Health Matters

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! This effect was amplified for those that lived alone with a dog – rising to a 33% lower mortality. This effect dwarfs the results of benefits seen in many of the drug trials on statins and blood pressure treatments.

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.

Have you ever considered that the niggling back pain that’s been bothering you may have nothing whatsoever to do with a back problem? Or wondered why your knees are hurting when you can’t remember injuring them? Turns out that all sorts of aches and pains further north in the body are actually caused by your gait – the way you walk or run. Correcting an abnormal gait early on can help prevent all sorts of musculoskeletal problems later in life.

Clinical photography is, perhaps, not the first medical profession that might spring to our minds and it often goes under the radar.

However, despite its mysterious nature, it is instrumental within the medical world. Without it, we’d struggle with both learning and teaching, as the images provided by clinical photographers can play a significant role in ensuring medical students and junior doctors have all the information surrounding surgical techniques and conditions.

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