Author: Nicole Taylor

Am I at risk of Dementia?

There are around 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia* and it is a condition that many people fear as they age. However, it’s important to remember that dementia is not inevitable and there are things you can do to reduce your risk of developing it. Dementia is a syndrome (a group of related symptoms) associated with an ongoing decline of the brain and its abilities. This includes problems with: memory loss thinking speed mental agility language understanding judgement We are all at potential risk of developing dementia, however there are factors which can increase or lower your risk. Risk factors of dementia: Ageing Age is the strongest known risk factor for dementia. The chances of developing it rise significantly as we get older. Over the age of 65 your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or vascular dementia doubles roughly every five years.** Gender Women are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than men. The reasons for this are still unclear, but it has been suggested Alzheimer’s disease in women is linked to a lack of the hormone oestrogen after menopause. Ethnicity There is some evidence to suggest that people from certain ethnic groups are at higher risk of developing dementia than others. Those of South Asian background (such as India or Pakistan) are more likely to develop dementia more often than white Europeans. Similarly, those of Afro-Caribbean...

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Five ways to soothe bronchitis

If you have a hacking cough along with the symptoms of a cold or sinusitis, you may have a chest infection called bronchitis. Acute bronchitis typically lasts up to three weeks, and can affect anyone – though it’s more common in young children up to the age of five1, but can also affect adults, especially if they are smokers. According to the NHS, a bout of acute bronchitis is also more common in winter, since it often develops after you’ve had a cold, sore throat or flu (the condition is caused by the large airways in the lungs –...

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Living with COPD

If you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), you’ll no doubt already know how it can affect your daily living. Smoking is the main cause of COPD1 and should be avoided to reduce the condition’s impact. But there are other ways to manage your symptoms:   Stay as fit as possible According to the NHS, people with COPD who exercise or keep active on a regular basis have improved breathing, less severe symptoms and a better quality of life. Ask your GP about pulmonary rehabilitation – a structured programme of exercise provided by healthcare professionals and designed for people...

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Focus on… Medication

  Our Pharmacist Steph Pacey answers your healthcare questions. I have to take multiple medicines and I am getting confused on what they are for, and when to take them all. Can you help?   Here at LloydsPharmacy, we are experts in medicines and our Pharmacist’s are there for you to discuss any questions or concerns you have. To help you, why not try to; create your own timetable that states what time you need to take your medication. Place it somewhere visible like on your fridge. use a pillbox. They can help ensure you take the right dosages and are handy to take out with you. make taking your medication part of your daily routine. Take it when you do something at the same time every day – such as making breakfast or watching the news. get your family and friends to help you. Could they drop you a text or give you a quick call to help remind you? You could also set alarms on your mobile phone. Pop into your local LloydsPharmacy and speak to our Pharmacist about a FREE Medicines Check Up. They will help put your mind at rest and tell you what your different medications are doing to help improve your condition. They can also help you understand how and when to take your medicines.       If you need some expert...

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Smoking & COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the name for a number of lung-related diseases, including chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive airways disease. If you’re affected by it, you may have one or more of these conditions, all of which cause breathing difficulties. According to the NHS there are 900,000 currently diagnosed cases of COPD, though it’s estimated that three million people may be living with it, as many may not realise they have it. For those who have more than a mild case of COPD, the condition can affect their quality of life and may lead to life-threatening...

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