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Why I’m a fan of the @NHSChoices #Healthcheck

If you were watching my “Health Round Up” on This Morning on ITV today you may have been shocked by the statistic from the British Heart Foundation that 200 people under 65 die in the UK every week from a heart attack. They never get to enjoy their retirement. In fact a heart attack strikes someone here in Britain every …

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Worried about your cholesterol …..

Worried about your cholesterol but can’t or don’t want to take statins – check this out I was at a meeting this week with some fellow doctors discussing how we manage people with raised cholesterol levels which aren’t high enough to warrant treatment with a statin but which should ideally be lowered. We talked a lot around the merits of …

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Why I love @TheNationalStar

Some of you may know that I am the very proud patron of the National Star College. My first ever visit to the college was several years ago now but I remember it very clearly. I had been asked to speak at their charity ball and decided I really ought to know more about the place before I did that. …

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Have you got a sweet tooth?

I have always been lucky when it comes to sugar – I don’t have a sweet tooth and can bypass puddings and chocolate any day of the week. I would love to tell you that is because as a doctor, I know how bad it is for me and so am abstinent, the truth though is I don’t crave sweet …

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Why your children need a little sunshine

I was looking at a survey conducted by Mumsnet this week showing that many pregnant and breastfeeding Mums are confused over vitamin D. Current recommendation from the NHS are that vulnerable groups should take a daily vitamin D supplement. Those most of rick of vitamin D deficiency include the over 65s, pregnant and breastfeeding women, children under the age of …

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The truth about #alcohol

After the very sad news that the premature death of Charles Kennedy was related to his struggle with alcohol, I have been asked a lot about recommended limits and thought I’d try to explain. Current recommendations are that women should limit their alcohol intake to 14 units a week and men to 21. It is also recommended that you have …

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Could your child have been “Born Naughty?”

Last night was the first of my new four part series “Born Naughty?”. We made the show with Maverick TV who have a reputation for making responsible health programmes and after years of making Embarrassing bodies have certainly shown they know how to tackle difficult issues sensitively. Something I believe they did extremely well in Born Naughty? Dr Ravi and …

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Is a screening test for ovarian cancer on the way?

7,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year and sadly 4,000 women will die of the disease. In fact ovarian cancer has often be described as the silent killer because the symptoms like persistent bloating, feeling full very easily and needing to see more frequently are often vague and easily dismissed meaning the cancer has often spread by …