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Children’s Health

Pregnancy and childbirth are physically and emotionally demanding on women. But they are also demanding on the men in their lives. A recent study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine suggests that women’s partners also experience a loss of libido in the first three months after childbirth. For women, there are hormonal and biological changes which have a direct impact on sex drives. But there is of course the obvious issue of lack of sleep and the hard work involved with a newborn baby. Parenthood, even in later phases, is challenging to a couple’s intimacy and love life. There…

It is extraordinary how many adults do not sleep enough and complain about low mood, low energy and weight gain, all consequences of poor sleep. Now imagine we’re talking about growing teenagers who researchers say need 9 hours’ sleep to function properly.  A consequence of hormonal changes and spending many hours on addictive screen technologies such as smart phones, means that this generation of teenagers and underslept and suffering the consequences. Research has shown that teenagers generally tend to have later nights because of hormonal changes but this trend is exacerbated by constant stimulation from TVs, computer screens and social…

Child Obesity – stop shaming

I have been troubled by the tone of a lot of the media coverage relating to the “child obesity epidemic”. Not only is it alarmist, it is shaming overweight youngsters, painting them in a poor light. I believe that “fat prejudice” is the last frontier of discrimination and accepted abuse in our society and it must be tackled. When faced with anorexia, body dysmorphia and bulimia in young people, the tone is affectionate, empathetic and understanding. Children are not overweight simply because they are “greedy and lazy”. What an ignorant and unhelpful way to see any health issue!  The solution…

We’ve all been brought up with the idea that fruit is good for us and for many of us, that is absolutely true. However, some of us may suffer from fructose malabsorption, or fructose intolerance. Fructose is the form of sugar present in fruit. Fructose malabsorption results in increased amounts of fructose in the intestines. As symptoms of fructose intolerance and irritable bowel syndrome are similar, people are often misdiagnosed with IBS.  Fructose intolerance can be tested for at our specialist laboratory using a hydrogen breath test and treatment simply involves reducing your intake of fruit and other fructose-containing products.…