Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is a general term for conditions that affect the muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, other soft tissues and joints, causing pain and other symptoms.
Also called upper limb disorders (ULDs), these conditions generally affect the neck, shoulders, arms, wrists, hands and fingers (carpal tunnel syndrome, for example, is a common type of RSI that affects the wrists and hands).
Just about everyone suffers from bad breath every now and then. It comes in many forms, from the very common early morning bad breath up to persistent bad breath (halitosis), which, according to the NHS, is thought to affect up to one in four people on a regular basis.
Not that long ago, gout was associated with elderly well-to-do men who ate too much rich food and drank too much port. Today, however, the numbers of cases are soaring, with one in 40 people thought to be affected in the UK.
One study suggests the number of people affected by gout has increased by 64 per cent since 1997 (i).
Many people in the UK have dry skin, especially during the autumn and winter and also as they get older. Some, however, suffer from a specific skin condition such as eczema or psoriasis.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common condition that affects your digestive system. According to the NHS, up to one in five people are thought to be affected at some point in their lives.
Many people will, at some point, experience a headache or a migraine. Both are common conditions, with headache affecting more than 10 million people in the UK and migraine experienced by around one in every five women and one in every 15 men.
Indeed, according to the World Health Organization, migraine is among the three most widespread health conditions around the globe, along with anaemia and hearing loss. UK charity The Migraine Trust also claims that migraine is the most common neurological condition in the developed world, and is more prevalent than diabetes, epilepsy and asthma combined.
(Español) La depresión es un trastorno mental común, que afecta a personas de todas las edades. Incluso los jóvenes pueden verse afectados también.
Sin embargo, algunas personas pueden ser más propensas a desarrollar depresión que otras.
Por ejemplo, hay evidencias que sugieren que aquellos menos favorecidos, como personas con enfermedades de larga duración y los desempleados son más propensos a tener depresión que el resto de la población.
Cramps in your legs affect the calf, feet and thigh muscles, and can be incredibly painful. They are also very common, especially in older people and pregnant women.
What is urinary incontinence?
What types of incontinence are there?
How to fight it?
What are the causes?
This article answers these and other questions about this disease that affects about 50 million people, men and women in the developed world.