Dr. Mark's Blog - Archive for April, 2013

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)? Possibly not ….

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

If you have the type of IBS that leaves you prone to diarrhoea, as opposed to constipation, then you may have been wrongly diagnosed….. As many as half a million people in the UK with stomach problems previously attributed to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), could actually have another cause for their symptoms that is likely Read More…

Preventing breast cancer in high risk women using tamoxifen and related drugs

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

New research published in The Lancet – www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(13)60140-3/fulltext – that oestrogen blocking drugs like tamoxifen and raloxifene can prevent breast cancers if taken regularly – one breast cancer was prevented for every 42 women who took the drugs for at least 5 years. This adds to existing research currently being considered by NICE who is Read More…

Overdoing it in the gym

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Yesterday’s Inside Health -http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b019dl1b – item on very high intensity exercise prompted a number of people to question the evidence behind my advice for middle-aged and older people to limit the intensity of their work-outs to ensure their heart rate did not rise over 220 minus their age (ie 170 for a 50 year old, and Read More…

The new NHS 111 service

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

From The Times 16.4.13, and since this was published I have received numerous emails and letters from Times readers berating their experiences when using 111.  Even accounting for reporting bias, their experiences suggest the service may be in more disarray than I thought.  Perhaps the most ridiculous complaint was that from a daughter of an elderly Read More…

The Swansea measles outbreak and why it is so worrying

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

The measles outbreak in the Swansea area has highlighted just how quickly the disease can spread there have been just under 700 cases confirmed as I write, nearly a hundred of which have been diagnosed in the last week. And South Wales is unlikely to be the only part of the UK facing an epidemic Read More…