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  • The importance of teaching children about internet safety The importance of teaching children about internet safetyIt is important the children understand that the internet is not always a safe place and not everyone is who they say they are. In this article, the Learning Assessment and Neurocare Centre offer advice to parents on how to keep children safe when using the internet.
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and adoption ADHD and adoptionIt has been found that many adopted children suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD. This article explains the link between ADHD in adopted children and their birth mothers, as well as why adoptive parents are often quick to recognise behavioural disorders.
  • Dealing with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and other neurodevelopmental disorders in the classroom Dealing with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and other neurodevelopmental disorders in the classroomTeachers dealing with children with Attention Deficity Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, as well as other neurodevelopmental disorders must be aware of how these different disorders can affect any child in the classroom,and develop educational strategies to deal with them.
  • The diagnosis and treatment of depression depressionDepression is a common disorder but to diagnose the condition, there are a number of symptoms that a doctor has to identify. This article discusses the symptoms associated with depression, how doctors make a diagnosis and how depression can be treated.
  • The use of radio surgery to remove skin lesions eyesRadio surgery offers a variety of techniques to remove superficial skin lesions. In this article, Dr Peter Raus discusses the process and why many patients are now opting for it.
  • Surgical treatment for dry eyes Miro Oculoplastic Centre logoTraditionally, the treatment of dry eyes was limited to a substitution therapy with artificial tears or gels, which might not always work in severe cases. In this article, Dr Peter Raus discusses a new surgical treatment for dry eyes that has been proven to help severe cases.
  • One-stop treatment for a common hand condition Carpal tunnel syndromeCarpal tunnel syndrome is the most common hand disorder in the UK, but recent findings show patients can successfully receive diagnostic testing and treatment in just one visit.
  • How to treat regular breast pain or mastalgia London Breast ClinicMastalgia effects 85% of women during their lifetime. It is rarely associated with breast cancer. Cyclical mastalgia is the most common type. It is generally self limiting and resolves without treatment. However, treatment is available, although it is imperative that the woman herself decides on...
  • Paternity testing and DNA profiling: what it is and the tests available Alio HealthcareProving genetic relationships requires a DNA or parental test and there are a number of different tests available. In this article, Dr Nigel Chatwin provides some background on DNA testing and discusses the options available to patients.
  • Psoriasis treatment: is it effective? Woman scratching her headPsoriasis, a skin disease that causes lumpy, scaly, pink and itchy patches, can occur anywhere on the body, including the scalp. It can be treated, but it cannot be cured. Many different psoriasis treatments are available; GPs and dermatologists usually recommend the mildest therapies first, moving...
  • Private gastric bypass: what's involved? weight loss surgeryWeight loss surgery is becoming more popular as the obesity epidemic continues in the western world. In the UK, although the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends various forms, including gastric bypass surgery, the National Health Service has no budget allocation for it, so...
  • Sciatica treatment: what are the options? Man with lower back painSciatica is a common and painful problem that occurs when the sciatic nerve becomes inflamed or irritated. Successful sciatica treatment usually involves a combination of self-help, lifestyle adjustments, exercise, medical treatment and patience.
  • Prevent hair loss during chemotherapy Prevent hair loss during chemotherapyMany patients say hair loss is one of the most devastating side effects of their treatment. But hair loss can often be reduced or prevented through scalp cooling. The chemotherapy department at Bupa Cromwell Hospital now offers the newest of these scalp-cooling technologies DigniCap.
  • Identifying puberty and growth problems in children More children suffering eating disordersMost children go through puberty without too many problems. However, in some instances children can be excessively short or tall, or can start puberty at an early age. In this article Dr Rakesh discusses what is normal, when you should be concerned and the treatments available.
  • Keyhole surgery for the retina eye surgeryKeyhole surgery is not a new concept and, as many people know, is becoming a common medical practice. In ophthalmology, keyhole vitrectomy surgery - that is, surgery of the vitreous and retina - has been developed since the late 1960s.
  • The use of surgery to treat floaters in the eye Close up of woman's eyeIn this article, Mr Zambarakiji discusses the treatments on offer for patients with floaters, the vitreous opacities in the eye that result from liquefaction and collapse of the vitreous.
  • The development of breasts and breast cancer in men London Breast ClinicIn teenagers and elderly men, gynaecomastia, male breast growth, is common, whereas male breast cancer is rare. Professor Drew discusses the causes of the growth of breasts in men of different ages, who is at risk from breast cancer, and the treatments available.
  • Protecting your ears to prevent tinnitus ear defendersConstant ringing in the ears is debilitating and you should do everything possible to protect yourself from it. In this article, the expert audiologists at The Tinnitus Clinic, London, have put together these tips to help you reduce your risk of tinnitus and hearing loss.
  • Self-help for tinnitus or ringing in the ears TinnitusConstant ringing in the ears is debilitating, but there are some things you can to manage the symptons. This self-help guide has been prepared by the expert audiologists at The Tinnitus Clinic, London.
  • Diagnoses, treatment and rehabilitation of Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) knee injuries Knee joints 'in a constant state of repair' Injuries to anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, in the knee is a sports injury that requires specialised treatment. In this article, Dr Ralph Rogers of The London Sports Injury Clinic describes how the injury can occur, and the correct diagnosis, treatment and rehalilitation of the injury.
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