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  • 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...
  • An overactive bladder: can it be treated GP consultation for overactive bladderOne in six people in the UK suffer from an overactive bladder and need to visit the toilet many times a day, often with great urgency. This distressing condition can lead to social isolation, an inability to work and great embarrassment. It is surprisingly common but the underlying causes are not...
  • Statins; side effects and potential risks Cholesterol consultation and testingStatins are one of the most widely studied groups of drugs and they are generally considered very safe. Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide are prescribed statins to reduce their blood cholesterol level. This makes it less likely that fatty deposits will build up on the inner surface of their...
  • Fluid on the lung: causes and treatment Lungs: Fluid on the lungs can be seriousFluid on the lung sounds serious and it is. If the tiny air sacs inside the lungs become waterlogged, this produces pulmonary oedema, a frightening condition that causes severe breathing difficulties, coughing, anxiety and distress. Fluid accumulation outside air sacs, in the pleural cavity, leads...
  • Peritoneal cancer: available treatments One of the symptoms of peritoneal cancer is abdominal painPeritoneal cancer is a rare form of cancer that affects the membrane that surrounds the organs of the abdomen. It mostly affects women and often goes undetected until it is quite advanced. Treatment is available and the type of therapy and its success depends on how serious the cancer is and how...
  • Seasonal affective disorder: does it exist? Seasonal Affective DisorderWe all get a touch of the winter blues when the days get shorter and the weather gets cold. For people with seasonal affective disorder (SAD), this low can take the form of a debilitating depression that can interfere with their working life and relationships, leading to serious mental health...
  • Heart palpitations; causes and treatments Heart Palpitations; causes and treatmentsWe've all experienced those feelings when your heart 'skips a beat', races or pounds. These are called heart palpitations and can happen to anyone at any time, even when you are completely at rest. They do not necessarily mean there is a problem with your heart. Heart palpitation causes include a...
  • The effects of cocaine The effects of cocaineCocaine has been used in Europe since the mid 19th century when Italian doctor Paolo Mantegazza recommended that patients could use the effects of cocaine to treat a furred tongue in the morning, flatulence and for whitening the teeth. Coca leaves were also used in the original recipe for Coca-Cola...
  • Gender dysphoria - what is it? Gender dysphoria - what is it?Gender dysphoria occurs when someone feels trapped in a body that does not coincide with their own sense of gender. This is a complex condition but finding out more about what causes it, how it can be treated and where people with the condition stand within the law is useful to understanding how to...
  • Cholesterol tests what can they tell me? Cholesterol consultation and testingA cholesterol test is a simple blood test that can be performed by your doctor or pharmacist, or can be bought over the counter for you to do at home. A cholesterol test can tell you if your cholesterol level is higher than it should be, so that you can take steps to lower it. High cholesterol...
  • Screening for sickle cell anaemia - can it be done? Sickle cell anaemiaIf you are born with sickle cell anaemia, it is usually diagnosed when you are a child as you start to show symptoms fairly early on. Sickle cell anemia is an inherited disease; it is passed on from parent to child. If you have two faulty copies of the gene responsible, you will definitely...
  • Kidney function tests what can they show me? Samples for kidney function testAround 10% of people have kidney disease in the UK. In most cases, kidney disease is mild and causes no symptoms, so it is possible to have some degree of kidney disease without being aware of it. A kidney function test can detect kidney disease and indicate whether you need to undergo further...
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