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  • 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.
  • Reducing the risk of being aware during surgery Reducing the risk of being aware during surgeryFor many patients, going under anaesthesia can be as worrying as the surgery itself. Often this is caused by a fear of waking during their operation. Dr David Coates, an anaesthetist at Bupa Cromwell Hospital, talks about the machine he uses to prevent this happening.
  • Vaccinating against cervical cancer VaccinatingMore than 50 percent of sexually active adults are infected with HPV at some point during their lifetime, the virus responsible for almost all cervical cancers. Gynaecologist Mr Fateh Raslan discusses this common disease and the vaccination to prevent it.
  • Metal on metal hip replacements: Patient guide Hip replacement device helps to halve recovery timeAdvice for patients who are concerned about the risks associated with metal on metal hip replacements and the publicity that has surrounded their use in the UK.
  • Menopause: a surprise for women in their 40s Oestrogen treatment 'still viable'Many women are surprised to find they are entering the menopause earlier than expected. In this article, Dr Vanessa Mooney discusses some of the symptoms of the menopause and what you can do to manage them.
  • Soak up the sun to help avoid vitamin D deficiency Soak up the sun to help avoid vitamin D deficiencyA recent survey in the UK showed that more than 50% of adults are thought to have insufficient levels of vitamin D and, during winter and spring, 16% have a severe deficiency. The survey also showed a quarter of under-five year olds do not have enough vitamin D and are at risk of bone-related...
  • The diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of rectus femoris injuries rectus femorisA rectus femoris is a common injury among athletes. In this article, Dr Ralph Rogers discusses what it is, how it happens and the best way to treat the injury and rehabilitate the athlete.
  • The importance of the correct diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of hamstring strains hamstringWhile hamstring strains are a common sports injury, the correct diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of the injury is essential if the athlete is to compete at the same level as before.
  • Thyroid problems: can they be treated? Patient and doctorThyroid problems occur when the thyroid gland is either overactive, causing hyperthyroidism or underactive, causing hypothyroidism. Both conditions have a wide range of underlying causes but all thyroid problems can be treated.
  • Wisdom tooth extraction: should I go private? Teeth whitening clinics – are they safe?Having problems with your wisdom teeth is not unusual. These are the last adult teeth to break through the gums and, for reasons that are not entirely clear, modern humans often do not have sufficient space in their jaw for this process to be easy and wisdom tooth extraction is a common operation.
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