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

  • Is it my glands?

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    Women are far more prone to thyroid problems than men. About one in 50 women are diagnosed with underactive thyroid, and the same with overactive, in a lifetime. For men, the equivalent figures are one in 1,000 and one in 500. Thyroid problems usually have an 'autoimmune' cause - your immune system believes one part of your own body is 'foreign' and attacks it...

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  • How to help when a loved one is down

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    The Time to Talk campaign is music to my ears. Every year, it encourages people to talk about mental health problems like depression - to show how common they are, and how they don't need to be hard to talk about. Doctors have long since moved away from seeing depression as a 'lack of moral fibre', something that could be sorted if you just pulled yourself together. The Great British Public, sadly, still often sees it as a source of shame ...

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  • 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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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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