BBC – Hidden disabilities: Pain beneath the surface
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BBC – Hidden disabilities: Pain beneath the surface

Hidden disabilities: Pain beneath the surface Imagine having to inject yourself thousands of times over the course of your lifetime, but never talking about it to anyone. Many people live with hidden disabilities – conditions which don’t have physical signs but are painful, exhausting and isolating. Sympathy and understanding from others can often be in … Continue reading

Why do some consultations go wrong and what can we do about it?
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Why do some consultations go wrong and what can we do about it?

One in seven consultations are described as difficult by the doctors doing them. Why this happens can be grouped into several categories: patient, doctor, disease and system. More than one factor may contribute in any consultation. Patients can come across as uncooperative, hostile, demanding, disruptive and unpleasant. Of course the patient may think exactly the … Continue reading

Anal injuries in Childbirth: A new charity for this rarely discussed problem
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Anal injuries in Childbirth: A new charity for this rarely discussed problem

Adapted from Anne Gulland’s interview with surgeon Michael Keighley published in BMJ  25 March 2017. About one in ten first time mothers who give birth vaginally can develop some sort of anal incontinence. This can lead to soiling, passing wind when you’d rather not, and needing a toilet urgently. Despite the number of women affected … Continue reading

Mayo Clinic Statin decision aid
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Mayo Clinic Statin decision aid

  https://statindecisionaid.mayoclinic.org/index.php/statin/   The Mayo Clinic have a free online decision aid which will graphically represent the difference in heart attack risk that you face over the next ten years. You can choose three different calculation algorithms. Each varies a bit regarding factors that they consider important. The units section can transfer according to what … Continue reading

Fitness

The Sitting Rising Test

Have you heard of this? The sit and stand test is all about sitting down and standing up again from a cross-legged position. Simple, huh? Not so fast… The minute you use your hands, sides of your legs, knees or elbows to help you up, you lose points. There’s a maximum score of ten (five … Continue reading

Sheri Colberg: Things that can unbalance your blood sugars
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Sheri Colberg: Things that can unbalance your blood sugars

Physical Activity Is Only One Part of the Equation February 4th, 2017   By Sheri Colberg, Ph.D.   Although a single bout of exercise usually improves insulin action for 2 to 72 hours afterward, the effect also depends on how much you eat before, during, and after working out, how you manage your diabetes medications … Continue reading