PSP

What causes PSP

The symptoms of PSP are caused by abnormal clumps of tau protein in the brain. At this time, we do not know what causes these abnormal clumps. However, there is eight Centres of Excellence across the UK, and there is a lot of research being done. At this time, there is no cure. There is […]

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neurological

What is CBD

CBD is corticobasal degeneration or also known as a corticobasal syndrome. It has many of the same signs and symptoms of PSP, which is why it is often very difficult to diagnose. It is also quite closely related to another neurological condition called MSA, multisystem atrophy. As time goes on, sometimes it is easier to […]

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Parkinson's disease

Parkinson’s disease

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

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Tracheostomy

Tracheostomy

Tracheostomy patients are normal patients who have had problems with their airway due to things like cancer, trauma, or being in intensive care for a long period of time where the patient had to have breathing assistance done, and tracheostomies have been put in place to assist their breathing. The tracheostomy patient will have a […]

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Stable Angina

Stable Angina

Stable angina is a very common problem in the UK due to coronary heart disease and the diet and the health and fitness of the current demographics in the UK. What actually happens is the coronary arteries around your heart, the small blood vessels feeding the heart itself and feeding the heart muscle start to […]

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Hepatitis C

What is Hepatitis C

The Hepatitis C virus or HCV reproduces in the liver causing inflammation and possibly cirrhosis or liver cancer.  There are six main strains of the virus. In the UK, the most common strains are known as genotype 1 and genotype 3. The disease can incubate for decades in the body and the exact number of […]

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sepsis

Sepsis

Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to infection injures its own tissues and organs. Common signs and symptoms include fever, increased heart rate, increased breathing rate, and confusion. Sepsis is a rare condition that can look just like flu, gastroenteritis or a chest infection. There are around 123,000 cases of […]

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Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial Fibrillation

A normal heart beats between 60 and 100 per minute when resting, but when someone has Atrial Fibrillation, this may be increased to over 140 beats per minute and may be irregular. You may detect this when caring for someone by doing a pulse check. In the heart of someone with this condition, the upper […]

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Fainting

Fainting is a common cause of a patient losing consciousness. It is caused by a lack of blood to the brain. This can be caused by anxiety, hunger, pregnancy, stress, worry, tiredness, standing for long periods, too hot or after receiving local anaesthetic containing adrenaline.  If a patient is lying flat, there are much less […]

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Prostate

The Prostate

The prostate is often forgotten as something that needs to be checked by men due to lack of knowledge, denial or embarrassment. There are many adverts on TV encouraging men over the age of 50 to be more aware of their prostate health. The adverts are not trying to scare men, they are trying to […]

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