Tanning - a Child Protection Issue?

on Tuesday, 05 June 2012. Posted in Blog

You know the saying that where America goes, Britain follows? It was this that came to mind when I noticed a news story, in The Huffington Post on 27th May 2012. The story which is receiving a lot of coverage in in America this week about a mother who is facing second-degree child endangerment charges for allegedly allowing her then five year-old daughter into a tanning booth.

I’m not sure what it says about parenting in America if anything, but it does again seem to highlight the fact that skin cancer still seems to be one of the few cancers remaining where people are prepared to take risks with their health in a way that seems to be in contrast with lung cancer and smoking for example.

You only have to walk into the local park or beach, to find people with pale skins, who have clearly been sunbathing for hours and who’s skin has already taken on a burnt appearance –

Don’t Rely on Dr Google

on Friday, 01 June 2012. Posted in Blog

Have you ever gone online to research a symptom, condition or medication? Well if so, you’re not alone - research published by BUPA in December 2011 (looking at patient behaviour in Australia) revealed that over 70% of those surveyed  research their medications online whilst 50% self-diagnose from information gleaned from the internet.

However, as indispensible as the internet is for providing information, it does sometimes struggle in the field of health and medicine. Take for instance the results from a search for vaccination – a cornerstone of modern medicine. A Google search will typically reveal more first page results relating to anti immunization groups and their beliefs than any of the well-researched and proven benefits and applications of vaccination.

In February 2012 Google announced a development of their search engine that would link symptoms submitted in a search, with a list of health conditions. However, Google’s Chief Health Strategist Roni Zeiger was keen to make it clear that the results were generated by algorithms and not authored by qualified doctors.

 

Shingles Vaccine now available in Hampshire and Sussex

on Friday, 02 March 2012. Posted in Blog

Shingles is an infection of a nerve and the area of skin around it. It is caused by the herpes varicella-zoster virus, which also causes chickenpox.

90% of the population have had chicken pox, and out of these 1 in 4 will go on to get shingles.

We offer Zostavax which protects against shingles.

It is available to all adults aged 50 and over and is given as a one off jab in the arm.

Zostavax is not currently available on the NHS.

Zostavax not only protects you from shingles, but also the most common consequence of the infection, namely Post Herpetic Neuralgia. This can be a severe, burning , long term nerve pain, that results from the damage caused by the virus.

If you like to find out more visit www.shinglesaware.co.uk  or give us a call on 01243  388 712.

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