The male menopause explained

What Is The Male Menopause? Age related testosterone deficiency and the ‘male menopause’ are conditions that are now receiving significant attention from the media and doctors alike. The term ‘Male Menopause’ refers to the symptoms associated with the gradual reduction in testosterone levels experienced by the ageing man that leads to a testosterone deficiency and […]

Raised cholesterol, Saturated Fats and Sugar: Who is the culprit?

Fats have had a history of bad press in the last 40 years. In particular, saturated fats. Foods high in saturated fats include both savoury and sweet foods such as butter, lard, hard cheese, cream, fatty cuts of meat, sausages, pies, chocolate, cakes, biscuits and pastries. Saturated fats have been associated with increasing cardiovascular diseases […]

Shingles (Herpes Zoster)

What is Shingles? Shingles is a condition that is caused by the varicella-zoster virus. This is the same virus that causes chickenpox, and hence anyone who has had chickenpox in the past may develop shingles. Shingles is often referred to as herpes zoster infection. Approximately 20% of the population develop shingles during their lives, however […]

What Can Go Wrong during a Pregnancy

In this article I included a summary of several complications in pregnancy such as: Ectopic Pregnancy, Bleeding during Pregnancy, Pre-eclampsia and Eclampsia, Itching (Intrahepatic Cholestasis), Rhesus Disease and Group B streptococcus carriage. Any woman who is planning to get pregnant hopes that the journey will be smooth, enjoyable and that she will end up with […]

The Statin Dilemma

In my clinical practice I come frequently across the question ‘Should I start a statin doctor?’. This then leads to ‘How bad is my cholesterol doctor?’, ‘Do I need the statin or not doctor?’. I will start by giving you two examples: Example 1: One patient, 56 years old male, never smoked and is a […]

Baby Checks: What Do Doctors Check For

The Health Visitor and GP will often perform the baby checks soon after the birth. Your baby will be undressed so that everything can be easily seen. The nappy is kept on for as long as possible in case of accidents – especially if you are checking a boy! In my clinical practice, I take […]

Cardiology Checks: Heart Disease is Preventable and Reversible

ROC Private Clinic provides a cardiac health check, specifically designed for those of South Asian origin (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka). This is achieved via a focused strategy of raising awareness of individual risk factors, through a combination of early cardiac screening and education. We also believe it is fundamental to facilitate personalized risk […]

Pregnancy Appointments

The first thing you need to know about pregnancy is that everything is documented and discussed over several pregnancy appointments. Oddly, the first day of your last period before you get pregnant is termed Week 1 and your due date is at Week 40 – so yes, that’s actually 10 months of pregnancy! When you […]

Head Lice, Nits and Head Lice Treatments

What are Head Lice and What are Nits? Head lice are the insects that live in the hair, nits are the empty white sacs where the lice eggs have hatched from which are attached to a hair shaft using a strong glue-like substance making them difficult to remove. A usual outbreak contains about 30 lice […]

Low Breast Cancer Risk in Asian Women – Is It a Myth?

The Personal Cost of Breast Cancer Every one of us has been touched by cancer, whether this has been through a personal experience or that of someone close to us. After lung cancer, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer globally, overwhelmingly affecting women, though a small number of men also get breast […]