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  • Osteoarthritis treatment: is it effective? Exercise is good for osteoarthritisOsteoarthritis is a common condition that affects the joints as we age. In a fit and healthy young adult, the bones that make up the major joints are cushioned by cartilage and fluid, which prevent the edges of the bones at the hip, knee, elbow, wrist and other joints rubbing together. Cartilage...
  • IVF treatment: what's involved Happy IVF parents with babyIVF stands for in vitro fertilisation which literally means 'in glass', hence the term 'test tube baby'. This article focuses on IVF treatment as a procedure that allows reproduction for couples who are both fertile, but who have problems conceiving naturally. IVF treatment can also be used in...
  • Eczema treatment: available options Woman suffering from ezcema symptomsEczema is a skin condition that leaves the skin feeling dry, red and itchy. In severe cases, or during a flare up, the skin can become very inflamed, broken or cracked; it may ooze and be difficult to keep dry, making the skin prone to infection.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis treatment: what's available? Woman with neck painRheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that affects the joints. In some people, the immune system starts to see molecules and cells in the body as 'foreign' rather than 'self', and attacks them as if they were an invading bacteria or parasite. We do not yet understand exactly why or how this...
  • Athlete's foot treatment: how does it work? Bunion surgery and non-surgical treatments for beautiful feetAthlete's foot, which can also be called tinea pedis, is a fungal infection of the feet caused by Trichophyton and other fungi. It causes scaly, flaky patches on the skin that are often red, sore and unbearably itchy, giving people the incentive to find a quick and effective athlete's foot...
  • Bunion treatment: is it effective? Bunion treatment – is it effective?A bunion, also known as hallux valgus, occurs when the big toe (the hallux) bends abnormally towards the other toes. This can cause swelling of the joint, leading to pain and redness, and can cause the foot to change shape, which makes it painful and difficult to walk. If you suffer with painful or...
  • Anxiety treatment: what's available? Anxiety treatment – what's available?Anxiety is a common feature of modern life. When you worry so much that your anxiety starts to interfere with your everyday life, you may need some sort of anxiety treatment. The source of your anxiety may be a phobia such as fear of spiders or enclosed spaces, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD),...
  • Tinnitus treatment: does it work? Tinnitus treatment – does it work?You might need to think about tinnitus treatment if you are able to hear sounds that are not coming from an outside source. These internal noises, heard only by you, can range from ringing, buzzing, whistling, humming, right up to loud roaring noises. Some people also experience musical...
  • Prostate cancer treatments: new developments There are new developments in prostate cancer treatmentProstate cancer treatment is one of the success stories in medicine today. Many prostate cancers tend to be slow growing and a range of treatments is available at different stages. This means that the outlook for a man diagnosed with prostate cancer is very good his chances of surviving for 5...
  • Diverticulitis treatment: how does it work? Abdominal pain is one sympton of diverticulitisIf you have diverticulitis, pouches in your large bowel have become inflamed and infected. Diverticulitis treatment may be necessary if you experience pain, bloating, wind, constipation and diarrhoea. Pouches can occur on any part of the bowel, but diverticulitis usually affects the lower part of...
  • Private rosacea treatment: what's available? Rosacea treatment - applying creamsEveryone gets red in the face from time to time, either because of heat, exertion or embarrassment. But being very flushed most of the time can be distressing. One possible cause is rosacea, which is characterised by inflammation of the skin on the face, leading to redness, swelling, a hot or...
  • Private gout treatment: what's available? Treatment of gout - painful elbow symptomGout is a disorder of the joints where crystals of uric acid (or urate) collect in the joint space causing pain, inflammation and swelling. Gout affects around 1% of the population. It is most common in men over the age of 45, and people perceive it as a disease of overweight middle-aged men who...
  • Private IBS treatment: what's available? Private IBS treatment - upset stomachIrritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common of all digestive problems, affecting around one in six people. It is a long-term condition that causes pain, discomfort and bloating in the abdomen as well as altered bowel habits.
  • Weight loss surgery: is it safe? Weight loss surgeryWeight loss surgery can be an extremely effective strategy for people who are severely overweight. However, there are risks, some minor and some serious, associated with weight loss surgery, and it is by no means an easy option.
  • Bunion surgery: is it effective? Bunion surgery and non-surgical treatments for beautiful feetA bunion, or hallux valgus, develops when the big toe bends abnormally towards the other toes. This can lead to swelling of the joint, causing pain and redness in and around the big toe, and potentially making it quite difficult to walk.
  • Private mesothelioma treatment: what's available? Doctor consultation for private mesothelioma treatmentPrivate hospitals and clinic now offer a range of cancer treatments, even for relatively rare types of cancer such as mesothelioma. This is a form of cancer that affects the mesothelium a thin membrane that lines the inner surface of the chest wall (where it is known as pleural mesothelioma) and...
  • Finding a travel clinic You may require vaccinations from a travel clinic if you plan to travel abroadDespite the recent volcanic eruption and its impact on airspace and the increasing price of fuel and air travel, people are still keen to travel to exotic places. Going to tropical locations does carry the risk of coming into many infectious diseases, so it is vital to ensure visit a travel clinic...
  • Finding a sexual health clinic Finding a sexual health clinicA sexual health clinic covers all areas of sexual health and sexual diseases. They differ from family planning clinics in that they deal with more than just contraception and family planning. Sexual health clinics include tests and treatments for a wide range of genito-urinary problems, and are...
  • Finding a family planning clinic Finding a family planning clinicFamily planning clinics are provided by the NHS, as well as by charitable organisations, to offer advice on conception and contraception. Most clinics will offer both proactive contraception, such as condoms and the birth control pill, as well as retrospective contraception, such as the 'morning...
  • Private acne treatment: what's available Private acne treatment - what's availableA wide variety of acne treatments are available. Many can be purchased over the counter, some are available on prescription and others need to be provided by qualified health professionals.
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