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  • What varicose veins treatments are available? varicose veinsIn the first of two articles, consultant vein surgeon Eddie Chaloner describes various ways to treat varicose veins.
  • Why have your varicose veins operated on privately? nice legsA lot of patients suffering from varicose veins wonder whether they should choose to seek private medical care or stay with the NHS provision. After all, the NHS provides a very good service for most people and, although it might not always provide the flexibility that can be achieved in the...
  • Childhood infections at school The Portland HospitalMy child has just started school and I'm concerned about him picking up infections from other pupils, particularly as the weather is likely to change. How do I know when to give him medicine and which ones should I choose?
  • A new way of seeing diseases of the eye male blepharoplastyThe concept of lens failure is intellectually satisfying in giving ophthalmologists a new way of seeing diseases of the eye.
  • New laser treatment offers fast, efficient results for facial thread veins Laser thread vein treatmentAlthough thread veins are relatively common and medically harmless, they can look unpleasant and people can go to great lengths to hide them. Now laser technology is set to offer a fast, effective treatment on the high street.
  • Portland Hospital specialist Kate Cross explains why she chose to be a Paediatric Consultant Miss Kate Cross, Consultant Paediatric and Neonatal Surgeon at The Portland HospitalA new-born baby will inherit both their eye shape and eye colour from their parents and if either parent has a family history of eye problems, such as a lazy eye or squint, the baby could inherit this condition too.
  • When should my children have an eye test and by whom? When should my children have an eye test and by whom?A new-born baby will inherit both their eye shape and eye colour from their parents and if either parent has a family history of eye problems, such as a lazy eye or squint, the baby could inherit this condition too.
  • The case for the MMR vaccine: Do London babies need to have any extra vaccinations? The case for the MMR vaccineMeasles is a dangerous illness that can be life threatening for young children. Having the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination has been the subject of much debate in recent years but the MMR vaccine is now thought to be the safest way to protect ourselves and others from this highly...
  • What does a Chemical Peel treatment involve? Woman with beautiful skinA Chemical Peel is an intense exfoliating process, which uses chemical products to remove dead cells on the surface of the skin.
  • Excessive Sweating Treatments excessive sweatingExcessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis, is an uncomfortable and often embarrassing condition that affects around 3% of the UK population. In some instances, excessive sweating can have a serious effect on the sufferer's working and social life because they are embarrassed about their...
  • Fat Transfer to the Breasts breast enlargementFat transfer techniques might not generate the same amount of headlines as surgical implants but they offer a great, manageable alternative to breast implants.
  • Preventing Plagiocephaly (Flat Head Syndrome) Portland Hospital LogoI'm concerned that my baby is developing Plagiocephaly (Flat Head Syndrome). What can I do to prevent this? Is there a possibility that it may become permanent?
  • Predicting your baby's gender Myths busted! Predicting your baby’s gender – Myths busted!In the news recently there has been a lot of speculation about whether it's possible to know if an unborn baby is going to be a boy or a girl but is this really possible?
  • Minimally invasive spinal surgery; how less is more Minimally invasive spinal surgery; how less is moreIn this article Mr Karmani discusses how advances in spinal surgery have made it possible to treat very serious spinal conditions through minimally invasive (keyhole) techniques, allowing quicker recovery, less pain and better outcomes.
  • FUE hair transplants for hair restoration hair transplantFollicular Unit Extraction, or FUE, involves removing healthy hair follicles directly from the scalp, usually at the back of the head where the hair is plentiful, and grafting them onto the bald or thinning areas.
  • Sleep Apnea: What is it and can it be cured? Sleep disorders 'down to people being too busy'Sleep Apnea is a sleep disorder which causes sufferers to stop breathing or to have abnormally low breathing for brief periods of time during sleep. The pause in breathing is known as an 'Apnea'.
  • Treatments to tackle the signs of aging skincare after winterWhen you reach your thirties, your skin will start to show signs of aging, fine lines and small wrinkles will become more apparent and your skin will begin to loose the firmness and elasticity that it once had when you were in your twenties.
  • Breast Enlargement with Fat Transfer silicone breast implantsMany women feel that their breast size and shape affects their body confidence. For some, having excessively large breasts can cause pain, physical impairment and psychological problems. For others, who are naturally small breasted, their chest size can make them feel under confident and...
  • Breast Reduction: An overview of the procedure What is a Breast Reduction?There are many reasons why a woman may decide to reduce the weight and volume of her breasts. Excessively large breasts can cause pain, physical impairment and psychological problems.
  • What to do about feeling a lump in the throat lump in throatBeing able to feel a lump in the throat is a common symptom that patients discuss with ear, nose and throat specialists. In this article, Mr Wale Olarinde discusses the problem of lumps that cannot be physically felt with the fingers rather than the neck lump, which can be felt with the fingers.
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