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TV's Dr. Sarah Jarvis blogs on health and wellness

  • Dementia and GP payments - what's the truth?

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    Another day of banner headlines about GPs, for all the wrong reasons. The news that GPs are to be offered a payment of £55 for every diagnosis of dementia they make has met with criticism from many quarters. The Patients Association has said the plan is 'a step too far - putting a bounty on the head of certain patients'.

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  • Lung cancer - the truth behind the headlines

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    A new study suggests that doctors are missing opportunities to diagnose lung cancer. Perhaps not surprisingly, the media reporting focused on blaming GPs for not spotting the signs and making the diagnosis early enough. But, as is so often the case, there may be more to the study than meets the eye.

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  • Stoptober - you know you want to!

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    When I realised Stoptober time had come round again, I wondered idly how long it had been around. I was astonished to discover this is only the third Stoptober ever in the UK. These days, my patients seem more likely to aim to quit in Stoptober than as part of their New Year's resolution, so it seems to have become a national landmark.

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  • There is life after cancer

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    There is lots of good news about cancer. Today in the UK, half of people diagnosed with cancer survive for at least five years. In the 1960s, only one in four children diagnosed with cancer were cured; today, that figure is three in four. For adults, cancer survival rates in the UK have doubled in the last four decades.

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  • Ebola - you're never likely to see it but we can't ignore it

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    Ebola isn't new - the first confirmed outbreak was in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1976, with 318 confirmed cases. The current outbreak is the 24th since then, but from 1979 to 1994 there were no reported cases worldwide. But the last few months' health stories have been dominated by stories on Ebola, and the occasional good news recovery stories have been few and far between ...

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Star England fly-half blogs on health and fitness

  • My shoulder injury rehab

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    We played Northampton Saints at home in the third to last game of the season and whilst making a tackle I experienced a feeling in my shoulder that I had never felt before whilst falling to the ground. I knew straightaway I had damaged something significantly but ended up playing the last three games of the season before getting a scan to see what the damage was ...

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  • You are what you eat

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    Diet is something that gets drilled into athletes from the very beginning and making sure you're putting the right fuel into your body can be the difference between having an ordinary game or having a great game...That said, it's not just professional athletes and sportsmen that this applies to. Diet is something that is all too often overlooked by people getting into exercise and looking to improve their health...

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