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Living an invisible life

The Independent Collegian, 10 February 2016

Living with an invisible illness is one of the hardest things to go through on a daily basis. I’ve faced people who have simply dismissed my symptoms, doctors who gave me the wrong diagnosis over and over again, and some people who simply say I fake the entire thing for attention. I have Neurocardiogenic Syncope.

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 Doc: Energy drinks not likely to cause heart trouble

The Detroit News, 31 January 2016

Are energy drinks safe to drink? Do they cause heart trouble?

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Recovery position 'a must for unconscious children and babies'

BBC News, 26 January 2016

Doctors are reminding the public that unconscious infants and children should be put in the recovery position.

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Young carer shines

Community News, 26 January 2016

Ms Moir, who herself has Ehlers Danlos and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndromes, is heading into second year at university studying psychology.

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Sir Elton John renews his Patronage of STARS

Public Good, 15 January 2016

STARS has taken a lead in raising awareness of unexplained loss of consciousness, and offers invaluable support and advice to those in need. I am delighted to offer my continued support to STARS for its important work.

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POTS: A Mysterious Syndrome That Can Turn Your Life Upside Down

Everyday Health, 7 January 2016

Imagine you’ve just given birth to your second child, but you’re unable to care for your baby because you can’t stand or walk without the fear of fainting. You’re nauseous, vomiting, and experiencing headaches and shortness of breath. You might even become incontinent. Your brain is so foggy that you can’t think straight, you can’t sleep, and you’re so exhausted that you can’t get out of bed. You’re actually afraid you could be dying.

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Vasovagal syncope may mask psychogenic symptoms

News Medical, 20 November 2015

Psychogenic pseudosyncope (PPS) may be going undetected in some patients because it coincides with vasovagal syncope (VVS), researchers report in Neurology.

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No causal link between HPV jabs and POTS, CRPS, finds review

PharmaTimes, 12 November 2015

There is no evidence to support a causal link between human papillomavirus vaccines and the development of two conditions - complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), European regulators have confirmed.

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Falls in older people

GP online, 10 November 2015

Falls are a common problem in the elderly and for busy GPs there are multiple challenges: managing the immediate injuries, trying to establish the cause (or causes) of a fall, remedying these causes and limiting the harm patients will come to if they do fall.

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Medtronic recalls InSync III pacemakers due to battery issue 

Medtronic, 3 December 2015

Medtronic confirms it has informed physicians and regulatory authorities of an issue with the long-term battery performance of its InSync® III cardiac resynchronization therapy-pacemakers (CRT-Ps).

It is important to note that the InSync III CRT devices are an older set of devices no longer being distributed. The company has confirmed 0.03 percent of implanted InSync III devices have been affected. 

Patients who have this device and who have concerns or who experience new or unexpected symptoms associated with their heart condition should seek guidance from their physicians