Healthy Interests

Why addiction is a family affair: a doctor's personal account

My wife and I were frightened and lonely when it became clear that our son had problems with drugs and alcohol. Addiction was not something that we understood. Neither did our family or friends.

Idiopathic anaphylaxis: The hidden allergy?

Most people have heard of severe allergies, or anaphylaxis, to food, insect stings, drugs and other common substances, but sometimes no cause at all can be found for a person’s reaction. This condition is called idiopathicOf unknown cause. anaphylaxis. 

Pregnancy is not the time to cut back on exercise and activity

Although the benefits of remaining fit and active during pregnancythe period from conception to birth are well known over 70% of expectant mothers do not exercise regularly, viewing pregnancy as a time to scale back on physical activity.

Why choosing to have a private obstetrician could be best for you and your baby

Why a Private Obstetrician can be the best Investment for Baby

If you are pregnant you may be enjoying the idea of shopping for all of the things that you want for your unborn baby. Your wish list may include designer clothes and furnishings or a go-anywhere buggy but there is every chance  that you will not have given too much thought to the idea of paying privately for an obstetrician to care for you and your baby. However, if your priority is your wellbeing and the safe delivery of a healthy baby then you may want to think again.

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.

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