Smokers – What do we need?

By : Emily | Published : Thursday March 29, 2012 | Posted in : Stop Smoking

no more smokingThe National Health Service is always on a mission to help smokers give up, but now it seems that some of the methods they’ve employed weren’t helpful in getting people to give up. Meaning that all the money invested in counselling services and free patches simply didn’t pay off in the end, ultimately meaning that they needn’t have bothered in the first place, according to some publications. However, I don’t see this as a complete and utter...

Genetic alteration causes extreme flu symptoms

By : Rosie Wilson | Published : Tuesday March 27, 2012 | Posted in : Influenza

woman sneezingMany of us suffer from a bad cold on once or twice a year. Not just the sniffles but one of those crippling colds which leaves you with a temperature for days on end unable to enjoy the time off work because every muscle in your body aches. Sometimes people attribute it to the notorious ‘flu’ but how can it be that some people just suffer mild cold-like symptoms whilst others become horrifically ill or even die?

New budget leaves smokers fuming

By : Rosie Wilson | Published : Thursday March 22, 2012 | Posted in : Stop Smoking

Cigarette burning moneySmokers frantically stocked up yesterday in a rush to buy cigarettes before 6pm last night, when the Chancellor’s plans to increase the duty on tobacco products above the rate of inflation caused the prices to rise considerably.

Dieting myths are damaging our health

By : Rosie Wilson | Published : Wednesday March 21, 2012 | Posted in : Weight Loss

Woman trying a dietThe constant battle to force ourselves to eat an apple instead of the delicious looking chocolate cake is part of a woman’s daily existence. Being surrounded by images of the media’s idea of a perfect female body is not the kind of environment likely to lead to self-acceptance and confidence, and a new study has shown that the average 45-year-old woman has tried out over 60 diets in her life.

Xenical now available at HealthExpress

By : Sophie | Published : Tuesday March 20, 2012 | Posted in : HealthExpress News

Obesity medicationWe are happy to announce that we now have Xenical in stock and our patients will once again be able to order Xenical online using our safe and secure ordering process. You may have been aware of the Xenical stock issues that we and other clinics have been experiencing recently. This has been due to manufacturing issues by the pharmaceutical company Roche, which makes Xenical. We apologise to any patients who may have been inconvenienced by these stock issues...

What is the most effective incentive for smokers to quit the habit?

By : Sophie | Published : Friday March 16, 2012 | Posted in : Stop Smoking

Stop smoking persuasianWhen considered objectively, smoking is an odd habit. There seems little logic in the idea that people could become so dependent on what is essentially a chemical stick that is set on fire, put in the mouth and inhaled, sending various carcinogens streaming into the lungs and the bloodstream to reap health havoc. And yet thousands of people continue to smoke in the UK, despite numerous health campaigns warning of the health costs of the habit.

Bin the cigarettes for a longer life and a fuller wallet

By : Jamie Gibbs | Published : Wednesday March 14, 2012 | Posted in : Stop Smoking

Fist hitting cigarette packThere’s good news and there’s bad news. The good news is that more people are aware of the health risks of smoking, and so less people are deciding to light up. NHS statistics show that in 21 per cent of adults in England were smokers in 2011, a big drop from 39 per cent in 1980. The bad news is that smoking is still just as hazardous to your health as it ever was, and it’s become more and more expensive to do so. The solution? Stop smoking, live...

Common STIs and how to spot them

By : Sophie | Published : Friday March 9, 2012 | Posted in : Sexual Health

Couple in bedSTIs are an increasing problem in the UK, despite awareness campaigns run by various health bodies and charities. The blame for these increasing figures is an argument in itself, and as such is not something I’ll be discussing here in any great detail. An important factor in the growing numbers of infected individuals, however, has to be the fact that many people just don’t know they’re infected, and so go on to infect other individuals.

5 Reasons why having International Women’s Day is so important

By : Emily | Published : Thursday March 8, 2012 | Posted in : Women's Health

happy womenThe focus of this year’s International Women’s Day is to empower women in rural settings and in this way come one step closer to bringing an end to poverty. Although in the UK, we don’t often have to deal with many of the challenges these women have to face, it’s still important to understand that we are all fighting for the same thing, to simply be able to live equally to men, be healthy and be able to lead the lives we want to lead on our terms.

Chocolate: Healthy or unhealthy?

By : Sophie | Published : Friday March 2, 2012 | Posted in : Heart Health

ChocolateChocolate. It’s one of the great pleasures of life. One of the best things about it is the fact that it’s suitable for almost any occasion. It is fitting for both celebrations and commiserations, as a little gift or a personal treat. Unfortunately, like a lot of good things in life, it isn’t all that good for us. Packed full of calories with a high fat content and little in the way of actual nutritional value, chocolate very much belongs to the...