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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 Meningitis

NHS Choices - Introduction

(08/04/2015)

Meningitis is an infection of the meninges (protective membranes) that surround the brain and spinal cord. It can be bacterial or viral.

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NHS Choices - Symptoms of meningitis

(08/04/2015)

Meningitis should be treated as a medical emergency because bacterial meningitis can lead to septicaemia (blood poisoning), which can be fatal.

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NHS Choices - Causes of meningitis

(30/06/2014)

Meningitis can be caused by bacteria or a virus. This is known as either bacterial meningitis or viral meningitis.

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NHS Choices - Diagnosing meningitis

(04/09/2014)

Meningitis is difficult to diagnose. It usually comes on suddenly and can be easily confused with flu because many of the symptoms are the same.

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NHS Choices - Treating meningitis

(30/06/2014)

Immediate hospital admission is required in cases of suspected meningitis or septicaemia (blood poisoning).

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NHS Choices - Complications of meningitis

(30/06/2014)

Bacterial meningitis can place tremendous strain on the body and the brain. Complications are more likely with severe bacterial meningitis.

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NHS Choices - Meningitis vaccination

(09/03/2015)

There are a number of vaccines that can prevent many types of viral and bacterial meningitis including the MMR vaccine, the meningitis C vaccine and the 5-in-1 vaccine.

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NHS Choices - "Courtney's condition didn't just suddenly improve after two weeks. It still affects her years afterwards"

(30/06/2014)

Tracey Chambers' daughter Courtney was diagnosed with meningitis septicaemia. She talks about the short-term and long-term effects of Courtney's illness.

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NHS Choices - "They told us to prepare for the worst"

(30/06/2014)

Mary Baron and her family were enjoying a holiday in Tenerife when tragedy struck – her three-year-old grandson, Kyle, caught bacterial meningitis.

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