Blood – The Beauty and the Benefits

The blood, as we all know, is the way the body feeds itself and it helps us to heal when we injure ourselves, but do we need all of what we carry around in our bodies? What are the benefits of being a blood donor? So, let’s start with the basics. The human body has […]

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Overcoming Communication Catastrophes

Have you ever been misunderstood? How did it make you feel? How did you overcome it? If you are in position to care for someone with communication difficulties, you will immediately know the frustration and pain of miscommunication and the immense patience and perseverance that is needed by both parties. Sometimes I feel it is […]

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To Puree or Not To Puree

None of us usually have a second thought about the eating and drinking process, as much of it is controlled by the autonomic system, like breathing.  But when you break down the process of biting, chewing, mixing with saliva, forming a ball (bolus) of the food and moving it to the back of the mouth […]

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PAT Testing Low Down

PAT stands for Portable Appliance Testing and checks whether those items are safe to use.  According to the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, employers, including those who are self employed, need to ensure that the electrical equipment they use is safe. PAT testing is something that tells them that they are compliant in this. Not […]

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Alcohol: The Good, The Bad and the ?

As the title says some of the issues about alcohol are not as clear as some might think. To start with these drinks are developed to taste nice and they have some very positive effects when consumed. However there are other effects that many are not aware of that have the opposite effect on the […]

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Are Body and Mind Health Linked?

Body and mind are very often spoken of as two different entities but when it comes to health they should be looked at as integrated. It is well recognised that poor physical health can lead to mental health issues and vice versa. To quote a couple of facts form the Mental Health Foundation, there is […]

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Sepsis Synopsis

Sepsis is a life-threatening illness caused by your body’s response to an infection. It develops when the chemicals of the immune system which are released into the bloodstream to fight an infection in one part of the body cause inflammation throughout the entire body instead. This  complication of infection can lead to organ failure and […]

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How to Avoid a Christmas Calamity

We all know Christmas to be a time to have fun with families and enjoying the food and gift giving, however do you ever consider that there are higher risks of accidents? In 2000, about 70,000 people were treated in hospitals over the festive period, 8,000 of which were home incidents on Christmas Day.   […]

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Type 2 Diabetes Fact File

How much do you know about Type 2 Diabetes? The answers are True or False Type 2 Diabetes is the mild version of Diabetes. You only get Type 2 Diabetes if you are obese. Exercise is one of the best ways to manage Type 2 Diabetes. Type 2 Diabetes means you never need to inject […]

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