Five things to avoid doing during a doctor’s appointment

Visit to the doctor

It is your doctor’s job to assess, diagnose and treat you, but how you behave as a patient can influence his or her ability to do so correctly. In order to ensure an accurate diagnosis and treatment there are certain behaviors and habits that are best to avoid.

  1. Constantly referring to information you have seen on the internet about your condition. It’s great to be informed about your medical situation, but it is not necessary to interrupt your doctor with   information that may not even be relevant. Remember not to believe everything you read on the internet! If you have a question about something you have read or researched, wait until your doctor has finished giving their opinion before sharing it, and work together to discuss your concerns. 2. Suppressing medical or pertinent lifestyle information. No one is perfect, and all of us have certain Read more

Taking care of gastrointestinal disorders

Woman holding her hands in front of her stomach Over the last 20 years rates of GORD (gastro-oesophageal reflux disease) and IBD (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) have increased, as well as “functional” gastrointestinal conditions, such as IBS (Inflammatory Bowel Disease), which are responsible for more than one third of digestive problems. However, research shows that the need for surgery has reduced with the development of inflammatory medication and with better controlling of H.pylori infections the prevalence of peptic ulcers has decreased. Heartburn is on the rise in many countries. People resort to self-treatment for heartburn by using Proton pump inhibitors, which are extremely safe to use, with a low risk of Read more

Self-test strip detects cancer

person with drop of blood on finger

We live in a world where people are becoming increasingly independent, and this even extends to our health. We monitor our own blood pressure and blood sugar levels, and buy pregnancy tests that we can do at home. Wouldn’t it be great if it was just as easy to test ourselves for diseases like cancer? It seems that this might be possible in the near future…

Researchers at the Ohio State University are developing paper strips that detect various diseases. Each strip costs just 50 cents and they are ideal for regular check-ups. The paper test was first developed as a cheap way to detect malaria in rural Africa and Southeast Asia, where hundreds of people die from the disease. The researchers found that the test results were still accurate, even one month after testing; making it a great solution for people who live further afield or for those who aren’t able to have a face to face visit with their doctor. The researchers stated in the “Journal Read more