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  • 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...
  • What are the signs of throat cancer? Persistent sore throat is one symptom of throat cancerAs with most types of cancer, if you are aware of the early signs of throat cancer, you are more likely to see a doctor early and this could save your life. Early treatment is much more likely to be effective; delays can allow the throat cancer to advance to a stage where it is difficult to treat,...
  • Private blood tests: worth the money? Private blood testsWith the NHS providing a comprehensive range of blood tests to diagnose current health problems, is it worth paying to have blood tests done privately? In many circumstances, the answer is yes, as private blood tests can provide peace of mind, health monitoring and discretion that you simply cannot...
  • Gall bladder cancer: what treatment is available? Surgery is one option for the treatment of gall bladder cancerGall bladder cancer is fairly uncommon type of cancer and your chances of recovering from it are good as long as it is caught early. Surgery is the first line of treatment for most gall bladder cancers and this aims to remove all the cancerous tissue with a healthy margin around it to prevent the...
  • Plantar fasciitis treatment The plantar fascia ligament runs along the bottom of the footPlantar fasciitis is a painful foot condition caused by tears in the plantar fascia ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot. This can be caused by a wide range of factors, from ill fitting shoes to flat feet, and in most cases it will heal itself with rest. But what other plantar fasciitis...
  • Symptoms of hiatus hernia: what are they? One symptom of hiatus hernia is acid refluxHiatus hernia occurs when the top part of the stomach protrudes through the diaphragm into the chest cavity. This is a common condition and many people will experience no symptoms at all. In others, the symptoms of hiatus hernia can be severe and can mimic the symptoms of conditions that are much...
  • Liver blood tests: what can they detect? Example of blood test resultsA liver blood test, also known as a liver function test or a liver function blood test, is a routine test that your doctor may perform to determine whether or not your liver is functioning properly. More specifically, you might have to have a liver blood test to diagnose liver disease, to see if...
  • Kidney blood tests: what can they detect? Kidney blood testsIf you are advised to have a kidney blood test it is normal to feel worried, but understanding more about why kidney blood tests are carried out will help put your mind at rest. The first thing you and your doctor can find out is whether or not your kidneys are functioning properly. Kidney blood...
  • Shoulder pain: causes and treatment Shoulder painThe shoulder is a complex and highly unstable joint, held in place by a system of muscles, tendons and ligaments. Shoulder pain causes can involve any part of this system and can be due to trauma, wear and tear or disease. Shoulder pain may also originate from elsewhere in the body as a referred...
  • Food allergy: a growing problem? A common food allergy is peanutsFood allergy is a very specific and occasionally life threatening condition that appears to be on the rise across western countries. Appears is the important word here as it is getting increasingly difficult to judge the incidence of food allergy when it is so often confused with food intolerance...
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