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Itchy Skin

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As part of LDC's 'Love Your Skin Week', we're focusing on a common patient complaint: itchy skin. There are a whole wealth of reasons for itchy skin - how many can you guess? Read on for the answer!

LDC's Love Your Skin Week!

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It's been a long Winter, but it finally looks like Spring is on its way. And if there's one part of the body that gets far more attention in warmer weather - it's our skin! So, as the temperature creeps back up, and those sleeves are getting shorter, we're promoting the awareness of healthy skin!

HIV & AIDS: Debunking The Myths

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Where STI's are concerned, HIV is often described as 'the big one', with the scariest reputation. But it doesn't have to be this way - with better awareness, understanding, and treatment than ever before, HIV no longer carries the stigma it used to. Brush up on your understanding of HIV and AIDS, by reading today's blog piece covering the topic.

Human Papillomavirus & Genital Warts

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Did you know the virus responsible for genital warts is the Human Papillomavirus (HPV)? And that symptoms may take weeks, months, or even YEARS to develop after initial exposure to infection? Read on for more information on the second most common STI in the UK.

The STI That's On The Rise: Gonorrhoea

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Historically known as 'The Clap' – after the old French word 'Clapier' meaning brothel – Gonorrhoea is one of the oldest sexually transmitted infections discovered. Do you know the symptoms to look out for? Or how it's treated?

STI's: Sexually Transmitted Infections

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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?

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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?

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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

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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

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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?

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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