Everyone itches now and again, usually due to insect bites, eczema, allergy, or irritation from something you've touched. Sometimes itching can be a sign of more serious illness - so how can you tell the difference?
Very sadly, lots of my patients put off coming to see me about depression because they're ashamed it's 'their fault', or they ought to be able to 'snap out of it. Neither belief has any truth at all.
Today saw further news of possible cost-saving measures. NHS England has identified a review of 'low value medicines' after local health bodies identified a possible £400 million in savings if GPs stopped prescribing some indigestion remedies, cough and cold treatments, gluten-free foods and travel immunisations.
NHS data shows the number of children referred for sleep problems has increased ten-fold in the last decade - but is this rise linked to the increase rates of diagnosis of depression among young people too?
Swollen ankles? Your doctor has an unspellable word that means the same thing. Oedema is the medical word for any swelling caused by excess fluid outside your arteries and veins, under the skin.