Healthy Interests

New GP referral system - helps to ensure that choosing the right private specialist can be a shared decision

GP guidance on best private specialist

If you are considering private treatment for your medical condition how do you decide who is the right specialist for you and how easy is it to arrange a private appointment? Although there are a number of good sources of information available to the general public on medical Consultants and private hospitals most of us would still ultimately like to be guided on who we should see by our GP. But given the pressure on GPs and limited appointment times how much assistance can a GP practically give?

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

Famous British Medical Pioneers - The History of Medical Innovation

by Dr Edin Lakasing, The Royal Society of Medicine and Chorleywood Health Centre


Britain has been at the forefront of medical research and practice throughout the modern era and British scientists have been responsible for numerous ground-breaking discoveries. In this section authored by Dr Edin Lakasing we look at some of the individuals who pioneered medical advancement and who saved the lives of countless people in the process.

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:

Beating Diabetic Foot Ulcers

If a surgeon in the developed world finds himself facing the unpleasant task of amputating a foot, he can be fairly certain, without having to ask, that his patient is a Diabetic. Currently, 15% of all Diabetics will require foot amputation as a result of foot ulcers.

Why do teenagers binge drink?

In the UK, around 5,000 teenagers are admitted to hospital every year for alcohol-related reasons and binge drinking among young people has become commonplace. Now new research helps to explain why some teenagers are more proneLying face-downwards. to drinking alcohol than others.

The recent study carried out by King's College London's Institute of Psychiatry (IoP) and published in Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) provides a detailed understanding of those processes of the brain that are involved in teenage alcohol abuse.

Safety on the slopes – wear a helmet

Snow sports remain extremely popular winter pastimes and it is estimated that there are currently more than 200 million skiers and 70 million snowboarders in the world. Over recent years awareness of the benefits of wearing a helmet on the slopes has been increasing and new research has now demonstrated that the use of helmets reduces the risk of serious injury and saves lives.

Red Tape Challenge for Health

A new initiative has been launched that aims to reduce red tape in public health and social care. Part of the Red Tape Challenge, the government’s drive to reduce unnecessary regulation, the scheme invites members of the public and health professionals to comment on more than 500 Department of Health regulations covering a range of areas including the NHS, quality of care and professional standards.

Remember, remember it’s Movember

November becomes Movember once again for the moustache growing charity event. The campaign aims to raise funds and awareness for men’s health and in particular prostateA gland that surrounds the urethra near the bladder. It produces a fluid that forms part of the semen. and testicularRelating to the testicles. cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body.. By encouraging men to get involved Movember hopes to raise awareness of the health issues that affect men and to ultimately change the face of men’s health. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men and it causes approximately 10,000 deaths in the UK each year.

Movember 2013 Key Health Messages

Hearing Awareness Month

In the UK 1 in 6 people suffer from some degree of hearing loss. If this condition is left untreated it can result in feelings of frustration, isolation and even depressionFeelings of sadness, hopelessness and a loss of interest in life, combined with a sense of reduced emotional well-being. Despite the negative impact that hearing loss can have on quality of life, only 1 in 10 sufferers will seek help from the onset, with some waiting for up to 10 years before seeking assistance. 

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