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I can´t breathe – I´ve got asthma!

Asthma is horrid! It’s a chronic (long-term) lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways leading to frequent episodes of wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and cough. Asthma affects as many as 334 million people of all ages in all parts of the world. Even worse, avoidable asthma deaths are still occurring due to …

Sun creams – are they all they seem?

I live in Marbella and these days we are all very concious of the damaging effects of the sun, out here that´s even more important, the Costa del Sol is named for its abundance of sun after all! Whilst we all want to enjoy the weather we would be wise to remember the principles of …

Exciting study regarding smoking cessation

Natalie Walker et al, Cytisine versus Nicotine for Smoking Cessation. The New England Journal of Medicine, December 18th,  vol 371, no 25. 2014 This is  the first study performed to test the effectiveness of Cytisine compared with nicotine replacement therapy (patches plus gum and loxenges). The researchers recruited smokers who had expressed a desire to …

Why exercise helps people with chronic health problems

We all know that exercise is good for us, people who are physically active have fewer health problems, are thinner, and have improved mood compared with sedentary individuals. Exercise provides an array of health benefits such as, reduced blood pressure and lowered risk of heart disease or stroke; stronger bones and an improved immune system. …

5 top tips to better breathing:

Breathing is unconscious isn’t it? Well yes, most of the time. But many day to day stressors may make our breathing erratic, sometimes too fast, and often too shallow. Dysfunctional breathing can, over time become habitual and in turn lead to unpleasant symptoms such as giddiness, breathlessness and even muscle pains. That’s why it’s important …

What’s this blog about?

What’s this blog all about? Healthy stuff really! If an article or snippet of news relating to health issues catches my eye, I generally want to share it. This blog will provide a brief synopsis of articles I might read and find interesting or just provide information on relevant health related topics. I´m quite eclectic …