Doctor’s Blog

Irritable Bowel Syndrome explained

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a long-term condition of the digestive system thought to affect around one in five people at some point in their lives. There’s a good chance it...


Raising awareness of diabetes on World Health Day

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Around 350 million people worldwide live with diabetes and the World Health Organisation (WHO) predicts that the disease will be the seventh leading cause of death by 2030. World Health Day...


What you need to know about prostate cancer

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One in eight men will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime; it’s the most common form of cancer in men, with over 44,000 being diagnosed each year. Many men don’t consider...


Travel health tips: Seven things you need to know

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It’s the time of year when many people’s thoughts start turning to their holidays and patients ask me about health precautions they should take before travelling. Concerns about the spread of...


The importance of getting a good night’s sleep

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March is National Bed Month, an initiative aimed at encouraging people to do what they can to get a good night’s sleep. While many people are fortunate enough to have a...


What you need to know about rheumatoid arthritis

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While rheumatoid arthritis is generally a condition associated with older patients, the truth is that it can affect people of any age, including children. Affecting as many as one 690,000 people...


Hair loss treatment advice

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Hair loss treatment can help both men and women. Our hair is an integral part of our identity, especially for women, so losing it can cause lack of confidence, anxiety...


Can a “sugar tax” make us a healthier nation?

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Calls for a so-called “sugar tax” have focused attention on the impact that the nation’s diet is having on its health. The National Obesity Conference has recommended a 50% tax on...


Family Health: Avoiding cold weather health risks

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There are plenty of myths about how people can catch a cold, with probably the most common the one about going outside in the cold with wet hair. While it’s not...


Family health: Gluten intolerance

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There’s now far more help available for people who experience gluten intolerance than used to be the case, with restaurants and supermarkets stocking specialist alternatives to many foodstuffs. There have been...


Family health: Cervical cancer prevention week

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This week is Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (January 24 to 30), when participating GP surgeries will be helping to make women aware of the symptoms and causes of the disease,...


Family health: cold sore treatment

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Cold sores can be a sign that we are rundown or stressed and people are often more susceptible in the winter months. They are caused by a virus and will usually...


Family health: What to do about head lice

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Head lice are one of the things many parents worry about when their children return to school, with one in three youngsters in the UK affected at some point in...