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  • Choosing a surgeon for LASIK eye surgery Choosing a surgeon for LASIK eye surgeryLaser-in-situ-keratomileusis, or LASIK reshapes the cornea to correct long or short sightedness using a very precise laser to cut a small flap in the eye's surface to correct the focus. It is not a complex operation and can be done as an out-patient procedure. Each eye usually takes about an hour...
  • LASEK eye surgery choosing a clinic LASEK eye surgery – choosing a clinicLaser sub-epithelial keratomileusis, or LASEK, is the latest in laser eyesight correction, which combines the best features of other laser surgery styles such as LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) and PRK (photorefractive keratectomy).
  • Breast uplifts should I have surgery? Breast uplifts – should I have surgery?If you are unhappy with the way your breasts have changed in the last few years, you might be considering breast uplift surgery. Your breasts may change shape for many reasons such as relaxation of the ligaments due to age, weight loss, or having children. Breast uplift surgery (also known as...
  • Family dental insurance a good investment? Family dental insurance – a good investment?The cost of dental care in the UK has become a topic of great concern for many families in recent years. Changes in the way National Health Service (NHS) dentists are funded resulted in many of them quitting the system to set up in private practice, leaving NHS dental places extremely hard to find...
  • Alcohol abuse treatments what are the options? Alcohol abuse treatments – what are the options?Alcohol abuse means drinking too much alcohol on a regular basis. Defining too much is quite difficult the safe long term limits vary with body mass and sex and other factors, such as genetics and what the rest of our lifestyle is like. Current guidelines recommend limits of 34 units of alcohol...
  • What is prostate cancer? What is prostate cancer?Prostate cancer is a cancer that arises in the prostate gland. In the UK, it is the second most common cancer in men. (The most common is non-melanoma skin cancer.) Just under 35 000 men each year are told they have prostate cancer. The vast majority are over 50; prostate cancer is very rare in...
  • Home paternity tests how do they work? Home paternity tests – how do they work?Home paternity tests are not, in fact, carried out entirely in your home. The sampling can be done at home, but the actual tests are carried out in the laboratories of the company that you commission to do the testing.
  • Excessive sweating how is it treated? Excessive sweating – how is it treated?The symptoms of hyperhidrosis can include excessive sweating in the palms, hands, armpits or feet, and can also be accompanied by excessive blushing, which can develop into erythrophobia a fear of blushing. Excessive sweating can be embarrassing and inconvenient. However, hyperhidrosis is not a...
  • Excessive blushing what can I do about it? Excessive blushing – what can I do about it?Blushing is a normal physiological response it happens in normal healthy people and it is thought to have evolved as part of sexual attraction and as a way to establish solid relationships. However, in the complex setting of modern society, excessive blushing can occur for no real reason. Because...
  • Should I hire a night nanny? Should I hire a night nanny?For many new parents, the first few months with a new baby can be highly traumatic, especially if your baby does not settle well. You do not get the sleep you need to be able to cope with all the demands of the dramatic changes in your lifestyle. This can be particularly true for couples who live...
  • Drug addiction recovery is it possible? Drug addiction recovery – is it possible?Drug addiction is a compulsive need to seek out and use drugs, even when you know it leads to negative physical, mental and social consequences. A core concept in drug addiction recovery is to realise that drug addiction affects the way your brain works. Even if you start abusing drugs voluntarily,...
  • Hair loss in women: Common causes and effective treatments Telogen effluviumSerious hair loss affects an estimated eight million women in the UK and many more experience a degree of hair thinning. There are a number of factors that can cause hair loss in women but in most situations there are things you can do and proven, reliable treatment options that can help restore...
  • Persistent rhinitis how is it treated?` Persistent rhinitis – how is it treated?The treatments available for persistent rhinitis largely depend on what is causing your symptoms. Options include avoiding anything that triggers an attack, or medical treatment such as antihistamines or steroids in the form of a nose spray or tablets. If you have very severe persistent rhinitis,...
  • Breast augmentation UK or abroad? Breast augmentation – UK or abroad?Breast augmentation UK or abroad is a cosmetic operation that you have to pay for yourself and you could face a bill of between £4000 and £5000 if you opt for a UK private clinic. Going abroad is a big step but you can get the same operation much cheaper elsewhere in the EU and at clinics around...
  • Presbyopia treatment - what's involved? Presbyopia treatment - what's involved?Presbyopia treatment involves correcting this deterioration in vision, either through wearing glasses or contact lenses, or through surgery. Getting presbyopia treatment right can take a little time as the eyes continue to change but it is well worth persevering to be able to see clearly to read...
  • Prostate cancer warning signs Prostate cancer warning signsProstate cancer occurs when one or more of the cells of the prostate begin to multiply at a greater rate than normal, forming a tumour. This may stay localised to the prostate, or may spread to other areas of the body such as the liver or the bones.
  • 3D / 4D Ultrasound Is it worth the money? 3D / 4D Ultrasound – Is it worth the money?Unlike the traditional 2D ultrasound scan, which creates a blurred, two dimensional image that just lets you make out the shape of your baby, a 3D ultrasound scan produces a much more lifelike three dimensional image in incredible detail. By animating a series of these scans, a four dimensional...
  • Glaucoma surgery what's involved? Glaucoma surgery – what’s involved?Emergency glaucoma surgery may be considered for the second form of glaucoma, also called closed angle or acute glaucoma. This arises very quickly, often causing eye pain, which urges people to seek medical help. Drugs can still be used but it is more usual for glaucoma surgery to be done quickly...
  • Duodenal switch surgery how does it work? Duodenal switch surgery – how does it work?Duodenal switch surgery works by reducing stomach size at the same time as reducing the length of the digestive tract. The overall effect is to make it difficult to eat large amounts and food, particularly fat, is not absorbed into the blood as well as before. You cannot absorb as many calories...
  • Should I have a breast reduction operation? Should I have a breast reduction operation?A breast reduction operation, also known as mammoplasty, reduces the size and changes the shape and firmness of a woman's breasts. You may choose to have a breast reduction operation for several reasons.
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