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Depression and Libido

Women's health expert, Prof John Studd requests that the following information be sent, "to every friend and particularly to your friendly psychiatristA specialist in the management of mental health conditions. who needs this information about treatment of depressionFeelings of sadness, hopelessness and a loss of interest in life, combined with a sense of reduced emotional well-being in women":Hormones for treating depression

Depression and loss of libidoSexual drive.

HRT Promotes Joint Health

As previously reported by Total Health in his article "HRT helps to prevent repeat knee and hip replacement surgery" by Prof John Studd, there is increasing evidence of the benefits of hormone replacement therapyThe administration of female hormones in cases where they are not sufficiently produced by the body. Abbreviated to HRT. for women.

Prostate Cancer Test to Determine Best Treatment

The problem with prostateA gland that surrounds the urethra near the bladder. It produces a fluid that forms part of the semen. cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. is in knowing whether you have an aggressive form of the cancer and therefore require a surgical option, or if you have a less agressive form of the disease - which is more likely. The aggressiveness of prostate cancer can now be measured using a genomic test called Prolaris. The Prolaris test measures a key feature of cancer growth, namely 'cellThe basic unit of all living organisms. proliferation', and whether the genes for cancer cell proliferation are 'expressed'.

Getting Approved Genetic Testing Done

Genetic testing can be arranged direct to the consumer (DTC), but because the science is advancing so rapidly it is recommended by the National Genome Research Institute to discuss the testing process first with a qualified medical specialist or appropriate genetics counsellor. As in any market, there are many companies seeking to meet the emerging demand by providing testing services, and the quality plus levels of accreditation of these providers will vary.

Beware Killer Candida and other Lethal Fungi

A leading microbiologist, Professor Rosemary Barnes is personal chair of Cardiff University’s Institute of Infection & Immunity and she has warned of the increasing threat that killer fungi poses to humans and the environment. She says, “For most people, fungal disease means a bit of athlete’s foot or a manky-looking toe nail. These maybe irritating and unsightly, but fungi can do far worse.

Mining the Soil for New Antibiotics

A new antibiotic effective against a broad range of superbugs including MRSA, which the scientists are calling Teixobactin has been discovered. Teixobactin also appears to be effective at fighting a raft of other superbugs and increasingly diffficult to treat infections including enterococci, Mycobacterium tuberculosisAn infectious disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium Tuberculosis., Clostridium difficile and Bacillus anthracis.Soil bacteria fighting drug resistance

Neurosurgery with Deep Brain Stimulation

In many patients reduction in medication parallels the increase in the therapeutic electric current

Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) and Occipital Nerve Stimulation (ONS) are all forms of Neuromodulation. They can be highly effective forms of treatment for a range of conditions from Parkinson's Disease and tremorShaking or trembling due to involuntary muscle movements. to chronicA disease of long duration generally involving slow changes. neuropathic pain and cluster headacheA type of frequent headache that recurs regularly in clusters, with pain-free intervals in between, and is associated with a runny nose (rhinitis) and increased tear production.Neuromodulation

Private London Back Pain Specialists

The component parts of the spine including the vertebrae, vertebralAffecting the vertebrae, the bones of the spine, or the joints between them discs, nervesBundles of fibres that carry information in the form of electrical impulses. and muscles normally all work in perfect harmony. However, despite millions of years of evolution and the transition to the vertical, our backs are still highly proneLying face-downwards. to damage or degeneration and often struggle with the more sedentary demands of the modern work place.Spine degeneration

Is there a Standard Cure for Back Pain?

As Dr Knut Schroeder explains, "No such thing exists as a standard cure for back pain". There are many different types of treatment available from a range of different specialists. The one thing most doctors advise is that bed rest is usually not appropriate because it can slow the recovery. So, it is (in most cases) important to get on top of the pain and to keep gently moving.

When to get medical advice for back pain:

Sciatica - Endoscopic Microdisectomy Surgery

Patients with sciaticaPain that radiates along the sciatic nerve, which is the main nerve in each leg and the largest nerve in the body. caused by a slipped (or herniated) disc and requiring surgery need to be individually assessed prior to being offered endoscopic microdisectomy. No two backs are the same, and there are a number of spine and biomechanical considerations that must be conducted first to assess how well an individual patient is likely to respond when reviewing all best treatment options.

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