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Fertility, IVF and the microbiome - Part 1

Each facet of the wide-reaching topic of fertility is just as important and interesting as the other. If you're considering addressing issues regarding conception, the microbiome and its relation to improved fertility, as well as IVF, we've put together a four-part series of articles based on an interview with leading consultant gynaecologist and reproductive medicine, Mr Stuart Lavery. In part one, he goes into expert detail about conception and the assistance available for women and couples.

Ask an expert: what is the treatment for IBS?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common chronic condition that affects the large intestine of the digestive system. Most often, its symptoms will need to be managed for life. Dr Derek Chan, highly experienced consultant gastroenterologist, explains what are the warning signs to look out for, when should people seek medical attention and how the condition may be treated.

Beating heart coronary bypass surgery: why is it so advantageous?

Beating heart coronary bypass surgery is a recently introduced surgical treatment which is specifically designed for patients suffering from coronary artery disease. Here, highly regarded London and Basildon-based consultant cardiothoracic surgeon Mr Alberto Albanese, explains in detail how exactly the procedure is performed, and how it differs from traditional coronary bypass surgery.

Treating chronic pancreatitis surgically

The pancreas, both a gland and organ, has a vital role in the production of enzymes and hormones. When the pancreas becomes inflamed, it is a condition known as pancreatitis, which can be acute (sudden) or long-term (chronic). Esteemed Guildford-based general surgeon, Mr Timothy Rees Worthington discusses when pancreatic surgery is a suitable treatment option, how it is performed, and what can be expected from the recovery period.

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