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Rhinolight – The Latest Treatment For Hay Fever And Allergic Rhinitis now available at ROC

Hay fever can be either perennial (all year round) or seasonal (namely spring/summer) and can have a significant impact on children and adults leading to missed exams, absent work days and generally poor performance. Symptoms are due to excess fluid in the facial tissues and similar to a common cold such as runny or blocked, itchy nose with sneezing, and red itchy watery and even puffy eyes. This happens when
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Menopause: The Natural Approach

Going through menopause can be a very distressing time for a woman. Symptoms may last for months or linger for years. Although hormone replacement therapy is readily available, scientifically based natural alternative programmes should not be underestimated as alone or adjunct approach. These programmes help combat the symptoms of menopause and aid in keeping the heart, bones and memory strong. The key elements for a natural alternative approach are: A
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Not so killer heels – Bunions and their treatment through keyhole surgery/minimally invasive surgery

My experience as a doctor over the last 15 years or so has taught me many things about cause and effect in medicine – smoking kills, sugar rots teeth, too much sun can burn! Today I’m writing about one that isn’t true. The myth of high heels causing bunions! For all of you, high heel lovers out there breathe a sigh of relief and repeat after me – “heels don’t
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Suffering from Insomnia?

What is Insomnia and how can this affect you Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder. Chronic insomnia is reported to affect up to 10% of the general populations. Insomnia occurs when someone has persistent difficulties falling asleep or staying asleep. Insomnia can result in many forms of daytime impairment: fatigue, concentration or memory impairment, reduced motivation and energy. People with insomnia tend to be more irritable, anxious and having
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A Ketogenic Diet and Weight Loss. More Harm than Good?

What is a ketogenic diet A ketogenic diet (KD) is very low in carbohydrates, provides adequate protein, and supplies most of its calories in the form of fats. As fat is the main source of energy being consumed, the body must then use this (i.e. break it down) as the main source of ‘fuel’. When fat is metabolised for energy, by-products called ketone bodies (molecules that are made by the
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How Acupuncture can help to improve Fertility

Almost one in six couples experience fertility problems. Studies show that whilst 40% of the time infertility is the result of female factors, 40% it is also the result of male factors and 20% of the time the result is a combination of both women and men. Acupuncture is one of the most popular alternative therapies for treating fertility issues. Research indicates that couples who are supported with acupuncture for
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Your Thyroid Health

What and where is the thyroid gland? The thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland that sits in the front of the neck, just below the Adam’s apple. Its main function is to release hormones into the bloodstream, which are needed for our cells to work normally. Thyroxine (T4) and its active form Triiodothyronine (T3) have lots of different effects, including on our metabolism, physical growth and mental health. The release of T3
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Prostate Checks – Why Wait

Over the past few days the media has reported that for the first time in the UK, the number of deaths from prostate cancer has overtaken the number of deaths from breast cancer. Despite the fact that screening for prostate cancer has been available widely in the private sector for the past few years, the number of patients enquiring about health screening and cancer screening consists mostly of women. Many
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Recurrent miscarriages – What Should you do and when?

When a miscarriage happens during a pregnancy at any stage it can be extremely distressing for a woman and her partner. However, when several miscarriages are experienced then this can be particularly devastating for those involved. Miscarriages that occur in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy (first trimester) are known as early miscarriages, whereas those that occur from weeks 13-24 are known as late miscarriages. Unfortunately, miscarriages are extremely common. 
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What to expect after your child’s vaccinations

After receiving vaccination(s), your baby may cry for a little while but this usually settles quickly with a cuddle or a feed. Most babies don’t have any reaction, but at site of injection (upper arm or thigh) there could be: Swelling Redness Small hard lump These settle within 2-3 days and do not need any treatment. Fever – this is a temperature over 37.5°C (99.5°F). Fevers are quite common in
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