Published December 21st, 2011 | Last updated December 21st, 2011
Although Christmas Phobia may not be an officially recognised medical condition I, for one, know that the anxiety and panic induced by the arrival of Saint Nick are very real. Graham Price, a Chartered Psychologist and Stress Management Consultant, writes that a phobia is an “irrational fear that generates anxiety whenever we’re exposed to the thing we fear.” Christmas can be one of these fears except that it has not been named as such.
Published December 2nd, 2011 | Last updated December 2nd, 2011
Numerous symptoms which patients may consult with their doctors about have no obvious physical cause leading to confusion on both the side of the patient and the doctor. Many of these, Shakespeare claimed, were due to psychological problems resulting in emotional effects on the body.
Published November 16th, 2011 | Last updated August 13th, 2012
The Human Papilloma Virus vaccinationThe means of producing immunity by stimulating the formation of antibodies. programme is designed to reduce the risk of cervicalRelating either to the cervix (the neck of the womb) or to the cervical vertebrae in the neck (cervical spine).cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. in women. There are two licensed vaccines, Gardasil® and Cervarix®, available to protect against the types of HPVAn abbreviation for human papilloma virus, a sexually transmitted virus that can cause genital warts and may also have a role in the development of various cancers.infectionInvasion by organisms that may be harmful, for example bacteria or parasites. that cause most cervical cancers. In the UK Cervarix® is included in the national vaccination programme for teenage and pre-teenage girls aged 12–13 and 17–18.The safety of HPV vaccines was studied in clinical trials worldwide before the licence was granted.
Published October 28th, 2011 | Last updated July 17th, 2012
So, another Breast Cancer Awareness Month is drawing to a close and the healthcare industry is hoping that all of us have learnt something. Despite this, it appears that the facts surrounding breast cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body.screeningA way to identify people who may have a certain condition, among a group of people who may or may not seem to are more controversial than ever. How can all women, especially our mothers and grandmothers, be made aware of the risks and benefits involved in screening?
Published October 14th, 2011 | Last updated June 22nd, 2012
The scientific evidence on the theory that curry induces labour is sparse to say the least. Numerous methods of inducing labour have been suggested over the years but do they have any basis in fact or are they all a coincidence?
Published October 7th, 2011 | Last updated April 4th, 2012
Both athletes and bodybuilders require a greater intake of proteinCompounds that form the structure of muscles and other tissues in the body, as well as comprising enzymes and hormones. than other non-active people. How much is enough? What is the best method of acquiring the right amount of protein? Protein shakes have been criticised as expensive, unnecessary for most people and at risk of contamination with dangerous, and illegal, substances. What is the best way to maintain a healthy diet while performing at the peak of one’s ability?
Published September 30th, 2011 | Last updated May 8th, 2012
I certainly discovered something new about cholesterolA substance present in many tissues and an important constituent of cell membranes although high concentrations of a certain type of cholesterol in the blood are unhealthy. and healthy eating last week during National Cholesterol Week. For example, did you know that cholesterol is needed to manufacture vitaminEssential substances that cannot be produced by the body and so must be acquired from the diet. D and sex hormones? Too much cholesterol, however, can be very damaging to your health and results in heart disease, strokeAny sudden neurological problem caused by a bleed or a clot in a blood vessel. and circulatory disease.
Published September 23rd, 2011 | Last updated September 30th, 2011
Research suggests that children of alcoholics are more likely to consume alcohol after stressful events than their contemporaries with healthy parents. The chance of a child becoming a heavy drinker is also increased as the size of their social networks grow.
Published May 4th, 2011 | Last updated September 30th, 2011
This May, two national walking organisations are teaming up to urge people across the UK to leave their cars at home and take to the streets as part of the first National Walking Month.
Walking is the cheapest, simplest and one of the most effective forms of exercise that a person can do. Walking for just half an hour each morning can transform your fitness levels, reduce stressRelating to injury or concern. and anxiety, and vastly improve your concentration levels for the day ahead. It's easy, it's affordable and it works.