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  • The Top Five Remedies for Obesity The Hospital GroupLosing weight can be incredibly difficult, but absolutely vital when one is obese. In this article, The Hospital Group suggest five remedies that might help.
  • Giving the green light to treatment for enlarged prostates Giving the green light to treatment for enlarged prostatesOver the age of 40, all men have some enlargement of their prostate, but only one in ten will ever develop an obstruction which needs treatment. Size is irrelevant, as the smallest prostates may cause severe obstruction and the bigger glands none at all.
  • Shockwave Therapy for chronic foot pain, tennis elbow and Achilles pain Shockwave Therapy for chronic foot painCommonly referred to as heel spurs, plantar fasciitis is a painful and often debilitating condition causing pain that afflicts more than 500,000 people in the UK each year. It can now be treated with Shockwave Therapy, as can conditions such as tennis and golfers elbow, shoulder pain and painful...
  • A novel therapeutic approach of vacuum assisted closure in diabetic foot disease Profile pic - Toby Richards: Consultant Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon, Nottingham and LondonDiabetic foot complications exact a significant toll on patients and health care systems. Vacuum Assisted Closure (VAC) has emerged as the standard care for these complex wounds. Despite its popularity, it has some drawbacks which hinder early patient discharge. A new system, the VAC Via, has...
  • A Distorted View of Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Castle Craig HospitalWhat can we learn from the tragic death of Amy Winehouse? Perhaps the most striking lesson is that the public's perception of rehab is formed almost entirely by the media through celebrity scandal and, in this case, death. This article sets the record straight.
  • Weight Loss and Dieting Myths The Weight Loss Surgery GroupThere are many misconceptions regarding weight loss, ranging from poor metabolism to the time of day a meal is eaten, that can affect dieting success. In this article, Colleen Campbell, Bariatric Nurtitionist at The Weight Loss Surgery Group discusses the most common myths and sets the record...
  • Why certain hormones affect body weight lose weight graduallyObesity is not always the result of over eating; it is often the result of a hormone disorder. In this article Claudia Louch of the Harley Street Nutrition Clinic explains the role of leptin in abnormal weight gain.
  • The role of cleansers in causing dry skin dry skinIt is important to understand why some cleansers can cause or aggravate dry skin. In this article, Claudia Louch of The Natural Dermatology Clinic explains why taking care when deciding on skin cleansers can make a difference to skin condition.
  • Why diet? How eating differently affects weight loss (part one) champion slimmerIn part one of a two-part article, Dr Mary Ellen Chatwin examines the basis of many modern weight-loss diets, the sociocultural issues relating to dieting, and how the diets of different cultures affect health.
  • Why diet? How eating differently affects weight loss (part two) lose weight graduallyIn part two of this article Dr Mary Ellen Chatwin discusses medical disagreements on dieting and the effects of different foods on the body. In particular, she looks at the effects of low calorie and low carbohydrate diets.
  • Sperm donation and UK law The London Women’s ClinicIn this article, specialist fertility lawyer, Natalie Gamble looks at the complex legal position in the UK relating to information available on sperm donors as well as information on siblings conceived by sperm from the same donor.
  • Taking the pressure off the stress felt by infertility patients The London Women’s ClinicStress is familiar to infertility patients. Some find treatment so stressful that they simply give up, others are so affected that their relationships crumble. Yet stress need not be unavoidably destructive. Liz Coward-Evans, fertility counsellor at the London Women's Clinic offers advice on how to...
  • Surrogacy: the hope and the challenges for couples experiencing unsuccessful fertility treatment The London Women’s ClinicTales of surrogacy can often be among the most heart-warming of all fertility journeys: incredible gifts of parenthood from women prepared to give so much of themselves to help another couple become a family. The London Women's Clinic describes the challenges of this increasingly common treatment...
  • The importance of post-surgical bras after cosmetic surgery The importance of post-surgical bras after cosmetic surgeryOne of the most common questions for anyone planning breast augmentation, uplift or reduction is how to care for your new breasts in the early days and weeks after surgery and, very specifically, what sort of post-operative garment to wear. In this article, The Hospital Group discusses the...
  • The changing face of family life The London Women’s ClinicWith fewer and fewer children now being born to married couples, the London Women's Clinic asks if marriage is out of fashion or just unnecessary in the 21st century.
  • Ovarian reserve and the chance of IVF success The London Women’s ClinicIt has been widely proposed that the chance of success in IVF can be best predicted by a measurement of 'ovarian reserve'. How can that best be done - and why are experts getting excited about a hormone known as AMH?
  • Egg-Sharing enters the mainstream The London Women’s Clinic eggsharing.comNew results show remarkable success rates for sharers and recipients using the IVF technique of egg-sharing. In this article, the London Women's Clinic discusses the issues relating to egg-sharing as the remarkable value egg-sharing provides to both sharers and recipients.
  • Embryo selection in IVF: the promise of Comparative Genomic Hybridisation (CGH) The London Women’s ClinicThe selection of IVF embryos by pre-implantation genetic screening has so far proved disappointing, but hopes are that a new technique of 'comparative genomic hybridisation - or CGH - will overcome many previous problems in embryo screening.
  • IVF Lite, fertility treatment the patient friendly way The London Women’s ClinicThe days of a one-size-fits-all approach in IVF are slipping away into history, as experts look to find better treatments suited to individual patients.
  • Vitrification - the latest freezing technology improves egg and embryo survival The London Women’s ClinicAt last, a breakthrough in freezing technology has improved IVF embryo survival rates and provided new hope for infertile couples. In this article, London Women's Clinic discusses how the technique of vitrification has changed IVF treatment.
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