I am 68 and have suffered hot flushes since going through the menopause at 54. Hormone replacement therapy helped, but last year my GP switched me to a drug called clonidine, saying I'm not suitable for hormone treatment due to my age. My flushes have worsened – night-times are particularly shocking. What should I do? Clonidine is a high blood pressure treatment – and also a drug we offer some women during the menopause, because it helps control hot flushes. Studies show it improves quality of life, although almost half of patients have problems sleeping when using it. As with any new medication, the first thing to question is whether or not you are taking the right amount. Typically, we start women on a low dose of clonidine and build up. I would only say it isn't working once the maximum dose has been tried – or the side effects are intolerable. Rather than continue with a treatment that's not working, it may be worth considering HRT patches rather than tablets, or lower … [Read more...] about My GP says I’m too old for HRT at 68. What can I do? DR ELLIE CANNON answers your health queries
How mental health affects physical health
Dr Samara Linton and Rianna Walcott are the editors of an innovative and vitally important book about mental health and race – The Colour of Madness. It’s a book that addresses the deep inequalities and systemic racism that exists in mental health treatment and highlights the voices of those who have been ignored. However, a scandal that erupted in 2021 threatened to overshadow all their hard work – through no fault of their own. At the heart of the story is a deep and painful betrayal. Three years after their work was first published by Stirling Publishing and releasing the book in 2018, it was discovered the publisher was linked to ‘far right group’ Patriotic Alternative. For Rianna and Dr Samara, whose work centres issues around race, inequality and mental health, the news was completely devastating and threatened to destroy everything they had built since the book’s release. ‘I was really embarrassed,’ Rianna tells Metro.co.uk. ‘I just thought we would … [Read more...] about Authors reclaim Black mental health book after first publisher exposed with links to far right: ‘It feels like a rebirth’
The Covid-19 inquiry will now examine the impact of the pandemic on children and young people after its chairman was convinced by “compelling arguments” to do so. The original scope of the investigation made no direct reference to children , a decision which was heavily criticised by charities, MPs and campaigners. The Telegraph, which first reported the omission , has been running a campaign calling on ministers to put children first as the country recovers from repeated lockdowns. Baroness Hallett of Rye , the chairman of the UK Covid-19 Public Inquiry , has now written to the Prime Minister to ask him to expand the terms of reference to include the impact of the pandemic on children and young people’s health, wellbeing and education . The impact on the mental health and wellbeing of the entire population should also be investigated, as well as the collaboration between central government, devolved administrations, local authorities and charities, she said. … [Read more...] about Covid inquiry to examine pandemic’s impact on children and mental health
Millions struck by a disease that leaves them with an almost useless 'claw hand' could soon benefit from a drug that halts the condition before it can do any damage. It also means many could avoid risky surgery – which can damage sensitive nerves and tear tendons in the hand. The drug, adalimumab, is a powerful anti-inflammatory already widely used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and given as an injection every three months. British medics trialling its use for hand deformity say they were amazed at the drug's effectiveness. Professor Jagdeep Nanchahal, an expert in hand surgery at Oxford University 's Kennedy Institute, where adalimumab is being tested, said: 'My eyes popped out of my head when I saw the results. I thought, this is incredible.' Claw hand, properly called Dupuytren's disease, affects around five million Britons. It causes lumps of scar tissue to develop on the palms of the hands. Millions struck by a disease that leaves them with an almost useless … [Read more...] about New jab fixes ‘claw hand’ disease that hit Lady Thatcher and affects millions of Britons including actor Bill Nighy
Dr Hilary Jones discusses bowel cancer awareness acronym Sign up for FREE health tips to live a long and happy life SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info Bowel cancer is a general term for cancerous cells that multiply uncontrollably in the large bowel (colon and rectum). If it's detected early enough, treatment can cure bowel cancer and stop it coming back. Unfortunately, because the symptoms of bowel cancer can be subtle and do not necessarily make you feel ill, it is not usually picked up until it has advanced. Experiencing tenesmus is a strong indicator of your risk. What is it? Related articles Type 2 diabetes: Breakfast swaps to lower blood sugar Type 2 diabetes: High blood sugars and feet … [Read more...] about Bowel cancer: Tenesmus affects digestion and is a major warning sign – what is it?
If you want to reap the benefits of better sleep, increased happiness, a boosted immune system and the ability to manage long-term health conditions, then outdoor swimming might be the hobby for you. Generally, there are two types of outdoor swimming: open water (which refers to events and races) and wild (unsupervised locations in seas, rivers and lakes etc). According to The Outdoor Swimming Society in the last year, 7.5 million people in the UK ventured into the water outdoors and a recent report by Outdoor Swimmer Magazine found that 75% of new outdoor swimmers said they wanted to continue swimming outside throughout the winter. However, as the cold weather sets in, is it still OK to plunge in? ‘You have three elements when it comes to outdoor swimming,’ says Professor Greg Whyte OBE, a world-renowned sports scientist who trained both David Walliams for his 21-mile swim across the English Channel and Davina McCall for her 506-mile ultra-triathlon. ‘Exercise … [Read more...] about Always fancied wild swimming? It has surprising health benefits, even in winter
March 12, 2021 - 10:47 GMT The Capital FM radio DJ and TV presenter appeared on Thursday's The One Show to discuss his upcoming project... Roman Kemp has received high praise after he opened up about mental health ahead of his new documentary, Our Silent Emergency. MORE: Alex Beresford breaks silence on Piers Morgan's exit from Good Morning Britain The DJ and presenter, who appeared on Thursday's edition of The One Show , was discussing his upcoming project which explores male suicide when he opened up about his own mental health journey and the tragic loss of his friend, Joe, last year. Roman told Rylan Clark-Neal and Alex Jones: "I lost my absolute best friend, my brother. He's been by my side work-wise and throughout my social life. Joe Lyons, or as other people would know him - Producer Joe. It ripped my whole life apart and I could not understand it." Loading the player... WATCH: Martin Kemp reveals … [Read more...] about Roman Kemp fans praise ‘brave’ presenter for opening up about mental health ahead of documentary
Normal People star Paul Mescal deserves to give himself a pat on the back after raising more than €70,000 (£61,700) for charity. The 24-year-old actor, who plays Connell in the hit BBC Three series, put one of the character’s chains up for a raffle in a bid to raise money for a mental health charity. And it seems people really do love Connell’s chains as the raffle closed with precisely €70,340 (£62,000) raised. Not only does the lucky winner get to literally wear Connell close to their heart, but they also got a special shout-out from Paul himself. ‘Congratulations Éadaoin !!! Thank you so much to everyone who participated ….70340 euro is a huge ammount [sic] of money and will go a long way in supporting Pieta’s vital services x,’ Paul tweeted once the raffle closed. Pieta House, the Dublin-based charity which will receive the donations, added: ‘Thank you to everyone who entered & for all the generous donations for the raffle of @mescal_paul’s chain. … [Read more...] about Normal People star Paul Mescal raises over €70k after raffling off chain for mental health charity
Since the roll-out of the COVID-19 jabs, there have been many reports of potential side effects. While most have been ruled out through various studies, one of the most persistent claims has prompted much debate online and in the home. Many women have observed irregularities in their menstruation cycles after getting vaccinated against COVID-19. The changes observed range from earlier or later periods that are heavier or lighter, to longer or more painful periods. Some have even said they skipped an entire cycle. The effect of COVID-19 vaccines on menstrual cycles, like many other vaccine candidates, was not included as a possible side effect for participants during the 2020 clinical trials. Menstrual side effects are not actively tracked in VAERS , the US-based database that allows vaccine recipients to enter possible side effects themselves. By May 2021, only a small number of individuals (fewer than 200) had self-reported a menstruation-related issue. Many women have … [Read more...] about Fact Check: Do COVID vaccines affect the menstruation and fertility of women?
Bruce Forsyth and Terry Wogan perform comedy dance Sign up for FREE health tips to live a long and happy life SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info The BBC broadcaster was renowned as the host of Children In Need and commentator of The Eurovision Song Contest. The star was always jolly on camera but unpublished footage from 1980 by BBC South in Southampton shows that behind it all was a man that developed concerns over what people thought of him. He talked about how “trying to be popular with everybody” was a “big hole” that affected entertainers. The star died at the age of 77 in 2016 reportedly from prostate cancer , which he kept from his friends and out of the public light. Related articles High cholesterol: … [Read more...] about Terry Wogan ‘said he had bad back’ before death – ‘I didn’t know he was secretly ill’