Winter dry skin: How to protect skin during the cold weather

Dry, itchy skin is a common complaint when the temperature drops. We spoke to Dr Christina George, Consultant Dermatologist, to find out more about treatment options for dry skin. Previous Next What is the skin barrier? The skin is made up of several layers. The outermost layer is called the epidermis, which itself is made […]

What is pilonidal disease?

Mr Nikhil Pawa, Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon at Cromwell Hospital, explains what pilonidal disease is and the different treatment options available. Previous Next What is pilonidal disease? The pilonidal sinus is a small hole at the top of the buttocks, where they divide. Sometimes, the sinus becomes infected, which is when treatment is needed. […]

Ten expert tips to keep your heart healthy

Heart disease stands as the leading global cause of mortality, as affirmed by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Fortunately, it is also among the most preventable conditions. Irrespective of age, adopting a healthy lifestyle—embracing physical activity, nutritious eating, and mental well-being—can significantly diminish the risk of heart attack and stroke. Dr. Rakesh Sharma, Consultant Cardiologist […]

Taking care of your back when working from home  

Patient suffering from back pain

Mr Fady Sedra, Consultant Orthopaedic and Spinal Surgeon at Cromwell Hospital, shares tips to avoid backache when working from home. With the pandemic spreading fast, most businesses called for hybrid working. Naturally very few employees had a healthy setup at home and the overwhelming majority took their laptop home and retired to their couches. As […]

What is cholesterol?

What is cholesterol? Cholesterol is a specific type of blood fat that is made by the liver. Some of it also comes from the food we eat. All our bodies must have cholesterol in to operate as it is crucial for the body to function and is especially necessary for the brain, nerves, and skin.  […]

Be aware of your blood pressure

What is blood pressure? To carry nutrition and oxygen to the organs the heart pumps blood throughout the body. Blood pressure is the amount of force that the heart uses to pump blood through the arteries. Therefore, blood pressure is important to keep the blood moving around the body, and the pressure is likely to […]

Your nutritional needs through the ages

By Christina Merryfield, Dietitian Nutrition during pregnancy Eat a healthy, balanced and varied diet It is important to eat a healthy, balanced and varied diet during pregnancy as this influences our health and the health of our baby. There are also some vitamins and minerals that are especially important for the development of the baby. […]

Is snoring bad for you?

Man sleeping

Snoring is common: according to The British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association, there are around 15 million snorers in the UK. Snoring can be a relatively harmless feature of sleep and doesn’t need to be something sinister, however frustrating it may be to live with. If you snore, you may find it can affect your […]

Blue Monday: Managing your emotions

Blue Monday, which falls this year on 18th January 2021, is widely known as the most depressing day of the year. With Christmas over and summer still seeming far away,  many people feel down and unlike themselves. This year, with another lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, this day might seem more gloomy than usual. […]

Can’t find your keys? Maybe you’re under too much stress

Too much stress is bad for your memory

At the end of a nerve-racking week, you may find it difficult to remember even the simplest things. If so, you’re not alone. Dr Yvonne McCulloch, Clinical Psychologist, explains the impact of stress on our memory. Previous Next A little stress is OK There are two types of stress – acute and chronic. Acute stress […]