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  • 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.
  • Healthy eating Happy health insurance customersNo single food contains all the essential nutrients the body needs to be healthy and function efficiently. The nutritional value of a person's diet depends on the overall balance of foods that is eaten over a period of time, as well as on the needs of the individual. A healthy diet is likely to...
  • Understanding food labels Happy health insurance customersMany snack foods are advertised or packaged as healthy options because they are reduced fat or low fat but they don't mention the actual fat or calorie content, or whether it is lower in fat than the 'less healthy' alternative. So it is important to check and read the food labels. Manufacturers are...
  • Dementia symptoms: what to look for Elderly couple coping with dementiaDementia is a condition where the person affected progressively loses their mental ability and cognitive functions. It usually happens later in life, but some forms can affect people in their 40s and 50s. Dementia symptoms usually start gradually and then worsen relentlessly over time.
  • Tongue problems what to look for It's important to be aware of possible tongue symptomsYour tongue is good indicator of your body's health, particularly of your digestive system. If you are healthy, your tongue should be moist, fairly smooth and slightly pink in colour. Variations in its normal colour, texture, or size can indicate tongue problems that can indicate an underlying...
  • IVF Success Rates and Choosing a Clinic Happy mother and babyAround 1 in 7 couples in the UK experience problems in conceiving quickly and naturally, and an increasing number are turning to in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment to help them to have a baby. The treatment is often costly, so deciding which clinic to attend is something to be considered...
  • Panic Attack Treatments: what can be done? Healthy eating is one way of reducing the incidence of panic attacksAround one in ten people experience occasional panic attacks but most people learn to deal with them without needing specific panic attack treatments. Unfortunately, for around one in 50 people, panic attacks are a regular and debilitating part of their lives.
  • Syphilis symptoms: When to visit the doctor Woman attending a GP appointmentSyphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). The infectious agent responsible is Treponema pallidum, a type of bacterium. Anyone who comes into direct contact with the bacteria via an open sore, typically during sexual contact, can become infected. Syphilis symptoms can be broken down into...
  • Veneers for teeth: a buyers guide Veneers for teethVeneers for teeth can be used to correct a wide range of both physical and cosmetic problems, including stained teeth, chipped or broken teeth, unsightly gaps, crooked teeth and excessive erosion. Veneers for teeth act like false nails that are cemented to the original tooth to create a more...
  • Mephedrone addiction treatment Treatment options for mephedrone addictionMephedrone addiction is a growing problem associated with chronic use of the drug mephedrone. Not to be confused with the heroin substitute, methadone, mephedrone (also known as 4-methylmethcathinone, 4-MMC, MCAT, bubbles, meow meow or miaow miaow) is usually sold as a white, off-white or yellow...
  • Receding gums: are they normal? Receding gums should be treated with a good oral hygiene regimeReceding gums is the term used to describe gums that have shrunk back to reveal the lower, normally unexposed and protected part of your teeth. It is a very common problem, but just because it affects a lot of people, that doesn't make it normal.
  • Psychotic depression: can it be treated? One of the symptoms of depression is chronic low moodPsychotic depression is a mental disorder in which clinical depression, which is a difficult enough condition to experience on its own, is combined with psychotic symptoms. This makes things much worse, and explains why psychotic depression affects roughly a quarter of all people who have to be...
  • Thyroid symptoms: when should you visit a doctor? Fatigue is a possible symptom of an underactive thyroidAlthough it is small in size, the thyroid is a vitally important gland because it produces the hormones that regulate your body's metabolism. If your thyroid gland produces too many or too few of these hormones, your metabolism will change.
  • Chronic furunculosis: available treatments Hand washing is one measure that can prevent further infectionChronic furunculosis is an ongoing condition where boils recur over time, either continuously or at intervals. Chronic furunculosis is often a painful and sometimes embarrassing health problem but there are things that you can do to reduce or prevent the symptoms of chronic furunculosis by...
  • Carcinoid syndrome: can it be treated? GP consultation, carcinoid syndromeCarcinoid syndrome is the name given to a group of symptoms that people experience if they have carcinoid tumours. These are rare and often slow-growing tumours that occur in the small intestine, colon, appendix and lungs. Most people have never heard of carcinoid tumours, so there is little...
  • Pleuritic pain: what is the cause? Pleuritic pain is a sharp stabbing pain in the chestPleuritic pain is a sharp stabbing pain in the chest. It can occur in anyone at any age but it is more common in older adults who have underlying lung problems, or who smoke heavily. One of the most common causes is a viral infection or a bacterial infection, which take hold more successfully...
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