Dr. Mark's Blog - Archive for the ‘Blog’ Category

A pragmatist’s guide to looking after your heart

Saturday, February 11th, 2017

Courtesy of The Times 27.9.2016      You are only as old as your arteries. Much as we all like to look good on the outside, it’s the state of our circulation that will largely determine how long most of us live – and how enjoyable those extra years are. Around 7 million people in Read More…

Low carb diet – my 6 week experiment to see how cutting back on carbs impacted on my blood cholesterol / lipid profile

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Although very late to the “low-carb” party, here are my experiences of the impact on my blood lipid profile: Courtesy of The Times 2016 . Please bear in mind this is just a personal experiment, not a trial! Nor am I claiming it is for everyone. And I am well aware it is not a proper Read More…

Thoughts on screening for Alzheimer’s / dementia – and why seeking help early can help (sometimes).

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Would you want to know if your GP suspected you were in the early stages of dementia? Because they might not tell you. More than a quarter of GPs surveyed by the Alzheimer’s Society admit they wouldn’t refer people with suspected dementia because poorly resourced services mean an early diagnosis isn’t necessarily helpful. Indeed it Read More…

An insider’s guide for treating colds and flu – courtesy of The Times 15.12.15

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

    It has been a tough week for ibuprofen and paracetamol. An Australian court has ordered the manufacturers of Nurofen to withdraw a number of products because of misleading claims about efficacy. And, as reported in yesterday’s Times, researchers in New Zealand have just published a study suggesting that paracetamol doesn’t alleviate many of Read More…

Blood in your urine (haematuria)

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

  Cancers of the kidney and bladder kill nearly as many people in the UK as breast cancer yet they have nothing like its profile, and the cardinal sign of trouble – blood in the urine – isn’t always taken as seriously as it should be. Obvious blood in the urine (haematuria) should never be Read More…

Testosterone replacement for men – my views

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Taken from my column in The Times 22.4.2013 HRT may have fallen from grace but, if a recent trip to the States is anything go by, the male equivalent, testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), is very much in the ascendancy. And we are starting to feel the impact here with the number of NHS prescriptions for Read More…

Don’t forget your malaria tablets

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Taken from The Times 10th December 2013 Forty-seven year old Jayne Rowley is the latest Briton to have died from malaria, and her demise last month should be a warning for anyone planning a trip to an exotic location; never underestimate the threat posed by malaria. Mr and Mrs Rowley decided not to bother with Read More…

Calcium supplements and reports that “they may do more harm than good”

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

If you are one of the five million or so people in the UK taking a calcium supplement then you are likely to have been worried by new research linking the supplements to stroke and heart attack. So is there any truth in recent press reports that “they do more harm than good”? Calcium is Read More…

Cheap Viagra – generic versus branded drugs

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Things are looking up this month (July 2013) for the hundreds of thousands of British men who depend on Viagra. The cost of the drug is set to plummet as manufacturer Pfizer’s patent expires and rival companies release cheaper generic versions offering the same benefits, but at a fraction of the price. In my experience Read More…

What every man should know about cancer of the testicle

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

 My article from The Times published 30.7.2013 – the original can be found here (£) : http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/health/dr-mark-porter/article3828940.ece “What a load of balls” was my first thought on hearing the news that testicular cancer survival rates are “soaring” – the implicit suggestion being that we have cracked the problem thanks to breakthroughs like new drugs and awareness Read More…