• Health Information Week

    It's the Health Information week here in the West Midlands, with the NHS hosting a big local learning initiative to inform the public about various health information resources available. The campaign in the West Midlands region (Staffordshire, Shropshire, Warwickshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Coventry and Birmingham & Black Country), aimed at promoting health information resources to the public will see staff from the different sectors are working together to organise health events and displays at various locations throughout the region. Continue reading

  • Statins linked to kidney failure

    A study has raised concerns for patients who are taking high potency statins indicating they may have a significantly higher risk of developing acute kidney injury (AKI) than those on low potency drugs, with those taking high potency drugs have a 34 per cent increased risk of being admitted to hospital with AKI. Continue reading

  • Heart Attack - Medical Myths or reality!

    Most of us have very little real medical knowledge and instead rely on half remembered stories and old wives tales. We're all concerned about preventing a heart attack or knowing if we've actually had one, but is what we know myth or reality? We read every day that something is good for you one day and then bad the next day. Very confusing, I mean should I eat chocolate - or not, should it be plain or milk? I just read one that tells me a cup of boiled Greek coffee could "improve cardiovascular health and increase longevity" Continue reading

  • A heart warming story!

    A police officer entertained shoppers when he picked up a busker's acoustic guitar and started belting out hits by Oasis. PC Ian Northcott stunned passersby when he broke into his impromptu street performance in a busy shopping centre in Birmingham, UK. Now the officer's sing-a-long has since become a world-wide internet hit on YouTube, with a video of his performance already attracting over 50,000 views. Continue reading

  • What is Hypertension?

    Hypertension is a chronic condition also known as high blood pressure. Blood pressure is the force of our blood pushing against the arterial walls as it is pumped around the body. Our arteries are made of muscle and semi- flexible tissues and the higher the blood pressure the more our arteries will be stretched, leading to a weakness in the arterial wall. Continue reading

  • What is lycopene and its benefits

    Ateronon Tablets Lycopene SupplementLycopene is a pigment found in the skin of tomatoes. In its natural state, the Lycopene crystalline structure is difficult for the body to absorb in large quantities. Lycopene in tomatoes is more readily absorbed when they are cooked in olive oil, however you would have to eat 1 kg every day to absorb the optimum amount of lycopene.

    Numerous scientific studies have found that having lycopene in the body can result in positive health benefits. Continue reading

  • Great news - a weekend lie in is good for your heart

    Turn off the alarm, keep the curtains drawn and roll over for a few extra hour's sleep - it will reduce your blood pressure and be good for your heart. If ever you needed an excuse for a lie in now you have the perfect 'official' one - a study claims it can reduce your blood pressure by up to 39%! Continue reading

  • Lycopene in the Mediterranean diet keeps your heart healthy

    Medical experts believe lycopene found in tomatoes could have a variety of health benefits. The diet involves enjoying monounsaturated fats, plant proteins, fish, tomatoes and whole grains in favour of red meat, refined grains and sweets, with a moderate intake of alcohol. The benefits are from the main antioxidant component lycopene, the red pigment found in sun-ripened tomato skins. Continue reading

  • Exercise for energy-boosting endorphins

    During exercise the body releases endorphins, the naturally produced chemical was discovered by biologists in the 1970s. We explore the effect they have on the body during exercise, and why they are so important.  Continue reading

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