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Ovarian Cancer Risk? Should my ovaries be removed?

The question many women who have a family history of ovarianrelating to the ovaries cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body., and who are therefore at higher risk of developing the disease themselves ask is - am I safer having my ovariesFemale reproductive organs situated one on either side of the uterus (womb). They produce egg cells (ova) and hormones in a monthly cycle. removed?

The operation also reduces the risk of breast cancer

1 in 10 antibiotic prescriptions fail to effectively treat infection

A 20-year study has shown that 1 in 10 of all antibiotic prescriptions fail to treat the infectionInvasion by organisms that may be harmful, for example bacteria or parasites. for which they were prescribed. This is set against a backdrop of the World Health Organisation declaring that the issue of antibiotic resistanceThe ability of a microbe, such as a type of bacteria, to resist the effects of antibiotics or other drugs. is a global public health crisis.

The study was carried out by researchers at Cardiff University. They state that although many previous studies have assessed antibiotic resistance in hospitals, little is known about the frequencyApplied to urination, needing to urinate more often than normal, for whatever reason. and pattern of antibiotic resistance in primary care.

Achieving Pulmonary Vein Isolation (PVI)

University College London Cardiologist Dr Oliver Segal explains that Catheter Ablation is now usually the preferred option for treating Atrial Fibrillation. The objective of this treatment is to achieve Pulmonary Vein Isolation in order to correctly insulate otherwise abnormal cardiacRelating to the heart electrical activity.

Diagnosed with Phyllodes Tumour?

The phyllodes tumourAn abnormal swelling. is a good example of a benignNot dangerous, usually applied to a tumour that is not malignant. lump that may not always be benign.

Breast lump expert, Mr Simon Marsh says, "So, what should you do with a benign breast lump? Well, nothing, unless you want to, but you have to be absolutely sure it is benign and that is not always straightforward."

Top Ten Tips to avoid Heartburn

Consultant Gastroenterologist Dr Simon Mark Greenfield says, "Indigestion symptoms can be troublesome but are treatable and with the correct review of your diet it should be possible to help your symptoms get better".

Drugs or catheter ablation for AF?

It is recommended that anti-arrhythmic drugs are the still the first line treatment for atrial fibrillationA common abnormal heart rhythm causing a rapid, irregular pulse and failure of the upper chambers of the heart (atria) to pump properly. Abbreviated to AF.. However, a number of randomised clinical trials have shown that ablation is superior to anti-arrhythmic drugs as a first line treatment for paroxysmal AFAn abbreviation for atrial fibrillation.

Choice - patients have it

Mainstream medicine has often struggled to keep up with the technological advances in information share. A common observation from doctors is that they feel that patients often know more about their problem and associated treatment solutions than they do. The plain fact is that there is no reason why anyone cannot now become highly knowledgeable in any particular field of medicine. The doctor patient relationship has shifted to teamwork and joint clinical decision making.

What is most symptomatic: the hydrocephalus or the tumour?

Consultant Paediatric Neurosurgeon, Mr Christopher Chandler provides parents with a detailed overview of what is involved when a child presents with hydrocephalusExcess levels of fluid within the brain..

What should I ask my heart consultant?

Don't worry about asking your consultant questions..

Torn or ruptured ACL in knee joint

An injury to the ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) in the knee happens with alarming frequencyApplied to urination, needing to urinate more often than normal, for whatever reason.. Each year there are about 30 ACL ruptures per 100,000 people.  An ACL rupture can occur during a twisting, or pivoting movement.

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