How to weather aches and pains: managing arthritis during the winter months

The idea that the change in temperature can have an effect on people with long-term arthritis issues – and its subsequent side-effects, such as joints supposedly aching before a storm and exacerbated symptoms when the barometer falls – have frequently been dismissed as old wives tales by the scientific community, with numerous studies devoted to the subject […]

New study links early menopause with higher fracture risk

Disheartening news for women under 40 who have experienced onset of menopause: according to a recent study by the North American Menopause Society, the idea that calcium and vitamin D supplements can fend off their heightened risk of fracture has been debunked. The study, which evaluated data on nearly 22,000 women under 40 with menopausal symptoms, had […]

High cholesterol could cause arthritis

With winter well and truly kicking in, a lot of us are beginning to feel the annual aches and pains brought on by arthritis a little bit more than usual, and taking steps to fend it off. But while you blame your current situation on the weather, you might want to take a look at another factor […]

When the menopause becomes a pain: menopausal arthralgia

As any woman of a certain age already knows, the menopause brings a plethora of issues, none of them welcome. Hot flushes and night sweats. Irregular periods and a loss of libido. Mood swings, dryness, weight gain, bloating, irritability and anxiety. In extreme cases, even gum problems, panic disorder, dizziness and irregular heartbeat. However, there’s one particular […]

Why sitting could be the new smoking

After reading this article you may want to sit down, and then stand up again: it’s becoming clear that sedentary lifestyles – a lifestyle with irregular or no physical activity – has more of a bearing on a range of health conditions than first thought. As Cambridge Sport & Medicine Specialist Cathy Speed knows, the prime […]

Why bones don’t heal: researchers identify risk factors for fracture nonunions

We all know the science behind the way bones heal, or at least the layperson’s version of it: the displaced halves of the bone are reset by a trained practitioner, they’re held in place with one contraption or another, and the patient is advised to keep that area as still as possible while the body […]

The menopause and benefits of exercise

Women who are going through the menopause, whether they are keen athletes or just wish to keep the pounds off, often start to experience an increase in joint pain or soft tissue injuries that threaten to derail their exercise efforts. However, the menopausal transition is one of the key stage in a woman’s life where […]

Cathy Speed to speak at Spire Cambridge GP conference

This Saturday, Cambridge Sport & Exercise Specialist Professor Cathy Speed has been invited to speak at the Duxford Annual GP Conference run by Spire Cambridge Hospital. She will be teaching on a variety of musculoskeletal conditions and then giving a Keynote Speech on High Performance Sports Medicine, reflecting on the development of high performance sport and […]