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I came across a research trial recently and was delighted to see that it proved that there was a really good, completely risk-free way of easing the pain of osteoarthritis of the knee. This is the most common form of arthritis, which affects many peo more

5 Dec 2017 14:14 Health

The Dartmoor Skincare Company - inspired by nature Tara Leader has been working as a beauty therapist on Dartmoor since 2003. Three years ago she set up her own business, Tara’s Treatments, which has been fully booked for the last year. And now she more

5 Dec 2017 14:07 Health

Raised blood pressure or hypertension is a very common problem. Blood Pressure UK estimates that one in three adults in the UK has high blood pressure. Most people have no warning signs that the blood pressure is raised so it’s important to have regu more

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As a mum of two, I know how difficult it can be to find the time, let alone the inclination, to exercise and enjoy the benefits that follow. We only have to listen to the media to hear how obesity in young people is on the rise and how sedentary ma more

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We sat down to write something informative about how we treat our patients with a combination of physiotherapy and exercise-based rehabilitation. However we thought it would be much better, if one of our clients told you their story. This is Jenny’s more

Jane's Health Blog

Yoga, a practice of spiritual and careful discipline, is now further understood to be an integral part of improving wellbeing, and is widely practised for health and relaxation. It provides an opportunity to alter challenging thoughts, to open a spir more

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Jo Ellis interviews Catherine, a local lady, about her inspirational story…. In her youth, Catherine was a keen swimmer and dancer and was very slim, but fast-forward 20 years and various factors had led to a large weight gain. Catherine was now a s more

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A recent report following a long review of childrens development found that 19.8% of children in year 6 (aged 10-11) were obese and a further 14.3% were over weight. Of children in reception (aged 4-5), 9.3% were obese and another 12.8% were overweig more

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Advice from Dr Emma Chapman from Okehampton Medical Centre Lyme disease Lyme disease is a bacterial infection spread by ticks, which can be treated effectively if detected early on. But if treatment is delayed, there's a risk you could develop sever more

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If you’re planning a long distance trip, Dr Harriet Doyle explains how pre health planning is essential for a good holiday… This tends to be the time of year, after the celebrations are over and whilst the dark wet weather continues, that we start t more

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Learning the whys and hows will help you understand the requirements of exercise and healthy nutrition. At a young age I found a passion for sports of all kinds. Football, badminton, taekwondo, rollerblading and windsurfing took up most of my spare.. more

A new healthy-lifestyle service commissioned by Devon County Council aims to help the increasing number of adults at risk of developing long-term health conditions take small steps toward a healthier lifestyle. OneSmallStep, provided by leading heal more

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Tavistock based Homeopathy expert Karen Leadbetter writes about how Homeopathy can help in key time s of change. Do you or does someone you know need help navigating a transition in life? Or addressing a health problem rooted in the stress from... more

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Local Health Care Practioner Alistair Kinsey writes about a problem that many of us experience but few of us know how to resolve. Excessive teeth grinding or jaw clenching – also called bruxism – is a common problem. It can damage the teeth and... more

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Okehampton Walk & Talk are a friendly walking group who walk around Okehampton. The group is part of the national Walking for Health network, England largest network of health walks. Here in Devon there are 115 health walks happening every week... more

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Combatting national and international communication breakdowns in mainframe computers is a far cry from tackling canine mobility issues — yet that’s the lifestyle leap taken by Duncan when they moved to Okehampton in 2011. Duncan Croad was living t more

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The Okehampton Medical Centre’s quick guide to staying healthy this winter. 1) GET VACCINATED. Flu Vaccination Flu can be unpleasant but if you are otherwise healthy it can clear up on its own in a week or so. However flu can be more severe in... more

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A new project where social advice and information can be found at GP surgeries has recently been launched. Local leading advice charities, Citizens Advice Torridge and Citizens Advice South Hams, North, Mid and West Devon, are delighted to... more

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There has been much concern over the news that there will no longer be a GP out-of-hours service at Tavistock Hospital from October this year. The NHS Northern Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has confirmed that local... more

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Having a go at Triathlon is something we hear a lot of people would like to do, but don’t know where to start. Added to that are many misconceptions about needing to be a good swimmer, needing special kit and having to drink Lucozade with your... more

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