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Asthma

Asthma is a common condition that causes coughing, wheezing, tightness of the chest and breathlessness. Most people with asthma who take the appropriate treatment can live normal lives, but left untreated, asthma can cause permanent damage to the airways. Symptoms of asthma The usual symptoms of asthma are: coughing wheezing shortness of breath tightness in […more]

Cancer

One in three people will be affected by cancer at some stage in their life. There are many different types of cancer and this page doesn’t cover them all, but the general information will help you to access further information and support. Macmillan Cancer Support – The cancer line and how it can help There […more]

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the name for a collection of lung diseases including chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive airways disease. The main symptom of COPD is an inability to breathe in and out properly. This is also referred to as airflow obstruction. What is COPD? Useful Links NHS Choices COPD Guide to […more]

Coronary Heart Disease

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a preventable disease that was responsible for the deaths of 88,000 people in the UK in 2008 (British Heart Foundation CHD Statistics 2010). In all, 191,00 died from heart and circulatory disease in the UK. Death rates are highest in Scotland and North of England and lowest in the South […more]

Diabetes

Diabetes is a long-term (chronic) condition caused by too much glucose (sugar) in the blood. It is also known as diabetes mellitus. There are two types of diabetes – type 1 and type 2. According to the charity Diabetes UK, more than two million people in the UK have the condition and up to 750,000 […more]

Mental Health

Mental health is about how we think, feel and behave. One in four people in the UK have a mental health problem at some point in their lives, which affects their daily life, relationships or physical health. Mental health disorders take many different forms and affect people in different ways. Schizophrenia, depression and personality disorders […more]

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, affecting 8.5 million people in the UK. It develops gradually over time, causing joints to become stiff and painful. It can affect any joint but commonly affects the hands, knees, hips, feet and spine. Osteoarthritis: a real story Video: Who Develops Osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis usually develops in people […more]

Pain

Living with Pain The NHS website contains lots of useful information, tips and advice on living with chronic pain. Help from your GP and use of NHS services dedicated to pain management can help make sufferers more independent, reduce the severity of pain and assist in day to day with coping with what can be a […more]

Stroke

A stroke is a serious medical condition that occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. Like all organs, the brain needs the oxygen and nutrients provided by blood to function properly. If the supply of blood is restricted or stopped, brain cells begin to die. This can lead to […more]