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Consultant Profile - the specialist information hub

Patients are increasingly wanting to get information about the treatment options that may be appropriate for their medical condition, and to find out more about the specialist consultants who will be treating them. However, busy consultants do not have the time to continuously update their website or to proactively manage their digital communications.

Key patient questions include the following:

Guide to Paediatric Brain Tumours

Dr Stergios Zacharoulis, The Paediatric Oncology Consultant at the Royal Marsden Hospital has provided an overview of the types of cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. that children can get, including a section on brain tumours.

There are a number of different brain tumours that can affect children, all requiring different treatment approaches and these include the following:

Menopause and Depression

Most women are all too well aware of the effect that fluctuating levels of hormones have on mood. Also, the link between menopauseThe time of a woman’s life when her ovaries stop releasing an egg (ovum) on a monthly cycle. and menopausalRelating to the menopause, the time of a woman’s life when her ovaries stop releasing an egg (ovum) on a monthly cycle. depressionFeelings of sadness, hopelessness and a loss of interest in life, combined with a sense of reduced emotional well-being is evident. Therefore the hormones themselves should be the natural target for any treatment. Depression around the menopause is a form of what is called 'reproductive depression'.

One Stroke every Five Minutes -timing and safety

In the UK there is one person suffering a strokeAny sudden neurological problem caused by a bleed or a clot in a blood vessel. every five minutes. The perceived medical wisdom surrounding the effective treatment of this potentially fatal, if not highly debilitating event is around 'time to needle' and the use of a clotBlood that has coagulated, that is, has moved from a liquid to a solid state. busting drug called alteplase. Alteplase, sometimes known as tissueA group of cells with a similar structure and a specialised function. plasminogen activator or TPA is a thrombolytic drug that is injected into a veinA blood vessel that carries blood towards the heart. by reperfusionRestoration of blood flow through a previously blocked vessel..

Rowing for ankylosing spondylitis (AS)

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a painful, progressiveContinuously increasing in extent or severity. form of inflammatory arthritisInflammation of one or more joints of the body. that affects young people. The spine is most commonly affected but other joints, tendons and ligaments can also be affected. Symptoms usually start in late teens and early 20s and it can currently take 7-10 years to get an accurate diagnosisThe process of determining which condition a patient may have.. There is no cure for AS but symptoms can be managed with medication and appropriate exercise. Left untreated, AS can become chronicA disease of long duration generally involving slow changes., disabling and will cause irreversible spinal damage.

Guide to finding a lump in the breast

Consultant Breast Surgeon, Simon Marsh has provided a thorough and useful guide for women who are concerned on finding a lump in their breast. The first question to ask on finding a lump is - "What should I do?". Mr Marsh says, "It is completely understandable that you might worry about the possibility of breast cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. if you find a lump, but remember; most lumps are not cancer.

Why is depression more common in women than men?

It has been known for some time that depressionFeelings of sadness, hopelessness and a loss of interest in life, combined with a sense of reduced emotional well-being is more common in women than men, but it is also more common in women at times of hormonal fluctuations such as:

Hormones

Public transport commuters have healthier weights than people who drive to work

It is no great surprise that a new study has found that active methods of commuting to work such as walking and cycling are linked to lower body weights and body fatOne of the three main food constituents (with carbohydrate and protein), and the main form in which energy is stored in the body. compositions than those who drive. However, the research in question has also found that these health benefits are also shared by people who commute to work by public transport. 


Scientists make breakthrough in fight against hospital superbugs

Scientists at Queen's University Belfast have made a breakthrough in the fight against the most antibiotic resistantA microbe, such as a type of bacteria, that is able to resist the effects of antibiotics or other drugs. hospital superbugs.

HRT Reduces Repeat Surgery by 40%

Women's health expert, Professor John Studd points out the increasing amount of important data that supports the need for hormoneA substance produced by a gland in one part of the body and carried by the blood to the organs or tissues where it has an effect. therapy, Currently more than 2% of surgical procedures to replace the knee or hip have to be repeated within three years.

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