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Early brain 'signs of Parkinson's' found

Thursday 20th June 2019

Scientists say they have identified the earliest signs of Parkinson's disease in the brain, 15 to 20 years before symptoms appear.

Scans of a small number of high-risk patients found malfunctions in the brain's serotonin system, which controls mood, sleep and movement.

Read more on this story on the BBC website here.

What are vaccines, how do they work and why are people sceptical?

Thursday 20th June 2019

The World Health Organization estimates that vaccines prevented at least 10 million deaths in just five years between 2010 and 2015. It says vaccines have been one of the biggest success stories of modern medicine, yet in many countries health experts have identified a trend towards “vaccine hesitancy” – an increasing refusal to use vaccination.

Find out what vaccines are, how do they work and why are people sceptical on the BBC website here.

It's hay fever season - read here about the dos and don'ts to help manage symptoms

Tuesday 18th June 2019

"Hay fever is usually worse between late March and September, especially when it's warm, humid and windy. This is when the pollen count is at its highest."
~ NHS.uk

The NHS website has some great information on how to manage your hay fever symptoms, treatments and where to find help.

You can read the full article here...

Prescription changes and how it affects you

Thursday 13th June 2019

Your GP, nurse or pharmacist will generally not give you a prescription for over-the-counter (OTC) medicines for a range of minor health conditions. Instead, OTC medicines are available to buy in a pharmacy or supermarket.

You can read more about this on the NHS website here.

Honey 'as good as antiviral creams' for cold sores

Thursday 13th June 2019

"Honey is 'just as effective at treating cold sores as anti-viral creams'," the Mail Online reports.

Cold sores are skin infections around the mouth caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). You catch the virus through direct skin contact with another person who has the virus.

You can read more about this on the NHS website here.

Can doing a daily crossword or Sudoku puzzle keep your brain young?

Thursday 13th June 2019

"Older adults who regularly do Sudoku or crosswords have sharper brains that are 10 YEARS younger," reports the Mail Online.

In 2 linked studies, researchers asked people aged 50 to 93 to fill in online surveys, which included questions about whether they regularly did number puzzles (like Sudoku) or word puzzles (such as crosswords).

You can read more about this on the NHS website here.

New type of dementia identified

Thursday 13th June 2019

"Form of dementia that 'mimics' Alzheimer's symptoms discovered," reports The Guardian.

An international team of researchers has proposed a name for a type of brain disease that causes dementia symptoms: Limbic-predominant Age-related TDP-43 Encephalopathy, or LATE.

The name brings together previously identified conditions linked to a protein that damages regions of the brain.

You can read more about this on the NHS website here.

Screen time may increase chances of attention problems in children aged 3 to 5

Thursday 13th June 2019

"How just 2 hours' screen time a day as a toddler can make children more likely to 'be badly behaved or have ADHD'," the Mail Online reports.

Researchers in Canada looked at parents' reports of how much time their children spent using screens each day at age 3 and 5. They compared screen time with scores on questionnaires the parents completed about their children's behaviour at age 5.

The researchers say children who used screens for more than 2 hours a day were more likely to have behavioural problems, mainly linked to poor attention, than those who used screens for 30 minutes or less.

You can read more about this on the NHS website here.

Vine Medical Group Patient Newsletter

Wednesday 12th June 2019

The June 2019 patient newsletter is now available. Click here to download it as a PDF file.

Vaccines protect your children

Saturday 1st June 2019

Data from Public Health England has shown the number of children being vaccinated against dangerous diseases has been slowly decreasing for the past few years. Learn the facts and make informed decisions.

Read about the facts behind vaccination

Mental Health advice

Saturday 1st June 2019

If you're feeling sad, anxious, angry or stressed, remember you're not alone. Get useful advice on how to look after your mental health and where to get help.

Find out how to access mental health services by clicking here.

Gardening for health

Saturday 1st June 2019

Gardening as a form of exercise can help you stay healthy, energetic and independent as you get older. Find out ways you can stay active in older age.

Find out more here...

The NHS App is now live!

Tuesday 21st May 2019

We're very pleased to let you know that the free NHS App is now available to download. More information can be found on our dedicated page here.

Pre-Diabetes Information

Tuesday 21st May 2019

Do you have pre-diabetes? Check out this useful document detailing three key messages for patients.

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