Healthy Interests

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.

Do you have a fear of Christmas?

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.

The Diagnostic and Treatment Guide by William Shakespeare

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.

Cervical cancer jab: Risk or requirement?

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.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2011: Don’t keep mum about it!

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, including our mothers and grandmothers, be made aware of the risks and benefits involved in screening?

Top 10 Symptoms of Hypothermia

Every year in the UK between 25–30,000 deaths are linked to cold weather. Keeping warm is a real concern for the elderly at this time of year and a number of steps can be taken to prevent hypothermia.

Does curry bring on labour?

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?

Protein shakes – to drink or not to drink?

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?

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