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Hepatitis B Shortage – Should I Be Worried?

You may have seen in the news recently that UK health officials are limiting the amount of people who can have a vaccination against hepatitis B due to a shortage. For many people, including those due to travel over the next few months, this might be a cause for concern. However, the following information should

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National Relaxation Day – Improving Mental Health

  If you wake up every day with your brain buzzing, full of anxiety about everything you need to get done that day, or if the busy commute to and from work fills you with dread, don’t worry, we’ve all been there. The pace of life these days can make it all seem like a

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Health Benefits of Pineapple

The pineapple was once prized as an expensive tropical import, brought back from South America by Christopher Columbus and available in the 1700s only to Europe’s wealthiest. The fruit was later grown in hothouses but remained rare enough to symbolize luxury and hospitality. They were so sought-after that King Charles II even commissioned a painting of himself being presented with

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How ‘Play’ Can Benefit Mental Health

It is a sad truth that rates of depression and anxiety are increasing amongst young and old alike, with 1 in 10 children and young people currently affected by a mental health disorder. Research published in Psychology Today has suggested that this could be due to a new focus on ‘extrinsic’ goals, like financial gains, good looks, and other

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Signs of Dementia – What You Need To Look For

Dementia is a term which describes a set of symptoms related to the brain, particularly the parts that control memory, speech and problem solving. The symptoms and signs of dementia can be caused by a few different conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia and a series of strokes. All forms of dementia are

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5 Health Benefits of Honey

For thousands of years cultures all across the world have been utilising the health benefits of honey and using this sweet, sticky substance for a wide range of medicinal purposes. The ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians all documented the healing properties of honey and to this day it still remains a firm favourite for many. Today, thanks

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Cervical Cancer Screening – How Aware Are You?

  The number of eligible women who attend cervical cancer screening appointments has dropped from 75.7% to 72.7% since 2011, according to the results of a new survey from University College London. Worryingly, this study found that of those women failing to attend appointments, nearly one quarter are unaware that cervical cancer screening exists. In light of

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The Health Benefits of Beans and Pulses

Beans and pulses are a useful food to have in your kitchen cupboard. You can buy them fresh, dried or tinned and in most cases, will keep for ages. Beans and pulses are ideal for adding to soups, sauces, casseroles and curries. They also have a number of benefits for your health, so make sure

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Vaccinations Against Meningitis For Teenagers

  Outbreaks of meningitis come and go, attracting significant media attention when they happen. After these sudden surges in attention, talk of meningitis goes down, as does the awareness of needing to be vaccinated. Meningitis Now, a charity that raises awareness for the disease and the importance of the ACWY vaccinations, said that it was

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Prescription FAQs: What You Need To Know About Prescriptions

  Prescriptions can be perplexing for some, but knowing about your medication, how to get it and what you’re entitled to is important for your health. Whether you receive prescriptions regularly or every now and then from your doctor, it’s important to read up on the latest policies and information about them as they can

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