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Dr Hilary Jones Healthcare Guide – North

Welcome to this new magazine, Dr Hilary Jones’ Healthcare guide – I hope you find it an interesting and useful read. Interesting, because of the health matters we’ve covered; everything from exercise – something I consider key to good health – to dentistry; plus the ongoing topical issue of obesity, a health epidemic we need to tackle fast; and useful, because in our special Choose Your Consultant section, ...

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Acne: let’s get it sorted

Suffering from any skin condition can be debilitating, but when it's to do with your face, it can lessen your confidence even more. While acne occurs most commonly during adolescence, women and men of all ages can go through periods in their lives when their skin is inflamed and sore to the touch because of a cluster of severe nodules, blackheads, pimples and dry skin. What causes acne? Acne is caused by a ...

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Dr Hilary Jones’ Healthcare Guide

"Welcome to the latest issue of my Healthcare guide – I hope you find it an interesting and useful read. Interesting, because of the health matters we've covered; everything from exercise – something I consider key to good health – to the latest heart health innovations; plus the ongoing topical issue of obesity, a health epidemic we need to tackle fast; and useful, because in our special Choose Your Consul ...

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Living with arthritis: ‘Sometimes I can look about 90’

For Christie Michael, 29, from London, turning the pages of a book can be a struggle, but she’s determined not to let arthritis rule her life… After a long battle to attach a name to her condition, Christie was finally diagnosed with arthritis last year, at the age of 28. ‘According to my consultant, the arthritis I have is quite a rare one because it didn’t show up in any X-rays or MRI scans, although my b ...

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Dr Hilary Jones – interview: Trust me, I’m a doctor

When you’re referring to the nation’s favourite GP, Dr Hilary Jones, never has a truer phrase been said. Trusted by millions, Daybreak’s resident doctor, talks to editor, Jo Willacy, about all things health. Had Dr Hilary Jones sleepwalked his way into our interview it would have been no surprise. He’s been up since 4am filming a piece for Daybreak on people who suffer – and here’s the irony – sleep problem ...

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Urology: Sort your waterworks

Toilet trouble can be distressing, and a topic you’d rather not discuss. However, with the help of a good urologist, these issues are treatable… Do you feel a sneeze building up and take comfort that you brought spare underwear to manage your leaks? Are long car journeys a nightmare because you can't hold it in when nature calls? Pee problems will be experienced by most of us at some point – be it leaking, ...

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A-Z of foot health

The inner workings of your feet can reveal a lot about the state of your general health, but feet also suffer from problems of their own… AAchilles tendon rupture – Problems with this tendon affects one in 5,000 people in the UK at any time. A complete tear in the tendon two inches above the heel bone is called an Achilles tendon rupture. BBunions – A bunion is a bony enlargement of the joint and soft tissu ...

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Plastic surgery: Not just a nip and a tuck

Plastic surgery isn’t only cosmetic – people also go under the knife to correct birth defects and damage caused by illness or accidents... When we hear the term ‘plastic surgery’, most of us think of boob jobs and facelifts. In fact, plastic surgery refers to both cosmetic and reconstructive procedures, including congenital deformities (birth defects) such as cleft lip and palate, and acquired deformities, ...

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Pain management: Learn to control pain

Coping with long-term pain can affect your work, life and relationships. So what are the most common causes, and what can you do about it? One in five people in the UK live with long-term pain. Continuous long-term pain is known as ‘persistent’ or ‘chronic’, while pain that comes and goes is called ‘recurrent’ or ‘intermittent’. Common types include arthritis, back pain and headaches. Common causes Back pai ...

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Orthopaedics: Shoulder on regardless

Suffering from pain in your shoulder can be a long-term problem – almost half of people still have symptoms 18 months after the discomfort starts, so the sooner you seek treatment, the sooner you’ll be on the mend. A pain in the shoulder can disrupt your life in a big way. Not being able to move an arm freely for fear of discomfort can really affect independence – things like driving, cooking and even getti ...

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Orthopaedics: Play it safe

Sports are a great way to keep fit and healthy, but staying active is never risk-free. Being involved in sports is a great way to take regular exercise and, depending on the activity, can provide good social opportunities, but sometimes, in the heat of the moment, injuries can occur – anything from a light sprain to more serious damage that could end those sporting days for good. Sports injuries Sports-rela ...

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Orthopaedics: Easy does it

Hip problems can affect both young and old and shouldn’t be left untreated. When you can predict the weather by a twinge in your hip, or struggle with everyday activities such as walking, driving and getting dressed because of hip pain, it could be time to see an orthopaedic surgeon. Dealing with injuries, diseases and infections of the bones and joints, such specialists can help patients of all ages get th ...

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Orthopaedics: On the bend

Your knees are the key to your mobility and any damage can have a severe impact. The knee has a simple purpose. It needs to flex (bend) or extend (straighten) to allow the body to carry out its daily activities. Any swelling, stiffening, tears or sprains can stop this from happening, leaving you unable to walk on the affected leg and hobbling about with difficulty. Knee Osteoarthritis This condition affects ...

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Orthopaedics: A step ahead

Musculoskeletal problems can be debilitating and demand expert help. Orthopaedics is the branch of medicine concerned with injuries and diseases of the body’s musculoskeletal system, including bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves. Orthopaedic surgeons treat injuries, infections and cancers relating to this. Here, we focus on common ankle and foot problems and their treatment. Achilles tendo ...

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Ophthalmology: A clear vision

If blurred vision due to cataracts or glaucoma is causing difficulties in your daily life, routine treatment or simple surgery could be the answer to your problem. Ophthalmology is the branch of medicine that deals with the eye. It pays to be aware of the symptoms of common eye conditions, as early detection and treatment can prevent loss of sight. Here are two of the most common conditions that threaten yo ...

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Obstetrics and gynaecology: problems below the belt

If you start experiencing problems with your reproductive system, it’s vital that you visit your doctor right away. Not only are there possible implications for your health, but your chances of having children could be affected, too Obstetrics and gynaecology covers the health of women’s reproductive organs and the care of women during pregnancy and childbirth. This very broad spectrum includes routine scre ...

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Take a weight off

Losing weight is never easy and for some people struggling with obesity, simply cutting calories isn’t enough. That’s where medical help comes in... There’s no escaping it: obesity is on the rise in the UK. In fact, if we keep going the way we are now, experts predict that within 40 years, nine out of 10 of us will be overweight or obese. Obesity is defined as carrying so much excess fat that it significant ...

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Watch your back

Look after your back now through good practice, correct posture and sensible lifting and you could help to ward off severe problems Costing the NHS more than £1.5 billion a year, back pain will affect approximately 80% of us at some point in our lives. In England, chronic back pain is the leading cause of long-term disability after arthritis. Following stress, back pain is the main reason for prolonged work ...

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Haematology: a close-up look at blood disorders

Healthy blood is vital for all your body functions. We put leukaemia, anaemia, haemophilia and deep vein thrombosis under the microscope… Haematology is the study of blood and its formation, as well as the investigation and treatment of disorders that affect the blood and bone marrow, such as leukaemia, anaemia and haemophilia. The plasma, or liquid part of the blood, contains red and white blood cells. The ...

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Good gastric health

Problems of the digestive system affect people from all walks of life, and at all ages. Some conditions, such as liver disease and irritable bowel syndrome, can’t be cured – but symptoms can be eased with surgery and lifestyle changes Gastroenterology is the branch of medicine that deals with disorders of the digestive system. A diverse discipline, it is concerned with conditions in every part of the digest ...

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