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As we are getting closer to the Rio Olympics in August, there are some  health issues that all visitors need to be aware of and be prepared for: Water contamination: one of the biggest criticisms of having the Summer Olympics in Rio has been the quality of the water in the seas and lagoons surrounding the city. The very waters in which athletes will be competing have been horribly polluted in the past and tests seems to continue show that thing haven’t much improved since the games were awarded to the city. Not so apparent is another potentially more dangerous…

4th December 2013 London, UK Immediate release Private healthcare group launches pro-bono counselling and psychotherapy service in Central London A Harley Street healthcare group has today launched a pro-bono and low-cost counselling and psychotherapy service as part of its 15-year anniversary year of projects. The service is open to the general public and is run by doctoral-level psychotherapy trainees. Dr Enam Abood, the founder of the Harley Street Health Centre group commented: “With mental health services at breaking point and the availability of counselling subject to limited sessions, long waiting lists and poor prognosis and outcomes, it is important for…

Thinking Sochi?

Winter Olympics in Russian Sochi have already attracted a lot of attention and publicity. If you are among the people that plan to visit Sochi and join Olympics personally make sure that your health is well-protected. Ideal time to book an appointment with a GP is 6 to 8 weeks before travel. Based on the consultation and your specific travel plans your GP will suggest the “perfect mix” of vaccines for you. NHS suggests for travellers to Russia vaccines that are recommended for life in Britain. This includes for example MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, or polio. For most of…

Today is the World Diabetes Day

Do you wonder what do have all the famous faces in common? The link consists of two words – diabetes mellitus. There are more than 3 million people living in the UK with diagnosed diabetes and approximately 850,000 people have undiagnosed type 2 diabetes. Could you be one of them? Most widespread are 2 categories of diabetes – type 1 and type 2 even though there are also other types. Type 1 diabetes is a state when the body doesn’t produce insulin necessary to process glucose and there are no means how to prevent it. Type 2 diabetes develops when…

We’re 15 years old!

The Harley Street Health Centre celebrates its 15th anniversary this month. The Centre was founded in 1998 by Dr Enam Abood who worked alone to deliver excellence in primary healthcare, preventative medicine and diagnosis. Since then, the centre has grown to become a market leader in private primary healthcare, with 13 doctors and 10 members of staff at two Central London locations. Dr Abood commented, “I am so proud of what we have achieved here and we’ve managed it with primary emphasis on patient care, not profit. We have received excellent feedback from the Care Quality Commission and are doing…

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…

July 2013: Doctors report that the number of people suffering from heat-related conditions and injuries is causing a burden on A&E departments. Heatstroke and sunstroke, dehydration, sunburn and injuries are on the rise, putting medics under pressure.  Other common summer injuries include amputated toes in gardening accidents (yikes!) and falls from outdoor activities. At our clinic, we’ve seen a rise in serious sunburn cases, skin conditions, headaches and other heat-related problems. Don’t become a statistic – read our tips on staying safe in the heat and watch where you put that lawnmower!

You all know how interested I am in glandular fever (Epstein Barr Virus) so I was particularly excited by recent research published in the medical journal Neurology that has revealed that low levels of sunlight coupled with the virus can increase the risk of multiple sclerosis (MS). There are also links between MS and low vitamin D level, which is being further investigated in Scotland. The researchers at Oxford University looked at hospital admissions in England between 1998 and 2005.  They found that just be analysing sunlight, they could explain 61% of the variation in the number of MS cases…

Hayfever Season

Hayfever season is around the corner and for many sufferers, it is worth being prepared early and exploring new treatment and prevention options.  Hayfever is an allergic inflammation of the nasal airways. It occurs when an allergen such as pollen or dust is inhaled by an individual with a sensitized immune system, causing the release of inflammatory mediators such as histamine. This inflammatory reaction causes the symptoms that sufferers are familiar with such as itching, redness of the eyes, blocked nose and tickly throat.  If you are asthmatic, this will often aggravate your condition. Many people rely on over the…

The Bad Breath Saga

It is difficult to miss the furore around “halitosis-gate” on Dancing On Ice this week.  But the truth is, bad breath is something that affects a large number of people at some point in their lives. In fact, recent statistics show it could affect up to a quarter of adults on a regular basis. Bad breath is usually brought on by the breakdown of proteins by bacteria somewhere in the mouth and can generally be avoided with regular dentist visits and good oral hygiene.  Smoking certainly does not help.  However, there are several other possible causes that affect the airways,…