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Asthma is one of the most common medical conditions that people across the UK suffer from. Worryingly, Pharmacy Outlet can exclusively reveal that the issue is worsening. We have commissioned an independent, nationally-representative survey among more than 2,000 UK adults to uncover how many people are suffering with the most common asthma symptoms. What’s more, we’ve also tracked how this compares with five years ago, revealing a concerning tr
Electronic Prescription Service, or EPS for short, is a new service provided by the NHS. The service allows your GP to send your prescription(s) electronically from their computer to your chosen pharmacy. This means that you don’t need a paper copy of your prescription. As it is sent by your GP electronically, you don’t need to collect the prescription from your GP in person.Why should I use EPS? For you as a patient, changing from the trad

How to protect yourself from pesky insects

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As we enter the height of summer, we also enter peak season for insects. Whether eating an ice cream in the park, enjoying a BBQ in the evening or sleeping with your window ajar, we’re never too far from an unwanted creepy crawly at this time of year. What’s more, for anyone jetting off to warmer climates this summer, the threat of insects will be even greater.
This week PharmacyOutlet looked into the pressures we all face when using the National Health Service. Covered by the Daily Mirror and the Daily Star, our survey of 2,000 UK adults revealed that 61% of us lack faith in the Government’s present management of the UK healthcare system.

Are you using the correct inhaler technique?

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Are you using the correct inhaler technique?Some people have told us that inhalers can be tricky to use, and even if you think your inhaler technique is correct, it might not be! A recent survey we carried out found that up to a third of people with asthma aren't using their inhaler in the right way.If you're NOT using your inhaler correctly, you might not be getting the full dose of medicine your GP or asthma nurse prescribed because the

Travelling with asthma

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If you or someone in your family has asthma, it's still possible to travel and enjoy your holidays But taking some time to choose and plan a trip - whether it's a weekend break or a long-distance adventure - can help prevent problems and help you make the most of your time away. If you have severe asthma there are extra things you might want to think about before you go away, such as dealing with mobility issues.

What causes asthma?

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It's difficult to say for sure what causes asthma, and the causes vary from person to person.What we do know is that research shows you're more likely to develop asthma if:you have a family history of asthma, eczema or any allergies - for example, evidence shows that if one or both of your parents have asthma, you are more likely to have it you have eczema or an allergy, such as hay fever (an allergy to pollen) you had bronchiolitis (a

Top Tips for Treating Hay Fever

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It’s official: summer has arrived – cue the BBQs, picnics, trips to the park and balmy evenings outdoors. However, while the arrival of summer is a cause for excitement and anticipation for large proportions of the country, for many people the higher pollen count during the warmer months also brings with it the fear of the dreaded hay fever.
Protect your child from an asthma attack this school holiday It’s worrying that if your child has asthma, they’re three times more likely to end up in hospital when they go back to school in September than any other month.

10 health benefits of stopping smoking

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Smoking is bad for your health, but exactly how will stopping make life better? Here are 10 ways your health will improve when you stop smoking.
"Dieters who follow a vegetarian eating plan lose nearly twice as much weight," the Daily Mail reports following the results of a new study. Researchers randomly assigned two groups of people with type 2 diabetes to either a vegetarian diet or a standard weight loss diet. They found those on the vegetarian diet lost more weight and more body fat.

Treating snoring

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It's sometimes possible to treat snoring by making lifestyle changes. Further treatment is also available if this doesn't help. The various treatments for snoring are outlined below. You can also read a summary of the pros and cons of the treatments for snoring, allowing you to compare your treatment options.
It's especially important to look after your feet if you have diabetes. Here's how to take care of your feet and advice on when to get professional help.
Our guide to staying safe in the sun this summerWith the official start of summer less than a week away, the nation is already bracing itself for an early heat wave. Temperatures have reached 25C this week and they are due to rise further over the weekend, hitting highs of 30C on Sunday. However, before you rush off to light up the BBQ, it is important that you take the necessary precautions to ensure you stay safe while out in the sun.
The votes are in and the 2017 General Election has resulted in a hung parliament. It was a campaign that centred on Brexit and national security, but as always healthcare featured prominently on the agenda of all major parties.
It is never easy to speak to someone – be it a doctor, friend or family member – about illnesses or ailments. However, failing to do so can have serious consequences.

Top Tips for Combatting High Blood Pressure

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There are a number of things that anyone – young or old, male or female – can do to reduce their risk of suffering from hypertension. These ultimately centre on living a healthier lifestyle; anyone who is overweight should look to lose weight, while ensuring you get at least six hours’ sleep every night is also recommended. But that’s not all, reducing your caffeine intake, stopping smoking and cutting down on alcohol consumption are all benefici
High blood pressure isn’t usually something that you can feel or notice, but if you have it you’re more likely to have a heart attack or a stroke. The good news is there are lots of things you can do to help lower your blood pressure so your risk is lower. You’re in control. By taking ten minutes every day to make small changes to your lifestyle, you could lower your blood pressure – and change your life.

Hypertension - High Blood Pressure

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High blood pressure, or hypertension, rarely has noticeable symptoms. But if untreated, it increases your risk of serious problems such as heart attacks and strokes. More than one in four adults in the UK have high blood pressure, although many won't realise it. The only way to find out if your blood pressure is high is to have your blood pressure checked.

Lifestyle tips for healthy teeth

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Taking care of your general health and your mouth is the key to making the most of your smile.Brushing your teeth twice a day (last thing at night before you go to bed and on one other occasion) with fluoride toothpaste and having regular check-ups with a dentist can help to keep your teeth healthy. Diet, smoking and drinking alcohol also have an effect on dental health.

How to get vitamin D from sunlight

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Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones, and in the UK from around late March/early April to the end of September we get most of our vitamin D from sunlight exposure. Find out how to get enough without risking sun damage.

National Smile Month

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National Smile Month highlights three key messages, all of which go a long way in helping us develop and maintain a healthy mouth. They are:Brush your teeth last thing at night and on at least one other occasion with a fluoride toothpaste. Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks. Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.

Stroke Awareness - act F.A.S.T

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Stroke - Act F.A.S.T at the first sign of a stroke Stroke is a medical emergency. If you recognise any signs of a stroke, calling 999 for an ambulance is crucial. A stroke is a serious illness that stops your brain working properly. It can affect how people look, talk, walk or use parts of their body.

Allergies

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Your body’s immune system is like your internal police force. It quickly reacts to destroy viruses and germs to keep you healthy. Allergic reactions are caused by your immune system getting ‘carried away’ by attacking substances that are of no harm to you; we call these substances allergens and can include pollen, pet allergens, certain foods and others.
Mother’s Day gifts are not easy to choose.Flowers are overdone. Clothes are a bit tricky. Chocolates suggest no thought. A present for the most important woman in your life must be really good. You are thanking her for her never-ending and often-thankless work. Why not think of a perfume?

Prescription Services & Online Prescriptions

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Pharmacies can now deliver medications direct to you, provided you have a prescription from a UK Doctor. Medicines are delivered to your home or work place in safe and discreet packaging. The deliveries of NHS prescriptions are made free of charge.

What To Do In Case Of Out-Of-Hour Medicines?

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Don’t panic, if you run out of your medications and need them urgently, do not worry, there are a few ways to buy medication quickly, even if you are away from home.
Since the first day of spring (March 20) is around the corner, you can expect high pollen count. It is likely that the pollen count will now remain relatively high throughout the spring 2017.