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1st of 2 parts looking at Footcare examines the causes of Flat Feet

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Footcare: Flat Feet (Part 1)   During childhood, usually between the ages of 3 and 10, a space develops on the inner side of our feet where the bottom of the foot is off the ground. These are referred to as the "arches" of our foot. The height of this arch varies. People with a low arch or who have no arch are classified as having flat feet. Sometimes this is referred to as having "fallen arches" though this term is misleading as most with “fallen arches” have a low arch. Causes Flat feet can run in families, and both...

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Struggling with many different meds each day? How to make adherence to managing multiple daily medicines much simpler

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How to maximise the benefits of your medicines – Medication Adherence (Part 3) Monitored dosage systems (MDS) – “Blister Packs” Monitored dosage systems (MDS) – “Blister Packs” can be created in your local pharmacy. There are multiple types and different options for patients, depending on individual concerns. A blister pack device is designed to simplify patients’ medication usage and commonly comes in the form of a box or blister pack divided into the days of the week and times of day. Tray-style blister packs are suitable for home use. There are other pouch/bubble-type systems (Bio-Dose) available which are for people...

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Maximising medicine benefits pt 2 considers Medicine Adherence and tips on how you can help yourself.....help yourself

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How to maximise the benefits of your medicines – Medication Adherence (Part 2) Questions to ask your doctor or pharmacist Here are some key questions that you as the patient can discuss with your pharmacist or doctor to help initiate, frame and guide a conversation about your medicine taking: Opener: E.g. I have a lot of medications to manage. E.g. I am taking my medications by doing the following ...? Elicit more information/guidance from your pharmacist /doctor-: Are there any medications that you, the patient would be less likely to take? Why is that? Are you worried? Do you think they are doing...

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How to get the most from your medication - 1st of 3 parts

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How to maximise the benefits of your medicines – Medication Adherence (Part 1) “Drugs don't work in patients who don't take them” C. Everett Koop, M.D. If you do not take your medication, it is not going to work – it is that simple! The reasons behind people failing to take their medication are complex, and can sometimes go beyond a lack of information, forgetfulness, or even access to medication itself. “Non-adherence” simply means not taking your medicines as your doctor intended you to take them. Non-adherence categorized as two types: intentional and unintentional. Unintentional non-adherence relates to barriers beyond...

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Pt 4 of our Bulimia review looks at treatment options and offers support tips for the family circle trying to assist recovery

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Bulimia Nervosa (Part 4) Tips for family members Recovery takes years rather than weeks or months. Psychological treatment is core to treatment as patients must be convinced that they need to attain a normal weight. Progress should be monitored by weighing; monitoring needs to be managed skilfully so it does not become a battleground. Substance misuse (including alcohol, deliberate overdoses, use of laxatives or misuse of prescribed insulin) greatly increases risk. Weight fluctuations and binge-purge methods rather than pure starvation alone increases risk. Depression, anxiety, and family arguments are usually caused by the disorder (rather than these factors causing the...

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