Health news November 2017

23 October 2017

A light machine that tackles cold sores, a skincare brand whose profits go to the NHS and more.

Bye-bye cold sores

It’s the time of year when cold sores tend to make an appearance. Enter the nifty Virulite Cold Sore Machine. Handheld, it uses light to boost the immune response and speed healing, and is proven to be more effective than creams and other treatments.

And that’s not all. It lowers the risk of cold sores recurring and unlike anti-viral creams, which have to be used at the first sign of a tingle, can be used at any stage of the sore. 

Try the DASH diet for gout

Gout is the most common inflammatory form of arthritis in the UK, affecting 1.4 per cent of people. It can be excruciatingly painful. So its good news that, according to a recent large study, the DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), originally devised to boost heart health, may help lower the risk of gout, compared to a typical Western diet.

The reason? The DASH diet focuses on a high intake of fruit, vegetables, nuts, low-fat dairy products, and whole grains, and a low intake of sodium, sweetened beverages, and red and processed meats. This lowers levels of urate, the main culprit behind gout.

Learn more about gout

A skin cream that helps you and the NHS

Struggling with dry, itchy or oily skin? The NHS My Trusty Skincare range could provide a soothing answer. These sunflower oil-based products help moisturise and ease myriad skin problems. Gentle enough for the family to use every day, the profits from every purchase go straight back into the NHS.

Prices from £3.99 for a 100 ml tube of hand cream. Available nationwide from the likes of Tesco, Superdrug and independent pharmacies.  Visit

An easier way to grind salt and pepper

Take the strain out of twisting the salt or pepper mill with the nifty Ratchet grinder. Featuring a unique ratchet system, you move the handle backwards and forwards to grind peppercorns, rock salt or spices. When it’s empty, simply flip down the front to refill. Available in black, white, red or green.

Why tea is good for teeth

It’s Britain’s favourite beverage. And it’s increasingly clear that tea is far more than just a pick-me-up. In a research review in the journal Oral Health, Robin Seymour, emeritus professor at Newcastle University, reveals just four cups of tea a day contain enough natural fluoride to help defend teeth against decay.

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