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Dieting increases your risk for gaining more weight and is the main trigger for eating disorders

If dieting programs had to stand up to the same scrutiny as medications, they would never be allowed for public consumption. Imagine, for example, taking an asthma medication, which improves your breathing for a few weeks, but in the long run causes your lungs and breathing to worsen.  Would you really embark on a diet, if you knew that it could cause you to gain more weight? Here are some sobering studies...

The importance of Eye Exams for children

Eye exams for children are very important to ensure normal vision development and to confirm the visual acuity and visual skills for schoolwork and other activities. Children don’t always know what normal vision looks like, so they are unlikely to complain of vision problems. However, because vision is so closely linked to the learning process, undetected vision problems can lead to schoolwork difficulties. Eye exams for children are essential, as 5...

Understanding Your Cholesterol Levels

Cholesterol is a fatty substance that is produced by the body and obtained from some food, and is essential for some hormone production. Too much cholesterol, however, can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. Most cholesterol is produced by the liver, but the remainder is obtained from foods, especially those high in saturated fat, most notably fatty meat, full cream dairy products, and saturated oils such as coconut or palm oil. Good...

Prostate Cancer Screening

November is Prostate Cancer Awareness month. The risk of prostate cancer increases with age and it is recommended that all men over the age of 50 should be routinely screened for prostate cancer. The risk also increases with a positive family history of prostate cancer, so men with a family history should be screened earlier. Patients with symptoms of prostatic enlargement, specifically decreased urinary stream, difficulty passing urine or fully emptying...

Orthodontics are for adults too.

Most of us know children who have had an orthodontic treatment or those who are currently straightening their teeth with fixed braces, but did you know that orthodontics is an increasingly popular choice for adults too? Huge changes in the development of orthodontic treatment means we’re able to treat a range of orthodontic problems using discreet methods that enable you to maintain great oral hygiene throughout your treatment plan. If your teeth...

What is Glue Ear?

Glue ear is a fairly common condition in which the middle ear cavity is filled with fluid instead of air. This condition predominantly affects children and may involve one or both ears. It is also known as otitis media with effusion, middle ear effusion or serous otitis media. What is Glue ear? Glue ear occurs when the middle ear is filled with sticky glue like fluid or serous fluid instead of air....

Quick Facts on Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)

VTE is related to two life-threatening conditions - Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary Embolism (PE). DVT is the clotting or thrombosis of blood in deep veins of the body, usually the deep leg veins in the calf or thigh. This can cause pain and swelling in the leg, but more importantly can lead to the complication of pulmonary embolus, where a portion of the thrombus breaks off and travels to...