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Does cannabis help with sleep?

This blog is written by our clinicians and aims to keep patients informed with up to date information on medical conditions. The editor of the blog is Dr Cristina Romete.

Cannabis Sativa is a commonly used plant which contains over 100 different phytocannabinoids.  The two most pharmacologically active cannabinoids are:   Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC): this is a primary psychoactive ingredient of cannabis that causes many of the feelings of being high.   Cannabidiol (CBD): this is a non-psychoactive compound, meaning that it does not induce the highs associated with cannabis.   Cannabidiol oil (CBD) is legally available as an over the counter
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New shingles vaccine available at ROC!

This blog is written by our clinicians and aims to keep patients informed with up to date information on medical conditions. The editor of the blog is Dr Cristina Romete.

What is Shingles?   Shingles is a severely painful skin rash that can only occur in those that have previously had chickenpox. The chickenpox virus stays asleep in the body around the spine until something weakens your immune system such as steroids / chemotherapy / advancing age / chronic stress etc. Shingles (also called herpes zoster) often causes painful blisters. A shingles rash only appears on one side of the
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The Nail Cosmetics Allergy Epidemics: How can Nail Varnish harm you?

This blog is written by our clinicians and aims to keep patients informed with up to date information on medical conditions. The editor of the blog is Dr Cristina Romete.

Earlier in the year the British Association of Dermatologists warned over an epidemic of contact allergies stemming from use of nail varnishes and gels. Whilst having attractive looking nails, have you ever wondered what is causing that rash on your face?   What is Allergic Contact Dermatitis Allergic Contact Dermatitis is a form of eczema caused by a delayed allergic reaction to a material or chemical (the allergen) that is
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Male mental health and Suicide

This blog is written by our clinicians and aims to keep patients informed with up to date information on medical conditions. The editor of the blog is Dr Cristina Romete.

No-one is born wanting to die1. Unfortunately, the stigma attached to mental health issues remains prohibitively real for men – and ‘young’ men in particular. The figures: Time for some hard-hitting stats: Despite the highest rates of suicide occurring in the over 65’s, suicide is the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK. Men are 3 times more likely to commit suicide than women
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Testicular Cancer

This blog is written by our clinicians and aims to keep patients informed with up to date information on medical conditions. The editor of the blog is Dr Cristina Romete.

Which is bigger? I don’t mean to pry, but I’m curious to know whether you know – which is it – left or right? And which hangs lower? Oval-shaped, yes/no? Like mini-rugby balls? But do they hang upright, or lie to one side? Have they changed recently? How well do you really know yourself? Testicles. They are just ‘there’, aren’t they? Rarely discussed, occasionally scratched, infrequently hitched to one side,
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Routine lung cancer screening for smokers saves lives

This blog is written by our clinicians and aims to keep patients informed with up to date information on medical conditions. The editor of the blog is Dr Cristina Romete.

Lung cancer is the third most common cancer in the UK and smoking accounts for over 85% of cases.1 Three quarters of those diagnosed with lung cancer will receive the devastating diagnosis at a late stage of their disease, meaning it is harder to treat and unlikely to be cured. The stage of a cancer tells you how big it is and whether it has spread. Stages include I, II,
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Are you anxious about the flu shot?

This blog is written by our clinicians and aims to keep patients informed with up to date information on medical conditions. The editor of the blog is Dr Cristina Romete.

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

This blog is written by our clinicians and aims to keep patients informed with up to date information on medical conditions. The editor of the blog is Dr Cristina Romete.

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.

This blog is written by our clinicians and aims to keep patients informed with up to date information on medical conditions. The editor of the blog is Dr Cristina Romete.

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

This blog is written by our clinicians and aims to keep patients informed with up to date information on medical conditions. The editor of the blog is Dr Cristina Romete.

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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