Posted by Heather Doggett on 19 March 2019

April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month Testicular cancer occurs when normal, healthy cells, which are carefully regulated in the body, begin to reproduce uncontrollably in the testicles. It usually occurs in one testicle but can occur in both. 2,400  men are diagnosed with testicular cancer every year in the UK – that’s more than 6 per day Testicular cancer is 98% curable if detected early – meaning men surviving 10 years or more Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men aged 15-45 with the highest incidence in men aged 30-34 Testicular cancer is on the rise– incidence rates have increased by more than a quarter since the early 1990s Risk Factors for Testicular Cancer A risk factor is anything that changes your chance of getting a disease such as cancer. Different...

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Posted by Heather Doggett on 15 February 2019

2 ears or not to hear…… There are 11 million people with hearing loss across the UK, that’s around one in six of us, rising to 15.6 million by 2035 An estimated 900,000 people in the UK have severe or profound hearing loss More than 40% of people over 50 years old have hearing loss, rising to 71% of people over the age of 70 Around one in 10 UK adults has tinnitus How is hearing damaged? Inside the cochlea (our hearing organ that sits deep inside our ears), there are thousands of sound-sensing hair cells. These cells pick up sound waves and turn them into electrical signals that are sent to the brain and interpreted as sound. Experts agree that hair cells can start to become damaged by noise at 85dB and above.  When you’re exposed to too much loud noise, the hair cells become...

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Posted by Heather Doggett on 30 January 2019

February is Raynauds Awareness Month Raynaud’s  (Ray-nose) is a phenomenon that affects the circulation – the small blood vessels in hands and feet, fingers or toes are over-sensitive to even the slightest changes in temperature, the cold and sometimes stress.  A Raynaud’s attack is where the fingers sometimes change colour, but not always, from white, to blue, to red. Raynaud’s phenomenon is a common condition thought to affect up to ten million people in the UK.  It can be sub-divided into primary and secondary.  This phenomenon was first described by Maurice Raynaud, a French Doctor in 1862. Anyone of any age can develop primary Raynaud’s which occurs spontaneously without an underlying condition being present.  It can also be hereditary.  Secondary Raynaud’s,...

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Posted by Heather Doggett on 17 December 2018

On the First day of Christmas: Here is some sound advice to get through this month of gifts, goodwill, shopping, excessive food and alcohol consumption, stress and indigestion…. On the 2nd day of Christmas: Take a deep breath …and prepare for the onslaught! As the busiest and arguably most stressful month of the year begins, it pays to have some coping strategies in place. To restore calm, relax all the muscles in your body and consciously slow your breathing rate by half. Close your eyes and inhale through your nose, filling your belly with air. Hold for five seconds, then exhale slowly through your mouth. Repeated 20 times, this will bring your pulse rate down and fight stress. On the 3rd day of Christmas: Feed up your immunity To get through the Christmas festivities, bolster...

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TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse …

Posted by Heather Doggett on 30 November 2018

……..with the exception of approximately two thirds of adults throughout all developed nations who do not attain the recommended average 8 hours of sleep per night.  In fact, the decimation of sleep is having such a catastrophic impact on our health, life expectancy, safety and productivity that sleep loss is now deemed the epidemic causing the greatest public health challenge in the twenty first century in developed nations. THE IMPACT Insufficient sleep, even short periods of poor sleep, can contribute to negative health:– Profoundly disrupts blood sugar levels; increased risk of diabetes Increases the likelihood of cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure Contributes to all major psychiatric conditions including anxiety and depression Reduces male and female reproductivity It...

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Posted by Heather Doggett on 01 November 2018

Are you ready to grow?  This month I am unashamedly writing – in fact, plagiarising in some parts – about the amazing charity that is the Movember Foundation.  Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues and get those conversations started. What do they do?  They stop men from dying too young.  They are the leading charity changing the face of men’s health.  They address some of the biggest health issues faced by men – prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health and suicide prevention. MEN – ‘fathers, partners, brothers and friends are facing a health crisis that isn’t being talked about.  Men are dying too young and we can’t afford to stay silent’. PROSTATE CANCER...

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Posted by Heather Doggett on 28 September 2018

  October is National Cholesterol Month – many of us are aware that evidence strongly indicates that high cholesterol can increase the risk of heart disease, strokes and mini strokes (TIA’s), peripheral arterial disease and narrowing of the arteries (atherosclerosis) but what exactly is cholesterol, and what do those numbers mean when we have our cholesterol checked? What is cholesterol? Cholesterol is a fatty substance known as a lipid found naturally within the body’s cells and is vital for the normal functioning of the body. It’s mainly made by the liver, but can also be found in some foods. Cholesterol is carried in your blood by proteins. When the 2 combine, they are called lipoproteins. Lipoproteins Your blood carries cholesterol around your body on proteins known as...

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Posted by Heather Doggett on 31 August 2018

This is a question that is commonly asked these days in our office and I am fairly certain that it is not all associated with the unusually hot summer we are experiencing. Am I suggesting that we are a menopausal office – well yes, I am and I have to say there is a lot of it about. But despite this, the menopause continues to not be openly discussed. We have so much information around periods and pregnancy and then – well, nothing. It is little wonder that the menopause remains one of the last taboos. What is the menopause? Menopause means the last menstrual period. Periods stop because the low levels of oestrogen and progesterone do not stimulate the lining of the womb (endometrium) in the normal cycle. Hormone levels can fluctuate for several years before eventually becoming so low that...

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Posted by Heather Doggett on 27 July 2018

As a nurse, I have collected many, many urine samples over the years and one thing I know for sure is that many of us tend to be dehydrated a lot of the time. Water accounts for about 65% of our body weight, whilst our brains are 73% water. Water performs crucial roles such as carrying nutrients and waste products between our major organs, helping regulate body temperature, lubricating our moving parts, and acting as a shock absorber. Dehydration reflected by a 1-2% reduction in body weight can reduce our ability to concentrate and our everyday mental performance, and increase feelings of aggression or irritation. According to the National Hydration Council, 12% of tiredness and fatigue cases presenting at GP surgeries are believed to be due to dehydration. Staggeringly, statistics reveal...

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Posted by Heather Doggett on 27 July 2018

IF YOU CARE FOR SOMEBODY, HAVE A LOOK AT THEIR BEAUTY SPOTS One in three diagnosed cancers is a skin cancer. Worldwide, between two and three million non-melanocytic skin cancers and 132,000 malignant melanomas are diagnosed each year. In the United States, one in five Americans will suffer from skin cancer in their lifetime, whilst in Europe skin cancer is rising by 5-7% a year. However, the earlier it is detected the greater the chances of it being cured; 90% of skin cancers are curable if treated in time. GOOD HABITS FOR SUN SAFETY • Avoid sun exposure during the times of day when there is strong sunlight, typically from 11am – 3pm: 50 -70% of skin cancers are linked to overexposure to UVB and UVA rays. • Reduce children’s exposure to the sun: 80% of skin damage caused by the...

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