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  • Custom-made hip replacements Hip replacementEvery year thousands of people undergo hip replacements in the UK. Whilst it is true that most people can benefit from standard hip prostheses, the latest orthopaedic technology can prove to be a leap forward for some patients. This article looks at some recent advances in hip replacement research...
  • Weight loss surgery - Is it safe? Obese - zip fasteningIf you're considerably overweight (with a body mass index of 35 or over) and have been unsuccessful in losing weight through traditional methods such as diet and exercise you may consider weight loss surgery. This highly successful range of procedures work by limiting the amount of food you're able...
  • Are you experiencing problems conceiving a child? Infertility treatmentIf you're having problems conceiving a child, you are not alone. Although it can feel as if everyone in the world is getting pregnant at the drop of a hat except you, 25% of all couples experience a period of infertility, and one in ten couples will need medical help conceiving. After a year of...
  • Ultrasound scans - an overview Pregnancy scansSometimes known as a sonograph, an ultrasound scan is the technique of looking inside the body at soft tissues and liquids via sound waves. No radiation, x-ray, or harmful material is used. Ultrasound or 'sonar' images are obtained using high-frequency sound released at around ten million cycles...
  • Choosing an IVF Clinic Infertility treatmentIn 2004 the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommended that couples aged between 23 and 39 who have either a specified fertility problem, or who have been unsuccessful in conceiving for three years or more, should receive up to three cycles of IVF on the NHS....
  • Boob jabs - Breast enhancement technology Surgeons back smaller breast reductionsInjected breast implants (or breast shape injections) is a new breast enhancement technology successfully used in Japan, America, and many other countries for several years, and is now being introduced into the UK. The technique involves injecting a filler into the breasts (in a similar way that...
  • Treating impotence ImpotenceImpotence occurs when a man has problems getting or keeping an erection. Also known as erectile dysfunction, this problem will affect around one in ten men at some stage in their life, with problems becoming more likely in later life due to deterioration in circulation and other body systems. It is...
  • What is narcolepsy? NarcolepsyNarcolepsy is a chronic neurological condition affecting the area of the brain that regulates sleeping and waking. Throughout the day, people with narcolepsy will feel strong urges to go to sleep and may fall asleep for a few seconds or minutes, or sometimes up to an hour or longer, without...
  • Hearing aid choices - which is right for me? Hearing problemsHearing loss is the second most common disability in the UK, with about one person in every seven affected. Difficulty with hearing falls into two main categories: there is either a problem with the transmission of sound between your outer and inner ear (conductive hearing loss), or something is...
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome what's new? Ovarian cystsPolycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a very common condition affecting at least 1 in 7 women of reproductive age. In this article we look at the symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment options available for those women affected. This article is written by Mr Joe Aquilina, FRCOG, Consultant...
  • Travel insurance Why you need it Medical travel insuranceTravel insurance may seem like just another added cost on top of the price of your vacation, but it's as vital to your trip as the sunshine is to the beach or the snow for a skiing holiday. The thought of what could happen to you and the amounts of money you might have to pay if something goes...
  • Drug addiction - can it be treated successfully? Drug addictionDrug addiction is not discriminatory. It can affect people from all walks of life in any profession and at all ages, but the associated problems and severity of drug addiction can vary widely. Many individuals addicted to drugs also have mental health, social, occupational or personal problems that...
  • Alcoholism Can it be treated successfully? Alcoholism Alcoholism, or alcohol dependence syndrome as it is now called, affects around one in thirteen people in the UK. It has a great variety of causes and manifests itself in a wide range of behaviours and levels of dependence. It's a highly destructive problem and can lead to the break up of...
  • Head injury rehabilitation MigraineTraumatic head injury, or brain injury, is the main cause of disability in people under forty. Although survival rates have greatly improved in recent years, due to the advent of new brain imaging techniques, such as MRI and PET scanning and advances in acute care, it's important to start head...
  • What is a pre-employment health assessment? Health Screening TestBefore starting work some companies require candidates to undertake a pre-employment health assessment. This process ensures that you are fit and able to perform all the tasks required of you, and that you don't have any pre-existing health issues that could affect your safety, the safety of...
  • Weight management - How to keep it off Women exercisingFor many people losing weight is just half the battle. After working really hard to lose it they find that they simply put it straight back on again as soon as they stop 'dieting'. So how do you keep the weight off once you have lost it? What are the best strategies for weight management on an...
  • What is erectile dysfunction ImpoteneceErectile dysfunction is a condition where the man cannot sustain an erection long enough for satisfactory sexual activity to occur. Also know as impotence, this condition is rarely talked about openly, but erectile dysfunction is relatively common, effecting around 10% of all men.
  • Choosing a plastic surgeon Plastic surgeonPlastic surgery, once the domain of the rich and famous, has become much more affordable and accessible in recent years. It can help you fight the signs of aging, increase your confidence by correcting physical abnormalities, and provide relief from discomfort or pain. However, given the permanent...
  • Choosing a physiotherapist PhysiotherapistPhysiotherapy can be highly effective for a range of issues and injuries from back pain to sports injuries, arthritis, and many other conditions. It uses a series of manipulation, exercise, and massage techniques to assist with rehabilitation, and provide drug-free relief from pain and injury,...
  • Should I take out medical insurance? insurance contractWhether medical insurance is right for you or not will depend on a great many different factors, some practical, some personal. Private medical insurance (PMI) gives you greater choices about where and when you will be treated, and by whom. It allows you more control over your situation and can put...
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