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Published on 21st November 2017

What is Aspirin?  Aspirin or acetylsalicylic acid as its generic name is a common medicine that has many uses. The active ingredient in aspirin, acetylsalicylic acid, is a derivative of salicin, which occurs naturally in the bark and leaves of trees such as the willow tree. Aspirin in various forms has been in use since […]

Ibuprofen Painkiller

Published on 10th October 2017

What is Ibuprofen Ibuprofen is a commonly used painkiller which comes from a group of drugs called NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Another drug commonly found in this group is aspirin. Ibuprofen can be used to ease mild to moderate pain, for example if you have any dental pain, back pain, headaches or period pains. Ibuprofen […]

Nail Fungal Infections

Published on 25th September 2017

A fungal infection can affect any part of the body but it is only when they overgrow does an infection occur and can include common infections such as Athlete’s foot, Jock itch, Thrush and ringworm. Fungi love warm, moist areas of the body especially folds in the skin (such as between your toes). A fungal […]

Thyroid (TSH) Problems

Published on 24th August 2017

What is the thyroid? The thyroid is a small butterfly shaped gland where hormones are produced and released into the bloodstream. The major hormones the gland makes are called T4 or thyroxine and T3 or triiodothyronine. The production of these hormones are stimulated by another hormone called thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). The thyroid hormones are […]

Senior Health

Published on 15th May 2015

In this section of the site we have aimed to cover problems and illnesses we believe to be the most frequent in the older person. Don’t forget if you don’t find it under this section try our search facility opposite as it may be under a different section. If the illness/condition you require information on […]


Published on 9th May 2015

What is osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, it is also known as degenerative joint disease. Osteoarthritis is more common after the age of 45 and is also more common in women. Osteoarthritis commonly affects weight bearing joints such as the knees, hips, spine and feet. However, you may also get osteoarthritis […]

Prostate cancer

Published on 9th May 2015

What is the prostate gland? The prostate is a small gland found only in men. It lies below the bladder between the pubic bone and the rectum. It is shaped like a doughnut and surrounds the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the penis). The prostate is about the size of a […]


Published on 9th May 2015

What is a stroke? A ‘stroke’ or cerebrovascular accident as it’s medically known is a term used to describe brain disorders. A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off in some way. When the blood supply is cut off the brain cells are deprived of oxygen and other […]


Published on 9th May 2015

What is a polyp? A polyp is an abnormal growth. Polyps can vary in size, shape and location, they may be single or multiple. Some polyps are flat and some look like a grape with a narrow stalk, or they may take the form of many fine projections, resembling the pile of a carpet. Polyps […]


Published on 9th May 2015

What is osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is a medical term for the thinning and weakening of the bones, it literally means ‘porous bones’. If this deterioration in the bones goes untreated, our skeleton eventually becomes very fragile and some bones will be likely to break or fracture with a minor bump or fall. The bones and osteoporosis […]

Blood Pressure

Published on 9th May 2015

What is blood pressure? As the blood circulates around the body, it is under pressure. The blood pressure is a result of the pumping action of the heart and the resistance of the vessels, through which the blood flows. When blood pressure is high it puts an unnecessary strain on the heart and blood vessels. […]


Published on 9th May 2015

What is gastritis? Gastritis is a broad term for inflammation or irritation of the lining of the stomach. Gastritis can occur suddenly ( acute gastritis) or gradually ( chronic gastritis). The term ‘acute’ means that the attacks are short, not necessarily that the symptoms are severe. The term ‘chronic’ means the infection has developed slowly […]

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