Monday, 17 January 2022

Take care with turkey leftovers or you could end up with food poisoning

Take care with turkey leftovers or you could end up with food poisoning

CHRISTMAS and the New Year can be a dangerous time. Notwithstanding covid, there are many ways for us to come to harm at this festive ...

 

Get your covid jab — vaccinations only work if people have them

Get your covid jab — vaccinations only work if people have them

I AM sure many of my colleagues in primary and secondary care would agree that the past year has been the busiest ever experienced. ...

 

’Rich man’s disease’ can affect anyone if you don’t look after yourself

’Rich man’s disease’ can affect anyone if you don’t look after yourself

GOUT is known as “the rich man’s disease” and even “the disease of kings”. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Indeed, in certain eras, it was ...

 

Common cold is not so ‘super’ and we still haven’t found a cure

THE very first column I wrote for this paper was about the common cold. Needless to say, a lot has changed since then. What hasn’t ...

 

Believe me, doctors are definitely not all out on the golf course

Believe me, doctors are definitely not all out on the golf course

An Apple a Day by Dr Will Hearsey, GP at the Hart Surgery, Henley THERE is a problem in the NHS. We have known that for some time. ...

 

When it comes to dropsy, doctors often have to think like detective

ALTHOUGH the word “dropsy” sounds like something you might name a pet rabbit, in reality it was the name previously given to the ...

 

Never put something smaller than an elbow in your ear

I WAS rather disappointed to learn that Guinness World Records did not have a section on ear wax. Considering they have categories ...

 

More viruses to look out for, especially in babies and young children

IT would be easy to overlook the fact that a baby doesn’t breathe while in the womb. In fact, our lungs are filled with fluid and ...

 

Shingles can be painful (and it has got nothing to do with the beach)

Shingles can be painful (and it has got nothing to do with the beach)

SHINGLES, a name that manages to be at once cheerful while also being slightly sinister. It would be a good name for an untrustworthy ...

 

It may seem hard to swallow but gagging is actually good for you

It may seem hard to swallow but gagging is actually good for you

AFTER more than a year of living through a pandemic, no doubt many people are getting used to the regular routine of getting that swab ...

 

Athlete or not, put your best foot forward and prevent fungal infection

Athlete or not, put your best foot forward and prevent fungal infection

AS the Olympics draw near, it seems apt to talk about a condition that many of our athletes may have experienced at one time or ...

 

I’m red-faced after failing to take my own advice while on holiday

I HAVE a confession to make. Wherever possible, I always try my best to practise what I preach but in this case I’m afraid I may have ...

 

How to tell the difference between bacteria and virus like covid-19

DURING March last year, the graph depicting UK Google searches of the phrase “what is a virus” showed a spectacular spike. This, of ...

 

Don’t become bunged up... the importance of a diet full of fibre

I MUST apologise in advance for somewhat lowering the tone this week. My subject is bowel habit or, more specifically, constipation. ...

 

Please help keep our overburdened health service sustainable

I AM departing from my usual themes this week. Normally I like to offer up a bit of information on one medical issue or another. This ...

 

Healthy lifestyle is still best way to reduce risk of dementia

DEMENTIA is a difficult subject. It’s one that can get brushed to one side as with many things that scare or worry us. But lacking in ...

 

If you suffer from eczema, do go mad with those emollient creams

IF I had to make a list of the most misspelled medical words, eczema would feature prominently alongside such gems as prostate (not ...

 

What it means when your heart skips a beat (no, not falling in love)

What it means when your heart skips a beat (no, not falling in love)

DURING the Twenties a condition later dubbed “sweet clover disease” began to afflict the cattle of the North American prairies. The ...

 

More than a pinch of salt and you’re encouraging health problems

ONE of my go to lines when advising patients on how to lower their blood pressure is to watch their salt intake. The advice that you ...

 

Losing some of that lockdown lard will make such a difference

YOU may have seen the news story about a young, reasonably healthy man who was invited for his covid vaccination rather prematurely ...

 

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