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Prostate Cancer – Getting Checked In Richmond

  Screening all men for prostate cancer could cut deaths from the disease by up to 20%, a recent study has found. This calls the current NHS position into question, which has argued that prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screenings are unreliable and have been known to produce false positive results in the past. The team of American researchers

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Donating Organs – What You Need To Know

Becoming an organ donor can be a big decision. Donating organs can mean the difference between life and death for many people suffering from life-threatening illnesses. In 2016 alone, 457 people died while on the active transplant waiting list, all of whom could have been saved with the help of more donors. In some cases, the diseases

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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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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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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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HIV Treatments Showing Signs Of Success

  Improvements in HIV treatment means that young people diagnosed with HIV may now have near-normal life expectancies, according to a new study published in The Lancet medical journal. This news comes after a research team at the University of Bristol studied data from 18 North American medical investigations into HIV-1 – the world’s most

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Health Checks – Don’t Miss Out!

  NHS research has shown that patients with learning disabilities in England are missing out on essential health checks including cancer screening, blood pressure checks and mental health assessments. The report observed and compared the activities of patients both with and without learning disabilities from GP practices across the UK. NHS guidelines recommend that people

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6 Best Pregnancy Apps

Smartphone apps are incredible. From helping us to socialise and facilitate a number of everyday tasks such as shopping, booking hotels and accommodation and even managing what we eat. There are also many useful apps for our health, including some for pregnancy. These apps can help benefit your pregnancy, by providing guidance on coping with

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Stroke Treatment: What you need to know

Strokes are no longer something that younger generations can put aside as affecting only older people. With strokes on the rise among working-age people in their 40s and 50s, experts are urging us to become more familiar with the signs and symptoms, as well as the lasting effects, and methods of stroke treatment and prevention.

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Parenting and Autism: New study reveals close link

Autistic Spectrum Disorder affects about 1 in 100 people in the UK, with an estimated half of these also having a learning disability. ASD is used as an umbrella term, encompassing everything from Asperger’s Syndrome to Pathological Demand Avoidance. In recent years, the MMR vaccine has received considerable, albeit now discredited, blame for autism in

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