Health & Diet Lifestyle 

Bags bring home comforts to relatives and carers

A heart-warming scheme is bringing comfort to relatives and carers of Bradford hospital patients. Bradford Hospitals Charity has recently spent £5,000 on 500 comfort bags which are handed out during difficult times to relatives and carers of patients at Bradford Royal Infirmary and St Luke’s Hospital. Both hospitals are part of Bradford Teaching Hospital’s NHS Foundation Trust and the charity is the Trust’s official NHS charity which works tirelessly to improve patient experience. The comfort bags are filled with everyday items to help unexpected stays in the hospital a little…

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Health & Diet Lifestyle 

The Importance Of Having Good Sleep

This month I would like to share with you about sleep and the difficulties we can experience and some ideas to help achieve good quality sleep. These times have been when I have experienced depression or experienced burn out at work, when I did shift work and more recently earlier this year when my mum died. We all have times in our lives when we can have problems sleeping, when we find it hard to fall asleep, find ourselves waking up in the night or have dreams that disturb our…

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Health & Diet Lifestyle 

Stress-busting Beauty

If you’ve ever experienced a breakout or developed a rash right before an important event, or found your complexion looking listless when you’re run down then you already know first-hand how stress can affect your appearance. But just how exactly does stress affect the skin? Well, firstly, stress can affect levels of cortisol (known as the stress hormone) along with other hormones; this in turn can cause an over production of sebum in the skin, contributing to oily skin and breakouts. Secondly, stress can also affect the immune system so…

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Health & Diet 

Hospital dietitians zoom in on success with YouTube project

Dietitians from Bradford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are playing a starring role in an innovative patient education project that brings information to life through video. And it’s a project that has now prompted the launch of their very own YouTube channel. It came about when the Trust’s Head of Service, Jackie Loach and Principal Dietitian, Johanne Bird were introduced by Cindy Fedell, Director of Informatics to the team at the Working Academy at Bradford University. Dietitians joined forces with Simon Couth, Head of the Working Academy and Rachel Bottomley, a…

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Health & Diet 

New MS service making a difference to Bradford patients

A new service offered at a Bradford hospital means patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) can receive a life-changing medication closer to their homes. Previously, Bradford patients had to travel to Leeds for part of their treatment but now this can be administered at St Luke’s Hospital, part of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Tysabri, which is given intravenously (by drip), is a disease modifying drug (DMD) for very active relapsing remitting MS and is taken once every four weeks to reduce the number and severity of relapses. The St…

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Health & Diet Lifestyle 

Want softer skin? Think lanolin…

Recently the ever-glamorous actress Joanna Lumley has attributed her decade-defying skin to a budget friendly beauty product that can be picked up on the high street for as little as £1.29 a pot. The skin savior in question is Astral Original All Over Face and Body cream. Instantly recognisable by its classic blue packaging, this marvelous multitasking moisturiser has been earning its place in bathroom cabinets across Britain since the early 1950s! So, what is the secret of this longstanding, low-cost skincare stalwart’s success? My guess would be that it’s…

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Health & Diet Lifestyle 

Hospital specialists remind women not to be complacent about their health during this week’s national Cervical Cancer Prevention Week

Bradford – Hospital specialists in the city are reminding women not to be complacent about their health during this week’s national Cervical Cancer Prevention Week. Every day in the UK, eight women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and three women will lose their lives to the disease. Cervical cancer is largely preventable thanks to cervical screening and the HPV vaccination programme – yet uptake of cervical screening is now going down year on year. Recent research has shown that the percentage of women aged 25 to 64 within the Bradford…

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Health & Diet Lifestyle 

“Getting tested vital” in Bradford district during HIV Testing Week

People across the district are being encouraged to have a quick and simple HIV test during National HIV Testing Week (21-28 November) which also aims to reduce the stigma around having the HIV virus. A partnership of health and community organisations are coming together to raise awareness of the importance of testing including Bradford Council, British Red Cross, MESMAC, Locala, Equity Partnership, Step 2 Young People’s Health Project and the Red Ribbon Society from the University of Bradford. The week will end with events being held in the city centre…

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Food & Drink Health & Diet 

Dietitians encourage Bradford public to eat well

The public can learn about eating well this winter during an event in Bradford city centre. Dietitians from Bradford Teaching Hospitals’ Nutrition and Dietetic Service will be at the Good Food Advice Stall in the entrance of Oastler Market, John Street, on Friday, 27 November between 9.30am and noon. You can come down and meet the team if you would like to receive more information on eating well this winter or to speak with a dietitian who can provide recipe tips and ideas on staying healthy.  

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Health & Diet Urban Echo News 

Launch of new community midwifery service in Bradford

Bradford – This month sees the launch of a new midwife-led project which aims to provide personalised, one-to-one maternity care to women living in some of the poorest areas of Bradford. Around 400 women living in Bowling, Barkerend, Bradford Moor and Little Horton will benefit from the new community partnership between Bradford Teaching Hospitals and Bradford Trident, who are leading the Better Start Bradford (BSB) £49million Big Lottery Fund programme which aims to help parents give their children the best start in life. Head of midwifery, Julie Walker, said: “Our…

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