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Healthera: Keeping You Informed

Andrew Bellingham

Andrew Bellingham

Pharmacist | 20+ Years | BPharm | Dip Clin Pharm

This year, we’ve put more of a focus on ensuring that our readers are receiving regular important information about how to take care of their health. This included taking medicine correctly, taking preventative measures for common problems, and tips on living with chronic illnesses.

The main focuses this year have been mental health, cancer screening and medication guides. You can find the specific articles at the end of this page, but to summarise:

Mental Health: Taking care of your mental health isn’t always easy, and can require more focus for some than others. Depending on factors such as your environment, health, and family history, it can fluctuate a fair bit. It’s important to learn to identify the signs that your mental health may require more care than usual, and if you need to look for outside help. Signs to look out for

Cancer Screening: If you are registered with a doctor in the UK, you will be invited to regular screenings, based on your age and gender. Many of these screenings, such as the smear test, are done as a preventative measure for certain cancers. It’s important to attend these screenings, as a key factor in surviving cancer is catching it early.

Taking Medication Safely: The first thing to know about taking medication is that there is no medicine that is right for every single person. Make sure you are being completely honest with the person prescribing you medication, read the label of any medicine you plan to take, and always take them exactly as you have been told to.

If you want to know more about the topics above, you can have a look at our list of health articles.

While, of course, each illness / medical issue comes with an array of treatments and symptoms, there are a few things that we can all do to help us ensure that we are in good health and/or can identify if we are not.

Health Maintenance

There are a few things that you can do that are likely to have a general positive effect on your mental and physical health.

  1. Eat well
  2. Don’t smoke
  3. Only drink alcohol in moderation
  4. Eat a balanced diet
  5. Stay hydrated
  6. Get a good night’s sleep
  7. Practice good hygiene
  8. Exercise regularly

What to Look Out For

As previously mentioned, each condition comes with its own symptoms, but there are signs to look out for and check for on a frequent basis regardless of what other conditions you may have.

  1. Any sudden changes in your body
  2. Any unexpected bleeding
  3. Unexplained weight loss or weight gain
  4. Persistent pain or discomfort
  5. Extreme changes in mood

The most important thing is getting regular checkups and knowing what your normal is.

You can find a list of 2020 health articles below:

Breast Cancer Awareness

Getting a Flu Vaccine

How To Look After Your Eyes

Work Out At Home

Living With Dementia

Safe Medicine Disposal

Suicide Prevention

High Blood Pressure

Organ Donation

Understanding STIs

Paracetamol vs Ibuprofen

Understanding Hepatitis


Trouble With Sleeping

Hay Fever Symptoms & Treatments

Men’s Health

Cervical Screening

World Blood Donor Day

Understanding OTCs

Mental Health Awareness

Contraceptive Pill Guide

Repeat Prescription Guide


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