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  • 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...
  • Parents blind to the risk of sun damage to children's eyes eye care child sunThe charity Eyecare Trust has warned parents about the harmful effects of sunlight on their children's eyes, which puts them at risk of permanent eye damage and problems with their vision later in life.
  • Be smart when boosting vitamin D levels with sunshine Skin health 'is dependant on many factors'With summer just around the corner, many of us will be looking forward to getting outside and making the most of the sunshine. In recent years, research has suggested that sunlight can have a wide range of benefits, from simply lifting your mood to increasing your level of vitamin D essential for...
  • What caused the birthmark on my child's face? The Portland HospitalProfessor John Harper, Consultant in Paediatric Dermatology, The Portland Hospital discusses the causes and possible remedies for birthmarks.
  • How safe is it to continue exercising and working during pregnancy? The Portland HospitalThe overall answer is that it is safe, for both the mother and the foetus, to continue to work and exercise during a normal, low risk pregnancy. In fact, in most cases there are associated benefits to actually starting light exercise, if not done so already.
  • Tongue tie teachings your tongue tied baby Tongue tie babyThe Portland Hospital has established a neonatal tongue tie clinic for helping your baby with the condition that takes place every Monday in the day surgery unit.
  • The Portland Hospital's Consultant Diaries Lorin Lakasing, Consultant Obstetrician Lorin Lakasing: Consultant Obstetrician and Specialist in Fetal Medicine, LondonChoosing a trusted Consultant Obstetrician and Midwife-led team who can safely guide you through your pregnancy is naturally a top priority at such an exciting and life-changing time.
  • Does my baby need the BCG vaccine against tuberculosis? Dr Dionysios Alexandrou at The Portland HospitalTuberculosis (TB) is a bacterial infection, caused by the bacterium Mycobacterim tuberculosis. Unlike many infectious diseases, TB is difficult to catch; only a third of people who are in close contact with a person with TB will become infected. Children, however, are particularly vulnerable to the...
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