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Eating Disorders

Eating disorders can be a mental illness. They tend to affect people of all age groups and sex. Often people with eating disorders are not diagnosed and can go on a long time without any treatment until it starts to affect the body’s general health. Unfortunately young women are most prone to this disorder with 1 in 100 young women experiencing anorexia and 1 in 20 women practicing bulimia at some stage. The most common symptom of people with eating disorders is an obsession with food.
Anorexia is common and is noticeable, however overeating disorders are often just dismissed as someone being lazy or greedy; This is not necessarily the case. 

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HeadLice strike back!

With the start of the school year Headlice will again be prevalent!

Headlice are small, wingless, parasitic mites that feed upon the blood in your scalp. They can be almost symptomless or itchy in others. They are extremely fast growing, a newly hatched egg will be able to lay eggs after only 10 days; which in turn hatch only a week later. Thus a single lice can become hundreds after a few short weeks.

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Summer Eye Conditions

Summer Eyes


With Summer here, there is an increase in eye irritation, but not all eye irritations are eye infections.
Most acute eye problems can be related to simple eye infections. The most common of these is conjunctivitis where the conjunctiva membrane that covers the eye becomes infected. The most common cause is bacterial  infections, however sometimes eye problems can be also caused by other conditions such as viral infections, allergic conditions and even dry eyes.

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COPD

 

One in 7 adults have COPD!

The term COPD has been used in recent years as an umbrella term for all long term restricted airways disease or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
It includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis and recalcitrant asthma. In fact 1 in 7 of all adults over 40 have COPD.
COPD is a major cause of death after heart disease, stroke and cancer. COPD is preventable and treatable and is a major cause of avoidable hospital admissions. It is not a Disease that can be caught but a predisposition may be inherited.

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Arthritis

A Bitter Pill for Arthritis


There is some question over the benefits of some anti-arthritic medications.  While there is much subjective evidence to the effectiveness of many medications, there are many questions about their long term benefits and if they really do work?

A recent study into the effectiveness of paracetamol in treating arthritis suggests that it is of only limited value. The main treatment prescribed is non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). NSAIDs in the long term, show greater mortality (death rate) than patients not taking them. They cause fluid retention, increase blood pressure and increased kidney damage. So what are the alternatives?

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