Healthy Interests

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.

Metal on Metal Hip Replacements – should I be concerned?

Recent television programmes and press articles have highlighted surgeons’ concerns regarding metal on metal hip replacements to the point where some say they should no longer be used. Several manufacturers have already withdrawn this type of implant. The metal on metal debate is complex and can be confusing to the lay person as all hip replacements contain at least one metal component.

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.

Winter foods for a cancer patient

At this cold time of year, we get bombarded with advice to take  food supplements and to ensure that we are getting extra doses of vitamins. For a cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. patient this can lead to massive amounts of advice from friends and family to take “vitamin X, Y or Z”. Current research, however, says you are unlikely to need extra vitamins, as long as you are eating a sensible, varied diet and are getting plenty of vegetables and fruit.

How can you treat chronically active Crohn’s disease?

Consultant Gastroenterologist, Dr Purushothaman answers the following question from a totalhealth visitor:

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.

Cervical cancer jab: Risk or requirement?

The Human Papilloma Virus vaccinationThe means of producing immunity by stimulating the formation of antibodies. programme is designed to reduce the risk of cervicalRelating either to the cervix (the neck of the womb) or to the cervical vertebrae in the neck (cervical spine). cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. in women. There are two licensed vaccines, Gardasil® and Cervarix®, available to protect against the types of HPVAn abbreviation for human papilloma virus, a sexually transmitted virus that can cause genital warts and may also have a role in the development of various cancers. infectionInvasion by organisms that may be harmful, for example bacteria or parasites. that cause most cervical cancers. In the UK Cervarix® is included in the national vaccination programme for teenage and pre-teenage girls aged 12–13 and 17–18.The safety of HPV vaccines was studied in clinical trials worldwide before the licence was granted.

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