Health conditions

Useful tips and articles on health conditions, such as helping you understand what cholesterol is. Fun facts about bones and arthritis - plus the warning signs and much more...

Migraine Q&A

Dr Gerry Saldanha, Consultant Neurologist at Benenden Hospital, answers some of the most common questions about migraines.

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Health issues that all women should be aware of

While plenty of conditions affect both women and men fairly equally, there are some that can be more prevalent in women...

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Five things you didn't know about Diabetes

Take a look at these five facts about Diabetes which you may not be aware of...

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Ten facts you didn't know about TB

Here are ten little-known facts you may not know about tuberculosis for World TB Day... 

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Numbers to be thankful for on World Aids Day

On World Aids Day take a look at some of the facts about HIV and AIDS.

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Treating cataracts at Benenden Hospital

Cataract surgery is one of the most common procedures carried out in the UK. 

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Diabetes and pre-diabetes: a sweet truth

Diabetes is rarely out of the news these days however there are ways to reduce your risk. 

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Long-term conditions

People with chronic illnesses can do a lot to help themselves. Lesley Dobson looks at the positive impact of self-management.

Taking care of yourself

What is tinnitus?

Find out what lies behind this common condition and why we need to be aware of exposure to loud noise.

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High cholesterol: what does this mean?

According to Heart UK, six in ten adults in the UK have high cholesterol - but what does this actually mean? 

What is cholesterol?

Arthritis: an introduction

Every year in the UK, more than 10 million adults see their family doctor about arthritis or a related condition.

What is this condition?

Arthritis: know the warning signs

Arthritis comes with wide-ranging warning signs that you can look out for, and even help to delay with some simple techniques.

Warning signs

Living with arthritis

People suffering with painful arthritis can have difficulty in holding, grasping and gripping, causing them to drop things.

Make life easier

Things you didn't know about lupus

Lupus is a disease of the immune system, it's symptoms can include tiredness, rash and pain in your joints.

More about lupus

Fibromyalgia: diagnosis

A closer look at how Fibromyalgia can be diagnosed, and some of the methods of treatment that are currently available.

Diagnosis and treatments

Fibromyalgia: the symptoms

The symptoms of Fibromyalgia are wide and varied, and often shared by other conditions, helping the illness remain undetected.


Fibromyalgia: the facts

Fibromyalgia is more common than Rheumatoid arthritis, yet our understanding and awareness of the condition is limited.

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You may be able to sing along to Dem Bones, but just how much do you really know about the skeleton? 

Fun facts

Psoriasis explained

It affects two in every 100 people, yet very little is known about psoriasis and, as yet, there’s no cure. 

The facts

Dry eye syndrome

Find out more about causes and treatment options, with our Q&A with the College of Optometrists.


Looking after number one

Losing command of your bladder may be upsetting, but this common condition is rarely untreatable.

What are the options?

A stroke survivors road to recovery

Every year about 150,000 people in the UK will have a stroke. Stroke survivor Shirley Holden, 59, describes her road to recovery.

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Tuberculosis today

Tuberculosis (TB) rates have stabilised in recent years, but the UK still sees more cases than most Western European. 

Latest statistics

The Victorian disease

As a high-flying law student, Anna Watterson never imagined she'd be diagnosed with tuberculosis. 

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Professor Peter Davies shares his expertise on tuberculosis and the multidrug-resistant strain of the disease.


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition that affects almost half of the population. 

Understand OCD

Meet the ladies team

At benenden hospital, first-class specialists are on hand to help with all kinds of gynaecological issues. 

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