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WHAT’S ALL THE FUSS ABOUT BLOOD PRESSURE?

It’s often the first measurement taken when you visit a doctor, as believe it or not, these two numbers give a valuable insight into just how healthy you are! We explain why these numbers are so important, and why you should keep them within a healthy range.

COSMO FEATURES LDC: “WHY WE ALL THINK WE’RE RICH AF WHEN WE’RE DRUNK”

Cosmopolitan recently asked LDC founder and CEO, Dr Seth Rankin, why we feel the need to splash the cash when we’re drunk (and subsequently buy every single person at the bar a drink)! So, just what are the reasons we’re more like to whip out our (already maxed out) cards at every possible opportunity?

HEART PALPITATIONS: WHY DO I FEEL MY HEART BEATING?

You can’t normally feel it, but you can safely assume that so long as you’re still standing, your heart must still be ticking away silently! But have you ever suddenly become aware of your heart beating? This is known as having ‘palpitations’, and can be a symptom of an underlying condition such as anxiety.

FIGHTING BACK AGAINST PANIC ATTACKS

We all recognise stress, many of us are familiar with anxiety, and some of us have experienced panic attacks. But can you list all the different manifestations of panic attacks? There are a lot more than you might think! We discuss symptoms, causes and management of these debilitating episodes.

STRESSED? KEEP CALM & READ ON!

We all get stressed now and again, although some of us more so, and more often, than others. But how much stress is normal? And how much stress is too much; when should you seek help to manage such stress?

THE HIGHS AND LOWS OF BI-POLAR DISORDER

We all have our ups and downs, but Bi-Polar disorder is condition whereby your mood fluctuates more significantly than the average. It’s thought that between 1-2% of the population will be diagnosed as having bipolar at some point in their lives, with some studies suggesting up to 5% of us are on the ‘bipolar spectrum’…

IRON DEFICIENCY: TAKE A LEAF OUT OF POPEYE’S BOOK!

Did you ever see Popeye looking tired, pale, or short of breath? Didn’t think so! With a diet so high in spinach, if there’s one thing this guy isn’t, it’s iron deficient. Today’s blog is all about iron, as well as the symptoms and causes of iron deficiency. Read on for top tips on how to be more like Popeye…

THE SYMPTOMS OF ANAEMIA

Did you realise, that there are various different types of anaemia? All with different recommended treatments? Today, we talk through the common symptoms of each of these types of anaemia, and touch on how these are best treated.

SORE THROAT & SWOLLEN TONSILS? YUP, IT’S PROBABLY TONSILLITIS!

Most of us have probably experienced an episode of tonsillitis at least once in our lives, with some people suffering frequent episodes of this common infection! So why don’t doctors prescribe antibiotics every time you start to feel your tonsils tingle? And why don’t we just have our tonsils removed?!

WORLD DOWN’S SYNDROME DAY

Do you know why today, the 21st of March, is International Down’s Syndrome Awareness Day? Or why these numbers are very important in the genetics of the condition? For the answer to this, and much more about Down’s Syndrome, check out today’s blog post!

THE CURSE OF THE COLD SORE

Cold sores are caused by one of the most common viruses amongst the population. They’re harmless, but can be a real nuisance, popping up at the worst possible times in life! We explain the common triggers of cold-sores, as well as how best to manage the condition: preventing their occurrence and speeding up their healing time.

DO YOU KNOW YOUR BMI?

Nowadays, we use all sorts of euphemisms to sugar-coat the issue of being overweight, as it can be a very touchy subject! But if you’re plus-sized, bigger boned, or carrying a few extra pounds, there’s no running from reality with the BMI! We explain how to calculate this value and interpret your results in today’s blog piece on the Body Mass Index.

LDC’S NEW LOCATION: PADDINGTON!

What do a lost Peruvian Bear, the discovery of Penicillin, Prince George, The FA and Little Venice have in common? Paddington – the location of our ninth clinic!

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DEHYDRATION: FROM THIRSTY TO A&E!

Feeling sluggish? Struggling to concentrate? Skin problems? You could be suffering from a common problem which affects many of us – dehydration. Did you know, severe dehydration can lead to serious illnesses, requiring hospital treatment! Stay hydrated, stay healthy. Read on for more…

BRAIN AWARENESS WEEK: CEREBRAL PALSY

As part of brain awareness week, today we focus on a common neurological condition called Cerebral Palsy. This condition is diagnosed during a child’s first few years, so it’s very important to be aware of the signs and symptoms!

STROKE

As part of Brain Awareness Week, we’re tacking some of the biggest topics in neurology – today we’re focusing on strokes. This very serious condition is considered a medical emergency, and the quicker sufferers receive medical attention, the better the outcome. Would you recognise the first signs of a stroke?

MY HEAD HURTS, IS IT A TENSION HEADACHE?

Does your head ever feel like an elastic band has been tightly wrapped around it? This is how many sufferers of Tension Headaches describe the sensation. Generally, headaches are nothing to worry about! But we talk you through the red flags to be aware of – in case your headache is a sign of something more sinister…