Bellies and Ankles: What’s Your Story?

I’ve recently taken a little more interest in my ankles and belly. First, the belly. Fifteen months ago, I was excited to join long lost friends for 35th Year High School reunion. One of the votes taken at the post-reunion evaluation was “the man with the biggest belly award”. Opinion was divided. Everyone was over 50, […]

Know Your Health Flag

Dido’s White Flag song was about ‘going down with the ship of love’ with no plans to surrender. A chequered flag heralds the winner of a race as many Formula 1 motor racing fans know and the green flag denotes high standards of parks and green spaces. Red flag symptoms in Medicine are always of […]

Self-Care: A stitch in time

What is Self-Care? It can narrowly be defined as the actions taken when one has an ailment that results in normalcy without the need for a doctor’s appointment. Coughs and colds, headache, joint pain and feeling tired are common complaints for which majority of people practice self-care. In the diagram opposite, people all over the […]

‘Tis the Season to be Jolly

I saw a patient in clinic the other day and she told me on exploration of her presenting complaint that she probably drank a little more than she should. She offered to do something about it after Christmas but agreed for us to jointly calculate her average weekly alcohol consumption. Her conservative estimate was 92 units […]

Understanding the 40-50 Woman

Our guest writer, Dr Tonye Wokoma FRCOG, MFSRH is a Consultant in Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare and Gynaecologist at Conifer House Sexual and Reproductive Health Service, Hull, United Kingdom. She is the Clinical Lead for Menopause Care and BME Outreach Services and is particularly interested in promoting better Sexual and Reproductive Health for Black and […]

Tired All The Time

Do you feel TATT? High on coffee, multivitamins, energy drinks? You are not alone. Every few days a patient comes to me requesting blood tests to find out why (s)he is always tired. Whenever I call one of my very good friends and ask, “How are you doing?” He always replies, “I’m knackered!” He too […]

Knowing your lemons: Think Pink, Give Hope

Everyone knows someone who has cancer, survived cancer or sadly passed away from the disease.  Last time, we shared an enlightenment talk about prostate cancer. Two unrelated events have brought to focus another common condition – Breast Cancer. According to the World Health Organisation, “Breast cancer is the top cancer in women both in the developed […]

The Angry Gut

There is a condition that affects between 5 and 20% of the global population. It is characterised by abdominal pain and changes in bowel movement. It is more prevalent in under-50s, women, people with a history of mood disorder and during stressful times. It may have a family predisposition. There is currently no specific test […]

Is Your Blood Pressure High?

Without looking into a crystal ball one can say that the answer to this question would be one of the following:  No  Don’t know Yes (always, most times, sometimes…) You may be aware that high blood pressure (Hypertension) is not a disease but a risk factor for heart attack, heart failure and stroke. If you don’t […]