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Are your Firmicutes making you fat?

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.

How your gut microbiome may be affecting your weight. The bacteria that live in our gut (more recently termed the “gut microbiome”) are becoming linked increasingly with a number of health conditions ranging from cardiovascular disease and autoimmune disorders to mental health conditions such as anxiety or depression. Another condition emerging with possible links to our gut microbiome is that of obesity. Studies as early as 2006 show that the
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Giving Blood 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.

The Blood Transfusion Service always needs blood donors. Donated blood is used to treat critically ill patients who have lost blood through accidents, surgery or chlid birth, and for some chronic medical conditions. Constituents of blood, platelets and plasma, are also used to treat conditions such as clotting disorders. The blood transfusion service works 365 days a year  and needs to have a mix of blood types to meet needs.
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Codeine – If I can buy it over the counter then it must be safe?

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.

Here we discuss the medication codeine, its uses, and potential drawbacks.   What is codeine? Codeine is considered one of the commonly used painkillers in the UK for mild to moderate pain.  It is also used to treat diarrhoea and is sometimes an ingredient in some cough syrups, as it can be used to suppress dry coughs. However, the National Records of Scotland report that codeine was found to be
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ROC Health Set To Expand Its Foothold In The NE Scotland Private Health Market

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.

ROC is expected to open its new clinic in the Westhill area of Aberdeen on July 1st 2019. ROC acquired new 11,800sq ft premises within Westhill Business Park in April 2019, premises that are part of a 3-phase development project over the next 2 years. The new facilities will see ROC expand its Occupational and Private Medical Services, including the establishment of a state of art Diagnostic Centre. ROC will
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The ABC of Hepatitis

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.

The term Hepatitis refers to inflammation of the liver. The commonest cause of inflammation is due to viral infection. There are three common types of viral hepatitis- hepatitis A ,hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.   Hepatitis A This is more commonly known as ‘infectious hepatitis’. Hepatitis A is typically transmitted through the ingestion of contaminated water and food or contact with someone carrying the infection. Hepatitis A is most likely
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Breaking news in the diagnosis of Endometriosis!

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.

Recently it was announced that a new blood test has been developed to help diagnose endometriosis. Endometriosis is the very painful disease where cells that produce menstrual blood normally found in the womb lining (=endometrium) are outside of the womb, and as the blood produced can not escape anywhere, it causes cysts, inflammation and scarring. It is notoriously difficult to diagnose, with the gold standard for diagnosis being a surgical
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Gut microbiome and your mood.

How your microbiome may be making you a misery guts.

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.

It is now apparent that the bacteria living within our gut (the gut microbiome) are essential for our physical wellbeing.  Numerous studies implicate the gut microbiome’s role in maintaining our health through important processes such as developing and modulating our immune system.  Allergies, autoimmune diseases, chronic conditions and even obesity are all thought to result from possible alterations in this environment.   More recently, the role of the gut microbiome
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Mud, Mud Glorious Mud!

How Increasing The Gut Microbiome Diversity Can Help Reduce Your Child’s Future Risk Of Allergies.

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.

It is now becoming apparent how important our gut bacteria (or our microbiome) is in shaping our current and future health – no more so than that of our children. Studies show that the marker of a healthy gut bacterial population is diversity – the more types of healthy bacteria that live in our gut, the better equipped our immune system is in its ability to defend against harmful bacteria
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First Trimester Prenatal Screening – Anything New?

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.

Pregnancy is generally considered an exciting time for prospective parents and their families. However, for many women and their partners, the happiness that comes with a positive pregnancy test is sometimes overshadowed by anxiety regarding the health of the baby, particularly if there is a history of miscarriages or health problems with previous babies. Previously, the majority of expectant parents have relied solely on the traditional methods of ultrasound scans
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Reluctance or Refusal to Vaccinate one of the 10 Threats to Global Health

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.

This year April 7th is World Health Day and we should celebrate the achievements in the field of vaccination. However, despite vaccine availability, many refuse or hesitate to be vaccinated despite vaccines being available.   Vaccination is one of the best ways of avoiding disease. It prevents ill-health, death and disability.   With an outbreak of measles across Europe in 2018, it gets us thinking –complacency, inconvenience and lack of
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