Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can be a confusing condition to get your head around – despite being so common. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Medstars consultant gynaecologist and obstetrician, Mr Joseph Aquilina (who just so happens to be an expert in all things women’s health), to explore the causes, symptoms and treatments.
Nationwide clapping is heartfelt and very lovely, but as we all know, the best thing we can do to support the NHS and other key workers right now is to stay at home. Whilst many of us are extremely lucky to be able to stay at home with our families, this drastic change in routine and lack of face to face social interaction could take a toll on our mental health – especially considering the uncertainty of our futures and the constant bombardment on TV and social media by coronavirus-related news.
Have you ever lay awake at night, dwelling on a thought you just can’t seem to get rid of? It may be, for example, worrying that something bad will happen to a family member, a sense that something catastrophic will happen in your next exam, or that your blog post will be horrendously reviewed. If you have, it is possible that you have experienced intrusive thoughts.
Published in the highly regarded scientific journal Nature*, a team lead by Professor Tove Fall at Uppsalla University in Sweden have completed the largest study of its kind: they tracked 3.4 million over forty year-olds and found that dog owners live longer and have a 20% lower risk of early death from cardiovascular disease than non dog owners!
Exhausted all the time? Keeping your partner awake with your snoring? It might be that your breathing is temporarily stopping whilst you snooze. Whilst this sounds alarming, there are expert tests and treatments available for the problem. Our London-based consultant cardiologist and sleep apnoea expert, Dr Boon Lim explains what sleep apnoea is and how to diagnose it quickly and easily with this simple test.
Animal-assisted therapy, or pet therapy as it is sometimes known, is an alternative or complementary therapy. Almost any animal can potentially be used, although it is most common to use dogs, cats and horses.
There is growing recognition that animal-assisted therapy has a place in modern medicine. More, there is a real understanding that access to animals can provide benefits that few other forms of therapy can match.
We’ve put together some of our top tips on how to avoid the flu below, so that you can reduce your risk of suddenly feeling bunged up with a nasty cough and cold or worse. Anyone not observing these tips in our office will find themselves on the receiving end of passive-aggressive side-eyes until further notice.
Our amazing gastroenterologist, Dr Reshma Rakshit, is on hand to give us the low-down on constipation in her characteristic expert and down-to-earth style.
Constipation is simplistically defined as difficulty in bowel movements. It can be acute (sudden in onset) or chronic which means the symptoms have lasted for more than 6 months.