inflamed as part of an allergic reaction, this is called atopy and you may hear this condition being called atopic eczema or dermatitis … Continue reading

  

BRAIN FOG

8Dec

A few weeks ago I was captivated by the beauty of the fog outside. The misty cloud-like blanket covering trees, streets and structures made that morning drive into work a pleasant one. On the elevator, I joked with someone that … Continue reading

  

The Festive Season

7Dec

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you say the word Festive? It might not be just booze, but it will feature in the mind’s eye somewhere. The old values of peace and good will seems to … Continue reading

  

Goodbye, Asperger’s Syndrome

5Dec

It might seem a little odd to say that I nearly jumped up and kissed the educational psychologist who diagnosed my son with Asperger’s Syndrome. But my relief at having a label – finally – was soon dissipated by the … Continue reading

  

40% only visit GP after nudge from a friend or relative

5Dec

Safemusic than a third (40 per cent) of people say talking to a friend or relative about a change to their body that was playing on their mind encouraged them to make an appointment with a GP, according to a … Continue reading

  

Menopause: The Fork!

5Dec

  Whoa! Those are some pretty serious words from menopause guru Christiane Northrup. Die. Grow. Let’s choose GROW! Not like our waistlines  or our to-do-lists. But our minds. Our souls. Our sense of self. Our generous spirits. Our creative actions. Our whimsical and comfortable confidence. … Continue reading

  

Chelsea Physic Garden

4Dec

In deepest Chelsea, London UK, there is a gem often overlooked by international visitors. In the picture DrB stands between the Psychiatry and Dermatology beds in Chelsea Physic Garden. Containing almost 5000 plant species from all over the world, the … Continue reading

  

A Yogalicious Advent Calendar – Free!

3Dec

I know we are more used to the traditional chocolate feast for the first 24 days of December, but in the interests of our health – and waistlines – I thought you might like to try something different this year. … Continue reading

  

Life beyond the front door

1Dec

Life beyond the big front door. This Blog is about dementia strategies in real terms. I was lucky enough today to listen to our community engagement officer talk so eloquently about life beyond the front door and the need for … Continue reading

  

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