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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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The LGBT Community: Finding A Private Medical Clinic Responsive To Your Needs

Over the years, we often consulted patients who have come to see us with various health problems who did not feel at ease disclosing their sexual orientation. We do not ask patients to fill in extensive forms, detailing everything from their sex, sexuality, religious beliefs and many more. We rely on good open medical practice and verbal communication. Unless one belongs to the LGBT community, it takes an open minded,
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The Importance of Sleep

Sleep attracts considerable public attention because it is relevant to everyone; we all need sleep. Majority of people know how great it feels to have a good night sleep: feeling refreshed and rested, ready to embrace the day. The consequences of insufficient sleep are also known practically to everyone as we all have occasional experiences of sleepless nights or just not getting enough sleep. The feelings are completely opposite: heavy headed, irritable, fighting sleepiness and being unable to concentrate.
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The Comeback of Syphilis

Public Heath England estimates that there is an over 70% increase in syphilis cases over the past 3 years. ‘Condom-less’ sex, the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis medication (PreP), multiple sexual partners, decreased awareness, and the wrong assumption that the disease is a thing of the past have all contributed to such a rise. (PreP is an HIV medication taken daily to prevent transmission from an infected individual to a healthy
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Adult Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

What is Hand Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD)? It is a highly contagious, common childhood infection of the mouth, skin of the hands and feet. It occurs worldwide, but in temperate climates, it is more usual in summer and autumn. What causes it? HFMD is often caused by the group A Coxsackieviruses (particularly A16) or the closely related enterovirus 71 (EV71). Occasionally it can be caused by other group A
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