Sciatica backpain on the rise as winter months draw in

December 4, 2016 survivingwinter 0

Sciatica. Sciatica is the name that is often given to general back pain or pain that goes down the legs. However medically, it has a more precise meaning. The sciatic nerve is a very large nerve that has several roots from the lower spinal cord. The nerves emerge from the lower spinal cord, and enter into the muscles in the lower back and pelvis. Here they all join together in a network of nerves called {more heath news}

Ultimate guide to Radiotherapy

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Radiotherapy Radiotherapy is a technique using ionising radiation created by a Linear Accelerator (linac). The energy of these rays is significantly higher than the x-rays used in medical imaging. Radiotherapy is predominantly used to treat malignancy as either a curative or palliative measure. It is often used to treat tumours a priori but is typically used in combination with surgery and/or chemotherapy. If used after surgery, it is considered “Adjuvant” and if used before other {more heath news}

Who needs to have an appendicectomy?

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Acute inflammation of the appendix (appendicitis) is the most common indication for appendicectomy. Patients admitted acutely to hospital with a rather long history of acue right lower abdominal pain (5 days or more) may be found to have a mass in the abdomen, called “appendicular mass”. This is the result of the body’s defence mechanisms, including the bowel and a fatty protective apron inside the abdomen cald ‘omentum’ wrapping themselves around the inflamed appendix to {more heath news}

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Shoulder surgeons make breakthrough

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Shoulder surgeon A shoulder surgeon is a specialist orthopaedic surgeon. Orthopaedic surgeons specialising in surgery to bones, joints and associated structures such as the ligaments and tendons. The shoulder is a ball and socket joint at the top of the arm. It is where the humerus (upper arm bone) meets the scapula (the shoulder blade). The shoulder joint is particularly complex because it has to be very mobile, allowing you to move your arm in {more heath news}

Keyhole Surgery is made standard on the NHS in 2017

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Keyhole Surgery Keyhole surgery is determined that was used in the 1980s and 1990s for laparoscopic surgery. Before this time, operations had mainly been done under general anaesthetic using large incisions. Incisions had to be large for surgeons to get their hands and instruments into the relevant area to perform the surgery. For instance, in the gallbladder surgery (cholecystectomy) an incision in some 10 to 20 cm long was generally made on the right side {more heath news}

Anorexia nervosa effects 1 in 6 girls in the UK

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Anorexia nervosa is typified by severe weight loss, due to the sufferer having an altered body image. What this means in effect is that it is a psychological condition, where the sufferer truly believes themselves to be larger than they are. They reduce their food and calorie input, and often increase their exercise, until they lose significant amount of weight. Of course the difficult thing to tell you whether someone is very slim, or whether {more heath news}

Reducing stress by a whopping 33% in the workplace

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Acupuncture Treatment Most people have heard of acupuncture and know that it involves needles.  But what is acupuncture and is there any scientific reason why it should work? Acupuncture is an ancient art of healing from China.  In its modern form, very fine and sterile needles are inserted through the skin in certain key locations, to have a desired effect. Often the needles are moved or vibrated to increase their effect.  Some research has been {more heath news}

Understanding Jaundice

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The term “jaundice” is used to describe patients who have gone yellow due to the accumulation of bile pigments in the bloodstream. It is also termed “icterus”. In the normal person, old blood cells are broken down when they reach the end of their useful life, and the red pigment called haemoglobin is taken by the liver, and converted into bile pigments. Pigments are called billirubin (a redish pigment) and biliverdin (a green pigment). These {more heath news}