Published September 19th, 2012 | Last updated November 7th, 2012
In the UK 1 in 6 people suffer from some degree of hearing loss. If this condition is left untreated it can result in feelings of frustration, isolation and even depressionFeelings of sadness, hopelessness and a loss of interest in life, combined with a sense of reduced emotional well-being. Despite the negative impact that hearing loss can have on quality of life, only 1 in 10 sufferers will seek help from the onset, with some waiting for up to 10 years before seeking assistance.
Published June 22nd, 2012 | Last updated September 19th, 2012
In 1982, world-renowned vet Dr Bruce Fogle, and Lady Beatrice Wright of the Royal National Institute for Deaf People (now called Action on Hearing Loss), introduced to the UK a charity that has gone on to radically change the lives of over 1600 deaf people right across the country.
The scheme was launched following a trip to the USA where Bruce attended an event at Washington State University where he came across the American Hearing Dog Scheme. This scheme involved training dogs to alert deaf people to a range of sounds in the home, workplace, and public buildings.
Published June 19th, 2012 | Last updated June 19th, 2012
As the days are at their longest, my sleep is at its shortest and it’s got me wondering about how much sleep I actually need. I have often stated that without the recommended 8 hours I am a zombie, but who recommended those magical 8 hours, and are they right for everyone?
Preparing and cooking food alters nutritional composition. Cooking food does generally lower vitaminEssential substances that cannot be produced by the body and so must be acquired from the diet. content but to varying extents.
Published May 2nd, 2012 | Last updated February 10th, 2014
This week (30th April - 6th May) is MSmultiple sclerosis Awareness Week and the Multiple Sclerosis Trust are reminding people to Be Bold in Blue in order to raise awareness of this common neurological
Associated with the nervous system and the brain.
condition, the most common condition of its kind in the UK. Senior doctors have warned that not enough is known about MS and that most people in the country do not understand the symptoms of multiple sclerosisA progressive disease of the central nervous system., nor its prognosisAn assessment of the likely progress of a condition. or treatment.
Published March 14th, 2012 | Last updated May 10th, 2012
Recent television programmes and press articles have highlighted surgeons’ concerns regarding metal on metal hip replacements to the point where some say they should no longer be used. Several manufacturers have already withdrawn this type of implant. The metal on metal debate is complex and can be confusing to the lay person as all hip replacements contain at least one metal component.
Published March 14th, 2012 | Last updated August 22nd, 2012
The informed patient in the UK is now not only finding access to top quality medical information and treatment options for their diagnosisThe process of determining which condition a patient may have., but is being offered a choice of consultant with whom to have their treatment on the NHS.
Published February 10th, 2012 | Last updated February 10th, 2012
There certainly was a chill in the air this morning and the early commute was full of the usual suspects: sleepy, sneezy, coughy… At this time of year, leading medical experts advise us that influenzaA viral infection affecting the respiratory system. does not have to be a fundamental part of the winter season.
Professor Kimberlin of the University of Birmingham, Alabama, USA writes that “Each year, an average of 24,000 people in the United States start the flu season alive and by the end of it have been killed by it…” He believes that this number could be greatly declined by getting an annual flu shot – available at most times of the year.
Published January 19th, 2012 | Last updated June 17th, 2014
At this cold time of year, we get bombarded with advice to take food supplements and to ensure that we are getting extra doses of vitamins. For a cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. patient this can lead to massive amounts of advice from friends and family to take “vitamin X, Y or Z”. Current research, however, says you are unlikely to need extra vitamins, as long as you are eating a sensible, varied diet and are getting plenty of vegetables and fruit.