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  • The cervical cancer jab how does it work? Teen girl and medical staffThe cervical cancer jab has only become available in the last couple of years and is being given to teenage girls to prevent them developing potentially fatal cervical cancer in their 20s and 30s. Cervical cancer does not happen because of the ageing process as many other cancers do; scientists...
  • Retinal detachment how is it treated? How much could laser eye surgery cost?Retinal detachment is quite a rare problem in which the retina at the back of the eye comes away from the tissue underneath. This usually happens because blood or fluid gets underneath when a blood vessel in the eye ruptures, usually as a result of an accident or because of damage to the eye caused...
  • Obesity in children a growing problem an obese adolescent boySeventy years ago, obesity in children was virtually unheard of. In fact, the opposite was true. During World War II, food shortages and rationing meant that many children were skinny because they literally couldn't get enough to eat. Today, food is plentiful and we import food from all over the...
  • Thinning hair what causes hair loss? Hair lossThere are two main causes of thinning hair; genetic factors and other medical and physical factors. Most cases of thinning hair fall into the first category and, despite what the snake oil sellers would have you believe, there is little that can be done about it.
  • Causes of erectile dysfunction Stressed man and woman in bedErectile dysfunction causes a man to lose the ability to gain or maintain an erection. In some cases, a partial erection may occur, in others, there may be no expansion of the penis whatsoever. Erectile dysfunction can occur in men of all ages. However the problem does get worse as men get older....
  • Chorionic villus sampling (CVS) how does it work? Pregnant womanChorionic villus sampling (CVS) involves taking a small selection of chorionic villus cells for genetic testing. This can reveal the presence of abnormalities that cause Down's syndrome, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell disease, thalassaemia and other genetic (or inherited) disorders.
  • Arthritis treatment - what is available? Woman with neck painArthritis is a chronic condition characterised by painful, stiff and swollen joints. If you have severe arthritis you are likely to have reduced mobility, disturbed sleep, impaired quality of life, and even depression. There is no 'standard' arthritis treatment. The choice of treatment depends on...
  • Teeth whitening clinics are they safe? Teeth whitening clinics – are they safe?Teeth whitening clinics are able to remove stains and discolouration from teeth to make them look whiter and healthier. Teeth whitening lightens the natural colour of your teeth without removing any of the tooth's surface. It's a great way to boost your confidence if you have lovely white teeth,...
  • Choosing the best hearing aid for you Choosing the best hearing aid for youWhile they can't deliver perfect hearing, a hearing aid can make life easier by enabling you to hear more than you could before. If your hearing has been getting worse for some time, it can mean you are more able to hear important everyday sounds such as the doorbell or telephone. It also makes it...
  • Long term care health insurance a good investment? Long term care health insurance – a good investment?As the name suggests, long term care is defined as care for a chronic condition or disability, which is likely to be required for a long term, often for the rest of your life. This care can range from round the clock nursing care in a specialist nursing home, to help and assistance in your own...
  • 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...
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