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6 things to see your pharmacist for (if you can’t get a GP appointment)

Pharmacists working in high street pharmacies are highly-trained health professionals, who can help with lots of health-related matters as well as supply medicines. A new public health campaign is urging people to consult a pharmacist first for minor illnesses, such as sore throats, coughs and colds, instead of booking a GP appointment, which is estimated to cost the NHS £31. The Stay Well campaignaims to reduce the number of unnecessary doctor and hospital visits, which are estimated to cost the NHS £850 million per year. Here are a few things your…

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How to Get the Best Nutrition from Chicken Breasts

Skinless, grilled chicken breasts appear in just about every healthful eating plan, but confusion about poultry — no hormones added! white striping! routine antibiotics! — might leave you standing mystified in the meat aisle. Have no fear: Chicken breasts are an excellent source of protein that’s low in saturated fat, not to mention the bonus antioxidants and nutrients. Get the real answers on this diet staple below, and start planning your weeknight menu worry-free. NUTRITION STATS Serving Size: 3 ounces grilled boneless chicken breast 128 calories 2.7 grams of fat (4% DV) 0.8 g saturated fat (4% DV)…

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Diabetics may get help in improving blood sugar levels from this telehealth program

Turns out, improving blood sugar control in type 2 diabetes patients is as easy as using a telehealth program. A study conducted in veterans found that the program for diabetes self-management not only shortens the wait to talk to a physician specialist versus an in-person visit but also results in patients with type 2 diabetes having comparable improvements in blood glucose (sugar) control to patients receiving traditional care finds. The “telediabetes” program at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Pittsburgh Healthcare System, where the study took place, merges an electronic consultation, or…

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Here’s how you can get a good night’s rest during pregnancy

From glowing with the excitement of a life growing inside to the amount of pampering experienced by expectant mothers, the duration of pregnancy is often said to be one of the most exhilarating experiences a woman can have. However, apart from receiving the care showered by others, expectant mothers should be careful about getting perfect sleep too. Sleep is a significant aspect that plays a crucial role in the health of the mother and baby. Ankit Garg, co-founder and CEO of Wakefit.co and Devrath Vijay, founder of the functional training…

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Get plenty of sunshine. Vitamin D may protect you from certain types of cancers

Higher levels of Vitamin D in the blood may be linked to a lower risk of developing certain cancers, according to a new study. “These findings support the hypothesis that Vitamin D has protective effects against cancers at many sites,” researchers reported in a study published in The BMJ medical journal. Vitamin D is made by the skin in response to sunlight. By maintaining calcium levels in the body, it helps keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy. While the benefits of Vitamin D on bone health are well known, there…

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Dear women, are you over 40? Get these seven medical tests done for a healthy life

Women in 40s undergo subtle changes that need to be addressed before they become problems: decrease in bone density, hormonal changes, stress, depression, among others. “Being proactive towards your health can prevent several problems. Go for regular health checkups, stay healthier, sharper, more energetic, and more fulfilled for years to come. There are a bunch of tests that can prevent and detect many diseases early,” suggests Dr. Ravi Gaur, COO, Oncquest Lab. Here’s a list of suggested routine medical screening tests for women over the threshold of 40 years: – Pelvic…

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