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Rapid coronavirus tests now available across Devon

Rapid coronavirus tests now available across Devon

Every adult in Devon is being encouraged to take a rapid, lateral flow test for coronavirus twice a week, and now they can do so in a variety of ways including through testing centres, workplaces, pharmacies, or home delivery .

The tests are fast and convenient, and results are usually available within the hour.

Rapid lateral flow tests are for people who show no symptoms of coronavirus – the new and continuous cough, high temperature, or change to their usual sense of taste or smell. People with these symptoms should immediately self-isolate and arrange a PCR test via...

Fitness Essentials: the best gear for your everyday workouts

Fitness Essentials: The best gear for your everyday workouts

Authored by Liv Butler
Posted: Thu, 04/08/2021 - 6:27am

So 2020 was all about baking bread, 2021 is the year of getting fit. Working from home has not been kind to many waistlines. There is no morning commute, the furthest you have gone is to Tesco and back. So now that the spring has arrived it means summer is just around the corner so it’s time to get fit, not just to be bikini ready, but also for your health. This past year has been rather sedentary so it’s time to shake things up and shake it out.

Until we can get back to the gyms or running 10K, we have to make the most of our surroundings. If you are lucky enough to have a...

Cost of stem cell therapy for erectile dysfunction

Authored by Liv Butler
Posted: Wed, 04/07/2021 - 12:40pm

Erectile dysfunction is one of the most unpleasant among all male diseases. This pathology negatively affects a man's mental well-being and self-confidence. Therefore, the treatment of erectile dysfunction should be carried out timely, in order to avoid serious mental disorders and depression.

Until recently, it was thought that this disease could not be cured by medicine. One of the most promising treatments for erectile dysfunction at the moment is stem cell therapy. Due to its effectiveness, this method has become very popular among patients around the world. It is worth...

Dementia Friendly Honiton increases crucial support thanks to new funding

Dementia Friendly Honiton increases crucial support thanks to new funding

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 04/06/2021 - 10:22pm

People with dementia have been particularly hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic. In East Devon, new funding from South West Water is enabling Dementia Friendly Honiton to help more people to find out about the fantastic initiatives it offers in the region.

The volunteer-run organisation has had to make significant changes to continue to support the local community over the past 12 months. The usual weekly meet-ups for those with dementia, essential for creating routine, were completely on hold due to Covid-19. The removal of this regularity has seen the impact of dementia on the...

Why should you consider at home beauty services in 2021?

Why should you consider at home beauty services in 2021?

Several beauty treatments can be carried out at home, it is not always useful to go to an institute. Whether it be simple treatments that are within everyone's reach or more technical treatments that require the call of professionals, you have the possibility of staying at home!

Hair Cut

You don't have time to go to a hair salon? Don't worry, call a hairdresser at home to help you. In recent years, home hairdressing has become a must. Moreover, it has many advantages to offer. The home hairdresser can come to your home at times that suit your schedule.

It should be noted...

Two types of diabetes and ways to cope with them

Diabetes is one of the chronic illnesses that have no cure despite the millions of dollars spent on research. Although it can be controlled, people diagnosed with diabetes must face the fact it will accompany them for the rest of their lives.

Living with diabetes can be pretty hard. You have to keep up with its daily demands, such as monitoring blood sugar levels, taking medications, and watching what you eat. It's no wonder why a diabetes diagnosis can be a shock physically and emotionally.

There are different types of diabetes, but we're highlighting two of them here....

Movement & the Mind: A Pioneering Interactive Conference

Introducing Movement & the Mind: A Pioneering Interactive Conference

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Sun, 04/04/2021 - 10:27pm

A virtual conference recognising, exploring, and celebrating the connections between mind, body, and planet.

Active Devon is working with GP and medical educationalist Dr Lucy Loveday (MRCGP, PG Cert Clinical Education) to host Movement & the Mind, a one-day international, interactive event. It will recognise, explore and celebrate the connections between mind, body and planet.

The virtual conference will take place on Friday 18 June 2021. Delegates will hear from a global community of experts, adventurers and advocates. There will also be leaders from across many...

Getting the help you need this Easter weekend

With Easter fast approaching, Devon’s NHS leaders are calling on people to take preventative measures ahead of the bank holidays and after as lockdown restrictions start to ease and ‘staycations’ start.

The long Easter weekend traditionally puts extra pressure on health services when most GP practices are closed and more people are outdoors enjoying everything Devon has to offer.

Most GP practices will be closed for Easter for four days from Friday 2 April to Monday 5 April, with normal opening hours resuming on Tuesday.

Each Easter sees many patients calling...

A basic Guide to CBD

What do you need to know about CBD?

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is an all-natural compound found inside industrial hemp. Manufacturers carefully extract the CBD using specialist machinery before presenting it in a range of oils, creams, capsules, and supplements. CBD won't get you high, and it appears safe—even at large doses. There's still a lot to learn about the effects of CBD, but preclinical studies suggest it can help promote balance. A state of balance is when all of our internal systems (immune, digestive, brain and central nervous system) work together properly. A balanced body...

Relax, take it easy. Ways to ease muscle cramps

Authored by Liv Butler
Posted: Mon, 03/29/2021 - 7:38am

If you are no stranger to muscle tension, this article is for you. We’ll talk about why you get muscle cramps and easy & quick ways to get rid of them.

Why do you get muscle cramps?

There are a number of potential causes of a muscle cramp ranging from dehydration, muscle strain, overuse of a muscle, or static position for a long period. Although usually, muscle cramps are harmless, however, some may be related to an underlying medical condition, such as nerve compression and mineral depletion.

  • Nerve compression in your spine. The pain gets worse to the
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Dr Jon Williams of Amicus Health gives Caroline Quentin her vaccine

Television star Caroline Quentin encourages all eligible patients to get vaccinated

Authored by Anna Pryce
Posted: Sun, 03/28/2021 - 3:35pm

Television star, Caroline Quentin, received her COVID-19 vaccination at Moorhayes Commuunity Centre in Tiverton, and urges others to do the same.

She said, "pleae GO and get your vaccination!"

Everyone over the age of 50, and those in at risk groups are entitled to recieve the vaccine, either through their GP or a mass vaccination centre.

If you are over 50, or at high risk of getting seriously ill from coronavirus, you can book an apointment via the National Booking Service website or by calling 119.

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