Health Notes with Sarah Stacey

Sarah is HFMA Health Journalist of the Year

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‘I want to get everyone dancing…’

Like lots of little girls, Jen Blackwell (above) adored dancing. Her mother Sue remembers her ‘dancing while she put...

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The cream creating a buzz

A reader who has had eczema flare-ups around both eyes for 12 years writes that Dr Organic Manuka Honey Rescue...

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Brush up on post-chemo problems

In 2011, when Joanna (known as Joe) Brindle, now 48, was going through chemotherapy and radiotherapy for breast cancer,...

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Brush up on safe paints

In 2004 interior designer Edward Bulmer was asked to plan the decoration of the Earl and Countess of March’s family...

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Complementary therapies helped me through chemo

Emma Cannon, 49, is married with two daughters and practises as an integrated fertility specialist in London. In...

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How to get the bounce-back factor

Resilience is a buzzword in psychology. Put simply, it is the rubber-ball factor that allows you to bounce back from...

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The low-down on freezing off skin...

Q. I wonder if a new at-home treatment to freeze off skin tags is a good option? A. Consultant dermatologist Dr....

MISCARRIAGE

Help after miscarriage

Sadly, one in four pregnancies ends in miscarriage. It happens mostly before 14 weeks, although it seems that Zara...

BACKWASH

What is Beauty Parlour Stroke Syndrome?

This was in the news recently when a British father of two was awarded compensation after he suffered a stroke...

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Health Page: At-home spa

SO SPA, SO NEAR What could be more blissful than having a massage, followed by a sauna and a dip in a hot tub, all...

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Advice on anaemia

Q. My 12-year-old granddaughter swims at county level.  She is often tired and has pale skin; she has started her...

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In the saddle I can do...

Paralympic dressage champion Natasha Baker MBE, 27, won five gold medals between the 2012 and 2016 Paralympics, among a...

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Shine a light on better sleep...

Q. A family member suffers continual debilitating insomnia due to Parkinson’s disease and I have read that bright...

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Ease away a sore head with...

Scalp massage has been practised in cultures worldwide for millennia to release tension. It can help banish neck ache,...

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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...