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STI's: Sexually Transmitted Infections

You may be familiar with some of the more common STI's, such as Chlamydia, but did you know that there are over a dozen different infections to watch out for? And what many people don't realise, is that some infections can even creep around a condom, meaning even barrier protection is not sufficient?! Read on for more information...

Cosmo Asks LDC What Actually Happens If You Sleep With Your Bra On

With so much controversy surrounding the age-old question, “can I sleep in my bra?”, Cosmopolitan asks LDC founder and CEO, Dr Seth Rankin, the truth behind the matter. Does it have any impact on the shape or size of our breasts? And, more importantly, are there any healthy implications?

How Does Falling In Love Affect Your Body?

Falling in love is amazing, life-changing, and can make you smile until your cheeks hurt: there's no denying that falling in love is one of the greatest experiences life has to offer! So, with love in the air, what better time to consider how finding that special someone impacts your body and your mind!

Healthy Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Valentine's Day is very much in sight, but if you're anything like us you've left your gift shopping for that special someone right up until the last minute. Don't panic! We've put together a list of all the best healthy presents on the market. Let us help you find the perfect gift...

COPD: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

You may have heard of the acronym COPD, but do you know what is stands for? As you can guess from the name, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is a long-term condition affecting the lungs. It's most commonly seen in the older generation, in people with a long smoking history. Read on for more information about the condition, as well as ways to manage it (like keeping active)!

How Much Do You Know About Asthma?

If you suffer from asthma, you're not alone: there are over 5 million asthmatics in the UK! It's a very common condition, but many people still aren't aware of the basics - the cause, the symptoms, and the treatment. Today's blog covers everything you need to know about Asthma!

Do I Need Antibiotics?

Antibiotics are a wonderful discovery, and are often assumed by the general public to be the answer to everything. In many cases, yes, antibiotics are the answer: all UTI's, many STI's, and various skin conditions are easily treated by antibiotics. But for anything caused by a virus instead of bacteria, antibiotics simply will not work.

Complications of Coughs

Most of us catch a cough or cold at least once a year, but are able to shake it off ourselves after a few miserable days. However, for some people in society, a simple cough is much more serious, and can develop harmful complications. So what are these complications of coughs, and who is at risk?

Pertussis: The Whooping Cough

If there's one type of cough any parent should immediately recognise, it's whooping cough. Also known as the 100 day cough, this distinctive cough can be very harmful, especially for young children. Despite a significant immunisation campaign, there are still hundreds of cases every year across the UK. We describe the signs and symptoms to look out for.

Ask The Pharmacist: What Can I Take For My Cough?

We asked our Superintendent Pharmacist Dipali what she recommends patients buy over-the-counter to help relieve their coughs, when traditional remedies like good old honey and lemon aren't doing their thing. We list the top 8 causes of coughs, and how to treat them.

Winter Cough: Is It Bronchitis?

We've all suffered from a cough or cold at some point in time, but how do you distinguish these from Bronchitis? This inflammatory condition of the lungs produces not just a cough, but a few other key symptoms to look out for.

Cough, Sneeze, Sniffle - Respiratory Illnesses

As Winter ploughs on, more and more of us are being struck down by various respiratory illnesses. And what's the most common symptom of respiratory infections? A cough, of course! We discuss the different types of cough, and how they can be relieved.

World Cancer Day 2017

We all know somebody whose life and health have been affected by cancer. On World Cancer Day, we all stand united in the fight against cancer, to raise awareness and money for cancer research.

How To Handle Mouth Ulcers

If you have ever suffered from a mouth ulcer, you know well the misery that these painful little sores can cause. In this article we talk you through everything you need to know about this common, but highly uncomfortable and inconvenient, condition.

Cold Fingers & Toes: How To Avoid Chilblains!

One of the many medical conditions seen throughout the cold Winter months is Chillblains - a painful condition affecting mainly the fingers and toes when exposed to especially cold conditions. But it's not just Mountaineers who suffer from this condition - Londoners can too! Read on for more info...

Cold Fingers This Winter? Maybe It's Raynaud’s!

Have you ever been so cold, you couldn't feel your fingers? Or you've noticed them turning white, with a pins and needles sensation in them? Often dismissed as normal reactions to the cold, these symptoms are in fact of the condition known as Raynaud's! Read on for more information on this common condition.

Malaria: What You Need To Know

For anyone planning a winter break to escape the cold winter, you may not realise your risk of contracting malaria. We advise on malaria prevention, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, for anyone planning to travel to, or having recently returned from, malaria-affected areas.

Smoking & Lung Cancer

Following on from our final New Years Resolution of quitting smoking, today we touch on lung cancer, a serious disease often caused by smoking. There is no denying that smoking significantly increases your risk of lung cancer. We discuss the signs and symptoms to watch out for, as well as treatment options for those who have been diagnosed with this disease.

Stop Smoking: Kick The Habit In 2017, Once And For All!

As January draws to a close, we touch on the last of our encouraged New Years Resolutions for 2017. We've assembled our top reasons to Stop Smoking, as well as highlighting each health-benefit your body has to look forward to every step of the way...

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