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Sweeteners,
are they really that bad for us?

There is a lot of controversy over the use of sweeteners and many people have an opinion over what they think about them. Below is a small summary of some of the recent evidence. Artificial sweeteners are low-calorie or calorie-free chemical substances that are used instead of sugar to sweeten food and drinks. They are found in many products such as ‘diet’ and sugar-free drinks, desserts, cakes, chewing gum and
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Would you decode your DNA to optimize your healthcare?

The genomic revolution is underway. But what does it mean for you? DNA sequencing has transformed how people look after their health: personalized assessments, targeted screening – as you will know from your DNA what health problems you are predisposed to! This is Precision and is 21st Century Medicine. At present, most of the healthcare and health screening packages are focused around traditional tools targeting specific areas of your body
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Human Papillomavirus vaccination (Gardasil9) in boys and gay men

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a very common viral infection with over 100 strains, some of which cause simple hand warts or verrucas, but some can cause the sexually-transmitted infection genital warts or a range of cancers (cervical, vaginal, vulval, penile, anal and oral). Gay and bisexual men have high rates of HPV infection and HPV-related disease, and the incidence of anal cancer is highest in men who have sex with
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At Home Pregnancy Doppler Devices – Good or Bad idea?

It’s 2017 and technology has made so many things in our lives easier, faster and more accessible. Our thirst for knowledge, instant gratification and the latest gadget has created many industries that weren’t around a few years ago. We like to think these technological advances are adding to our lives in a positive way but have you considered the other reality? Is the latest amazing must-have gadget going to be
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Cancer Screening: Be informed!

Cancer is a scary word. It’s a word that we are all brought up to dread. We all know someone who has been affected by cancer. Unfortunately, cancer accounts for 1 in 4 deaths and is the leading cause here in the UK. Figure: The number of cancer registrations by the 24 major sites, England, 2015 Office for National Statistics In the UK, the most common type of cancer to
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Are you pregnant? Latest advances in antenatal assessments

Most people would agree that we tend to cope with challenges better if there has been some preparation. Pregnancy screening has been advancing over the past decade in terms of categorising risks of chromosomal abnormalities. This offers women who have pregnancies considered to be high risk to avail of appropriate further screening and for women with low risk pregnancies to avoid unnecessary invasive testing. Up until recently doctors have been
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Wheat: Friend or Foe?

Confused by all the anti-wheat hype? Here’s the low down on the evidence behind whether or not wheat is for you. Grain-based foods, including wheat, are an important source of nutrients, such as B vitamins needed for cell metabolism and dietary fibre for gut health. In addition, any diet that unnecessarily restricts food groups can create nutritional imbalances. In fact, many foods advertised as wheat-free have added sugar and fats
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Private Medical Insurance – Is it worth it?

The latest health statistics in 2016 show that more and more people choose to pay for private healthcare rather than taking out a private medical insurance. Ageing and the continuous growth of population together with rapid advances in medicine and medical technologies have lead to increased public expectations of the way they look after their health or their healthcare is provided. As a consequence more and more people decide to
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Annual Health MOT – Best way to keep your health bills down

Some time ago, a long overdue to be retired private doctor told me: ‘I have sick patients, my patients have heart attacks and strokes!’, implying that some of the younger generation private doctors all they do is looking after the worried well. But is a better doctor the one who looks after your stroke or heart attack or cancer, or the one who stopped you getting it in the first
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Are you an expat in London?

There is nothing more frustrating than moving to another country, getting ill and being uncertain of where to start. To most Americans moving to UK, the concept of the NHS is alien. Registering with the NHS is also a big hurdle, if one is to be successful. We have many times come across expats in London who were unsure of how to use their international health insurance or if indeed
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