March 16, 2016

Your risk of heart disease increases as you get older, but you can help protect yourself whatever your age. In this blog I’ll be looking at how to spot the signs of heart disease and keep your heart in good shape.
 
Coronary heart disease is the UK’s biggest cause of death, causing nearly 70,000 deaths in 2012. More than 1 in 10 women, and 1 in 7 men, die from the disease in the UK alone.
 
Remember that your heart is incredibly important it beats on average 72 times a minute pumping oxygen and nutrient rich blood around the body whilst also removing the waste products we don’t need at the sam...

March 9, 2016

Half of smokers will die from a smoking-related disease in England, accounting for more than 100,000 deaths each year. Here are just some of the ways smoking can damage your body.

Brain - If you smoke, you are more likely to have a stroke than someone who doesn't smoke. In fact, smoking increases your risk of having a stroke by at least 50%, which can cause brain damage and death. And, by smoking, you double your risk of dying from a stroke.

One way that smoking can increase your risk of a stroke is by increasing your

chances of developing a brain aneurysm. This is a bulge in a blood ves...

February 4, 2016

Unfortunately most of us at some point in our lives will experience cancer - either by a personal diagnosis or by knowing someone who is currently fighting, or has beaten cancer. It is estimated that there are over 2.5 million people in the UK today who have a current cancer diagnosis - it is a massive problem.

On a positive note, various screenings and treatments have surfaced over the years that are proven to be increasingly effective in the treatment of cancer. However, many of these either involve invasive surgery or costly long term medical care (such as chemotherapy) – Some of these met...

January 28, 2016

131 million days: according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) this was the number of days of work lost to UK businesses due to sickness in 2013.

Sound costly? It was. In the same year, research from PwC showed that the annual cost of sickness absence to UK business was £29 billion, with UK employees taking an average of 9.1 days sick leave per year.

Interesting the ONS did find some variation in the amount of sickness taken by employees working in different occupations. Those employed in caring, leisure & other services were off sick for an average of 3.2% of working hour...

October 1, 2015

Have you ever wondered why so many of us take to Google when we need to research a company or product, and simply accept their search results as an effective hierarchy of which companies are best for what we are looking for?

Results beyond page 2 or 3 are barely seen, yet they are full of respectable companies offering highly competitive products. They simply don’t have the budget to compete with the big brands.

Take a look at these search results for private medical insurance and you’ll see what I mean:

Bupa, Axa and MoneySupermarket jostle side by side with other big brands in the spo...

August 27, 2015

A recent report has been published by leading insurer that shows nearly 1 in 5 of the Income Protection claims it receives are related to mental health issues - surprisingly cancer claims only account for 12%.

A clear gender split is determined from the data - 59% of the claims made were made by women, this backs up investigations conducted by the University of Oxford who identified that women are between 20 - 40 per cent more likely to have a psychological disorder than men in any given year due to social pressures.

Fortunately a number of different treatments for mental health are being pr...

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