Acne: therapeutic interventions

Acne is a common condition that affects many people at some point in their life, particularly those in their teens and early 20s.  Although often perceived as a self-limited disease of adolescence, its prevalence remains high into adulthood. In the UK nearly 90% of teenagers have acne and half of them continue to experience symptoms as adults. By the age of 40, 1% of men and 5% of women still have lesions and currently acne is becoming more prevalent in children.

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Migraine – more than ‘just a headache’

It is estimated that the UK population loses 25 million days from work or school each year because of migraine – a complex condition with a wide variety of, mostly, incapacitating neurological symptoms.

This week is Migraine Awareness Week, an annual campaign to draw attention to migraine and educate the wider public. This week’s blog takes a look at the different stages of migraine attacks, some of the causes associated with this debilitating condition, and nutritional support that could be considered to help alleviate the symptoms.

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In the news – health and nutrition research

In this week’s article, we provide a roundup of some of the most recent health and nutrition related articles in the news, four items comprising:

  • Micronutrient gaps in childbearing years ‘concerning,’ survey stresses
  • Rise in type 2 diabetes in young people in England and Wales
  • Low DHA and EPA a ‘strong risk factor’ for preterm birth: Danish data
  • Air pollution may harm cognitive intelligence study says

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UTIs – symptoms, risk factors and nutritional support

It  is estimated that 4 million British women suffer an attack of cystitis each year.1 The incidence of urinary tract infections (UTIs) is highest in women; in younger adults there is a 50:1 female to male ratio, while in patients over the age of 70 years of age the ratio is around 2:1.2 Incidence in both sexes increases with age and can be asymptomatic – it is estimated that up to 30% of people living in nursing homes and other institutions have asymptomatic bacteriuria.2,3

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