Hypothyroidism is one of the commonest long-term conditions, yet also one of the most poorly treated. Why? Because doctors are trained to focus on the results of blood tests, rather than considering the patient in front of them, even if they are exhibiting the classic signs and symptoms of an underactive thyroid.
The subtitle of this book by Dr Sarah Myhill and Craig Robinson is "Do it yourself because your doctor won't", and it does indeed take you through a series of lifestyle measures and other remedies to safely treat the problem if your GP isn't helping.
The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show a shocking difference of very nearly 13 years in the life expectancy of a woman in Kensington & Chelsea compared with a man in Blackpool.
More locally in England, Northern Ireland and Wales, the figures show male life expectancy at birth is highest in the area around Fleet in Hampshire at 83.7 years and lowest in Blackpool at 73.4 years. For women, it is highest in London’s Kensington & Chelsea at 86.3 years and lowest in Blaenau Gwent in Wales - 78.9 years.
A 33-year-old woman from Hackney in London has practised flying on her computer from a hospital bed with Aerobility’s Virtual Aviation Experience (VAE).
Malky Padwa has completed virtual flying lessons while she recovered in hospital from major brain surgery, thanks to Aerobility’s revolutionary programme that enables flight in an aircraft simulator remotely while being trained by an instructor.
Aerobility is a UK charity which changes lives by providing anyone, with any disability, access to the magic and wonder of flight.
Cerys McCrindle (pictured here with one of her students) is a 22-year old swimming teacher with Down syndrome who is inspiring the next generation of swimmers and swim teachers.
Cerys has been swimming competitively since she was 11 years old, and is now a team member with Down Syndrome Swimming Great Britain. She teaches up to five Learn to Swim classes a week, as part of the project to create ‘Generation Swim’.
Teachers like Cerys are being celebrated across the country as part of a Scotland-wide recruitment drive to encourage people to #Become A Swim Teacher.
Increasing numbers of people use the NHS app to access services. There are 33.6 million registered users – equivalent to around three quarters of the adult population – though not all of them may be actively engaging with it.
NHS England is always looking to improve the app, and get more transactions undertaken online, as this helps ease the time pressure on primary healthcare services.
The newest development enables patients to view their prescriptions online - see when they have been issued and what their medications are.
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