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Cold & Flu – Ask A Pharmacist with Anne Smyth

Life Pharmacy’s Anne Smyth answers some of the most commonly asked questions about cold & flu – featured in the Irish Independent’s ‘Mother & babies’ supplement 5 December 2018. Why are a cold and flu so prevalent in winter? It’s a time of year when our immune systems need to be at its best. My advice is to be... Read more >

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World Diabetes Day – Symptoms, Causes & Treatments

November 14th is World Diabetes Day, which aims to draw attention to the condition that is becoming increasingly prevalent in both young and old generations. To support this cause, selected Life Pharmacies are offering FREE Diabetes Care & Blood Glucose Screening to Life Loyalty customers when they swipe their loyalty cards from November 14th to 21st. What is Diabetes?... Read more >

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Men’s Health – Ask a Pharmacist with Vincent Dempsey

Life Pharmacy’s Vincent Dempsey tackles some commonly asked questions about men’s health – featured in the Irish Independent’s ‘Mother & babies’ supplement 7 November 2018. Movember is upon us once again, which signals the time to put down your razor. But what most people see as a great excuse not to shave is actually a really important movement... Read more >

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Articles in Constipation

NHS Choices - Introduction

(22/09/2014)

Constipation is a common condition that affects people of all ages. It can mean that you are not passing stools (faeces) regularly, or you are unable to completely empty your bowels.

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NHS Choices - Symptoms of constipation

(03/03/2014)

When you are constipated, passing stools (faeces) becomes more difficult and less frequent than usual.

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NHS Choices - Causes of constipation

(03/03/2014)

Constipation usually occurs when stools remain in the colon (large intestine) too long and the colon absorbs too much water from them, causing the stools to become hard and dry.

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NHS Choices - Diagnosing constipation

(03/03/2014)

Constipation is a very common condition. Your GP will not usually need to carry out any tests or procedures, but will confirm a diagnosis of constipation based on your medical history and your symptoms.

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NHS Choices - Treating constipation

(23/09/2014)

Treatment for constipation depends on the cause, how long you have had the condition and how severe your symptoms are.

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NHS Choices - Complications with constipation

(03/03/2014)

Constipation rarely causes any complications or long-term health problems. Treatment is usually effective, particularly if it is started promptly.

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NHS Choices - Preventing constipation

(03/03/2014)

Although constipation is common, you can take several steps to prevent it, including making diet and lifestyle changes.

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