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  • 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.
  • Abdominal hernia: a guide One of the symptoms of peritoneal cancer is abdominal painAn abdominal hernia occurs when a small piece of intestine and connective tissue pushes out through a weakness in the muscles that make up the body wall. The hernia is felt as a lump; if it can be pushed back gently into the body, it is said to be a reducible abdominal hernia; if it cannot be...
  • Ganglion cyst: should I have it treated? Patient and doctorThe underlying cause of ganglion cysts is unknown but they often occur in women between the ages of 20 and 40. Although common on the wrists, they can also appear on the finger joints, around the knee and ankle joints and along the top of the foot. Ganglion cysts often feel spongy and squishy, but...
  • Gastric band surgery: an easy way to lose weight? overweight woman If you have gastric band surgery, a restrictive, inflatable band is placed around the top of your stomach to limit the amount of food you can eat. Even a very small meal makes you feel full, so you eat only a fraction of what you might have been used to.
  • What are the key causes of obesity? One in ten adults in the UK is obeseThe causes of obesity are many and varied but they all boil down one thing; taking in more energy in food and drink than you use up in daily activities. This means that the only way to avoid obesity and to maintain a normal healthy weight throughout life is to eat less but move more. This is,...
  • Liver biopsy: why would I need one? Empty hospital bedIt may be that you have had a blood test that revealed elevated levels of liver enzymes or copper or iron in your system. In some cases, an X-ray may have shown that the liver is enlarged or inflamed so a liver biopsy is required to discover the nature of the problem and what is causing it.
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