Health

‘Why I quit smoking’: 7 triggers that made people stop and how it changed their life

As anyone who’s tried to quit smoking will tell you, kicking the habit isn’t as easy as some people think it is. Undoing years – or even decades – of a habit takes effort, willpower and often some external guidance. Knowing why you want to quit and having a goal in mind can be a huge motivation for staying on the right ... Read More »

10 unusual things you could be allergic to

Sniffles, sneezing, runny nose—if this sounds like you every spring, you’re far from alone. About 44% of people in the United Kingdom suffer from at least one allergy, and that number is on the rise. For most people who suffer from allergies, symptoms are annoying, but not too severe; but for some, they can cause a life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis. There are ... Read More »

10 things you need to stop hiding from your doctor

here are many reasons why people visit their GPs – some extremely serious, some totally trivial. But whatever the reason, there are always things we need to know. The problem is, a lot of the time, people are very reluctant to share important details. In an ideal world, your doctor should know pretty much everything about you, even if it ... Read More »

11 ways to prepare for an upcoming oscopy

If you have an impending colonoscopy or endoscopy coming up, whether it’s your first or you’ve become more accustomed to them, it’s natural to be concerned and want to be as emotionally and physically prepared as possible. What exactly is a colonoscopy and endoscopy? During a colonoscopy, a narrow, flexible telescopic camera is inserted via the rectum in order to examine ... Read More »

6 women share what it’s actually like on being on antidepressants

Last week, a major study was published which concluded that, yes, antidepressants do work. The study, published in The Lancet, analysed more than 500 trials involving 116,477 people, and concluded that all of the actual antidepressants were more effective in treating mental health conditions than placebo (dummy) drugs. The study also found some antidepressants were more effective than others. For years, there’s been ... Read More »

3 things you need to know about endometriosis and fertility

Endometriosis is a common and long-term condition which affects roughly one in 10 women in the UK. It occurs when the lining of the uterus (endometrium) grows in other places, such as the fallopian tubes, ovaries or along the pelvis. The condition causes heavy and painful periods as well as pain in the lower abdomen, pelvis, or lower back. Approximately 30% of women ... Read More »

Stomach issues? Here’s what your abdominal pains could mean

A simple stomach ache can signal several types of health problems. Whether you’re dealing with a casual case of indigestion or you’re suffering with something a bit more serious, tummy pains offer an insight into what’s going on inside our bodies and should never be ignored — no matter how manageable. Here, we look at six of the most common ... Read More »

‘Why I quit smoking’: 7 triggers that made people stop and how it changed their life

As anyone who’s tried to quit smoking will tell you, kicking the habit isn’t as easy as some people think it is. Undoing years – or even decades – of a habit takes effort, willpower and often some external guidance. Knowing why you want to quit and having a goal in mind can be a huge motivation for staying on the right ... Read More »

FDA Approves AI Device to Spot Diabetic Eye Disease

Artificial intelligence software that can detect diabetes-related damage to the retina — called diabetic retinopathy — has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The IDx-DR program analyzes images of a patient’s retinas taken with a special camera. The digital images are uploaded to a cloud server on which IDx-DR software is installed. The software provides one of ... Read More »

Omega-3 supplements don’t cure dry eye symptoms. They may just be placebos

Fish oil supplements have long been recommended to people suffering from dry eye disease, a common ailment that affects millions worldwide — but a study out Friday says they don’t work. “Omega-3 supplements are no more effective than placebo at alleviating dry eye symptoms,” read the findings from a randomised clinical trial involving 535 people and published in the New ... Read More »