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  • Eyesight tests - what can they show me? Sight testMany people think of eyesight tests as a way of checking whether they need glasses, or finding out if their contact lens prescription is still correct. However, eyesight tests can give the first warning of a number of different conditions that also affect your general health. As a thorough eyesight...
  • Stomach stapling: What does it involve? ObesityStomach stapling is a surgical procedure that is used if you are severely or morbidly obese and you cannot lose weight using diet and exercise. As the name suggests, stomach stapling literally involves stapling the stomach to create a small pouch that fills much quicker. After the operation, eating...
  • Bone scans: An overview Bone scanA bone scan is a test that uses radioactive material to show up abnormalities in your bones, such as areas of increased activity that could indicate cancer, or areas with poor blood flow. These tests can show up problems many weeks before they would be seen on a standard x-ray image.
  • Symptoms of alcoholism: An overview Alcoholism Most people enjoy a drink, and most of us will have a few too many at some time, such as at Christmas, a wedding or a party. However, the difference between the occasional indulgence and an alcohol problem is how well you live up to that famous morning after vow of 'never again'. Continuing to...
  • Hair loss products Man looking in mirrorWhen it comes to hair loss there are countless products that claim to cure the condition and restore hair growth, but what are they and do they work?
  • Baldness: The early signs and prevention man with receding hairlineOn average we have about 100,000 hairs on our head, with the large majority in the 'resting phase' and a small number (about 10%) in the 'growing phase.' Normal, everyday hair loss is about 50-100 hairs, but you may only notice it when washing your hair - and the amount could appear more due to...
  • Custom made knees: Bespoke knee replacement Glyn Evans - London Knee ClinicEvery year over a million UK residents consult their GP with osteoarthritis. As implant designs and outcomes improve, more of these patients will receive partial or total joint replacements. Indeed over 75,000 knee replacements were done in England and Wales in 2008, making it the commonest joint...
  • Are your teeth worn down? - Tooth Surface Loss (TSL) dental implantsWe have been treating our clients for their dental problems for many years but in the last decade we have become aware of a new problem that can affect all age groups. In the past the main problems associated with the mouth were tooth decay and gum disease. A new phenomenon has arisen, due to the...
  • Hip replacement - the current situation Hip surgeryOne of London's leading Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons warns of the dangers posed to patients by what he believes to be ill thought out innovations in hip surgery. The article, which appears on inCapitalHealth clearly sets out what works in hip surgery - and what doesn't.
  • One-Stop Fertility Test Pregnancy testA One-Stop Fertility Test was pioneered by Dr.Nargund and her team in 2001 .It can be done at lunch hour or within an hour. This test is done using out-patient advanced 3D-Doppler ultrasound scan to check the lining of your womb, ovarian reserve (reserve of eggs) and to check the blood flow to your...
  • Natural and Mild IVF: A safer, cheaper, patient-friendly and successful approach Infertility treatmentThere is a renewed scientific interest in a more natural approach to IVF cycles. More than 50 peer reviewed papers have been published in the last five years addressing natural, modified natural and milder approaches to ovarian stimulation in IVF cycles. Better understanding of ovarian physiology...
  • Stomach ulcer - treatment options? Stomach A stomach ulcer (sometimes known as a peptic ulcer or gastric ulcer) is a hole or sore in the lining of the stomach, very much like the ulcers commonly found in the mouth. About 1 to 2 cm across, they are slightly larger than a mouth ulcer, and are known to have two main causes. Although it was...
  • Hysterectomy surgery HysterectomyA hysterectomy is an operation to remove your womb (uterus). There are several different types of hysterectomy and several methods for performing the operation, but if possible, the ovaries are left in place as they produce oestrogen. If the ovaries are removed you will immediately experience the...
  • Weight loss plans - which one is right for you? Obesity scalesIf you would like to lose some weight, and keep it off, then you are not alone. Millions of people across the country are in the same position supporting an industry estimated to be worth over £11.2billion a year. Weight Watchers alone claims to have over a million members, while the Dr Atkins book...
  • Are HIV test results reliable? Male female sexual healthHIV stands for 'Human Immunodeficiency Virus' and is a virus that can be caught by having unprotected sex, sharing needles or other equipment for drug use, by having direct contact with an infected person's blood or mucus membrane, or from a mother to her child during pregnancy, birth, or breast...
  • What are the effects of alcohol? Alcoholism Alcohol is a strong depressant drug that, if abused, can have serious side effects on a person's mental and physical health. However, if taken in small amounts, alcohol can be a pleasant addition to life without doing any serious damage. The effects of alcohol are immediate. Usually, pretty soon...
  • Skin problems - Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis and Rosacea Skin problemsSkin is the largest organ of the human body covering a surface area of about two square metres, and accounting for some 16% of your entire body weight. Consisting of two main layers, the small outer layer known as the epidermis, and a larger inner layer called the dermis, the main functions of the...
  • Prostate cancer treatment options Prostate operation: pros and consThe prostate is a gland situated just underneath the bladder surrounding the urethra, and produces semen - the fluid that carries and protects sperm. It is about the size of a walnut, but if it becomes enlarged it can cause urinary problems. Cancerous tumours can sometimes grow within the prostate...
  • How to find a private doctor or surgeon? Plastic surgeonWhether you have private medical insurance or have decided to self-pay for private treatment, your choice of doctor or surgeon can have a huge impact on the success of your treatment, and how comfortable and confident you feel throughout. The best doctor or surgeon for you will very much be a...
  • Why is losing weight so difficult? Women exercisingIn theory, controlling your weight is a simple matter of mathematics. If you eat more calories than you burn through exercise and daily living, you will put on weight. If you eat fewer calories than your body needs each day, you will lose weight. And for every 3,500 calories or so either way, you...
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