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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 HIV and AIDS

NHS Choices - Introduction

(05/03/2015)

HIV is a virus most commonly caught by having unprotected sex or by sharing infected needles and other injecting equipment to inject drugs.

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NHS Choices - Symptoms of HIV

(04/06/2015)

Symptoms of early HIV infection, also called primary HIV infection or seroconversion, and AIDS (late-stage HIV infection).

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NHS Choices - Causes of HIV

(04/06/2015)

Information about the causes of HIV, how it spreads, who's most at risk and its origins in Africa.

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NHS Choices - HIV testing

(21/11/2014)

Many people newly infected with HIV have no signs or symptoms at all. You can only be certain you have HIV if you have an HIV test.

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NHS Choices - Treating HIV

(04/06/2015)

Treatments for HIV, including post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), antiretrovirals (ARVs), HIV and pregnancy, sperm washing, side effects and getting support.

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NHS Choices - Preventing HIV

(21/11/2014)

HIV is passed from one person to another through the direct exchange of bodily fluids. This can happen through unprotected penetrative vaginal or anal sex.

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NHS Choices - Living with HIV

(04/06/2015)

Information and advice for people living with HIV, including tips on staying healthy, reducing your risk of illness and getting support.

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NHS Choices - 'Many HIV-positive women assume they'll pass on HIV to their baby, but that's not the case these days'

(04/06/2015)

Sarah has HIV. She describes her pregnancy and the steps she had to take to ensure she’d have a healthy baby. An expert explains what HIV is and how to avoid passing it on to your unborn child.

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NHS Choices - 'If it wasn’t for HIV, I wouldn’t be where I am today.'

(04/06/2015)

Tina Middleton caught HIV when she was just 20 years old from a partner with haemophilia.

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NHS Choices - 'Having HIV is not the end of the world'

(04/06/2015)

Mick Mason, who has haemophilia, caught HIV and hepatitis in the early 1980s from contaminated blood products.

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NHS Choices - 'Things have moved on a lot since I was diagnosed with HIV'

(04/06/2015)

Michael Edwards contracted HIV in 1990. He is now 62 and is still working and leading a healthy life. “The first sign was a bad dose of flu. Like me, my GP is

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