Pleurisy іѕ inflammation οf thе thin lining around thе lungs. Whаt іѕ going οn іn thе body? A thin lining, known аѕ thе pleura, exists around thе lungs. It allows fοr smooth, comfortable movement between thе chest wall аnԁ thе lungs аѕ a person breathes. Thе pleura gets rough аnԁ stiff whеn іt becomes inflamed. […]
What is Cystic Fibrosis? Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an inherited condition affecting the glands that produce body fluids or secretions. In CF, these secretions are stickier and thicker than normal. This hinders the functioning of important organs, such as the lungs and digestive system. Causes of Cystic Fibrosis The exact cause of CF is a […]
What is Osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is a condition where the bones become thin and weak, and break easily. It frequently goes undiagnosed until a fracture occurs, as there are no warning signs. The spine, wrist and hips are particularly vulnerable to fracture. Osteoporosis Causes The bones are a living tissue, just like the rest of the […]
If you smoke, giving up is probably the greatest single step you can take to improve your health. Impact on Health Smoking’s impact on public health is huge. In the years from 2007 to 2008 there were 1.4 million UK NHS hospital admissions for diseases caused by smoking. Smoking is responsible for one in every […]
Deciding what we mean by ‘older people’ is a little arbitrary. The World Health Organization classifies people aged between 45 and 59 as ‘middle age’, 60 to 74 as ‘elderly’ and over 75 as ‘old’. But the nutritional needs of older adults are difficult to neatly categorise into absolute age groups. Dietary needs depend on […]
Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) is a term used to describe narrowing of the blood vessels supplying the heart. Like all other parts of the body, the heart muscle needs a blood supply of its own to give it food and oxygen. The blood vessels which supply the heart are called coronary arteries. If one or […]
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