Doctor’s Blog

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...


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...


Family health: seasonal affective disorder

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It’s no surprise that some people start to feel a little blue at a time of year when the days are short and the nights long and dark. Most people will...


Family health: Cut down on drinking alcohol

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Dry January has become an important landmark in the health calendar and this year coincides with updated advice from the UK’s chief medical officers, who say that no-one should drink...


Family health: Avoid flu and quit smoking

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Helping vulnerable people to avoid winter flu is a real priority for family doctors at this time of year. Flu can lead to serious complications for some patients, including older people,...


Help with symptoms of the menopause

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Concerns that many menopausal women were “suffering in silence” due to confusion about the safety of hormone replacement therapy recently led to new guidelines for medical professionals from the the...