Centuries ago, the Black Death wiped out over 30% of the European population because of a disease spread by bacteria. Before antibiotics were discovered, if someone had a bacterial infection there was very little doctors could do to treat them, so people would get seriously ill or even die from diseases that seem quite trivial today.
Chlamydia is the most common STI in the UK due mainly to many people being unaware that they have it. Most do not experience symptoms making it very easy to spread, therefore it is very important to regularly visit your sexual health clinic.
B12 deficiencies are common in older people, with 1 in 10 over 75s suffering from a B12 deficiency and 1 in 20 for aged 65 to 75. Improving your diet can help to treat the condition and prevent it from occurring again. Adding foods like meat, fish, eggs, dairy products and specially fortified foods can help to raise B12 levels.
When we asked junior doctors what they found most challenging in dealing with patients in our survey, the results highlighted the sheer breadth of emotional, psychological and professional support they require.
Cholesterol is a frequently used health term but do you know what it actually means or how it can affect you? Check out my series of quiz questions below - the answers may surprise you!
Asthma as a condition doesn't fit well into recent models of care provision. GPs routinely invite people with asthma for an annual review at a time that's convenient for the NHS but is rarely in line with the needs or wants of the patient. These reviews are often centered on targets which bear little relevance to patient outcomes.
Some groups are at greater risk and can come to more harm during hot weather, for example babies and young children, over 75's, those with certain medical conditions or on certain medications. It is important stay in touch with neighbours, friends and family who may live alone and to look out for the following signs of heat exhaustion;
I work as a receptionist in a GP surgery. Frontline NHS. Yesterday the cogs of our NHS worked in perfect alignment and saved a life. A patient arrived at the front desk, mid afternoon. They asked to see a GP immediately, and reported dizziness, fainting spells and weakness on one side.