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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 Gout

NHS Choices - Introduction

(30/04/2015)

Gout is a type of arthritis where crystals of sodium urate form inside and around joints. The most common symptom is sudden and severe pain in the joint.

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NHS Choices - Symptoms of gout

(30/04/2015)

The most common symptom of gout is sudden and very severe pain in one or more of your joints.

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NHS Choices - Causes of gout

(30/04/2015)

Gout is caused by a build-up of uric acid in the blood.

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NHS Choices - Diagnosing gout

(30/04/2015)

No single test or examination can be used to confirm a diagnosis of gout. Instead, your GP will look at your symptoms and medical history to make a diagnosis.

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NHS Choices - Treating gout

(30/04/2015)

If you are diagnosed with gout, your treatment plan will first aim to relieve the symptoms of an attack. Further treatment aims to prevent attacks by lowering uric acid levels.

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NHS Choices - Complications of gout

(30/04/2015)

Frequent and recurring attacks of gout may eventually damage your joints permanently.

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NHS Choices - 'I felt like I'd been run over and left for dead'

(30/04/2015)

Doctors were surprised when 37-year-old Gina Beauchamp came to them showing signs of gout, as the condition is extremely rare in younger women.

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NHS Choices - 'I still get the occasional attack, but it's gone within a day'

(30/04/2015)

Patrick Hanmer was 32 and living life to the full when he had his first attack of gout.

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