Outbreak of the rare bacterial infection, known as iGAS, hit Braintree with cases being found in Maldon and Chelmsford, according to a report by the Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). Elderly people in care homes are at risk of contracting the infection, with the cause thought to...
Vitamin B12 is an essential nutrient that helps to release energy from food while keeping a person’s blood, skin and nervous system healthy. Pernicious anaemia is the most common cause of vitamin B12 deficiency in the UK. The condition causes the immune system to attack the cells in...
Your mouth is a gateway to your body and contains over 20 billion bacteria that reproduces every five years. Your teeth affect your overall health, and if a person does not brush their teeth regularly and does not visit the dentist, they are putting themselves at risk of...
Bloating is an experience everyone has endured from time to time. It is caused by the natural process during digestion, triggered by the accumulation of fluid or productions of gas in the body. Eating behaviours and other habits such as chewing gum, gulping foods and drinking with eating...
Prostate cancer usually develops slowly, and the majority of cancerous cells will not develop to the point of needing treatment in a man’s lifetime. However, doctors struggle to predict which tumours will become aggressive, making it hard to decide on treatment for many men. A new revolutionary test...
Diabetes is characterised by having high blood sugar, insulin resistance and a relative lack of insulin in the body. Type 2 diabetes makes up about 90 per cent of cases of diabetes and is partly preventable by staying a normal weight, exercising regularly and eating well. Treatment of...
High blood pressure relates to the force of blood pressing against the walls of the arteries. When the pressure is too high, the heart has to work harder and this could cause major damage to the arteries. Over time, this continuous damage could put a person in higher...
Life expectancy has fallen by around six months in the UK - the biggest drop on record. This revelation comes as a result of newly revised figures from the Continuous Mortality Institute (CMI) - which calculates average life expectancy on behalf of the UK pension industry - men...
Bowel cancer is a general term for cancer that begins in the large bowel. Depending on where the cancer starts, bowel cancer is sometimes called colon or rectal cancer. Most people diagnosed with it are over the age of 60. According to Bowel Cancer UK, there are four...
Type 2 diabetes is a common condition, causing the level of sugar (glucose) in the blood to become too high. The symptoms are usually gradual and rarely cause any pain. If left untreated however, the condition can lead to serious health issues related to the eyes, heart and...