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  • 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...
  • Childhood obesity the facts Girl eating healthilyChildhood obesity is a major problem in the UK, as it is in much of the developing world. The most recent figures published in December 2009 show that 22.8% of reception children and 32.6% of year 6 children are either overweight or obese.
  • Osteoporosis treatment what is available? Elderly couple walkingMany older women have some degree of osteoporosis, a degenerative disease that affects bones. Osteoporosis treatments are available but their chance of success is far higher the earlier the problem is tackled. By far the best osteoporosis treatment is prevention the more that you can do in terms...
  • HRT treatment how does it work? HRT treatmentYou have probably heard the phrases HRT, HRT treatment and hormone replacement therapy the full name for HRT. All are used to describe the replacement of natural hormone levels in women during and after the menopause. Some women find that they never need HRT treatment, even though some of the...
  • Angioplasty procedure how does it work? AngiogramThe angioplasty procedure is a highly successful treatment with around 45 000 operations of this type carried out in the UK every year. The technique is used to open out a narrowing artery to prevent it becoming totally blocked and causing a heart attack. If your artery remains open for a year, the...
  • Oesophagus cancer can it be treated? Oesophageal cancer treatmentThe long-term survival rate of oesophagus cancer is quite low compared to other cancers. Only around 10% of people diagnosed with this type of cancer today will live for another 5 years. In contrast, breast cancer has a 5-year survival rate of nearly 90%.
  • Facet joint pain can it be treated? Man experiencing back painFacet joint pain is a particular type of back pain. It is caused by problems with the facet joints in the spine, so is not muscular in origin, although it does cause muscle spasms. It can then be treated but not all the treatments that are useful are medical. There is a lot you can do to reduce...
  • Bowel cancer treatment - what can be done? One of the symptoms of bowel cancer is severe abdominal painBowel cancer treatment and diagnosis has improved in recent years. However, the most commonly-used form of bowel cancer treatment is still surgery. How successful this is depends on the stage of the cancer. If it is diagnosed at an early stage, there is a good chance that this will be successful....
  • Blepharitis treatment - what's available? Woman's healthy eyesBlepharitis occurs when your eyelids become inflamed. Although it can be uncomfortable, it is not a serious condition and rarely affects eye health or eyesight. However, the soreness can be persistent and annoying. It may have no 'cure', but regular blepharitis treatment can reduce the symptoms and...
  • Private speech therapy what is available? Child talkingPrivate speech therapy can help with a wide range of conditions that affect the way we communicate. Speech problems come in many forms. Adults and children can have difficulty articulating words because of a lisp or a stammer or some other physical problem. There are also more complex issues...
  • Gum disease treatment going private ToothbrushesGum disease treatment is usually part of the normal care your dentist provides for your teeth, so it may be covered by your NHS treatment, or be part of your private therapy. However, in some cases, some forms of gum disease treatment may not be readily available, even if you have an NHS dentist...
  • Embryonic stem cells what are they? Stem Cell treatment abroadEmbryonic stem cells are the cells that exist in an early stage embryo. The ultimate embryonic stem cell is a fertilised egg one cell that is capable of dividing to give rise to every one of the billions of different cells in the human body. The stem cells in an embryo are very special not only...
  • Sleep deprivation a major problem? Exhausted manSleep deprivation problems occur when people do not get sufficient sleep to complete the natural sleep cycles including REM or dream sleep over a prolonged period of time. This can cause a range of mental and physical problems, and can have long term health implications.
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