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What’s the catch with omega-3 fats?

If you type omega-3 into your search engine you will get a vast amount of information, as well as numerous companies advertising their supplements. But are these supplements recommended? And what do we need to eat to get omega-3 fats into our diets? Omega-3 is a family of fats that are important for health. Omega-3 fatty acids (called polyunsaturated fatty acids or PUFAs) come in different forms: ALA (alpha-linolenic acid)
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Meningitis Vaccination – Worrying figures of poor uptake amongst teenagers. Should immunisation be offered to everyone?

Meningitis is an infection of the protective membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord (meninges). It can affect anyone but is most common in babies, young children, teenagers and young adults. Many people carry the bacteria in their noses and throats without becoming infected but can pass it onto others (carriers). It is thought that an estimated 1 in 4 young adults may be carriers.  This means that the
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Erectile dysfunction – is viagra the only option?

Following a recent announcement from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), men will no longer require a prescription to obtain the impotence drug Viagra and will instead be able to buy it over the counter at pharmacies.   This is likely to appeal to many men with erectile dysfunction (ED) as it is often considered a taboo subject, with men finding it difficult to broach the subject during a
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What to do about your varicose veins after childbirth

Varicose veins tend to improve in the first few months after childbirth, although they do not completely disappear. Multiple pregnancies, being overweight, having a family history of varicose veins or having varicose veins before getting pregnant make it more likely that your varicose veins won’t go away. There are several things you can do to help with the swelling of varicose veins: Exercise regularly, daily Keep your feet up as
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Candidiasis – Myth or Reality?

Candida is a fungus, which is a form of yeast.  A very small amount of candida lives in our mouth, gastrointestinal tract, birth canal, skin and lungs.  Increasingly more and more patients inquire about being tested for candida overgrowth, candidiasis or leaky gut syndrome. Traditional doctors steer away from such diagnoses rightly or wrongly, but what is clear is that traditional medicine does not meet the needs of all patients.
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Why Hepatitis B Vaccination must be on everyone’s ill health prevention plan

Hepatitis B vaccination was recently included into the national childhood immunisation programme. What is Hepatitis B? Hepatitis B is a virus that causes a liver infection. Often children with hepatitis B do not have any symptoms. In adults, it can cause a flu-like illness, and later yellow jaundice, nausea and rashes. Quite often infected people are not diagnosed until late stages when they are showing signs of chronic liver disease.
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The Difficulty with Lumpy Breasts

A common concern patients share with me when I’m scanning their breasts, is that it’s difficult to know which lumps are normal and which ones need to be investigated. This is especially troublesome in women with lumpy breasts. Whilst this is a difficult situation and you should always see your doctor if you’re concerned about something, here’s my advice for getting used to normal vs abnormal breast lumps. When it
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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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