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So it’s all over the headlines today that the number of people who’ve been charged with drug driving has sky-rocketed by 144% (691 to 1,686), but the stuff that’s really got people talking is about over hayfever tablets. So, we know that lots of medicines cause drowsiness and can therefore impair your driving skills sich as opiates (e.g. morphine) and benzodiazepines (e,g, diazepam). Some medicines can directly affect your motor skills too. As pharmacists, when your medicines are dispensed we..
Each year about 47,000 men in the UK are diagnosed with prostate cancer.  Prostate cancer has no early warning signals, but men often have symptoms which suggest there is a problem with the prostate gland for example difficulty starting urination.  As men age the prostate gland can enlarge (a condition called BPH – benign prostatic hyperplasia) and squeeze the urethra, making it difficult for urine to get through.  Just to make sure that a prostate problem isn’t due to cancer, ..
So you’ve been diagnosed with erectile dysfunction by the doctor, and you’ve listened and implemented all the lifestyle advice that has been offered to you. You’ll know doubt know of Viagra, which was the first in this class of these medicines. And also you’ll probably have looked at “Dr Google” and seen that there are quite a few more options out there…so what are the differences? The basics So let’s start here! The medicines that you’ll have seen online or heard of already are all phosph..
We have an updated “Eatwell” guide courtesy of Public Health England (here) – but what does it show us that we didn’t already know? We need a balanced diet that includes all food groups in moderation, and with a total energy intake that does not exceed the amount of energy we burn up in a day.  Indeed that is the crux of our national “battle of the bulge”: we eat and drink as we please forgetting that we’re taking in energy. If we don’t use that energy immediately then we store it for..
So there are a variety of treatments out there for heartburn & indigestion, and I’m by no means suggesting that you jump straight for number 1. This is for you to see all the options in one place so you can explore what will work best for you. OK, so a word of warning! Indigestion and heartburn that is otherwise unexplained may well be the symptom of something more serious. To that end, if you can’t say that eating/drinking/sleeping brings about your heartburn, and you’ve tried one (or mo..
DIMEC App - Now Live
DIMEC App - Now Live 04/03/2016 0 comments
These past few weeks have been very busy here in the DIMEC offices. After months, if not years, of planning, the DIMEC App was finally launched on the App Store and Google Play Store, available on both Android and iPhones. So what does this mean then? Well, the app completely changes the way in which you are able to order your repeat prescription and then have it delivered, completely free of charge. No longer do you have to ring the doctor’s surgery or pharmacy during their opening hou..
DIMEC App – FREE coming mid February 2016
Introducing the new DIMEC App where you can order your repeat prescriptions whenever & wherever! Take control of your medicines! Brand new features coming to your device in February 2016: Order your repeat prescription on the go for FREE delivery and get in-app order status notifications Customised reminders for ALL your medicines Save your Emergency Information securely on your device WORLD FIRST – link your medicines with Apple Medical ID! This could save your life! Always..
New research by Ding Ding and colleagues from the University of Sydney, Australia have identified two new risk factors that affect mortality, sleep and a sedentary lifestyle.   Traditional risk factors that doctors use to assess mortality rates include obesity, smoking, alcohol use and drug misuse. Sleep and a sedentary lifestyle have now been added to this ever increasing list of mortality risk factors. Before now doctors have always believed that sleeping longer than is necessary (..
New regulations in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) may mean that only 4.2% of those with sexual dysfunction will get an official diagnosis.   The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) requires symptoms lasting at least 6 months, occurring “almost always” or “always in sexual encounters”, and causing clinically significant distress in order to diagnose a patient with sexual dysfunction...
The role emotions play in dieting 02/12/2015 0 comments
Tens of millions of people vow each year to lose weight in the New Year and, while their intentions are good, most of the time the results are not. It's estimated that only 8% of those who make New Year's resolutions actually keep them. Even if weight is lost initially, it usually returns. Studies show that nearly 2 out of 3 people who lose 5% of their total weight will gain it back, and the more weight you lose, the less your chances of keeping it off. "That's not surprising," said Diane ..
Scientists have mapped out the genes that keep our cells alive, creating a long-awaited foothold for understanding how our genome works and which genes are crucial in disease like cancer. A team of Toronto researchers, led by Professor Jason Moffat from the University of Toronto's Donnelly Centre, with a contribution from Stephane Angers from the Faculty of Pharmacy, have switched off, one by one, almost 18,000 genes -- 90 per cent of the entire human genome -- to find the genes that are esse..
As the holiday season rapidly approaches with Christmas only a month away and our American friends sitting down for their Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow (the 26th), the myth about L-tryptophan in turkey will no doubt be thrown around. The myth of course being that L-tryptophan in turkey causes the dreaded ‘food coma’ - when you eat far too much and feel drowsy and sleepy afterwards.   L-tryptophan is an essential amino acid and is responsible for regulating sleep and causing drowsiness...
Researchers have developed a vaccine to fight cholesterol which research shows is far more effective than current medication.   It is estimated that 17.5 million Britons suffer from high cholesterol as a result of high fat, unhealthy diets. The current medication combating high cholesterol are called statins and whilst they do the job they unfortunately come with a list of nasty side effects including muscle cramps and damage, digestive problems and an increased risk of diabetes. ..
A recent study conducted for Obesity Week has shown that one night of sleep deprivation can impair insulin sensitivity equal to six months on a high fat diet.   When the body becomes less sensitive to insulin (i.e., “insulin resistant”), it needs to produce more insulin to keep blood sugar stable. This may eventually lead to Type 2 diabetes, a disease where the body’s insulin response doesn’t work properly and there is too much sugar in the blood. Diabetes is associated with a number..
A recent study suggests that obese people with metabolic syndrome face an unexpected quandary when it comes to vitamin E -- they need more than normal levels of the vitamin because their weight and other problems are causing increased oxidative stress, but those same problems actually cause their effective use of vitamin E to be reduced. The study, a double blind study, measured the levels of vitamin E in the blood of those with metabolic syndrome and other healthy adults.   Metaboli..

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