Tests & investigations
February 27, 2017

Five things your blood can tell you

Few of us enjoy being jabbed with needles, but a blood test is an important indicator of how healthy you are. A blood test usually involves taking blood samples from a blood vessel in your arm. Your arm is used because it can be easily covered up after a blood sample is taken. The usual place that blood is taken from is the inside of your elbow or wrist, where your veins are close to the surface and easy to find. You should have a blood test done at least once every year, to check for any health issues. Doctors…
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Heart & Blood Vessels
May 12, 2016

Give blood – it’s good for you!

Sure, no one likes needles, but a single prick can save three lives! Did you know that that doing good for others without expecting anything in return makes you healthier and can even help you live longer? One of the easiest ways of helping others is giving blood. (more…)
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First Aid, Accidents & Injuries
February 12, 2016

Nose bleeds – what you need to know

'My nose always bleeds when it's hot.' 'I carry around tissues, because I never know if my nose will start bleeding again.' 'This time of year, I always get nose-bleeds'. Does this sound like you? Then follow these tips to make your life a little less bloody. (more…)
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Heart & Blood Vessels
November 23, 2015

Jonah Lomu: Cause of Death?

Legendary All Black Jonah Lomu’s death was probably caused by a blood clot due to a long-haul flight from London to New Zealand, according to his doctor John Mayhew and reported by the Evening Standard. (more…)
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General knowledge
November 7, 2015

4 More weird medical facts

We may think we know ourselves better than everyone else, but that doesn’t always mean we know or understand our bodies. Are you ready to find out some more weird facts about your body? You are taller in the morning! Your height is one of those things that just doesn’t change after you’ve hit a certain age. No cream, exercise or medicine can make you taller. Surgery is possible, but it’s painful, expensive and comes with complications. There is one time that you are taller though, and it’s right after you climb out of bed. When you sleep, the little…
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Symptoms, Aches & Pains
July 8, 2015

There is blood in my saliva! What now?

There is nothing more worrying than seeing blood where there shouldn’t be blood- and blood in the saliva is one of those places. There may be small specks, or there may be quite a lot, either way it is a clear sign that there is something going on. Here are a few common causes: (more…)
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Bone, Muscle & Joint
May 18, 2015

Atherosclerosis 101!

Athero- what?! Atherosclerosis is a term doctors use to describe the disease where your blood vessels get hard and narrow. Normally these blood vessels (arteries), that carry oxygen and nutrients from your heart to the rest of your body, are like a flexible and elastic hollow pipe. (more…)
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Heart & Blood VesselsHigh Blood Pressure
May 14, 2015

Hypertension is a silent killer

May you never meet The Silent Killer – hypertension! And why is hypertension called The Silent Killer? Because you can have it without knowing! There are no direct symptoms. And high blood pressure increases your risk for heart disease and stroke. These can also hit you without warning. (more…)
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Blood conditions
April 17, 2015

What is a “bleeder”?

You’re amazing. No, really – you are. Just think about your blood, as an example! Blood is a transport system that keeps the whole universe of YOU supplied. It carries in everything your cells need to work, and then it takes all the garbage out afterwards! Your white cells fight infection, and your blood’s platelets know when to clot if you’re injured. Unless you have haemophilia. (more…)
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High Blood Pressure
June 7, 2014

Signs and symptoms of hypertension

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is called the silent killer because it generally has no signs or symptoms until it’s fairly advanced and has gone undetected. (more…)
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