Dehydration

Dehydration occurs when your body uses more water than you consume. If you do not consume enough water this can affect the functions of the body. This occurs because the balance of minerals, vitamins and other chemicals in your body is not normal. Dehydration has an effect on proper nutrition as the correct fluids are […]

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Sickle Cell Anaemia

Sickle Cell Anaemia affects the haemoglobin in red blood cells, which carry oxygen from the lungs to all parts of the body. Sickle cell anaemia is a genetic condition where the red blood cells are not a normal (biconcave) shape. Instead, they look like sickles. Due to it being genetic, people are born with this […]

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Biphasic Anaphylactic Response

Anaphylaxis is a medical emergency, however, with all anaphylactic reactions, a biphasic anaphylactic response is possible. This like a second wind of the reaction, yet there is a clear time distinction between the two. With anaphylaxis, there would be an immediate reaction to the trigger. The biphasic anaphylactic response then follows. These second reactions can […]

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SADS

Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome or SADS, is caused by abnormalities in the heart rhythm. SADS can cause sudden death in young people who appear to be healthy. This condition has treatment available, but only if diagnosed. ¬†There are some warning signs such as a family history of unexplained death under the age of 40, problems […]

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Coronavirus

The coronavirus currently in the news has actually been around for a long time. This coronavirus is a part of a larger group of coronaviruses first identified in the 1960s. It originated in Wuhan, China and different strains of coronavirus have been found in a range of animals, ranging from camels to bats. As of […]

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Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological condition where part of the brain, called the substantia nigra, degenerates. This is the area of the brain that produces dopamine, which is needed to enable us to move smoothly and automatically. When there is not a lot of this chemical in the body, patients will present with slowness […]

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Stable Angina

Stable Angina

Coronary Heart Disease Stable angina is a very common problem in the UK due to coronary heart disease (CHD). CHD can be caused by many different factors including diet, fitness, genetics and other lifestyle factors. Your heart is a muscle, and like all muscles in the body, it needs oxygen to function properly. Therefore, a […]

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What is Anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis is a severe and potentially fatal allergic reaction. It may start within seconds, minutes, or hours following contact with an allergen. An allergen is a substance that is capable of producing an allergic reaction. This happens when the body identifies a substance as harmful and wants to protect itself. Should someone have an anaphylactic […]

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Aspod

Aspod – the safe way to carry Aspirin

An Aspod is a simple carrier for emergency Aspirin. There is evidence that taking aspirin during a heart attack is very beneficial. It can reduce the size of the clot causing the heart attack and sometimes even causes the platelets in the clot to disperse. Studies show that taking aspirin increases survival rates by around […]

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Hepatitis C

What is Hepatitis C?

The Hepatitis C virus, or HCV, reproduces in the liver causing inflammation and, in more extreme cases, cirrhosis and liver cancer. There are six main strains of the virus. In the UK, genotype 1 and genotype 3 are the most common strains. The exact number of people infected with the virus is unknown due to […]

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