You have finally found the courage to book your first appointment with a psychologist or a psychotherapist. Meeting a new therapist for the first time often feels nerve-racking. This is entirely understandable as you may well disclose concealed fears and deeply intimate issues to someone that you have just met. Opening up to a stranger would […]
From early on in our development, many of us are socialised to the notion that the value of our worth as a person is conditional upon the achievements we make (or failure to do so!) and from our early childhood experiences, we construct psychological perspectives of who we believe we are (i.e. core beliefs).
So does […]
Our microbiota is made up of trillions of tiny organisms called microbes that live in our gut. The gut microbiota is unique to each of us. They not only help digest the food we eat, but also produce molecules that influence our health via the immune system and impact gene expression. Beneficial bacteria prevent the […]
Heart rhythm problems affect millions of us in Britain. Can we prevent them from happening in the first place? Dr Jonathan Clague at Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Specialist Care says the damaging effects of alcohol on our cardiovascular health must be made clearer.
Have you ever felt your heart do something unusual? The smallest jump or flutter can serve as […]
Due to medical advances over the last few decades, around half the people diagnosed with cancer are expected to survive for 10 years or more. The decline in quality of life caused by both the diagnosis and treatments e.g. surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy side effects (nausea, vomiting, hair loss, sleep problems, pain, flu like […]
The contraceptive implant is a highly effective form of contraception (approximately 99% effective). It is a small plastic rod, containing the hormone progesterone, that is inserted under the skin on the inner aspect of the upper arm. It works by thickening cervical mucus and can stop ovulation. The implant lasts for three years at which […]
Molar pregnancy, also known as Hydatidiform Mole or Gestational Trophoblastic Disease, occurs in around 1 in 600 to 1 in 1000 pregnancies. In this rare complication, the fetus and placenta do not develop normally, leading to a non-viable pregnancy.
Molar pregnancy can be partial or complete. Partial molar pregnancy is where there is a fetus with […]
Many people don’t know just how simple smear tests can be. They only take a few minutes, and Public Health England research shows that once women have been screened, 8 in 10 (87%) are ‘glad they went’ and that they were ‘put at ease by the nurse or doctor doing the test’ (84%). Regular screening is important […]
Amongst my most commonly treated conditions is sciatica, which is characterised by pain which radiates from the lower spine. This discomfort can extend through the buttocks and legs. This pain, which ranges from mild to excruciating (medically termed lumbar radiculopathy) is a surprisingly common condition. While the general population has an 80-90% chance of experiencing […]
Gilmore’s Groin, athletic pubalgia (AP), sports hernia, and pubic inguinal pain syndrome are all terms used to describe a spectrum of injuries that involve the muscle, tendon and ligaments that make up a dense connective tissue fascia that anchors onto the pubic bone and inguinal region. The groin itself also has the interesting dilemma of […]