Portfolio: Health, Wellbeing & Medicine

Why are you so tired all the time? Could your mystery symptom be a sign of cancer? Are you looking after your heart well enough? Is there anything you can do to reduce your risk of dementia? Is your itchy skin something you need to take seriously? How can you treat your health problems without going to a doctor? What is the perfect fitness routine for your personality?

I enjoy covering a huge range of health topics, and I’m as comfortable writing about mental health and general wellbeing as surgery and medicine.


Health, Wellbeing & medcine
1st September 2018

How to be more focused

My favourite newspaper feature this week: Peta Bee’s interview with Chris Bailey in The Times, Thursday 30th August. Bailey is the 29 year old Canadian behind Hyperfocus: How to Work Less and Ach...

fitness walking
14th August 2018

Is walking the best exercise you can do?

Walk the dog, jump off your bus two stops early, and leg it up the stairs instead of taking the lift… We’re all being urged to get to our feet to boost our health and work off excess pounds –...

Being a vegan
14th August 2018

Is veganism really good for your health?

There are many reasons to turn vegan – but is better health really one of them? Giving up animal produce and loading up on plant-based foods… It’s good for the planet and great for your consc...

Kangaroo care baby skin to skin contact
14th August 2018

What is Kangaroo Care for your baby?

Kangaroo care or Skin to Skin Contact is one of the best things you can give your newborn… This blog is taken from a piece I wrote for Water Wipes… Baby love… Skin-to-skin contact will help y...

14th August 2018

Are you thinking of giving up gluten?

Gluten-free is all the rage – but is it a food fad that you really need to follow? This blog is adapted from a feature I wrote for Woman’s Own magazine. Know your enemy Think back to the last t...

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14th August 2018

Is it better to sleep naked?

Ditch the winter wynceyette – you’ll sleep better in the buff… That was the argument I made in this feature for My Weekly (link to pdf) – but, of course, the truth, as was soon to be establ...

Signs of a stroke
14th August 2018

What happens when you have a stroke?

Of all the health conditions I’ve covered, I think stroke has got to be the most terrifying. The prospect of being left permanently paralysed, disfigured, or unable to communicate is mind bogglin...

14th August 2018

Does my age affect my fertility?

When I first started writing about women with fertility problems, a quarter of a century ago, I was told by the fertility expert Professor Robert Winston that a woman’s chances of getting pregnan...

Health, Wellbeing & medcine
11th August 2018

Are you at risk of hearing loss?

Six years ago I was introduced to Emma whose hearing problem went undiagnosed until her 30s. Ironically, while writing Emma’s story, I started to realise that my own hearing was not 100 per cent....

10th August 2018

Considering becoming an organ donor?

If you live in Wales you are now considered to have agreed to donate your organs after death unless you have taken steps to opt out. In England you still have to actively opt-in – by joining the ...

Health, Wellbeing & medcine
10th August 2018

Are you at risk of osteoporosis?

Fifty is the magic number… After this age you have 50-50 chance of developing osteoporosis. Your genes, lifestyle choices, and medical history can all contribute to your risk. After your menopaus...

Karen Evennett on Health, Wellbeing and Medicine
10th August 2018

What’s causing your headaches?

It’s shocking to think that migraine – affecting one in seven people in the UK – costs the nation more than £2billion a year. But even more astounding is the realisation that many of these f...

10th August 2018

Is there a cure for your cold?

Officially there is no cure for the common cold… But I swear by the herbal remedy Echinacea. At the first sign of a tingle in my throat I will reach for A. Vogel’s Echinaforce Sore Throat Spray...

10th August 2018

What does stress do to your body?

A dry mouth, racing heart and tummy ache… They’re all signs that you’re going into fight or flight mode. There’s no saber-toothed tiger in sight – but your body doesn’t know it. That tr...

17th November 2014

Sweet dreams are made of this…

Lavender in my bath, Melissa on my pillow… You can see where this is going. I – who like to think of myself as one of the world’s best sleepers – am having trouble sleeping at night. Like m...

turning 50
16th May 2014

Turning 50!

The Times recently reported that 50 is the age at which people start to think about their own mortality. Not really very surprising news, but someone went to the trouble of commissioning an opinion...

2nd December 2013

So spa, so good…

My name’s Karen and I am a spa junkie. There – I’ve come clean and fessed up. I love being pummeled by jet sprays and slow cooked in saunas and steam rooms. And I have no trouble submitting t...

24th November 2013

The truth about painkillers

I’m scratching my head to remember the last time I had to take a painkiller…  Oh yes – it was on holiday in August in Roquebrune Cap-Martin. We’d been on our feet all day, trying to fit ...

sleep problems
11th November 2013

Good night, sleep tight…

Apparently the national average of zzzzs has fallen to just 6.5 hours a night – and sleep researchers say that could be damaging our health more than if we skip a session in the gym. Getting that e...

11th November 2013

Is it faux depression?

Where I live, the Thames riverside is gorgeous at the moment, lined with golden leafed trees. But let’s not forget that these are also a sign that we are in the season of melancholy – the time ...