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I’m on HRT and I’m hearing lots on the news about the cancer risk-should I be worried?
A This was new research that has just been published. In 2010, it was reported that there was a link with an increased risk of breast cancer but one of the problems then was that the amount of increase in the risk wasn’t clear. This study, from the Institute of Cancer Research and the...
I have a rash on my arms and body that comes and goes - could that be some sort of allergy to foods?
Yes some foods can cause a rash but it would be important to do a full history with you first. If the rash does not appear right away, then it is probably an intolerance. On the other hand if you have an allergy to house dust mite for example then I would check if your symptoms are worse in the...
I keep getting cystitis but my doctor says there is no infection. Can you help?
A Sometimes when you have all the symptoms of cystitis-needing to empty your bladder urgently but only able to produce a small amount of urine along with pain and discomfort then it may well be something called interstitial cystitis.This tends to mainly affect middle aged women and the first thing...
I seem to be thirsty all the time. Could that be diabetes?
A: Certainly, feeling thirsty is one of the symptoms of diabetes. The other two are urinating more frequently and feeling tired- more than usual! I’m assuming you are middle aged or over and therefore asking about type 2 diabetes. That’s the type that can develop when you are older....
It’s the hay fever season again -help!
I presume you have all the usual symptoms such as running nose, sneezing, itchy eyes and throat. I suggest using one of the allergen barriers, a vaseline type substance smeared on each nostril to try and prevent the pollen, the allergen, from causing the allergic response-all the symptoms you have...
My child has eczema. What is the cause and how can it be treated?
Eczema is where the skin becomes very dry and can become red and inflamed. We don’t know the exact cause of eczema but genetic and environmental factors come into play. In infants, it can often be foods such as milk and wheat. The good news with this type of allergy is that most children grow...
I read in the press that you should take an aspirin every day to stop bowel cancer. Is that true?
This was recent research that suggested there was areduced risk of bowel cancer when people took aspirin for5 years.There were a few questions over the study because it wasn’tclear how much aspirin to take and why there was a reductionin the cancer. You also need to watch with research that...
Edinburgh International Festival
In Need of Sunshine Tuesday 29 March Research has highlighted lots of reasons why sunshine is important, but how does it help our health? How much do we need? And what’s the role of vitamin D? These questions and more will be discussed by our panel including local GP and avid vitamin D...
Is there a link between MS and vitamin D deficiency?
It seems to be particularly a Scottish problem concerning multiple sclerosis(MS). In the south of England there were 140 reported cases per 100,000 in 2010 whereas in Orkney there were 402. One theory is our latitude. The further north you live the less UVB light is available to make vitamin D on...
Q: I’m supposed to be going to Brazil in March. What doyou advise concerning the Zika virus?
A. The Zika virus is transmitted by the aedes mosquito which is prevalent in Brazil. If you are female who is or could become pregnant then the advice is to postpone your trip. There has been a large...
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Can having a good night's sleep actually help with weight loss?
Sleep deprivation can cause an increase in your appetite and fat round your middle. A decrease in insulin (the hormone released when you take sugar) increases your appetite. Research suggests that less than 7 hours quality sleep per night can result in an increase in weight Leptin plays a key role...
NEW YEAR OPENING JANUARY 1ST 12PM-3PM JANUARY 2ND 11AM-1PM
We are open on new years day from12PM-3PM and January the 2nd11AM to 1PM.
TALKING BOOKS ARE 80 YEARS OLD
‘Can you make me a Talking Book version of ‘Call the Pharmacist?’ That was the request from Mrs Helen Hay to Elizabeth Roddick at New Life Pharmacy after an operation to repair a macular hole in Helen’s eye had left her with limited vision.
Seemingly, Helen had to lie flat...
New research shows higher vitamin D levels reduces incidence of breast cancer
New research shows higher vitamin D levels reduces incidence of breast cancer Joan Lappe from Creighton University found that women taking calcium and vitamin D had an 80% reduction in non skin cancers compared with placebo. Women should keep their vitamin D levels above adequate levels-this is...
VITAMIN D IN THE HEADLINES AGAIN Elizabeth Roddick
The Scientific Advisory Committee on Vitamin D and health published a consultation document on the 22nd July. It used to be that vitamin D supplements and levels were all based on bone health, rickets, a disease of the bone in infants and osteomalacia, the adult version but now they are saying that...
EXERCISE? SUGAR? What should we believe about tackling the obesity crisis?
The latest is that exercise will cure all ills. Certainly if you look at the human body it was actually designed to move yet we sit in offices, in front of televisions and computers and we know that sitting for long periods of time reduces blood flow in the main arteries in our legs and can increase...
Can high heels lead to osteoarthritis?
Researchers looked at the gait of 14 healthy women. In other words the way they walk. They tested walking with flat shoes, different heights of heels and the speed of walking as well. Seemingly you bend your knees more while walking in heels and also walk at a slower speed. They did find changes...
Can the same painkiller be used for different conditions and how do they work in the body?
Yes, the same painkiller can be used for different conditions but what we find is that they are marketed differently for the various age groups and types of pain.
Take ibuprofen for example. There are numerous over the counter versions that are in different packaging. e.g. some ibuprofen...
Lack of exercise is twice as deadly as obesity
This was the headline in the paper recently.
The study looked at 300,000 men and women aged 25 to 70 over a 12 year period to try and find out whether physical exercise made a difference to death rates.
They asked the participants whether they took part in active, moderately active, moderately...