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Managing Winter Aches And Pains

2017-04-21T11:13:31+00:00 January 8th, 2017|Lifestyle|

Managing Winter Aches and Pains With Murrays Pharmacy Cold weather often brings aches and pains to those who suffer from arthritis and related conditions. When temperatures plummet, air pressure also drops, causing tissue around joints to swell-resulting in pain in these areas. Although these problems may seem chronic and unavoidable, there are some solutions which can bring relief to these dark winter days. 1. Physical activity is key. In order to bring down swelling in joints, movement and activity is essential. It may be tempting to stay in bed to nurse sore joints, but this actually compounds the problem and makes it worse. Getting outdoors for a short walk twice a day is a simple way to find relief and enjoy the fresh air. 2. Stay hydrated and eat plenty of whole foods. Water helps to flush impurities and balance swollen joints. By drinking plenty of water and eating fresh vegetables, the body is able to reduce swelling naturally. Adding lemon to water is a great way to add taste without the unnecessary sugars that are found in juices and sodas. 3. Pharmacies are a great place to get anti-inflammatory medicines and further advice for dealing with joint issues. At every Murrays Pharmacy we have trained onsite pharmacists and assistants who are trained to assist and advise on a variety of issues and will try to find a tailored solution to an individual’s specific needs. Murrays Pharmacy have numerous branches throughout the West Midlan . They offer friendly, helpful support for a variety of medical issues including arthritis and colds, and can assist with your prescriptions including EPS and setting up a Medipouch system for those with multiple daily medications. Our team at Murrays care about their clients and if you are in need of any assistance, pop into your [...]

Getting Healthy For 2017

2016-12-29T22:37:07+00:00 December 29th, 2016|Lifestyle|

Planning For A Healthier Year Ahead With Murrays Pharmacy The 21st December , the shortest day, has been and gone; Christmas is over and New Year is on the horizon. If you suffer over the Winter with issues such a Seasonal Affected Disorder or winter colds and flu you will probably be pleased that the new year is on the way. Knowing that spring and summer will soon be on the horizon can breathe a new lease of life into you and your health and to get ready for the seasons ahead, the best place to start is a health check. Planning your New Year resolutions to make changes to your health are common at this time of year, so if you are one of these people , at Murrays Pharmacy in the West Midlands we are here to support you. It is important to remember that prior to starting any exercise routine, new diet or lifestyle change, you consult with a medical professional such as your GP. For healthy living advice, Murrays Pharmacy bring you a trained pharmacist in every branch full of useful advice for a range of health conditions Giving Up Smoking One of the first things you can do to make a big difference to your health quickly is to give up some of your bad habits. For example, giving up smoking not only helps your health but can help your pocket. You can save thousands in just a year by quitting smoking. It is not easy, Trying to quit smoking is extremely difficult and without support, many people do not succeed. Murrays Pharmacy understand how difficult it is making the decision to quit smoking and to keep it up, pop into your local branch of Murrays Pharmacy to find out about the support on offer [...]

New Year Resolutions – Weight Management

2017-04-21T11:13:31+00:00 December 28th, 2016|Lifestyle, Obesity|

Weight Management At Murrays Pharmacy It is worrying to learn that in the UK, over 50% of the population are classed as overweight with a proportion of those falling into the “obese” category. Being overweight is, without doubt, a serious health risk. Not only are you at increased risk of conditions such as heart attacks, diabetes, arthritis from the strain on the joints and some cancers, but should you need urgent surgery, obesity can cause issues when using anaesthetics, putting you at an additional risk during lifesaving procedures. It is thought that today’s sedentary lifestyle is contributing towards an increase in people’s weights. Poor eating habits including convenience foods, fast foods, and snacking, and less exercise, means that people are ingesting more calories than they are using, resulting in the excess being stored as fat. Long term lack of exercise and poor diet will result in obesity. Weight management is a long-term approach to adjusting to a more healthy lifestyle. Making just one change can never be enough – to manage weight for most people this will include a balance of healthy eating and exercise. There is nothing wrong with the occasional treat but overall eating plans should be focused around providing more fibre and fruits and vegetables with protein in proportion and less carbohydrates and fats. Incorporating foods and recipes that will keep us fuller longer can be useful tools in weight management. It is important to remember to chat to your doctor prior to making drastic lifestyle changes in order to ensure you do this correctly. Particularly if you are on long term medications and require repeat prescriptions. Did you know your pharmacy team at Murrays Pharmacy can offer help and advice with weight management? If you have trouble controlling your weight and have tried a number of [...]

Does My Child Need A Vitamin D Supplement?

2016-12-12T19:45:41+00:00 December 12th, 2016|Lifestyle|

Vitamin D- An Essential Addition Most parents think their children are getting enough vitamin D through their diet but in fact, they are likely to be wrong. Recent studies show that most children aren't getting enough of this essential vitamin. In 2014, following a review of vitamin D deficiencies, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) increased the amount of vitamin D it recommends for children and adolescents. Why Vitamin D? Parents believe that if a child drinks milk and plays outside, he's getting enough vitamin D, right? Surprisingly, not necessarily. We know more about vitamin D each year and due to lifestyle changes and increased suncream use, you might be surprised to hear that the majority of the population shows signs of vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D helps ensure the body absorbs and retains calcium and phosphorus, both critical for building bone. A vitamin D deficiency can lead to rickets, a bone-softening disease that continues to be reported in children generally under the age of 2. Vitamin D deficiency also increases the risk of bone fractures in older children, teens, and adults. The increase in the recommended amount of vitamin D children need each day is a result of new evidence showing its life-long health benefits. Supplementation is important, because most children will not get enough vitamin D through diet alone. Talk to your pharmacist at Murrays Pharmacy today to find the right vitamin D supplement for your children.

Managing Coughs And Colds Over Winter

2016-12-11T23:54:15+00:00 November 29th, 2016|Lifestyle, Uncategorized|

Dealing With Coughs And Colds This Winter It's almost time to find yourself in a winter wonderland. Snow lays heavy on the ground, and icicles cling to the branches of the tree. You break out the snow shovel, the heavy jackets, and the holiday decorations. Oh, and don't forget the tissues! That's right. You heard me. It's time to get ready for those winter sneezes, runny noses, and sore skin. Most people have to deal with these issues. That's why the doctor's offices are always so busy this time of year. People battle winter sneezes like they might battle an approaching army - with heavy duty antibiotic's and bills from the doctor's office. Thankfully, there's a way around those crowded waiting rooms. Murrays Pharmacy has been open for ninety five years. It's going to be far easier to visit them and pick up paracetamol or another flu remedy. Your wallet will thank you, and so will your nose! With paperless prescriptions being offered, and a trained pharmacist behind the counter to make sure that you pick up the right brand, strength, and type of medication, taking care of yourself has never been easier. One visit to Murrays Pharmacy, and you can say goodbye to the winter sneezes and hello to the winter wonderland. There will be no more waiting on a doctor this winter - and there won't be anymore winter sneezes, either

Helping Manage Your Weight Loss

2017-04-21T11:13:31+00:00 September 22nd, 2016|Lifestyle|

Weight Management at Murrays Pharmacy It is worrying to learn that in the UK, over 50% of the population are classed as overweight with a proportion of those falling into the “obese” category. Being overweight is, without doubt, a serious health risk. Not only are you at increased risk of conditions such as heart attacks, diabetes, arthritis from the strain on the joints and some cancers, but should you need urgent surgery, obesity can cause issues when using anaesthetics, putting you at an additional risk during lifesaving procedures.  It is thought that today’s sedentary lifestyle is contributing towards an increase in people’s weights. Poor eating habits including convenience foods, fast foods, and snacking, and less exercise, means that people are ingesting more calories than they are using, resulting in the excess being stored as fat. Long term lack of exercise and poor diet will result in obesity. Weight management is a long-term approach to adjusting to a more healthy lifestyle. Making just one change can never be enough – to manage weight for most people this will include a balance of healthy eating and exercise. There is nothing wrong with the occasional treat but overall eating plans should be focused around providing more fibre and fruits and vegetables with protein in proportion and less carbohydrates and fats. Incorporating foods and recipes that will keep us fuller longer can be useful tools in weight management. It is important to remember to chat to your doctor prior to making drastic lifestyle changes in order to ensure you do this correctly. Particularly if you are on long term medications and require repeat prescriptions. Did you know your pharmacy team at Murrays Pharmacy can offer help and advice with weight management? If you have trouble controlling your weight and have tried a number of [...]

Curved sole shoes no better than flat sole shoes

2017-04-21T11:13:31+00:00 October 15th, 2013|Exercise, Lifestyle|

"Shoes with curved unstable soles are no better than traditional trainers for reducing lower back pain," BBC News reports, after a small but well-designed study found no significant benefit in people wearing "rocker sole" shoes. The study involved 115 adults with chronic lower back pain who were randomised into two groups: rocker sole trainers or normal trainers. They were asked to wear these trainers for at least two hours a day over the course of a year. They were also asked to exercise once a week for four weeks and wear their trainers to these sessions. The good news was that in all groups back pain improved to some degree. However, the rocker sole-style footwear was no better (or no worse) than flat sole trainers in reducing disability or pain scores. For a number of measures the rockers actually fared worse than their flat sole counterparts, including satisfaction with the trainers and a clinically important reduction in self-reported disability. The study had many strengths, including its randomised design and realistic treatment conditions, which involved prescribing shoes plus exercise rather than just shoes. However, a general limitation of the study is that it only recruited people with chronic lower back pain, so the effect of the rocker shoes on other musculoskeletal conditions was not tested. Larger studies assessing pain and disability over a longer period of time would be able to confirm or refute these findings, but initially – and in light of the strengths mentioned above – they appear reliable. Where did the story come from? The study was carried out by researchers from UK-based hospitals and universities in collaboration with international partners. It was funded by Masai GB Ltd, a footwear manufacturer specialising in rocker sole ranges. Because of the largely neutral findings of the study, it is clear [...]

Vegetarian diet linked to longer lifespan

2017-04-21T11:13:32+00:00 June 6th, 2013|Exercise, Lifestyle, NHS|

“Veg diet key to living longer,” reports today’s Daily Express front page headline. Its story is prompted by a large, well-designed, long-term study into vegetarian dietary patterns and their effects on reported mortality (death). The main finding was that vegetarians had a 12% reduction in the risk of death from any cause compared with non-vegetarians. However, the researchers’ definition of ‘vegetarian’ was quite broad and may horrify some vegetarians as it included people who ate meat and fish once a week or less. Dietary patterns were only measured at the start of the study, and these can change over time. The study also had a relatively short follow-up to determine whether dietary patterns might affect the risk of death. It’s also worth noting that vegetarians tended to live healthy lifestyles, and this could have influenced the results. While this study cannot show direct cause and effect between diet and death risk, it highlights an important point. Even if you do not want to stop eating meat there is plenty you can ‘borrow’ from the ‘vegetarian lifestyle’ to improve your health, such as eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Where did the story come from? The study was carried out by researchers from Loma Linda University, California and was funded by the US National Cancer Institute and National Institute of Food and Agriculture. It was published in the peer-reviewed journal, JAMA Internal Medicine. The results of the research were generally well covered in the media. However, the Mail Online website presented speculation as fact in its headline: it states that people who avoid meat have better health due to low blood pressure. Although this is a possible and plausible explanatory factor, the current study did not investigate the blood pressure of vegetarians. What kind of research was this? This was [...]

Could vitamin D treat severe asthma?

2017-04-21T11:13:32+00:00 May 21st, 2013|Lifestyle|

”Sunshine vitamin 'may treat asthma'”, BBC News informs us, as a new lab-based study suggests vitamin D could help control symptoms of severe asthma. Asthma is caused by inflammation of the airways, related to malfunctioning of the body’s immune system. In theory, the immune system mistakes harmless substances, such as dust mites, as a threat and triggers inflammation of the lungs and airways (which causes the symptoms of asthma). The study in question looked at IL-17A, which is one of the molecules thought to be associated with the malfunctioning immune response seen in asthma. Researchers examined whether vitamin D had an effect on the levels of the molecule produced by white blood cells in a laboratory experiment. Researchers found that vitamin D reduced the levels of IL-17A produced by cells from people with asthma. This included cells from people who had previously failed to respond to the treatment of choice for severe asthma – oral corticosteroids – often referred to as steroids. While this study suggests that vitamin D can have an effect on IL-17A levels in the laboratory, it is certainly too early to hail vitamin D as a potential “cure” for asthma. A positive effect on cells in the lab does not guarantee vitamin D supplements will improve symptoms for people with asthma. Clinical trials in people with asthma are ongoing to test whether this will be the case. Where did the story come from? The study was carried out by researchers from King’s College London; Queen Mary, University of London, and the Homerton University NHS Foundation Trust. It was funded by Asthma UK and the National Institute for Health Research, and some researchers received Medical Research Council Funding. The study was published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. This study was reported by the [...]