Do you know someone who suffers from Asthma? Perhaps you have a friend who has asthma? It is likely that you know someone who has asthma, as a reported one in five households are affected by it. In literal terms there are 5.4 million people in the UK who have asthma.
Seeing as so many people are suffering from it, it’s a good idea to ask ourselves what causes Asthma. The BBC has an article online which goes into detail on this. In brief, asthma is caused by an inflammation of the airways. Scientists aren’t too sure what causes this, but they see that asthmatic and allergic tendencies do run in families.
Asthma is serious; it is not merely an excuse to sit out cross country in a PE lesson. If you have a friend with asthma then it is a good idea to be aware of what could cause an asthma attack and how to help them. Advice on living with asthma is available courtesy of the NHS. Although you may not suffer from asthma personally, you can support your friend by being aware of the additional measures they have to take in day to day life.
You have probably noticed your friend has an inhaler. Inhalers are usually bought at Pharmacies and are manufactured by companies such as Presspart. The aim of these inhalers is to keep the asthma under control, assisting your friend to lead a full and unrestricted life. Although treatments keep asthma under control, there could be an occasion when your friend has an asthma attack. If this happens carry out the following actions:
Stay calm and try to help your friend relax
Have your friend sit upright
Take your friend away from possible asthma triggers
Get their inhaler
Call 999 if the inhaler doesn’t help
You will be their first line of defence; it is always a good idea to be prepared. As a friend, understanding and appreciating living with asthma is very important. Of course there are different severities of asthma and reactions vary from person to person, but educating yourself and being ready for possible incidents is always a good idea.
If like me you don’t go to the doctors as often as you should, it is fair to say that when you get ill it’s because you have neglected your body. It might be lack of sleep, poor diet, catching a cold by accident, but neglecting the GP is to neglect your medical condition. So what happens then when the medical professionals we trust to help us get better fall short of their responsibilities?
The doctors and nurses in the UK are among the best medical practitioners in the world; highly educated, provided with some of the best facilities available etc, but very occasionally there is a slip in protocol. This is defined as ‘Medical Negligence’ and it happens when a medical professional abuses the patient. This results in the patient being worse off by the end of the treatment, and can result in deep depression in patients, anxiety, trauma, and even death if the malpractice was severe enough.
Medical Negligence Claims
Medical negligence claims, as defined nice and clearly by Claims.com here, depend on the claimant’s condition afterwards. If the patient’s life has been significantly damaged by the medical professional, the claimant can receive compensation. While financial compensation certainly helps, many sufferers of medical negligence argue that their claim is not for money, but for prevention reasons.
Channel 4 released this post on ‘The Search For Justice’ which says that the UK suffers over 850,000 medical accidents in hospitals every year. While this is a staggering number of hospital accidents, there are even more cases happening all around the UK where the patient does not file for medical negligence, and suffers as a result. Many cases go on unclaimed for fear of damaging the doctor’s career, and as a result, nothing is done to prevent the same thing happening to someone else.
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Without getting too anxious, try reading some of these medical horror stories from AskMen.com in their ‘Top 10 Scary Medical Malpractice Cases’. These are of course the most extreme cases of medical negligence: sometimes only a small action can lead to a big problem. One of the most dangerous things about medical negligence is not simply the professional’s misconduct, it is the patient’s lack of action.
Medical negligence is widely regarded as a nightmare that will never happen to you, but for the people who have suffered from it, justice is the only cure.
Take care of your teeth! You only get one set and it’s important to keep them as a pearly-white as possible. That’s never going to be easy, even your five-a-day can end up doing a lot of damage to your teeth; citrus acid from an orange is incredibly harmful to your enamel! However, by following a solid regime that really doesn’t take that much effort at all, you can maintain all 32 of your gnashers to the highest standard.
Telling you to brush your teeth is almost redundant. However, knowing how to brush them can be of major benefit. Brushing back and forth as the majority of people do actually damages the enamel by brushing against the grain. Equally, brushing too hard can further erode the enamel, whilst brushing too soft won’t clean them properly. The best technique is to brush with the consistency of a gentle massage in an up and down motion following the grain of the tooth. You can gain more information with this interview on The Guardian’s health and wellbeing blog with Dr Ogo Eze, whose practice can be found here - Dentistw2. Often people face the choice of a manual or electric toothbrush and there are benefits to both. Personally, I would recommend an electric toothbrush, but it’s a very competitive market out there, so knowing which one to buy can be a difficult choice. Thankfully, Which? have come up with this handy guide to help make the process a little easier.
The main thing you need to know about mouthwash is that you should always opt for the alcohol free versions. Because of the nature of mouthwash, that is, you tend to keep it in your mouth for a longer time than most drinks and swill it around, the alcohol stays on the teeth for a lot longer. For more information on mouthwash and how it works to help combat bad dental hygiene, check out this article from The Facts About…, and for the greatest range of mouthwash and dental hygiene products, check out Dental Shop to pick up everything you’ll need. It’s important to note that using mouthwash is not a substitute for brushing, but should rather be used as well as brushing as an overall cleaning routine.
Flossing is important as part of your routine as it helps to reach the parts of the mouth that brushing simply can’t. Flossing in between the teeth helps clean the stains that brushes can’t, so it’s a vitally important job. It can actually be a rather technical procedure to achieve the best results, but you shouldn’t let that put you off, just take a look at this 3D animated video from the British Dental Association to see how easy it can be.
Unfortunately, even the most fastidious flosser, washer and brusher can fall foul of a few pitfalls or accidents. In such instances the only option is to seek professional help like the kind offered by Manor Dental Care. Dental implants and restorative procedures will be necessary for many people, but it’s also important to note that they carry out preventive care to help strengthen your teeth and avoid future mishaps. Much of this prevention can be undertaken by yourself with your daily dental hygiene routine, but one of the features is that professional help can help spot mouth cancer early. For more information on mouth cancer and how to prevent it, take a look at this information pack from BUPA.
Good dental care doesn’t have to be a laborious process. A solid routine with regular dentist check-ups will have avoid most of the misfortune you might suffer, and you can keep on flashing that winning smile.
If you’ve ever worked with asbestos then you’ll be all too aware of the dangers it can pose to your health. Mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer can all be caused by exposure to asbestos, and all can unfortunately be lethal. It’s important to know what to expect when faced with these illnesses, so take a look at our breakdown to better arm yourself with some medical knowledge, and to see if you may be entitled to some financial compensation.
Mesothelioma is an aggressive and incredibly dangerous form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos fibres. As it does not become apparent initially, and can develop over a period of 40 to 60 years, it is often not noticed and thus not treated until very late. As such, most people with the condition die within three years. For a more in depth look at the symptoms and effects of Mesothelioma visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/mesothelioma/Pages/Definition.aspx, and then head to www.asbestosadvicehelpline.com/mesothelioma-compensation/ to see how you could be entitled to compensation. Take a look at the video below to see more about Mesothelioma.
Asbestosis is the most common form of ailment associated with exposure to asbestos. For the official information on the disease please visit the NHS portal at www.nhs.uk/conditions/Asbestosis/Pages/Introduction.aspx. Asbestosis, like Mesothelioma, progresses slowly and may not appear until later in life. As it is a scarring of the lungs, it can cause severe shortness of breath and great difficulty in breathing overall, however, you can receive dedicated advice and help from the British Lung Foundation at www.blf.org.uk. If you believe you may be in line for compensation then it’s also worth contacting the Asbestos Victim Advice group via their website, at www.asbestosvictimadvice.com.
Lung cancer is one of the most serious and common forms of any cancer, and isn’t just exclusive to asbestos exposure. Lung cancer survival rates vary greatly depending on the individual, but are still very low. However, recent studies have shed light on possible methods of better combating lung cancer, which you can read more on at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews. Unfortunately these advances are still a few years away, but the foundation behind the study, the Lung Cancer Alliance, can be found as a subsidiary of the Institute for Cancer Research at www.icr.ac.uk. Before making a claim, however, cast your eyes over www.guardian.co.uk/law/2012/aug/19/asbestos-victims-compensation-scheme-warning to assess some recent changes in legislation.
Any form of potential fatal illness is of course devastating. Seeking expert medical advice as soon as possible is paramount, but compensation may also help with obtaining private treatment, or leaving your loved ones some money if the worst should happen.
Though the number of people who have dementia is steadily on the rise, there are lots of ideas and treatments to help make life easier for the person living with dementia as well as the carers. Studies into dementia suggest that the creative part of the brain can remain undamaged for years and creative activities can garner very positive results for people with dementia.
The creative activities do not have to be complicated, they can be as simple as you require them to be. Dementia sufferers often find it difficult to express themselves through speech so listening to music, playing piano, taking photographs, painting are all tasks that can help them express themselves. A lot of health professionals and carers have seen a marked improvement in cognitive ability, physical strength and a lessening on their dependence for anti psychotics. These activities can also aid the carers as it can help to lessen the boredom and frustration of the sufferer, it can bring them closer together if do activities together and finding new ways to stimulate a sufferer can help a carer think more about their role and more effectively help the person they are caring for.
Dramatherapy has also been found to help treat dementia as it gives psychological and emotional support in a structured and consistent environment. The dementia sufferer may feel more comfortable expressing themselves in a session then they do in everyday life, as the dramatherapist is not a carer or nurse whom they see everyday. Dramatherapy is a great tool for helping a sufferers memory, and helping remember the past can aid in helping connecting memories from the past to the present. Sessions can be in a group or one on one and after a few the sufferer will hopefully feel empowered, more independent and be better at social interactions. These activities and sessions can help sufferers and carers cope with dementia and make the changes that will occur easier to bear in the long run.
The ageing process is one of the only thins which is certain in all our lives, however, old age is also something which the majority of people dread. There are a number of illnesses and diseases, both physical and mental which are generic with old age and the one which strikes most fear into people is often dementia.
What is dementia?
Dementia is the term used to describe the symptoms that occur when the brain is affected by specific diseases, there are many different types of dementia. Symptoms of dementia include loss of memory, increased confusion and problems with speech and understanding.
Only 43% of people with dementia in the UK receive a diagnosis, but there is lots of help and advice available for those who think someone they know, or they themselves are suffering from dementia and may have some of the symptoms, it is nothing to be ashamed of and you should seek help and advice sooner rather than later.
Dementia and elderly care and going to be one of the biggest problems which the NHS and UK as a whole is going to have to deal with in coming years. Currently in the UK there are around 800,000 people living with dementia. All of these people will have specific needs and care issues which will have to be dealt with, and families and friends who will need help, support and advice.
By 2021, there will be over a million people in the UK suffering from dementia.
There are over 60,000 deaths each year in the UK which are directly attributable to dementia.
Its not just the health and emotional welfare issues that need to be thought about when looking at dementia care, there are also the financial implications of caring for these numbers of people. In 2012, the financial cost of dementia in the UK will be over £23 million.
With winter time upon us, and the icy cold weather truly having set it, everyone is starting to suffer with the dreaded winter illnesses. Coughs and colds plague the festive time of year and are can ruin people Christmas time of year and party season.
Coughs, colds and stuffy noses affect us all throughout the year, but during winter time, they are much more common in the winter time of year. Especially for children and those with young kids coughs and cold are prevalent and can affect children the worst. For those young children, toddlers and babies at nurseries, coughs and colds are passed on easily and the winter time of year can seem like one big cough and sniffle!
Cold homes and offices, can have a very significant impact on peoples health, especially those who are young, vulnerable or elderly. One of the most important and best ways to ensure your health and well being this winter is to keep yourself warm.
Keeping yourself warm over the winter months and cold, icy times of year, can help to prevent colds, flu and coughs. Keeping warm is also important to prevent more serious health conditions, especially those who are elderly or ill already, conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and even mental health problems such as depression.
Flu is a big problem during winter time, and anyone who has ever suffered from it will know how much of an affect it can have on your everyday life and ability to work and enjoy the festive time of year. Flu is a highly infectious illness which can spread rapidly, however, if you are at risk of complications from flu, you may to eligible for a free flu jab from the NHS.
Laser eye surgery could completely transform a person’s life and this is why it such a popular surgical treatment. Being unable to wake up without blurred vision is a common theme amongst many people in the UK. However, laser eye surgery will eradicate this problem and allow you to wake with perfect sight.
The surgery begins with local anaesthetic drops being placed in the eye or eyes that are being treated. During the procedure, a knife is used to cut a flap in the cornea, as blurred vision is due to the shape of the cornea and how much light is being allowed to enter into the eye. Once the flap is cut, it is folded back to reveal the middle part of the cornea. Pulses from a laser vaporise a portion of this and the flap is replaced.
After the surgery it will mean you need to wear an eye patch over the treated eye for 24 hours. Although both eyes can be treated in the same procedure, if complications arise, each eye should be treated as separated procedures.
The risk of laser eye surgery is relatively slim and it is a very common procedure. The risk of severe loss of vision is very unusual but some patients may require additional attention.
The concept of being able to see without aid is something that transforms your life very soon after the procedure. Not only does the hassle of glasses and contact lens suddenly evaporate but in the long-term the savings are great.
Cosmetic Surgery can be traced back as far as 2000 BC and is documented throughout the ages in various procedures. Today it is financially more accessible to the average person and is common in all areas of the developed world. Individuals choose to undergo cosmetic surgery for many personal reasons. Some wish to correct abnormalities, while others have a desire to change or improve parts of their body; patients may want to slow the effects of time to appear younger and others undergo cosmetic surgery to correct the effect of injuries or illness.
Cosmetic surgery can be used to improve the quality of life and mental well-being for patients who have suffered disfiguring injuries or diseases. Due to the cost of cosmetic surgery it is of limited availability in the developing world where disfigurements from cleft palate, genetic diseases or land mine injuries may go untreated, leading to the patient being ostracized and becoming withdrawn from society and domestic life. In these areas cosmetic surgery funded by charities and carried out in simply equipped, temporary surgical theatres can have a life-changing impact.
In the developed world cosmetic surgery, although used for correction of genetic disfigurement, facial injury or reconstruction after disease, is mainly thought of as a method of self-improvement. Breast enhancement and rhinoplasty are two of the most common forms of cosmetic surgery individuals may choose to undergo, along with liposuction to remove fat. Surgery to make the patient appear younger is increasingly popular as both men and women choose to undergo a face-lift, eye-lift, hair transplant or Botox injections to give the skin the appearance of youth and vitality.
Holistic therapy is another term for alternative medicine and both refer to any healing practice which does not fall within the realms of conventional medicine. Holistic therapies may not have been proved to be consistently effective for all patients and often have a cultural or historical basis, rather than scientific. Treatments included under the umbrella term of holistic therapy include homeopathy, meditation, yoga, acupuncture, hypnotherapy, herbalism, yoga and traditional Chinese medicine.
Holistic therapies will often be used alongside conventional medical treatment as a complementary therapy to promote health and well-being and therefore aid recovery or healing from illness or injury. For example meditation and yoga may be used alongside anti-depressant medication to help a patient’s recovery from depression, or acupuncture could be used in addition to physiotherapy to assist in the healing of muscle injury. A significant proportion of patients suffering from cancer are found to use some form of holistic therapy to complement their traditional treatment, believing that any improvement to a general feeling of well-being can have an effect on the body and mind’s ability to fight the disease.
Alternative or holistic therapies have foundations in diverse traditions, beliefs and folklore, causing some to disagree with the bulking of all alternative therapies under one heading. Controversial therapies include the use of tiger bones and parts of other endangered animals in Chinese medicine. The scientific medical community is widely divided on the legitimacy and validity of holistic therapies, while a vast proportion of the world’s population chooses to explore and use various holistic therapies that are believed to improve their health and quality of life.