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What is vitiligo?

Have you ever seen someone in passing or in photos with unevenly colour skin? Some patches are one colour, whilst others are another? The chances are that they have what is called vitiligo; a skin condition that causes loss of skin colour in blotches over the body. Dr Dev Shah, a leading dermatologist, explains further and addresses the important psychological impact that this condition can have one sufferers.

What is metabolic syndrome?

Metabolic syndrome is the term used to describe when a patient is suffering from a combination of diabetes, high blood pressure (hypertension) and obesity. Together, these three factors increase your risk of certain diseases, including cardiovascular disease and stroke. Dr Yohan Samarasinghe, an internal medicine specialist, gives a thorough look at metabolic syndrome and how insulin resistance plays a major role.

Biological scaffolding for knee cartilage regeneration

Regenerative medicine is a modern field of medicine based on the principle of regenerating biological tissue in the patient to replace, repair, and improve cells that have been affected by injury or disease. In order to manipulate tissue regeneration, doctors use biological scaffolds. But what are these devices and how do they work? Sports medicine specialist and expert Professor Paul Lee is here to explain:

Weight loss: when it helps to see a doctor

Over half of the UK population is overweight, and by some estimates , two thirds of us are on a diet “most of the time”. Yet for something which is so important to our health and wellbeing, quality information and support for weight loss can be hard to find. The vast majority of us have only tried fad diets or advice found in a weekly magazine, without much success. So when does it make sense to visit a doctor for advice, and what can you expect from your appointment? We asked leading consultant in diabetes & endocrinology Dr Rasha Mukhtar:

How to manage menopausal symptoms

For women with menopausal symptoms, making a personal, informed decision about beginning HRT, otherwise known as hormone replacement therapy, can be challenging and scary. HRT is a form of hormone therapy used to treat symptoms associated with the menopause. We asked Professor Gordana Prelevic, a consultant endocrinologist, to tell us about HRT, the associated risks and alternative therapies.

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