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Ovarian Cancer: What are the symptoms?

Ovarian cancer is the sixth most common cancer among women after breast and bowel cancers and over 7,300 women in the UK are diagnosed with this illness every year. Ovarian cancer is when abnormal cells in the ovary begin to grow and divide in an uncontrolled way, eventually forming a tumour. Although the number of people that are affected is …

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Don’t worry – Be happy!

Don’t worry, stress is bad for you. Excellent advice in theory, hugely unhelpful in practice. Similar to much of the well-meaning advice we’re given for our health: Stop smoking. Drink less alcohol. Exercise more. Eat less fatty and sugary foods.  At least those we have some kind of control over, but worrying isn’t something most of us can consciously control. …

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The Big C

Cancer. It’s a terrifying word that strikes fear into most people’s hearts, when even the smallest possibility rears its ugly head. I see it frequently in my work, the terror when healthcare workers mention the word, the relief when we can rule it out, and watching the families’ faces fall when we have to confirm the worst. Cancer accounted for …

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The Fast and the Flu-less

If you’ve been keeping up to date with the news this winter you’ve probably heard a lot about the flu. I’ve just looked at the BBC News website and the top story is “UK in grip of worst flu season since 2011”. 2011 was the winter of the swine flu epidemic returning, when flu caused 602 deaths, and huge numbers …

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Women power usage and uptake of myGP®

New data from leading health tech specialist, iPLATO Healthcare, has revealed that women are driving uptake and usage of smartphone apps to access health services in the UK. The company has analysed recent activity on myGP and found that women are responsible for 68% of all GP appointments booked on the app. myGP is currently the most downloaded medical app …

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Supply & Demand in Primary Care

Medical Technologies, improved diagnostic techniques, even better dental care have all advanced life expectancy across the UK (1) and woman should expect now to live to 83 years old. But this brings real challenges that are having impacts on primary care and highlights why this is one of the focuses of the Government as it looks into how we can all live …