HEALTH COMMENTS: Physio sessions now arrive on platform 1

HEALTH COMMENTS: Physio sessions now arrive on platform 1

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Digital physiotherapy is now available for patients with back pain – even when they are on a train, at work, or abroad. The smartphone app offers 24/7 virtual consultation with experts, downloadable training videos & rehabilitation plans made by experts.

All information has been developed by health professionals approved by the company Ascenti, the leading supplier of physical therapists for the NHS. Users can also use the app, called PhysioNow, to book private and NHS funded sessions with trained clinicians.

About two-thirds of the British would have back pain at some point in their lives, with musculoskeletal problems representing a third of all GP appointments.

A test version of the app that was launched earlier this year. It has been downloaded by 1400 patients.

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A test version of the app that was launched earlier this year. It has been downloaded by 1400 patients

A test version of the app that was launched earlier this year. It has been downloaded by 1400 patients

Berry boost for the heart

Strawberries can be the key to promoting heart health. A study shows that eating a portion of the fruit for four weeks can improve blood flow and lower blood pressure.

Scientists from the Illinois Institute of Technology monitored 34 overweight patients in their 50s.

They gave them a daily drink made from freeze-dried strawberries and followed them for a month. The results revealed a significant decrease in blood flow and pressure.

Research shows that eating part of the fruit every day for four weeks can improve blood flow and lower blood pressure (stock image)

Research shows that eating part of the fruit every day for four weeks can improve blood flow and lower blood pressure (stock image)

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Research shows that eating part of the fruit every day for four weeks can improve blood flow and lower blood pressure (stock image)

A new miracle drug offers thousands of Britons new hope with Huntington's genetic brain disease, which causes paralysis and ultimately a slow, painful death.

NHS patients participating in a clinical trial at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust will benefit from two years of treatment with the new drug, which reduces the amount of protein released by a mutant gene that causes the disease.

The treatment is expected to be available to NHS patients within five years.

People who undergo regular dental checkups are half as likely to have cancer of the head, neck or mouth than people who never or rarely go. Researchers from the University of Plymouth bundled the results of dozens of studies investigating suspected links between oral health and potentially fatal tumors.

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