Health Notes with Sarah Stacey

Sarah is HFMA Health Journalist of the Year

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Are you getting enough vitamin D?

A cautionary tale about vitamin D deficiency reminded me how important it is. A reader went to her GP having felt tired...

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The miracle of lavender

On a recent Desert Island Discs, opera singer Joyce DiDonato chose lavender oil as her luxury, ‘because it is so...

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And b-r-e-a-t-h-e: a mum’s peace of...

Life is busy for mother of four Clemmie Hooper, 32. As well as daughters aged nine and six, Clemmie has ten-month-old...

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The dangers of painkillers

Q. Like most people, I take an over-the-counter painkiller for aches and pains. Now, recent headlines say that these...

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What’s best for the Helicobacter pylori...

Q. I have just been prescribed a course of antibiotics for the stomach infection Helicobacter pylori. This is my fifth...

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Restore your inner balance post-cancer

Q. I was diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago, had chemo- and radiotherapy and have been on tamoxifen since. I...

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Hit snooze on gadgets

A new concept has crept into the world of sleep research. Recent surveys show that about half of us fail to get enough...

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A royal tête-à-tête for mental health

Every year, one in four people will experience a mental health problem of some kind. Like many friends, I know how it...

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Millie Kendall’s 7 secrets of beauty...

Millie Kendall MBE is the ultimate beauty insider – and gorgeous in every way. After founding Ruby & Millie...

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Wake up to wool

Unlike more savvy colleagues who have long extolled the virtues of pure wool pillows and duvets, I am a recent convert....

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How to give the right support

The sad reality is that virtually all of us know someone who has cancer, often several people. Whatever stage they are...

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DVT: The Dangers

Known as the queen of endurance cycling, Jasmijn Muller, 37, a management consultant, believed she was the embodiment...

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My organic life, by Helen Browning

Helen Browning OBE, 54, is an organic tenant farmer in Wiltshire and chief executive of the Soil Association. She has...

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Rethink your ink

Q. I want to get rid of a small grey ink tattoo on my upper arm but I am confused about the best laser removal and...

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Joy for joints!

On 3 April this year Sophie Day, 24, twisted her right foot as she landed after climbing a gate on her family farm....

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Katie’s scar solutions

In 2008, model Katie Piper, then 24, was left profoundly disfigured and blind in one eye after her ex-boyfriend...

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Take the reading remedy…

These are the books I recommend from the piles that come across my desk every week... Anxiety for Beginners: A...

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How to beat bunions

Q. I have a bunion on my right foot. How can I stop it getting worse and is it possible to reverse the problem? A....

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It’s good to garden (official)

For a friend’s mother, in her 70s and caring for a chronically ill husband, gardening is her salvation. ‘It’s the...

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The sweet lowdown: sugar alternatives

Q. Can you explain the glycaemic index and how it relates to the sugar in drinks and foods? Also, what are the best...