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Category Archives: Helpful Tips

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Cystitis

Cystitis is the medical term for inflammation of the bladder. Most of the time, the inflammation is caused by a bacterial infection, in which case it may be referred to as a urinary tract infection (UTI). What is Cystitis? Cystitis is the medical term for inflammation of the bladder. Most of the time, the inflammation […]

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Protect Your Skin

How to protect your skin from the sun Use sunscreen every day, even if it’s cloudy. Apply at least one ounce of sunscreen (enough to fill a shot glass) at least 15 to 30 minutes before going outside. Also use a lip balm or lipstick that contains sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of […]

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Vitamin D

Vitamin D Why do we need Vitamin D? Vitamin D is important for the development of healthy bone, muscles and teeth and low levels are linked to illnesses including rickets in children and osteoporosis in adults. Evidence is also emerging that vitamin D may help reduce the risk of bowel cancer and other cancers and […]

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Eye Care – Dry Eyes

Eye Care – Dry Eyes Dry eye syndrome, also known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca, occurs when the eyes do not make enough tears or the tears evaporate too quickly. Eyes dry out and become red and swollen and irritated. Dry eye syndrome is a common complaint and can affect people of any age, but the chances […]

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Eye Health in Older Patients

Eye Health in Older Patients There are several eye problems that become more common among people as they age, although they can affect anyone at any age. Many of them while bothersome are not particularly serious such as presbyopia ( having too many tears from light sensitivity) Others however can be both serious and have […]

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Hay Fever

Hay Fever  Learning how to avoid triggers and finding the right treatment can make a big difference. What is it? Hay fever, (also called allergic rhinitis) causes cold-like signs and symptoms such as a runny nose, congestion, sneezing and sinus pressure. But unlike a cold, hay fever isn’t caused by a virus. Hay fever is […]

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Hayfever Advice

Hay Fever is an allergic reaction to pollen from trees, grass, or flowers.  It often gets worse with the increased pollen count from April to September. The body produces histamine to fight off the offending pollen, but this can lead to the classic hay fever symptoms: Runny, itchy nose Sneezing Itchy, runny, red eyes Nasal […]

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First Aid

First Aid First aid is: help given to a person who has been hurt or is suddenly taken ill. First aid is the steps you can take before a person gets expert medical help or before the next level of help arrives. First aid can sometimes save a person’s life, but more often it is help […]

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Acne

Zits. Pimples. Blemishes. No matter what you call them, ACNE can be distressing and annoyingly persistent! What is Acne? Acne is the common cause of ‘spots’. Most people with acne are aged between 12 and 25, but some older and younger people are affected. Acne usually affects the face but may also affect the back, […]

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Asthma

What is Asthma? Asthma is a condition that affects the airways – the small tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs. The airways become over-sensitive, which means that they react to things that would normally not cause a problem, such as cold air or dust. This reaction means that muscles around the […]