Health Awareness
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How to deal with skin rashes

‘A rash’ is not a specific diagnosis, but describes an abnormal change in skin colour or texture and may be caused by a virus, such as chicken pox, shingles or measles.
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What we can learn from dancers about bone and joint health

Dancers have to look after their bones and joints as part of their job. Greg Retter, clinical director at the Royal Ballet, explains what the rest of us can learn from dancers about bone and joint health.
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Prevention and symptoms of melanoma

A report by the health think tank The Kings Fund found that just under half of specialist work now relates to skin cancers, yet many people aren’t aware of what it is and what the signs and symptoms are.
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Why skin conditions are having a major effect on the NHS

It’s imperative to be aware of skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and skin cancer. Depending on the condition, they can have a severe impact on quality of life and even overall life expectancy.
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Working towards a better future for skin treatment

Our skin is a very special organ. It works around the clock to protect us and keep us healthy on the inside.
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Asthma and allergies in kids: what’s the real cause?

Four top health experts give their advice to parents and provide insight on the rise of asthma and allergies in recent years.
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Top tips for dealing with eczema and psoriasis

Dr Michael Arden-Jones, consultant dermatologist at University Hospital Southampton, gives his expert advice on how to manage two of the UK’s most common skin conditions.
CariDee English

How America's next top model beat the odds

CariDee English, from North Dakota, won America’s Next Top Model – and a victory over the debilitating psoriasis she has fought almost her entire life.
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Answering the most pressing questions on joint replacement and orthopaedic surgery

Chris Evans, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, and hip and knee replacement specialist, answers important questions on bones and joints.
Dr Anjali Mahto, Consultant Dermatologist

Anti-ageing skin care tips from the British Skin Foundation

One of the skin’s main functions is to act as a barrier to the outside world. But the skin’s ability to function as a protective barrier can easily be disrupted or damaged by noxious chemicals, sun damage and pollutants in the environment.
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Top 5 skin health tips

Whilst a lucky few are genetically blessed with glowing skin, the vast majority require a good skin care routine and sensible lifestyle choices. Dr Anjali Mahto gives us her top tips.
Woman with IBS

Gut Upset? It could be IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) an unexplained gut illness that comprises symptoms of abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation, for which there is no clear cause.
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The changing face of skin cancer

With more than a seven-fold increase in forty years, melanoma is a major health concern, calling for better awareness and prevention. But thanks to advancements in cancer treatment, more people with the disease are living longer.
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Surviving prostate cancer: one father’s road to recovery

One young father-of-three describes his journey of living with prostate cancer – and how he has thrived since his diagnosis.
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Experts call for better education of breast cancer amongst younger audiences

Despite the over 50s being most at risk of breast cancer, campaigners are seeing the benefit of reaching people earlier in life.
Professor Dean Fennell

Mesothelioma: emergency action is vital to tackle a public health disaster

At last action is being taken to speed up the search in treatments for mesothelioma, a fatal cancer caused by asbestos.
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How we learned to live with cancer

ITV presenter and Bowel Cancer UK Patron Charlene White speaks on her family's ordeal with the disease and the importance of early detection.
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Why it pays to admit to having incontinence

Urinary incontinence is a common problem but often patients do not come forward - a pity because new treatments are now becoming available which could help them.
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Spot the warning signs of prostate cancer

Prostate cancer can be difficult to diagnose, but if you notice any symptoms you should ask your doctor for advice as early detection is key and treatments have improved.
Man experiencing erectile dysfunction (ED)

The experts view on erectile dysfunction (ED)

Learn about erectile dysfunction through our Q and A with Consultant Urologist David Ralph.
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Urological Surgery Q and A with Mark Speakman

Learn about urological surgery in the UK and what surgical information is available to the public.
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Why physiotherapy is vital to recovery

Physiotherapy is essential to recovery after bone or joint trauma, but it can be hard to access. Here's what you should be getting - and how if provides value for both you and society.
happy patient after hip replacement

How to ensure you get the hip replacement that best suits you

Hip replacement - arthroplasty - may be a routine operation, but it should not be a one-size-fits all procedure. We examine today's choices in hip replacement technology.
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The recovery pathway that speeds up hip and knee replacements

Scheduled for hip or knee replacement? The Enhanced Recovery Pathway should soon have you back on your feet and heading for home - but what is it, and how can you help?
cancer patient at hospital

Prostate cancer treatment is free; the side effects can be too high a price to pay

Despite being shellshocked after diagnosis of prostate cancer, Lloyd Bantleman was keen to find out about all his treatment options and their potential side-effects.
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Kenney Jones prostate cancer case study

Kenney was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2013. Since then he has been supporting Prostate Cancer UK and raising money through his Rock n Horsepower events.
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Urology expert panel: Investigating incontinence and prostate problems

Marcus Drake, Professor Mandy Fader and Kate Lough discuss the topics of incontinence and prostate problems.
man affected by bowel condition

IBS and IBD: causes, symptoms and treatments

IBS and IBD, both painful gut problems, are often confused. Here a consultant gastroenterologist explains the difference, and what to do if you think you have symptoms.
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Mums and dads panel: understanding rare genetic disorders

We hear about children's journeys from diagnosis to treatment and support when living with a rare genetic disorder, from those closest to them.
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The normality of difference: Warwick Davis on genetic disorders

“At the end of the day, we’re all the same on the inside, regardless of whether we have a genetic disease or not" – Warwick Davis.
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Jeans for Genes Day celebrity interviews

Hear what five celebrities had to say about jeans for genes day and why they are active in raising awareness for genetic disorders.
Alex and Sam Wilson

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Jeans for Genes Day

This year we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Jeans for Genes day. Read about this great charity through some facts, case studies and videos.
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Hope for sufferers of coeliac disease

A gluten-free diet can be transformative for people with coeliac disease, according to Manchester GP, Dr John O’Malley.
Rachel Taylor, a patient with a rare chromosome disorder

Stem cell research brings insight into chromosome disorder

Scientists in the US are carrying out research on induced pluripotent stem cells to gain valuable insight into rare chromosome disorders.
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Time to breathe easy

Winter is often a magical time of year. For many, it’s a time for celebrating and spending time with family and friends. For others, however, winter can also often be a source of concern and worry.
Claire Severgnini, Chief Executive of the National Osteoporosis Society

Tracking down osteoporosis, 'the silent disease'

A new service that aims to diagnose osteoporosis earlier is now becoming available - and it could save you from painful fractures.
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Working together to make progress against cancer

Collaboration in research is key to building on the huge progress we’ve already made in treating cancer and to help bring new treatments to patients faster.
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Why pancreatic cancer awareness is a priority

Difficult to diagnose and treat, pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate of all cancers and incredibly low research funding, says Ali Stunt, founder and CEO of Pancreatic Cancer Action.
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Pancreatic cancer patient story: Carl Denning

Carl Denning is an inspirational and positive man. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2012 at the age of 38 and within weeks his whole life changed.  
Craig Revel Horwood

Craig Revel Horwood speaks out on osteoporosis

Craig publicly helps to raise awareness of osteoporosis and is passionate about making people aware of how they can keep their bones strong.
PHA UK infographic

Leading the way in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

A lot can happen in 15 years as has been shown by developments in the way Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PH) is diagnosed and treated in the UK.
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British Lung Foundation 'Big Breakfast' recipe

British Chinese food writer and TV chef, Ching-He Huang, shares her healthy and filling oatmeal recipe for the BLF Big Breakfast.
Jane Holmes in West Wales

Respiratory health case studies: Jane Holmes and André Lassooij

Read about a marathon runner’s lung cancer shock and a double-lung transplant recipient, turned international sports star.
Ching-He Huang

Turning tragedy into inspiration

Food Writer and TV chef, Ching-He Huang, explains how her aunt’s death to lung cancer has inspired her to support the British Lung Foundation.
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If we can see it, we can treat it

Every year, over two million women have breast screening in the UK, and 15,500 have their cancer detected through it. This saves an estimated 1,300 lives annually.
Dr Helen Rippon, Worldwide Cancer Research

Basic cancer research: aren’t we finished yet?

Basic research scientists are out there searching for the next seeds of future cancer medicines. It is our duty to support them.
Sarah Toule, Head of Health Information, World Cancer Research Fund UK

Simple lifestyle changes to help keep cancer at bay

A recent survey for World Cancer Research Fund showed that more needs to be to be done to help people understand how they can reduce their cancer risk.
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We are united against cancer

Cancer affects us all, regardless of our race, sex, geography or age. February 4th is the one day of the year where the world’s population can unite and take action against this ever increasing epidemic.
Dawn Green and Angela Brook

Pseudomyxoma survivors: Dawn and Louise patient stories

In 2008 Dawn Green was given just three months to live. Eight years on, she’s still here and still fighting to raise awareness of pseudomyxoma peritonei.
chronic pain

Taking spinal cord stimulation to the next level

Millions of people endure the agony of chronic pain caused by injuries or operations, but new nerve stimulation technology could offer some welcome relief.
lonely senior man

Connected lives key to a sustainable health and care system

We are fast becoming an older society and for the vast majority of people that is a good thing.  But are we age ready?
Andrea Jenkyns

The fatal results of poor hand hygiene

Andrea Jenkyns MP explains how poor hygiene caused her dad's death from MRSA, and spurred her to launch the Handz campaign.
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Tackling healthcare infections cannot wait

It's time for swift and radical action on healthcare acquired infections says Katherine Murphy, chief executive the Patients Association.
Coeliac UK Cardiff Pop up

Suspect you may have coeliac disease? Here's how to check

Around half a million people in the UK have undiagnosed coeliac disease. Coeliac UK is taking action to help identify them.
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Diets and gut illness: the good, the bad and the ugly

We present a summary of what information – whether beneficial, unhelpful or not proven – is available on gut illness to help us make diet choices.
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The welcome side effects of stem cell transplants

People who have stem cell transplants to treat blood cancer may give graft versus host disease (GvHD) a reluctant welcome.
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Thrombosis: the risks and how to reduce them

Thrombosis is a hidden killer that must be tackled with education says Professor Beverley Hunt, Medical Director of Thrombosis UK.
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Cindy Crawford: raising awareness of blood cancer

The supermodel and businesswoman, whose younger brother died from blood cancer, is a passionate advocate of blood cancer awareness and bone marrow donation.
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Stem cell donors have crucial role to play in the future of blood health

Dr Suzy Lishman, President of the Royal College of Pathologists, highlights the need for more stem cell donors to give patients with blood cancers the chance of a cure.
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The fight against B-cell and T-cell lymphoma

The fight against lymphoma now includes treatments which activate the body's own immunity — and others which interfere with the growth pathways of malignant cells and stop them from proliferating.
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The opportunities available for those visually impaired

Tiri Hughes, 16, from Devon, has been registered as sight impaired since the age of 7. She has multiple eye conditions including double elevator palsy, neurological conduction delay, nystagmus, astigmatism and photophobia.
Dr Dan Hart, consultant haematologist

High hopes for new haemophilia treatments

New haemophilia treatments could increase protection, cut complication rates, reduce infusions by half - and save the NHS money.