Addiction is an often misunderstood illness. The first step to alcohol recovery, or other addictive illnesses, is for the patient to be correctly diagnosed and to accept the diagnosis. These totalhealth articles contain the essential information for anyone suffering from alcoholism and other addictive tendencies as well as their friends and family members.
Conditions and Treatment Options
Adult Urinary Incontinence
It is thought that one in three women, and one in twenty men in the UK are suffering from some form of urinary incontinence. While this is a very common problem, many people are reluctant to discuss the matter with their doctor and without treatment, bladder problems can have a major impact on every day life.
Allergies are very common, with one in four people in the UK suffering from an allergy at some point during their lives. It is not known what causes allergies to occur and why these are on the increase.
An anal fissure is a small split or tear in the thin lining of the anal canal, known as the mucosa. Anal fissures are very common in young children but they can occur in people of all ages. In adults, fissures can be caused by constipation, straining to pass hard stools, or by long periods of diarrhoea. In older adults anal fissures can occur as a result of decreased blood flow to the area.
The information in this section has been written by senior Orthopaedic Consultants who specialise in ankle conditons. The articles listed below explain common ankle problems and discuss the latest treatments including arthroscopy and shock wave therapy.
Asherman’s syndrome is the condition that occurs when scar tissue caused by a surgical procedure forms on the lining of the uterusoften resulting in infertility. Few people have heard of Asherman’s syndrome and although many health professionals believe it to be quite rare, it affects a significant number of women.
Asthma is a common inflammatory disease that affects the airways, causing them to become swollen and sensitive to inhaled substances and irritants. The symptoms of asthma can range from mild to very severe and include wheezing and breathlessness.
Bowel Cancer / Colorectal Cancer
What we need to know about bowel cancer includes its prevention, screening, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options. Bowel cancer is a classic example of where early detection is critical, but there is sometimes a stigma attached to being screened. So find out about the latest diagnostic options, and if something is detected, what treatment option is most likely to succeed.
The UK’s most senior brain and spine surgeons describe the different types of brain tumour, and the latest advances in their treatment. We learn that brain tumours can be divided into primary brain tumours (those that arise from the brain itself and almost never spread from the central nervous system) and secondary (those that spread from a cancer somewhere else in the body).
The information in this section on breast cancer has been written by senior Consultant Surgeons who are experts in the condition.
The articles below explain the nature of breast cancer, how breast cancer is diagnosed and the latest treatment options and approach.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UK with 50,000 people being diagnosed in the UK every year. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and has seen a surge of fundraising and awareness raising across the world.
There are many conditions that can make breathing difficult. Conditions that affect the lungs and airways such as asthma and pneumonia cause breathing problems.
Senior Ophthalmologists advise on the latest treatments for Cataracts
Cervical cancer is cancer of the neck of the womb and it is the second most common cancer in women worldwide, second only to breast cancer; however in the UK it is relatively uncommon. The reason for this is the National Screening Programme for Cervical Cancer, which scientists believe saves 5000 women’s lives in the UK each year.
A chest infection is a bacterial or viral infection of the airways or lungs. The two main types of chest infection are acute bronchitis, which is the more common and less serious type of infection and pneumonia. Chest infections can range from being relatively mild to severe and life threatening.