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    As the cold weather sets in, most of us go in search of our gloves and fluffy socks to try and keep our extremities warm. But feeling the cold in your fingers or toes could mean more than a change in the seasons, so it’s important to know when it could be sign of a more serious health condition. Cold hands and feet Raynaud's phenomenon is a common condition which affects more than 10,000 people in the UK. It makes your fingers and toes change colour and become very painful... read more »
    With the icy surfaces, bad weather and increased hours of darkness, any of us could take a tumble in winter. Older people are particularly vulnerable as they’re more likely to experience poor balance and vision, muscle weakness or long-term health conditions. Even simple tasks like taking out the rubbish pose a risk when driveways and paths freeze over. Older people are also more likely to break bones if they take a fall. And that can result in more long-term problems like feelings of... read more »
    When it comes to winter illnesses, we tend to think mainly of coughs, colds and flu. And while those bugs thrive during the winter months, the cold can also lead to more serious health problems. These include high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, respiratory disease and pneumonia… and they particularly apply to older people. That’s why it’s important to understand the best ways to keep warm – inside and out – when the temperatures plummet. For... read more »
    Norovirus is the most common stomach bug in the UK. The ‘winter vomiting’ bug, as it’s also known, causes nausea, stomach cramps, vomiting, watery diarrhoea, raised temperature and aching limbs. It also spreads incredibly quickly, so avoid public places if you’ve been struck down with symptoms. It’s particularly important to steer clear of GP surgeries, hospitals and care homes to protect already vulnerable patients from the virus. Unfortunately, there’... read more »
    Autumn is upon us – the time of year we fondly associate with conkers, Halloween and fireworks. But it’s also when the flu virus rears its ugly head. The symptoms are all too recognisable – high temperature, chills, aches and pains, which make it difficult to even lift your head from the pillow. But the good news is there are some simple steps you can take to protect yourself and others from this seasonal pest. Basic hygiene can make a difference – for instance,... read more »


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