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  • 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...
  • How long will a hip replacement last? Hip operationThe human hip comprises a ball and socket joint, with the rounded end of the thigh bone (called the femoral head) moving within a rounded socket in the hip (called the acetabulum). Both of these are covered in a slippery cartilage, which makes the joint move smoothly, protects the bone beneath, and...
  • New minimally invasive bunion surgery established techniques, new technology London Foot & Ankle Centre - bunionsBunions are a very common and often painful condition. Medically known as hallux valgus, an estimated 33 per cent of women will develop bunions at some stage in their lives. The term bunion refers to a swelling on the outside of the big toe joint which occurs when the big toe leans too much into...
  • Health Insurance - do I need a health plan? Health insuranceThe answer to the question, 'do I need a health plan?' lies very much in a second question 'do you need to be healthy?' For example, are you needed at work or at home in a way that leaves little time for illness? Is there anyone who could cover your duties if you were absent for a long period? Is...
  • Is lap band surgery safe? Obese manWhat is lap band surgery? Lap band surgery, also known as gastric banding, is used to aid weight loss in obese patients who have failed to lose weight by conventional means. During lap band surgery a physical barrier is put in place around your stomach, three quarters of the way up, to create a...
  • Is gastric bypass surgery safe? ObesityWhat is gastric bypass surgery? Gastric bypass surgery is similar to gastric banding in the way it divides the stomach to create a small pouch at the top. However, instead of the food passing normally on to the rest of the stomach for digestion, a section of small intestine is grafted on to the...
  • Brain injury - Can it be treated? MigraineA Brain injury can occur whenever there's a sudden trauma to the head. This can involve the penetration of an object, a violent impact, or even just a strong shaking, such as may occur during the rapid deceleration of a road traffic accident. Brain injuries are classified as mild, moderate, or...
  • Fast weight loss - a good idea? Women exercisingFast weight loss plans can work in the short term, but they very rarely last in the long term. People find that once they've lost the extra weight using a fast weight loss plan they put it straight back on again, often ending up heavier than they were before they started dieting. The very best way...
  • Breast reduction (mammoplasty) - is it right for you? Breast reductionSome women develop disproportionately large breasts during puberty. This can cause health problems, and issues with self-esteem throughout life. Sometimes the problems caused by very large breasts can lead to a decision to have them surgically reduced a breast reduction operation (or reduction...
  • How safe is breast enlargement (augmentation)? How safe is breast enlargement (augmentation)?In the UK, breast augmentation is the most common cosmetic surgery procedure, although women who've had a mastectomy as part of cancer treatment may also have breast augmentation (in which case it is classed as reconstructive surgery). Breast augmentation involves placing implants into the breasts...
  • What is my body shape - is it important? Body Shape - womenAlthough you may think of yourself as 'slim' or 'overweight' or 'curvy' etc everyone's body is different, and where you store your fat is determined by genetic inheritance. Girls will tend to resemble the body shape of their mothers, while boys will often have the same body shape as their father....
  • What to do when your plastic surgery goes wrong? FaceliftIn the UK, plastic surgery has become an increasingly popular option for people unhappy with their appearance. Undertaken in an appropriate way with experienced surgeons, the result can be extremely positive and beneficial. Although uncommon, plastic surgery can sometimes go wrong and leave you...
  • Obesity in the UK Obesity risk factor in oesophagus cancerObesity in the UK is a growing problem. The increase in poor quality convenience foods, the prevalence of labour-saving technology, increased car use and more people doing sedentary jobs, means that the population is getting larger all across the UK. Britain has one of the highest rates for...
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