Doctor’s Blog

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...


Are you getting enough protein?

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Protein is a vital ingredient for the thousands of processes and reactions that take place within the human body each day. The popularity of sport supplements proves that many people are...


How much calcium does the human body need?

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A huge variety of nutrients are required to keep the human body functioning healthily but calcium is the one found in most abundance. Risks for those who do not consume...


STI testing for people without symptoms

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Some people with Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) experience no symptoms and therefore do not tend to seek a test and treatment. However, untreated STIs can lead to a number of health...


How much water should people drink?

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Under normal circumstances, the amount of water we consume is regulated by the thirst reflex and the number of times we pay a visit to the toilet. However, there can be...


Beware Hay Fever Sufferers: High Pollen

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With parts of the UK set for a ‘very high’ pollen count today and into the weekend, hay fever suffers can expect to feel its wrath again. It has been particularly...


Adult acne treatment

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Coping with the physical and psychological impact of acne can be very difficult. While most people associate the condition with their teenage years, many adults also suffer. Figures from the NHS suggest...


Dr. Phelan discusses rising STI rates

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Public Health England has released updated figures on the rates of sexually transmitted infections (STI’s), with 440,000 STI’s diagnosed in 2014 in England alone. Chlamydia still tops the list of...


Britain’s double childhood obesity epidemic

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Obesity in Britain has trebled since the 1980s – so what is fuelling it and how can we help the next generation? More than half of the nation could be obese...