Health

Dementia Awareness Week 2015

18 May 2015

Monday 18th May – Sunday 24th May is Dementia Awareness Week in the UK, sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Society. Dementia is a collection of symptoms that are caused by damage to the brain and whilst it is widespread in people over 65, it can also affect younger people. In the UK, there are around 800,000 people with dementia and over […]

High blood pressure: does it lead to diabetes?

04 Jan 2017

Study gives strongest link yet between blood pressure and diabetes. At first glance these might be considered two unconnected conditions, but research over the years has led to diabetes being classified as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Researchers looked at data on more than 4 million people in the UK who were free of […]

Global obesity rates expected to soar in next decade

06 Apr 2017

“One-fifth of adults worldwide will be obese by 2025,” The Guardian reports, while The Sun warns that the “UK’s population to be fattest in Europe” by the same date. These are just some of the conclusions of a major modelling study of global obesity trends. The study used data covering 19.2 million adults in 186 […]

What is asthma?

27 Apr 2017

Asthma is a long-term condition that affects your airways – the tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs. You could say that someone with asthma has ‘sensitive’ airways that are inflamed and ready to react when they come into contact with something they don’t like. Asthma tends to run in families, especially […]

Is passive smoking harmful?

31 May 2017

Yes. Breathing in someone else’s cigarette smoke (passive smoking or secondhand smoking) can increase your risk of cancer and other health problems. It is also particularly harmful for children. Smoke stays in the air When someone smokes a cigarette, the smoke from the burning tip is released into the air. So is the smoke they […]

All About Allergies

20 Aug 2017

Allergies – what should we know? What is an allergy? Allergies are hypersensitivity reactions to particles or substances (allergens) which, if inhaled, ingested or touched, produce various symptoms. The predominant allergens in our environment are pollens – which cause hay fever – and dust mites, followed by drugs and food. Currently, between 30% and 40% of the […]