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25 January InfoNOW News

InformationNOW health section
World Cancer day, 4th February
Time to Talk day, 7th February
February is Reynaud’s awareness month
Norovirus – vomiting bug
Dementia friendly city
What’s new on InformationNOW this week!


Information NOW has a health section that covers a number of topics that you may find useful.  There are a wide range of topics, from health conditions such as stroke or high blood pressure to what to do after diagnosis and having your say about health services.

We have selected information below that may be of interest.  You can read these using the Recite Me function at the top of the page which gives you audio files or translates the page into another language.

Do you think that you are fit and healthy?  Why not take the How are you? Health quiz


World Cancer Day, 4 February 2019

World Cancer Day is a national day when we raise awareness of cancer in people’s minds and across the world media. The aim is to make you think about your health, remind you about screening programmes that are there to help you and ultimately to save millions of preventable deaths each year by encouraging individuals to take action.

Four in 10 cancers are preventable but there are concerns that people are not attending their screening appointments.  Research published in the Lancet shows that there is a stigma associated with cancer, such that people do not always attend screening because they are afraid that they will lose friends and family because of their diagnosis.

At the same time, scientists continue to develop tests that help find specific types of cancer before signs or symptoms appear.  Each type of cancer has its own screening tests. Some types of cancer currently do not have an effective screening method. Developing new cancer screening tests is an area of active research.The main goals of cancer screening are to:

  • Reduce the number of people who die from the disease, or eliminate deaths from cancer altogether
  • Reduce the number of people who develop the disease

Information NOW’s cancer article covers the importance of screening programmes.


Time to Talk day, 7 February 2019

Time To Talk Day brings the nation together to get talking and break the silence around mental health problems. Mental health problems affect one in four of us yet people are still afraid to talk about it. For people with mental health problems, not being able to talk about it can be one of the worst parts of the illness. So by getting people talking about mental health we can break down stereotypes, improve relationships, aid recovery and take the stigma out of something that affects us all.

Newcastle United Community Foundation are hosting a Time to Talk over tea and biscuits at St James’s Park, 9 – 11am  and at Lemington Football Club from 1 – 3pm.InfoNOW news ran a mental health feature in October last year. This pulls all our information on the website into one handy briefing.


February is Reynaud’s awareness month

Raynaud’s is a common condition affecting around 1 in 6 people. In people who have Raynaud’s, the small blood vessels in the extremities are over-sensitive to changes in temperature or stress causing an attack.  Raynaud’s symptoms generally affect the fingers and toes, but all extremities can be involved, including: the ears, nose, lips, tongue and nipples.  You can take a test.  Last  February, nearly 6,000 people took the online Raynaud’s test, with 92% likely to have Raynaud’s.  The symptoms are:

  • a colour change in the extremities such as hands or feet
  • cold extremities and numbness
  • tingling or pain

Primary Raynaud’s can be diagnosed by your GP and can be managed easily.  Autoimmune conditions known to be associated with secondary Raynaud’s include:

  • scleroderma – a condition that causes hardening and thickening of the skin
  • rheumatoid arthritis – which causes joint pain and swelling
  • Sjogren’s syndrome – where the immune system attacks the body’s sweat and tear glands
  • lupus – which causes tiredness, joint pain and skin rashes

Norovirus – vomiting bug

Norovirus outbreaks are more common at this time of year. It is best to avoid hospitals if you are infectious. It’s easy to identify and to treat at home.  You can speak to your pharmacist rather than the GP.  Remember you are infectious whilst you have diarrhoea or vomiting.  Norovirus can spread very easily.

You can catch norovirus from:

  • close contact with someone with norovirus
  • touching surfaces or objects that have the virus on them, then touching your mouth
  • eating food that’s been prepared or handled by someone with norovirus

Washing your hands frequently with soap and water is the best way to stop it spreading. Alcohol hand gels don’t kill norovirus.


Dementia friendly city meeting on 12 February, 4.30 pm Great North Museum (Hancock)

Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PT

The next Council Policy Cabinet will discuss how to create a dementia friendly city.  The discussions will discuss: living with dementia, enabling carers affected by dementia to live well and connecting communities, businesses and services to the dementia friendly agenda.

Policy Cabinet meetings are held in public, but you are also invited to submit your comments in advance of the meeting to Julie Campbell.   Please also confirm whether you will be attending with Julie.

InformationNOW has an article on dementia.


New on InformationNOW

New organisations

 Events and Activities

  • A day of Mindfulness at Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre
  • Are you interested in becoming a Blue Badge Guide?  See the Blue Badge Guiding Course Programme information.  Application deadline: 4 March
  • Eagles Community Foundation are launching their Active Ageing sessions, including a walk,table sport and bowls, kurling and boccia. Contact Neil or ‘phone on 0191 245 3881.

Last updated: March 14, 2019

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