National Health Literacy Day - 8th September

What is health literacy? The concept is very simple, according to the world health organisation - the more a patient knows about their medicine, the more likely they are to continue taking their prescribed treatment correctly. The benefits to patients who do increase their knowledge of their medicines is well documented and include: Increase in health outcomes Increase in quality of...

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Launching National Health Literacy Day 8th September

What is health literacy? The concept is very simple, according to the world health organisation - the more a patient knows about their medicine, the more likely they are to continue taking their prescribed treatment correctly. The benefits to patients who do increase their knowledge of their medicines is well documented and include: Increase in health outcomes Increase in quality of...

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Lipitor’s benefits reach beyond preventing Heart disease

Lipitor’s benefits reach beyond preventing Heart disease to lowering the risk of cancer and preventing Dementia My parents were prescribed Lipitor recently and, being a Pharmacist, they asked for my advice and particularly my opinion on what I thought of Lipitor. They were slightly concerned, as they didn’t want to take any new medicine unless they thought it would be beneficial to their health....

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What is the winter vomiting bug?

What is the winter vomiting bug? The ‘winter vomiting bug’  or gastric flu, is a virus causing a stomach upset with vomiting and/or diarrhoea. It is most commonly caused by a virus known as the Norwalk-like Virus (NLV). While the virus usually causes short-lasting outbreaks, it can be extremely infectious. The incubation period is usually around 24-48 hours but may be as short as...

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8 Common Traits of the Toxic People in Your Life

Do you know a toxic person? Even if you don't now, at some point in your life you're bound to have come across a person who fits the description. Dealing with such an individual can be difficult and draining, to say the least. In fact, it may challenge what you know about yourself and push you to the limits. Here are some traits to familiarize yourself with, and to help you navigate these trying...

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6 Obstacles to a Relationship With a Psychopath

We learn about others and ourselves through our intimate relationship experiences. What if an experience was traumatic, and left behind psychological scars that require healing or professional intervention? This is the reality for many who have found themselves in an intimate relationship with a psychopath. Psychopathy is such a commonly used word online and in the media, making the symptoms for...

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Dementia risk increased with use of blood-thinning drugs

A new study reviewing medical data from 6,000 patients reports that individuals with atrial fibrillation who take anticoagulants are at higher risk of dementia than patients who take the blood-thinning drugs for other reasons. Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common irregular heartbeat condition. The incidence rate in the population of adults aged 65 and older is 10 percent, as reported by...

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Alzheimer's could be reclassified as Type 3 diabetes

Could Alzheimer's really just be another form of diabetes, caused by eating too much junk food? Growing evidence that Alzheimer's is primarily a metabolic disease has led some researchers to propose reclassifying it as Type 3 diabetes, according to the Guardian. Such a revelation could have profound implications on the role that the junk food industry plays in causing Alzheimer's. Today an...

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