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Are you anxious about the flu shot?

A recent survey has shown that a large number of parents are very sceptical about giving the flu vaccine to their children.   Fears included: More than 50% think the flu shot can give you the flu A third don’t think the vaccine works A third think the flu vaccine is a conspiracy 28% are worried it can cause autism   Extensive studies have shown the flu vaccine to be
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Moles, Melanoma and Mole Mapping

What are moles? Moles are localised areas in the skin that contain more of the pigment melanin. No one quite knows why we get moles. Dermatologists use the term melanocytic naevi to describe moles. Most moles are round or oval, flat and brown in colour. But when you look closely, there are differences in size, shape and colour and they can be raised or hairy. Babies are usually born without
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Ovarian Cancer – Ignoring symptoms isn’t an option. Screening is.

Screening for certain female specific cancers may seem routine in the UK where we have regular breast screening for breast cancer and smear tests for cervical cancer, however there is one female cancer that we do not screen for, frequently labelled a silent killer – the ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer is rare, but is the 6th most common cancer in women in UK. Despite advances in medicine, survival rates from
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Nutrition and Pregnancy

A pregnant woman’s nutrition influences the growth and development of her foetus and forms the foundations for the child’s health. A healthy diet is important for both mother and baby throughout pregnancy because this will help them to get the nutrients they need to stay healthy and for the baby to grow and develop. It is therefore important that you eat a healthy, balanced and varied diet when you are
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Breast Screening – Not all mammograms are equal

What is mammography? Mammography has been around for decades and is generally used for three reasons: Screening – This is for people at average risk of breast cancer who undergo routine mammography to find cancers that are not yet symptomatic. Surveillance – This refers to women that are at a high risk of breast cancer and who undergo frequent mammograms. Diagnostic – When a woman has symptoms (such as a
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On a quest for the perfect vagina

On a quest for the perfect vagina With documented high rates of dissatisfaction when it comes to genital appearance, both women and men are increasingly seeking ways to improve or perfect their genitalia. From labial surgery (either for cosmetic procedures or functional concerns) through to laser devices inserted vaginally and even “The O-Shot” (injecting the patient’s own platelet-rich plasma into the general area of the G-spot, said to promote orgasm),
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Pros and Cons of Treating the Male Menopause

“The Male Menopause?” Yes. It’s a thing.   Of all the male hormones – or androgens – nearly all clinicians would agree that testosterone is both the most important, and most potent. The term ‘androgen’ derives from the ancient Greek words for ‘man-maker’, and healthy levels of testosterone do indeed have the power to make a man feel strong. Conversely, a deficiency can lead to undesirable changes in emotion, sleep,
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Great news in the fight against HPV in the UK!

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a group of very common viral infections that affect your skin and the moist membranes lining your body. There are over 130 strains; some of which cause no visible symptoms; through to simple hand warts or verrucas; through to the sexually-transmitted infection genital warts; but some high-risk strains can cause a wide range of cancers (cervix, vagina, vulva, penis, anus and back of the throat). Transmission
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Testosterone Deficiency

“I just don’t have the energy…” You hear yourself say. It never used to be like this, but on reflection you’ve actually been feeling like this for months now. You still love your partner, but the desire to perform has evaporated. In fact, the lack of energy seems to have permeated other parts of your life – the gym membership hasn’t been used in months, and since your diet remains
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Gynaecological ultrasound: The ins and outs of pelvic ultrasound

A pelvic ultrasound allows the visualisation of your pelvic organs and structures including the uterus, lining (endometrium), ovaries, cervix and the fallopian tubes. Doppler ultrasound may also show blood flow in certain pelvic organs. Ultrasound uses a special type of camera (transducer) that emits sound waves that reflect off the organs and return back to the transducer, converting the echo into an electronic image of the organs on the ultrasound
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