Health Tips

Read Dr Chauhan’s tips for staying healthy. You can find more healthy tips on all kinds of conditions, on the NHS website.

The Big Brush is back, with nurseries and schools signing up fast!

Councillor Zahid Chauhan, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: “We’re really keen to keep up the good work we are doing in improving children’s oral health as part of our oral health strategy – especially on the back of our great results earlier this year. We recognise there is still much to do though, particularly on narrowing the gap with the national average. But through a number of initiatives and campaigns, such as the Big Brush, this will help us to achieve our goals of improving our borough’s oral health.” Read more->

Step-up that arthritis management by Dr Zahid Chauhan

Cold, damp weather can lead to a painful start to the day for those with arthritis, and is marked by swelling and stiffness of the joints. The condition affects around 10 million people in the UK of all ages and, as our national media reported recently, even blights those in tip-top shape including Strictly Come Dancing judge, Craig Revel Horwood. The acid-tongued star told the national press that following a period where he could hardly walk, he had undergone a hip replacement. Within a week of surgery, he was back on the set of the hit TV series! Read more ->

Penicillin’s creator foresaw the antibiotic crisis we face today

Nine decades on from the discovery of penicillin, GPs are under major pressure over antibiotic prescribing – and more needs to be done to find a new generation of medicines, warns Manchester GP Dr Zahid Chauhan.This September marked the 90th anniversary of arguably the most important health discovery – penicillin. I am sure every schoolchild still learns how through a combination of genius and accident, Sir Alexander Fleming developed a treatment that has saved millions of lives across the globe, when he uncovered bacteria-killing mould in an unwashed petri dish. Read more ->

How to safely keep pace fasting during Ramadan

Dr Zahid Chauhan gives some advice to those who are fasting this Ramadan. Recent headlines claiming that fasting may damage the pancreas and affect insulin function could send shockwaves throughout communities – particularly during the holy month of Ramadan. Dig deeper and research shows that while there will always be health considerations around abstaining from food, fasting remains an effective way of safely cleansing our bodies and minds, reminding us of our how fortunate we are, and even aiding us to lose weight.  That is the case for people of all faiths – and none.  Read more ->

Become a nap hand at spotting diabetes

New research has shown that dozing off for more than an hour per day could increase your chances of getting diabetes by 45 per cent. But local GP Dr Zahid Chauhan believes there are better ways of combatting the disease – including spotting its symptoms and getting it diagnosed quickly. The family doctor from the Dale Street Practice within Nye Bevan House, said: “The researchers from the University of Tokyo believe that a nap of over an hour during the day breaks your natural sleep cycle and so increases your risk of diabetes. Read more ->