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  • 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.
  • Calories or minutes of brisk walking? WalkerA recent US study has shown that menus displaying the exercise needed to burn calories in meals can help people consume less, which is perhaps an interesting idea to bring to the UK to help tackle rising obesity.
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) kill more people each year in the UK than breast cancer, AIDS, and traffic accidents combined.
  • Antibiotic 'apocalypse' warning Prescription costs riseThe Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England, Professor Dame Sally Davies has warned that antibiotic resistance poses an alarming threat to modern health and a future without cures for infection if antibiotics are not used responsibly.
  • Vitamin B12 energy enhancer, endurance booster Vitamin B12According to the Guardian in 2003, Lady Thatcher's high energy levels were put down to B12 shots.
  • Everyone is talking about Vitamin D vitamin D10 years ago, hardly anyone knew about Vitamin D but now everyone is talking about it! Speaking to some private laboratories, it appears that testing for Vitamin D has grown exponentially within the last few years along with the sales of Vitamin D supplements. So good business all around, but what...
  • Optimising medical treatment (chemotherapy) for cancer present and future Dr Nick PlowmanDr Nick Plowman, Senior Clinical Oncologist to St Bartholomew's Hospital, and The Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, London provides his view of the current approach to the medical treatment of cancer and future developments.
  • Anti-ageing products - how to get firmer, younger skin acne, spots, skin problemsPrevention is better than cure! Therefore the best way to look after your skin is to prevent ageing. In this article, Dr Attili discusses a number of ways to defer the effects of ageing.
  • Female laser hair removal: banish unwanted hair growth Laser facial hair removal Female laser hair removal can be a simple and cost-effective solution to a little discussed concern for many women. Breaking through what is considered a taboo topic, unwanted hair growth, particularly on the face, is important for awareness and many women are calling for more awareness and...
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