health

  1. The Great British Obesity Threat: Interactive Map

    Being labelled as the fat man of Europe is not one of the UK’s proudest moments, but, it’s time to accept some bitter home truths. We are currently facing a public health crisis with an estimated one in four British adults being classed as obese.

    The UK really is carrying extra weight for Europe with the highest levels of obesity, beating countries such as Germany, France and Spain.

    No wonder the NHS is under such strain as obesity and its consequences costs £5.1 billion a year. This is only going to increase. New reports suggest that this figure will double by 2030 to an estimated annual cost of £12 billion a year!

    With 30,000 deaths in adults

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  2. Why Does Joint Pain Worsen During Winter?

    Your joints play a vital role in your body. They form the connection between your bones, manage your movement and support your weight. Therefore, when your joints struggle to perform as they should, you start to experience pain.

    This pain can be extremely debilitating, and for some it affects their ability to do daily activities. For most people this pain seems to intensify in winter.

    If you’re one of those people that suffers more in winter, keep reading!

    In this post we outline 3 reasons why your joint pain worsens in winter.

    So, what changes in winter?

     

    1. Temperature Change

    Whilst joint pain is not simply a seasonal problem, the frosty temperatures we face in winter often cause the pain in our joints to intensify. As temperatures drop, our bodies react by restricting the blood flow to our joints.

    This is because attention is placed on supporting fundamental organs such as t

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  3. Ask the Pharmacist: How Can I Relieve Joint Pain?

     

    Those who suffer with joint pain know just how debilitating and restricting it can be. Thankfully, there are a number of ways in which you can ease and treat this pain.

    Whilst there are various prescription medications available, these should be taken following a consultation with your GP.

    Therefore, we asked our Head Pharmacist Jagdeesh Cheema for some tips and tricks on other ways in which we can all prevent and relieve joint pain.

     

    Hydrotherapy Treatment

    Hydrotherapy treatment involves the practice of particular exercises whilst immersed in a warm swimming pool.

    This is a relaxing yet effective treatment as the warm water alleviates the pressure on your joints, encourages blood flow around the body and stimulates endorphins. This helps to ease pain and relaxes the surrounding

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  4. Movember Special: Guess the Moustache

    This year has flown by, and it’s already November. So this means another month of Moustache madness aka Movember!

    We have The Movember Foundation to thank for some of the amazing things we can expect from this month. They’re a global charity founded in Australia, who are committed to helping men to live happier, healthier and longer lives.

    The foundation has raised £402 million since starting in 2003, and now funds over 1,000 programmes. These programmes help tackle prostate and testicular cancer, poor mental health and they aim to get men more active.

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    Since launching over 10 years ago, the campaign is still more popular than ever, so we thought it’s time to test your moustache knowledge with our very own Movember quiz. Guess the Moustache!

    Firstly, this post runs through the causes Movember is fighting, how you can get involved and finally, the quiz!

    Movember raises awareness and money for some great causes, and every single event is packed with amazing people working together.

    Below we’ve outlined the causes that you can help tackle this month by growing a ‘tache:

    PROSTATE CANCER

    The second most common type of cancer in men. Shockingly, 1 in 8 men living in the UK will get prostate cancer at some point in their lives.

    Even though survival rates are at an all-time high, 84%, treatment can take a toll on the physical and mental health of patients.

    TESTICULAR CANCER

    Testicular cancer is one of the least common cancers. It usually affects younger men between the ages of 15 to 49.

    There is a good outcome in 98% of these cases, but unfortunately there is still a small proportion of men and boys who don’t make it.

    POOR MENTAL HEALTH

    Male suicide rates are 3 times higher than female. With suicide being the leading cause of death for men aged 20 to 49 in England and Wales, it's great that The Movember Foundation are helping tackle this issue.

    PHYSICAL INACTIVITY

    This is a growing problem, not only in the UK but all over the world, causing 3.2 million deaths per year.

    Exercise is a great way to improve your physical and mental health. Not only will you look and feel better, but your body will be packed with endorphins allowing you to lead happier, healthier and longer lives!

    GET INVOLVED

    The Movember foundation wants to work with people like you to beating all of these – one great ‘stache at a time!

    With that being said, the good news is that you don’t necessarily have to grow a moustache to take part. So, ladies – you have no excuse!

    Now you’re probably asking yourself…how do I take part?

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