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  • Kidney Cancer - New Treatment

    Interventional oncology offers “tomorrow’s world” cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. treatment today

  • Medical Inbound Marketing

    The role of medical inbound marketing is to work in professional partnership with the medical experts is to help patients to find the right doctors and to help doctors to connect with their patients. The semantic web involves the use of words, content and web publishing as well as video, pictures and images to connect people appropriately.

  • Heart of gold

    The heart commands a special and powerful significance in our cultureThe growth within a laboratory of microbes, organisms too small to be seen with the naked eye.. In ancient times the heart was considered to be the basis of life itself, the seat of thought, reason and emotion. Shakespeare coined phrases about the heart that we still use today and the idea that our feelings and imagination emanate from the heart is deeply ingrained.

  • Digital Patients

    The instant availability of information means that most people on finding themselves ill turn to the internet, in other words, 'you Google it'. The difficulty is that any search is likely to bring up over a million results and so separating the wheat from the chaff could potentially be a lengthy task. So, in order to avoid having to wade through reams of irrelevant links, the trick is to be as specific as possible when it comes to typing your search and this will depend on the precise nature of the need.

  • Hip replacement surgery discussed by the experts

    The Hip Replacement Menu

    If you need to have a hip replaced the chances are that you will have no view on which type of hip replacement, and what type of operation you should have. At the end of the day, you will probably end up getting what your surgeon recommends. However, every surgeon has their own different and sometimes unique approach. There are hundreds of different types of hip prosthesisAn artificial device attached to the body., and many different surgical approaches - from computer navigation - to the tailor-made hip.

     

  • Apos Therapy - a new treatment for knee pain that works by changing the way you walk

    AposTherapy – a new treatment for knee pain that works by changing the way you walk

  • Chronic Illness of Epidemic Proportions

    The Implications of Chronic Illness are Profound

    A chronicA disease of long duration generally involving slow changes. illness is one that can be controlled but not cured and chronic illnesses are the biggest causes of premature death. A WHO report back in 2005 forecast that approximately 17 million people die prematurely each year as a result of chronic disease. These chronic diseases include the following pathologies:

  • Thirty years of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

    In 1982, world-renowned vet Dr Bruce Fogle, and Lady Beatrice Wright of the Royal National Institute for Deaf People (now called Action on Hearing Loss), introduced to the UK a charity that has gone on to radically change the lives of over 1600 deaf people right across the country.

    The scheme was launched following a trip to the USA where Bruce attended an event at Washington State University where he came across the American Hearing Dog Scheme. This scheme involved training dogs to alert deaf people to a range of sounds in the home, workplace, and public buildings.

  • How much sleep do I need?

    As the days are at their longest, my sleep is at its shortest and it’s got me wondering about how much sleep I actually need. I have often stated that without the recommended 8 hours I am a zombie, but who recommended those magical 8 hours, and are they right for everyone?

  • MS Awareness Week: What is the best treatment for multiple sclerosis?

    This week (30th April - 6th May) is MSmultiple sclerosis Awareness Week and the Multiple Sclerosis Trust are reminding people to Be Bold in Blue in order to raise awareness of this common neurological Associated with the nervous system and the brain. condition, the most common condition of its kind in the UK. Senior doctors have warned that not enough is known about MS and that most people in the country do not understand the symptoms of multiple sclerosisA progressive disease of the central nervous system., nor its prognosisAn assessment of the likely progress of a condition. or treatment.

  • How to Choose and Book

    The informed patient in the UK is now not only finding access to top quality medical information and treatment options for their diagnosisThe process of determining which condition a patient may have., but is being offered a choice of consultant with whom to have their treatment on the NHS.

  • Give flu the cold shoulder: prevent flu through jabs and healthy eating

    There certainly was a chill in the air this morning and the early commute was full of the usual suspects: sleepy, sneezy, coughy… At this time of year, leading medical experts advise us that influenzaA viral infection affecting the respiratory system. does not have to be a fundamental part of the winter season.

    Professor Kimberlin of the University of Birmingham, Alabama, USA writes that “Each year, an average of 24,000 people in the United States start the flu season alive and by the end of it have been killed by it…” He believes that this number could be greatly declined by getting an annual flu shot – available at most times of the year.

  • New Year’s Dieting: Delight or Disaster?

    After the champagne has been popped, the chocolates scoffed, and the has clock struck 12 to hearld in New Year’s Day, the nation begins a tidal wave of all things healthy: from gym memberships to crazy celeb diets. Before you begin to starve yourself into oblivion it would be wise to know which fads are fantastic, and which are just fiction.

  • Do you have a fear of Christmas?

    Although Christmas Phobia may not be an officially recognised medical condition I, for one, know that the anxiety and panic induced by the arrival of Saint Nick are very real. Graham Price, a Chartered Psychologist and Stress Management Consultant, writes that a phobia is an “irrational fear that generates anxiety whenever we’re exposed to the thing we fear.” Christmas can be one of these fears except that it has not been named as such.

  • The Diagnostic and Treatment Guide by William Shakespeare

    Numerous symptoms which patients may consult with their doctors about have no obvious physical cause leading to confusion on both the side of the patient and the doctor. Many of these, Shakespeare claimed, were due to psychological problems resulting in emotional effects on the body.

  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2011: Don’t keep mum about it!

    So, another Breast Cancer Awareness Month is drawing to a close and the healthcare industry is hoping that all of us have learnt something. Despite this, it appears that the facts surrounding breast cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. screeningA way to identify people who may have a certain condition, among a group of people who may or may not seem to are more controversial than ever. How can all women, including our mothers and grandmothers, be made aware of the risks and benefits involved in screening?

  • Top 10 Symptoms of Hypothermia

    Every year in the UK between 25–30,000 deaths are linked to cold weather. Keeping warm is a real concern for the elderly at this time of year and a number of steps can be taken to prevent hypothermia.

  • Does curry bring on labour?

    The scientific evidence on the theory that curry induces labour is sparse to say the least. Numerous methods of inducing labour have been suggested over the years but do they have any basis in fact or are they all a coincidence?

  • Cholesterol: famously found in fatty foods

    I certainly discovered something new about cholesterolA substance present in many tissues and an important constituent of cell membranes although high concentrations of a certain type of cholesterol in the blood are unhealthy. and healthy eating last week during National Cholesterol Week. For example, did you know that cholesterol is needed to manufacture vitaminEssential substances that cannot be produced by the body and so must be acquired from the diet. D and sex hormones? Too much cholesterol, however, can be very damaging to your health and can result in heart disease, strokeAny sudden neurological problem caused by a bleed or a clot in a blood vessel. and circulatory disease.

  • Systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (sJIA) Fact Sheet

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    Juvenile idiopathicOf unknown cause. arthritisInflammation of one or more joints of the body. (JIA) describes a group of conditions characterised by chronicA disease of long duration generally involving slow changes. arthritis in children. Systemic JIA is the subset of JIA with the worst long-term prognosisAn assessment of the likely progress of a condition. and this is the most serious type of childhood arthritis.

  • Simple invention relieves pain caused to hands by crutches

    Anyone who, through injury or disability, is unfortunate enough to rely on crutches to get around will be all too familiar with the extreme pain that normal crutch grips can cause to the hands. Frequently, people who have suffered an injury say that the pain caused by the broken ankle or torn ligaments is nothing compared to the pain caused by the subsequent use of crutches. This was the experience of engineer Chris Slack, who explains here how a rugby injury led to the invention of a simple device that allows standard crutches to be modified to prevent painful and blistered hands.

  • I’ve got chest pains - am I having a heart attack?

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    Pain in the chest is a worrying symptom. It can have a simple and relatively harmless cause, such as indigestionDiscomfort after eating. or muscleTissue made up of cells that can contract to bring about movement. strain, but it can also be caused by a heart attackThe death of a section of heart muscle caused by an interruption in its blood supply. Also called a myocardial infarction., an alarming and potentially life-threatening condition.  It is therefore extremely important to find out quickly and precisely what is causing any chest pain but it can often be difficult for doctors to reach a diagnosisThe process of determining which condition a patient may have. based simply on the symptoms and medical history. A new laboratory test called Troponin greatly assists with this task.

  • Clinical trials at the Christie Hospital: Fact Sheet

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    The aim of clinical trials is to discover if a drug or type of treatment is safe, has side effects, and works better than established treatments. They offer important opportunities for patients to access the most innovative treatments for cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body., giving them the best possible chance of survival or extended life, and they are an essential part of developing the cancer treatments of the future.

  • Identification of new gene variants linked to Bowel Cancer

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    Cancer Research UK funded scientists have discovered four new geneticRelating to the genes, the basic units of genetic material. variants linked to bowelA common name for the large and/or small intestines. cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. by combining data from three major genome studies, a study published in Nature Genetics shows. Pooling the data in this way created the largest study of its kind, involving over 45,000 volunteers with and without bowel cancer, allowing previously undetected genetic sites to be pinpointed.

  • Introduction to Pathology

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    Pathology, according to The Royal College of Pathologists is; “the hidden science that every day saves lives by helping doctors to make the right decisions.”

    As Dr Nigel Kellow points out in his excellent ‘Pain Management’ article, there are laboratory tests for pretty well every known substance in the body. These substances are normally either supposed to be present, or depending on amount mark a certain pathological (disease) state. As a result, laboratory testing combined with symptoms is the traditional first step to making a medical diagnosisThe process of determining which condition a patient may have..

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