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  • 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...
  • Thyroidectomy - going private Ultrasound scan on thyroidA thyroidectomy is a fairly routine operation that can help treat an overactive thyroid gland and is available in private hospitals all over the UK. If you need a thyroidectomy, you may choose to go private for a variety of reasons.
  • Heartburn and Barrett's Oesophagus: That burning feeling Pain caused by heartburn/Barrett's oesophagusHeartburn is a very common complaint and is the discomfort, or burning sensation often felt behind the chest bone. Other terms used for the same condition include indigestion and acid reflux. The symptoms typically occur after food and in particular fatty foods and irritating foods such as citrus...
  • Is there a schizophrenia test available? Consultation with a doctorNo clinical schizophrenia test that gives a definite diagnosis has yet been approved. It is therefore not currently possible to go along to your GP or to a hospital to have a simple schizophrenia test that can say whether you have this illness or not. There are some diagnostic tools that can help...
  • Private surgery is it worth it? Operating theatre for private surgeryEveryone in the UK is entitled to free healthcare on the NHS, covering a wide variety of treatments and conditions. For various reasons, however, many people opt to have private surgery in one of the 230 independent private hospitals in the UK. These provide around 20% of non-urgent surgery in the...
  • Dental veneers a guide Dental veneersDental veneers are essentially the equivalent of false nails for your teeth. They are a wafer thin shell or laminate that is cemented to the surface of your teeth to improve their appearance in terms of colour, shape or alignment. Dental veneers are classed as cosmetic dentistry as they are...
  • Hair restoration in higher demand than Botox Hair restoration in higher demand than BotoxWith more than half the population dissatisfied with their appearance, there are a number of cosmetic treatments that one might presume could be a popular first choice for some. But according to a survey conducted by Harris Interactive, hair restoration is the most in-demand treatment for men this...
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