Thursday, 21 September 2017
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NHS and the European Union: the factsThe UK’s referendum on EU membership takes place on the 23rd June, and one of the most highly-charged issues on both sides of the argument is the future of the National Health Service.

While Leave campaigners believe the NHS will be in greater health outside the EU, recent government figures suggest that Brexit would result in a loss of £36bn a year, which could leave the NHS with a funding black hole.

Recognising a StrokeBlood Clots/Stroke now have a fourth Indicator, the tongue.

We should all know that to regognise signs of a stroke Remember the 1st Three Letters....S... T.... R.

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognise the symptoms of a stroke.

zimmerThe Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has concluded the examination of the initial report of Portugal on its implementation of the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Presenting the report, Ana Sofia Antunes, Secretary of State of Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, said that Portugal had recently set up a permanent body composed of ten experts and charged with monitoring the implementation of the Convention. 

What is healing?Several months ago a friend and I were discussing various health issues and how to address them, which led us to the question ‘what is healing?’ Bizarrely, such a seemingly straightforward question headed into considerable mental gymnastics, and as a result I have rolled this question around in my mind again… and again… and again!

End of the Road for Homeopathy?Big Pharma are outdoing themselves at the moment. They are using their huge resources on a two-pronged PR campaign - to convince women that HRT is safe (which is debatable) while, at the same time, denigrating complementary therapies, particularly homeopathy. This has prompted the UK Department of Health to set up a costly consultation process to decide whether or not to continue offering homeopathic medicine through the NHS.

Private Medical Insurance – helping you choosePrivate medical insurance can be confusing and a bit of a minefield as no two policies are alike. So here are some useful tips and questions to ask yourself before deciding on a suitable policy:

HRTsignMany of us to look to the ‘old country’ for guidance on the latest developments in health and wellbeing. So, who has been watching the brouhaha that has erupted in the UK as Women of menopausal age are being lulled by medical professionals into a false sense of security which could be disastrous for their health?

Substantial media coverage of the announcement of new guidelines by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) is encouraging women to believe that Hormone Replacement Therapy is a perfectly healthy choice for those handling their menopausal years.

How effectively does Portugal spend its healthcare budget?Using data from data from The Economist Intelligence Unit’s ‘Healthcare Outcomes Index 2014’ the following information makes interesting reading, outlining how effectively countries around the world spend their healthcare budgets. The results for Portugal are 'satisfactory' - still better than much of Europe.