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Trying to conceive? Consider checking your vitamin D level

A recently published article by Mumford et al 1 showed that sufficient preconception vitamin D levels (25-hydroxyvitamin D ≥75 nmol/L) are associated with an increased likelihood of pregnancy and livebirth. The team also found that Increased vitamin D concentrations before conception were associated with reduced pregnancy loss. Quick study summary The study was a secondary analysis of a cohort of 1191 women that were already enrolled into a trial looking
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Five summer skin care myths

The sun is beginning to make its appearance and the British summer is certainly under way. Before you whip those arms and legs out and inflate the paddling pool, it is worth quickly familiarising yourself with the following myths around staying sun safe. 1. Sun exposure increases the risk of skin cancer – TRUE Over the years it has become hard proven fact that sun exposure is directly linked to
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Fatty Liver Disease – Not Just A Condition Of Obesity

Fatty liver disease (also known as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, NAFLD) affects up to 1 in 3 of us and is now the leading cause of chronic liver disease in Europe and the USA. NAFLD is predicted to become the most frequent indication for liver transplantation by 2030 (1). Although NAFLD is more common in obese and diabetic people, the phenomenon of “lean NAFLD” is increasingly more prevalent, with 10-20%
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Are you apple shaped? Metabolic Syndrome is a possibility

Apple shaped bodies, carry more weight around their waist and unlike the pear-shaped ones, have a higher risk for metabolic syndrome and all its consequences. An apple-shaped body is a classic signal for metabolic syndrome. If you are concerned about your weight, its distribution and you would like to be assessed, staff at ROC Clinic are highly trained in managing individuals like you. What is it metabolic syndrome? Metabolic syndrome
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Pain in the gut? It could be fat.

I scan men and women everyday for abdominal ultrasounds. Their doctors refer them because they either have abnormal liver function tests (shown in blood test results) or they are experiencing abdominal pain that may radiate to their back, may keep them up at night or may give them heartburn. What can ultrasound imaging show? Patients always want me to find something wrong so they can either take medication or see
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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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