THERE are varying ways in which we can all prevent unwanted pregnancies, from implants to coils. But 'the pill' is one of the most popular. What is the contraceptive pill? The combined oral contraceptive pill - known as 'the pill' - prevents pregnancy and is around 99% reliable - if taken correctly at the same time every day. It contains artificial hormones that mimic naturally occurring oestrogen and progesterone in women. The pill aims to prevent pregnancy by keeping eggs and sperm apart, or stopping the release of an egg during ovulation. How does the pill prevent pregnancy? Pregnancy can be avoided as the pill can cause the ovaries to stop releasing eggs. It also thickens the mucus in the womb to make it difficult for sperm to reach eggs if they are released. The lining of the womb is also thinned, so if an egg is fertilised, it will find it difficult to attach to the wall of the womb and therefore cannot grow into a fetus. What different types of pill are there? Monophasic … [Read more...] about What is the contraceptive pill and how safe is it?
MANY of us will feel like we know what OCD is, and some of us may even make jokey comments about being “a little OCD” from time to time – but in reality the condition is a serious issue for those who suffer with it. Here is everything you need to know about the mental health condition, from how it presents itself to how to seek treatment for it... What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)? Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, commonly referred to as OCD, is a severe anxiety disorder that affects 12 in every 1000 people. The disorder doesn’t discriminate between age, race or gender and according to the charity OCD-UK, it can be so debilitating that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has ranked OCD among the top ten when it comes to the most disabling illnesses of any kind - in terms of lost earnings and lessened quality of life. There are two aspects to OCD - obsessions and the compulsions. Obsessions are thoughts, ideas and urges which feel impossible to ignore by … [Read more...] about What is OCD, what causes Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and what are the signs, symptoms and treatment?
MORINGA is an Indian plant that has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years – it is known as “the miracle tree” as it contains vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. There are also claims it can help treat diabetes and cancer. We look at ways it can benefit you, plus we try out some liquid highlighters. Health Powder Aduna Moringa Green Superleaf Powder, £7.99 for 100g — buy now Aduna Moringa Green Superleaf Powder is made from the dried leaf of the miracle tree and is 100 per cent moringa so you’re getting all the benefits. It’s recommended that you have two to four teaspoons of this stuff. I tried it mixed into a green smoothie. It has a pleasant, earthy, “spinachy” flavour. Tea Natur Boutique Moringa Tea, £3.69 for 20 tea bags — buy now Natur Boutique, the herbal tea brand, has recently launched a trio of single ingredient teas with flavours from Asia – including a moringa … [Read more...] about We try three products containing Indian plant moringa to reap the benefits ― plus the latest liquid highlighters
IF you want to lose weight without cutting down on your portion sizes, the Slimming World diet may just be the perfect eating plan for you. The popular diet lets users have the occasional treats and doesn't promote calorie counting - so how does it work? What is the Slimming World diet? The Slimming World diet is run by a Derbyshire-based weight loss company created by Margaret Miles-Bramwell in 1969. It focuses on a diet of Food Optimising, where members are given a list of 'syn free foods,' that can be eaten in unlimited amounts. The programme encourages dieters to swap high-fat foods for low-fat foods that are naturally filling. You can get support from fellow slimmers at weekly group meetings and follow an exercise plan to become gradually more active through their Body Magic initiative. The Slimming World diet is designed to help you lose about 1-2 pounds a week and currently has around 800,000 members attending each week. How does the Slimming World diet work? The Slimming World … [Read more...] about What is the Slimming World diet, what are Syns and Healthy Extras, is it dangerous and are there success stories?
RABIES is a rare but serious infection of the brain and nerves, and is often caught from a bite or scratch by an infected animal. Here’s the lowdown on this deadly illness. What is rabies? Rabies is a serious infection of the brain and nervous system. It is caught when a human is bitten or scratched by an infected animal – often a dog. The infection is rife worldwide, predominantly found in Asia, Africa, and Central and South America. In the UK, it is not found anywhere except in a small number of wild bats. Once symptoms develop, the illness is almost always fatal. However, treatment before symptoms develop can be effective. There are vaccines available for those who are considered at risk of contracting it. How do you catch rabies? All mammals (including monkeys) can carry rabies, but it's most common in: dogs bats raccoons foxes jackals cats mongooses They can spread the infection if they bite or scratch you. In rare cases, you can also catch it an infected animal … [Read more...] about What are the first symptoms of rabies in humans? Can you be vaccinated, how is it caught and what is the treatment?