Everybody knows the detrimental effects of smoking on your health. It’s common knowledge and even written on the side of every cigarette packet. We know that smoking can shorten your life expectancy, increase our risk of lung cancer (one in 11 smokers will die of lung cancer), and increase the risk of chronic lung disease or having a stroke or heart attack.
It is the beginning of a New (Lunar) Year, which means whether warranted or not we are all more aware of our health and fitness. Gyms and sports shops are the first to capitalize on this shared anxiety, but if you can (briskly) walk past the ‘10 percent off a lifetime membership’ or the pair of trainers that can tell you how far you need to run to burn off the doughnut you’ve just scoffed, there are some alternatives to improve your health.
Migraines are a pain to deal with and for those who experience them on a regular basis — life literally becomes a nightmare. Most people resort to taking medication to prevent migraine attacks or to reduce the frequency and severity of attacks. However, most preventive migraine medications have potential side effects, so only adults or children with at least one to two attacks per week should take them.
October to March is flu season, which means at this time of year people are more susceptible to getting the flu and falling ill, sometimes for up to 12 days. This can be easily prevented by getting the flu vaccination. However, many people wonder if the flu vaccination is only for the elderly. Dr. Brian McNaull from Family Medical Practice answers this question and other commonly asked queries relating to the flu.
Alcoholism is a chronic and often progressive disease that includes problems controlling your drinking, being preoccupied with alcohol, continuing to use alcohol even when it causes problems, having to drink more to get the same effect (physical dependence), or having withdrawal symptoms when you rapidly decrease or stop drinking.
As the thermometer climbs, we need to remind ourselves how to stay healthy in the heat. The danger for some is heat exhaustion, which is a condition whose symptoms may include weakness, headache, dizziness, muscle cramps, nausea or vomiting and rapid heart beat. All of this is a result of your body overheating.