Healthy Interests

Thirty years of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

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.

How much sleep do I need?

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?

Does cooking destroy micronutrients in food?

Helen Money, Nutritionist

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.

MS Awareness Week: What is the best treatment for multiple sclerosis?

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.

Metal on Metal Hip Replacements – should I be concerned?

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 Several manufacturers have already withdrawn this type of implant.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.

How to Choose and Book

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.

Give flu the cold shoulder: prevent flu through jabs and healthy eating

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.

Winter foods for a cancer patient

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.

How can you treat chronically active Crohn’s disease?

Consultant Gastroenterologist, Dr Purushothaman answers the following question from a totalhealth visitor:

New Year’s Dieting: Delight or Disaster?

After the champagne has been popped, the chocolates scoffed, and the has clock struck 12 to hearld in New Year’s Day, the nation begins a tidal wave of all things healthy: from gym memberships to crazy celeb diets. Before you begin to starve yourself into oblivion it would be wise to know which fads are fantastic, and which are just fiction.

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