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MEN’S HEALTH WEEK: PROSTATE CANCER

This week (12th – 18th June) is Men’s Health Week and, as always, we’re doing our bit to help raise awareness of relevant medical conditions! Today’s article focuses on a serious condition affecting around 10% of men at some point in their lives: Prostate Cancer.

CERVICAL CANCER & THE SMEAR TEST

Are you a woman aged over 25? Are you up to date on your smear tests? Do you fully understand what smear tests look for? Today, as part of Cervical Screening Awareness Week, we give you an overview of Cervical Cancer and answer the all important associated questions.

CERVICAL CANCER SYMPTOMS

The most important reason for promoting disease awareness is to educate the public and help them recognise the tell-tale signs to watch out for. The sooner symptoms are recognised, the sooner medical intervention can be sought, the better the prognosis. So do yourself a favour and read on!

FEELING DIZZY? IT COULD BE HEART-RELATED…

As we come to the end of our Heart Health week, we touch on a very common symptom experienced by patients. Dizziness can be a sign of many different things, including heart problems, as we discuss in today’s blog.

ATRIAL FIBRILLATION – AND THE BEAT GOES ON

You don’t have to be a doctor to know what the heart normally sounds like – we’re all familiar with the classic rhythm of a beating heart. You do, however. need to be medically trained to detect an abnormal rhythm, such as Atrial Fibrillation. Find out all about this condition, from symptoms to treatment in today’s blog!

THE NUISANCE & PAIN OF VARICOSE VEINS

Varicose veins are a very common condition; it is thought that as many as 1 in 3 people may be affected at some point in their lives, with women at higher risk than men. But what are varicose veins anyway? In this article we talk about the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of varicose veins.

DO I NEED AN ECG?

This is one of the first investigations performed for any patients complaining of cardiac-sounding symptoms. It is a simple test that can be done in just minutes and provides a great insight into how your heart is doing. We discuss how this simple test works and which conditions can be diagnosed from ECG recordings.

CHEST PAIN? IT COULD BE ANGINA?

We’re kicking off our Heart Health week at LDC by talking about a chronic heart condition that affects thousands of people in the UK: Angina. Whether you have been diagnosed with Angina yourself, or someone you know has, this article is well worth a read – to brush up on your knowledge of which symptoms are normal and when to be concerned.

NEED TO CRAM? LDC EXPLAINS HOW TO STAY UP ALL NIGHT (IF YOU REALLY MUST)!

Let’s imagine the scenario. It’s the middle of the exam season and you have an exam tomorrow. However, you’ve procrastinated right up until the very last minute (we all do it) and you’re left with no choice but to cram, cram, cram into the late hours of the night! How should you go about it? And is there any healthy way to do it?

CBT: COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY

CBT is a type of talking therapy proven to be very effective in helping people with a variety of different conditions, from stress and depression, to chronic pain and anger management! We explain a bit more about how CBT works in today’s blog post.

STUDENT EXAM SEASON: TOP TIPS TO RELIEVE STRESS

What is the first feeling that comes to mind when someone mentions exams? For most people, it is STRESS! Too much of it can be detrimental to your performance, and yet too little can lead to insufficient motivation. In today’s blog post, we talk about how to rein in the stress and find the right balance to perform to the best of your ability!

UTI: A BURNING ISSUE

As part of LDC’s Kidney Health week, today we’re talking all about a very common group of infections affecting the waterworks system: Urinary Tract Infections. While they are not usually harmful, if left untreated, UTIs can cause damage to the kidneys – hence our link to Kidney Health week!

URINARY INCONTINENCE: MANAGING LIFE’S LITTLE ACCIDENTS

While on the topic of the kidneys, we’ll also be mentioning a couple of conditions to do with ‘the waterworks system’ as a whole. This includes the kidneys and bladder, as well as the tubes in between! One fairly common, yet often unreported waterworks issue, is urinary incontinence – which we will discuss in today’s article.

BLOOD IN THE URINE: TIME TO WORRY?

Urine can come in various different colours, from colourless to deep yellow, depending on how hydrated we are. One worrying colour to watch out for, though, is red, as this could indicate blood in the urine. So, what should you do if you spot blood in the urine?! Find out in today’s blog.

LDC KIDNEY WEEK: KICKING OFF WITH KIDNEY INFECTIONS

Welcome to LDC’s Kidney Week, dedicated to the hard-working little organs that are the kidneys. This week, we’ll be focusing on how to keep your kidneys in tip top condition, as well as the telltale signs of kidney malfunction. We’re kicking off today with Kidney Infections!

SPINAL CORD INJURY AWARENESS DAY – Q&A WITH ASPIRE CHANNEL SWIMMER

Did you know that today is Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day – a joint campaign from leading charities Aspire, Spinal Research, BackUp and SIA? In this blog post, we’re spotlighting our first Channel Swimmer of the season, Sarah Gill, who popped in for her sports medical earlier this year.

THE HIDDEN HERNIA

While on the topic of hernias, we thought we’d go into a bit more detail on a common type of hernia that you might not be aware of. Hiatus hernias occur inside the body, so are harder to detect and diagnose! Do you know the one tell-tale symptom of a hiatus hernia? If not, you’ll find it in this article!

HERNIAS: DON’T LET LUMPS & BUMPS GET YOU DOWN IN THE DUMPS

Continuing with our theme of conditions associated with increasing age, today we’re talking about hernias. Did you know, there are 4 common types of hernia, each in a distinct area of the body? We give an overview of these, as well as some general need-to-know info on the complications of hernias.