Thyroid

We don’t usually notice the butterfly-shaped thyroid gland at the front of our necks.But it’s the body’s pacemaker, producing thyroid hormone (thyroxine) to regulate the activity of every body cell-…

Skin problems solved

There can be numerous reasons for rashes, itches and other annoying skin problems. ‘To get the help you need, start by looking at where your problem’s located, what it feels…

Quit smoking, try vaping

With the right tactics, you can become an ex-smoker. Smoking rates have fallen by a quarter in the past 10 years, although almost one in five of us still lights…

Brain

We all know that feeling – as though your brain is in a cloud, waiting for the sun to break through. Names and other words elude you, you lose your…

Blood

Venous thromboembolism (VTE) includes deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE), and affects two people per 1,000 each year. In DVT, a blood clot develops in a deep vein…

Sense of smell

Smell gives us pleasure (or not!), and is important for tasting food, detecting dangers (smoke, gone-off food), and even sexual attraction. Around 12 million receptors inside our noses send signals…

Brain

We need healthy brain inputs and outputs in order to balance. Sensory signals from our muscles, joints, skin and gravity provide constantly updated feedback about our body’s position, which our…

When your kidneys stop working

Acute kidney injury (sudden damage/AKI) usually develops during serious illness or in older people with long-term medical problems. Around one in five of those admitted to hospital has AKI, but…

Regular blood tests could detect iron overload symptoms of haemochromatosis © iStock

Our pea-sized pituitary glands are located deep behind the bridge of our noses at the base of our brains. They produce nine different hormones that control various body functions; these…

Keep abreast of the clocks going forward

Snoring doesn’t just affect overweight, middle-aged men – women, and even children may snore, too. But obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA/blocked breathing during sleep) tends to be under diagnosed in women,…