'My husband's having a heart attack! Somebody help!' Words guaranteed to make anyone in the immediate vicinity either administer some kind of medical aid or grab the nearest handset to summon it. Or so you'd think. But the distressed woman's plea for help went largely unanswered.
Barretoned classes are taken in socks, and for once I was wearing a matching pair. Less fortuitously, I was wearing a matching pair of fluorescent green socks, a purchase several years ago from an American K-Mart. The other women in the class wore beautifully cut, soft workout clothes, perfectly suited to the movements of the class.
Being too embarrassed to come forward can be potentially very dangerous, particularly when it comes to sexual health. Public Health England* recently released its latest statistics on STI diagnoses rates, which were widely reported in the media. It illustrated that there is still a widespread problem of people having unsafe sex
It's the last day of the Power Phase and I have my second colonic, which is a walk in the park compared to the first time and leave feeling lighter and brighter. I have very little appetite, and struggle to drink some of my homemade juices (celery, I discover, has the consistency of baby vomit when juiced).
Over the past two or three decades, obesity levels amongst both adults and children in countries such as the UK and the USA have soared. In an age of fast living and fast food, poor diet and lack of exercise have contributed to obesity levels tripling in some areas over the space of three decades.
Regular eye checks for older people can aid in the early detection of age-related conditions such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and cataracts. These conditions don't have to end in complete sight loss - early detection can greatly increase the chances of preserving sight.
When you hear the term "narrative medicine", what does this mean to you? Most haven't heard or know little about it. Narrative medicine isn't something new, and has in fact been around far longer than you can imagine.
I hazarded a guess that, if the NHSBT is so often short of stocks, and begging new donors to come forward, it might be a bright idea if their production line didn't prevent people from giving their donation.
An interview with Nadine Dorries aired on Day Break on Monday 3rd June, sent a shiver down my spine. Initially I thought great, here we have a public figure who is willing to share her story about alopecia. But alas no. The interview was far from positive on any level and did not promote the condition to be something that one can face in order to live a normal life.
When it comes to the subject of healthcare, everywhere you turn there is contradictory advice on whether to visit a doctor in person or to try and self-diagnose using the likes of the NHS Helpline via the phone or the internet.
One mental health issue facing misrepresentation and discrimination is anorexia nervosa. When portrayed in the media, anorexia sufferers are often depicted as obsessive teenage girls who made the choice themselves to stop eating, or celebrities driven to starvation through their strive for perfection. The reality is far more complex.
An injury to the joint is one of the main risk factors for osteoarthritis, along with ageing and obesity. It's the most common form of arthritis, with approximately 8 million people in the UK affected. Contrary to popular belief, it can affect people at any age
Stephen Fry is in the news today after he talks in an interview about a suicide attempt last year. He said: "Now, you may say, how can anyone who has got it all be so stupid as to want to end it all? That's the point, there is no 'why?', it's not the right question. There's no reason." So, how can you start the conversation if you are worried about someone?
Whether for health reasons, because you have a problem with alcohol, because you don't want the excess calories on your bikini body, or because you just don't like being drunk, an alcohol-free life is a commitment and a lifestyle for some of us. But the summer can be a difficult time for teetotallers.
What makes this collection so valuable and unique is that the serum samples were taken from healthy people annually, and, in many cases up to 10 years prior to a cancer diagnosis. The collaboration will use these samples to select biomarkers which provide a clear indication of change in the early pre-diagnosis stages of disease.
Stephen Fry is extremely successful in many different areas of life; a 'national treasure'. How can someone popular, wealthy, busy and successful, end up feeling hopeless and despairing? Yet it's well established from psychological research that there is a link between fame and suicide.