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  • Respiratory weaning from mechanical ventilation: leading the way for independent breathing RB&HH Specialist CareProfessor Polkey, Consultant Physician and Dr Cordingley, Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine, discuss the pitfalls of mechanical ventilation and why a respiratory weaning service may be needed.
  • New drug offers hope to IPF Patients Toby MaherIdiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic, progressive lung disease that causes scarring of the lungs. The cause of IPF is still unclear but the condition appears to be connected with injury occurring to specific cells inside the lungs known as alveolar epithelial cells (AECs).
  • Thumb ECGs for Arrhythmia and Stroke Risk Royal Brompton and Harefield Specialist Care logoHarefield Hospital is one of two centres in the United Kingdom using thumb-ECG. Dr Wajid Hussain explains the benefits of this new method for diagnosing abnormal heart rhythms, and how it can be used to determine the risk of stroke.
  • How much do hair transplants really cost? hair transplantPricing for Hair Transplants can be hard to determine prior to a consultation. Want to know why? Read on.
  • Finasteride and sexual side effects: What's the truth? Prescription costs riseFinasteride (often known by brand names like Propecia and Proscar) has been raising eyebrows recently with reports coming in about loss of libido and erectile dysfunction but how much of it is true? What are the actual risks? Who should be really taking it? And what's this about affecting alcohol...
  • Endoscopic treatment for Barrett's oesophagus Barrett's oesophagus Dr Rehan Haidry of The London Gastroenterology Centre discusses the condition known as Barrett's oesophagus and its causes, and describes how available treatments have developed in recent years.
  • Cosmetic surgery abroad: What are the actual dangers? Travel insurersThe biggest mistake people make when considering cosmetic surgery is often the first reason why many people want it abroad: to save money.
  • Isotretinoin (Roaccutane): What are the alternatives for Treating Acne? acne suffererRoaccutane? Laser therapy? Light therapy? Antibiotics? Cleansers and face wipes? Toothpaste? The options for treating acne are almost as numerous as the amount of sufferers.
  • Spire's top tips for a healthy heart Red heartChris Gregory, cardiac physiologist at Spire Bristol Hospital, has some top tips about how to keep your heart healthy
  • Top tips to sit 'fit' Top tips to sit ‘fit’Russell Walby, physiotherapist at Spire Bristol Hospital, gives his ten top tips - simple checks and exercises - to help to keep you 'sitting fit'.
  • Beards, Eyebrows and even the Undetectable: The latest trends in hair transplants explained hair transplantHair Transplants come in several forms and have changed considerably over the years. With men and women still suffering from the bad plug jobs of yesteryear, techniques and technology have rapidly advanced and new frontiers have been established, it's important patients do their research.
  • Varicoceles or Varicose Veins in the Scrotum manVaricose veins are thought to affect 1 in 3 people at some point in their lifetime. There is a whole host of superstitions and pseudo-science knocking about for what you can do to avoid varicose veins and there's a lot people don't know about varicose veins including the ones you can get in the...
  • Breast augmentation with implants recovery period silicone breast implantsDo breast implants hurt? They do initially. For most patients it's entirely manageable, it won't last long and most patients are happy with the results.
  • The Gift of Hope: New procedure for lung transplant patients RB&HH Specialist CareHarefield Hospital is now offering lung transplants using parts of the lung from living donors. This pioneering procedure is offered in very few centres around the world, due to the complexity of surgery and level of care required.
  • Benefits of Keyhole: improved outcomes for lung surgery Consultant thoracic surgeon Niall McGonigle Thoracic surgery has seen many changes over the years. Niall McGonigle discusses the benefits of video assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) and how this can be used to treat a range of conditions.
  • Oily fish and Omega 3; getting the right amount fatty acidsAs people are becoming more and more health conscious, nutrition and supplementation are often topics that come up during GP consultations. So what about oily fish how much and how often? they will ask.
  • Coping with summer heat whilst pregnant Coping with summer heat whilst pregnantPregnant women naturally have a slightly decreased tolerance to heat and humidity. This is because their core body temperature is slightly elevated, compared to their non-pregnant state. This is fine in the winter, when they will find they tolerate the lower temperatures often better than their...
  • Vitamin and mineral supplements during pregnancy The Portland Hospital’s Specialist Dietitian, Ghazala YousufVitamins and minerals are essential nutrients that your body needs in small amounts to work properly. The Portland Hospital's Specialist Dietitian, Ghazala Yousuf, tells us how vitamin and mineral supplements can work alongside a healthy diet to boost your health during pregnancy.
  • ibabyscan allows Portland parents-to-be to share their scans online The Portland HospitaliBabyScan allows you to securely watch video and see images of your pregnancy scan online. You can re-watch at home or share these with your friends and family wherever they are in the world.
  • Enjoying your summer pregnancy summer pregnancy articleThe nine months of pregnancy can be challenging at times and this is especially so for women expecting their baby in the autumn. This is because they will be heavily pregnant during the significantly warmer summer months.
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