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World Health Day, 7th April 2016

World Health Day (Thursday 7th April) aims to promote global awareness of health issues and diseases. With this year’s focus centering on the rise in diabetes, we caught up with Dr Peter Petrie for an insight into the 2016 campaign…   For...

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August: Acupuncture

Acupuncture originates from China and has been practiced there for thousands of years. Although there are records of acupuncture being used hundreds of years ago in Europe, it was during the second half of the twentieth century it began to...

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July: Why should you be sun smart?

In this blog, we discuss how deadly the Melanoma disease is and prevent getting it. As summer is upon us and we have been experiencing some warm weather, many people want to develop a ‘healthy suntan’. But is this wise? Melanoma,...

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June: Vaccinating against HPV

A Gardasil vaccination is important to take so that you can prevent having HPV. Gardasil is a vaccine which protects against wart virus infection (Human Papilloma Virus or HPV). The HPV infection is associated with a wide range of cancers...

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May: Travel Health

When you’re going aboard, the importance of having the right travel health vaccinations is critical. If you’re one of the millions planning to travel outside the UK this year, you may need to be vaccinated or take medication to protect...

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April: Hayfever

This time of the year, it is very important to have a Kenalog hay fever injection if you’re allergic to pollen. The term ‘hay fever’ usually refers to the symptoms of the allergic reaction to pollen, otherwise known as seasonal...

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March: Meningococcal Disease in the UK

The most common cause of the meningitis disease in the UK is a meningococcal infection. There are several strains of meningococcal disease in the UK – A, B, C, W, X and Y. The most common strains are B and...

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March: Sugar – White poison?

In this article, we will be discussing the importance of sugar white poison and how to prevent it from happening to you. We know that high levels of cholesterol, particularly low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) and triglycerides (another form of lipid),...

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February: Health Screening

At DOCTORnow, we offer different types of health medical screening to support and enable you to proactively manage your health and wellbeing. We work with you to develop individually tailored health plans based on specific risk factors indicated by your...

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January: Bexsero – Meningitis Vaccination

The Bexsero vaccination can protect you from meningitis B and we’ll discuss this in the article. Meningitis kills more UK children under the age of 5 than any other infectious disease. There are a number of strains of bacteria causing...

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December : Reducing Sugar Intake

The World Health Organization has issued draft guidelines calling for a reduction of daily sugar intake to 5% of total daily calories in order to tackle public health problems, such as obesity and tooth decay. That is a daily intake...

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November : Movember – Raising awareness of Testicular Cancer

You may have noted more hairy faced men wandering around than usual this month! They are Mo Bros, men who are growing all sorts of sculpted moustaches during the month of November to raise funds and awareness regarding the perils...

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October : Influenza Vaccinations

October is the time of year when a flu vaccination is important to take. The most effective way of preventing the flu is to get the influenza vaccine each year. This year’s vaccine protects against the H1N1 strain of flu...

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September : Migraines

Migraine headaches can be a recurring and persistent condition for many people. 1st-7th September 2014 was UK Migraine Awareness Week. Dr Brian McGirr explains the causes and treatment for migraines.   Migraine is a term used to describe a particular type of...

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August : Shingles vaccine available for over 50’s

The shingles vaccination is very important to take if you start feeling the symptoms of it. Shingles is an infection of the nerves that supply certain areas of the skin. Senior Practice Nurse Liz D’Arcy Evens at DOCTORnow explains about...

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July : Are you sun aware?

As summer approaches and we spend more time outside it is important to be aware of the damage the sun can do to our skin.  Dr Riccardo Di Cuffa explains more.   Being out in the sun gives us a feeling of...

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June : The Facts about Tuberculosis.

The BCG vaccination is very important to take for tuberculosis and we will explain why in this article. Despite a large reduction in the number of cases of Tuberculosis (TB) in the UK, in recent years, there has been an...

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May : Lyme disease

Lyme disease is the most serious infection spread to humans by ticks. Experts have warned that the number of ticks is increasing in the UK and as a result, the number of cases of Lyme disease are rising too. Walkers...

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April : Chickenpox Vaccination

A chickenpox vaccine is essential for children to have as soon as they get the virus. Chickenpox (medically known as Varicella) is caused by a virus called Varicella-Zoster virus. It is usually a mild childhood illness that most children catch...

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March : Bexsero: Meningitis B vaccine

The importance of having a meningitis B vaccine is very essential. Meningitis kills more UK children under the age of 5 than any other infectious disease. There are a number of strains which cause meningitis, but vaccinations against strains A,...

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