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We are pleased to be at the forefront of the home STI testing revolution. There is still a reason to see your doctor when you have symptoms and when you need treatment as the art of medicine cannot all be distilled in a home testing kit. However, we have got as near as possible.

Doctorcall, in association with Confidante, offer an STI testing kit which is unique as it is a world-first product using PCR technology, a leading method of testing, and proven to be reliable in testing for the TEN most important non-blood-borne sexually transmitted diseases. The art of medicine has not gone, but there is an explosion in technology and the great advances in public health are increasing through knowledge and access to it. One untreated case can lead to many more and this kit allows the ease, confidentiality and affordability that will allow more cases to be picked up early than ever before.

For more information see visit our information page on home testing STI / STD kits, or call 0844 257 0660 in complete confidence.
Yoga is defined as both a spiritual and physical discipline, involving a system of exercises to promote control of the body and mind. In Western physiotherapy practice the incorporation of yoga is not commonplace perhaps due to its spiritual nature and the absence of substantive evidence. Research has however shown health benefits of yoga for the treatment of anxiety, asthma and arthritic pain.

As a physiotherapist who has practised yoga for several years I was drawn to a ‘Yoga for Physiotherapists’ course. This presented the case for the use of yoga postures as part of a physiotherapy exercise approach. A sequence or individual postures are used to achieve physical benefits of increased flexibility, proprioception and stability for targeted body regions or conditions. Breathing control is also taught to gain relaxation enhancing control and pain-relief.

To find out more about how yoga as part of physiotherapy treatment could benefit you, contact Nicola Shaw, Senior Physiotherapist at City Physio @ Doctorcall.
At last there is a treatment for verrucae (verrucas) and warts that works well and effectively!

The Cause

Verrucas and warts are benign skin tumours caused by DNA disruption by a rogue virus and they are therefore highly contagious. If your body develops immunity to the virus, it destroys the verruca or wart and eradicates the virus and this is why sometimes whole crops of verrucas or warts can disappear simultaneously without good explanation. Unfortunately we do not have a vaccine against verruca and wart virus and with verrucas in particular, where the is little blood supply to the tumour, immunity may never arise. We see adults with large, disfiguring and painful verrucas of many years standing.#

Treatment

The mainstay of treatment is disruption and trauma to the tumour. Firstly, if sufficient, this may destroy it. Secondly it is hoped that the virus will then get into the blood stream and immunity develop. The problem has always been that that the traumatising treatments don’t work properly. They are as follows:
  1. Radiotherapy. This is the gold standard and a very low dose of minimally-penetrating radiation can be used to target resistant verrucas with huge success. The problem is that this is often seen as overkill and is very expensive.
  2. Topical solutions: These do not target the verruca well over surrounding skin and if surrounding skin is damaged, they simply give the verruca an opportunity to grow faster. They rarely get deep enough.
  3. Cryotherapy (freezing): The cryotheraphy systems generally available to the public and to chiropodists and doctors are not always sufficiently powerful or targeted. The huge success we have found is with more powerful and targeted crotherapy.

The Breakthrough

The Doctorcall Harley Street and Manchester Clinics have found that using Wallach cryosurgical equipment, which is the best available and gives the fastest freeze and defrost in conjunction with a full range of tips of different widths to target even the smallest verrucas and warts without surrounding tissue damage in conjunction with careful paring away of excess keratin, we have in every case been successful in treating even the most recalcitrant and stubborn verrucas. Because of the avoidance of surrounding tissue damage, patients report little discomfort either during or after treatment. This is not rocket science, it is simply using better equipment in conjunction with attention to detail. The great news is that it works!
For peace of mind, call us today[/caption] Doctorcall has sexual health clinics in both London and Manchester. Here are reasons why it's the most famous GUM clinic in the country.

The most famous GUM sexual health clinic

  1. Founded n 1985, it was the first private STD clinic in the UK, located in Regents Park, central London.
  2. In 2005 a new STI clinic was opened in central Manchester where it was the only private STI centre.
  3. Specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of all known sexual diseases and infections the clinic has always used the very latest in best technology.
  4. Many of the UK’s top sexual health and HIV consultants have worked for this leading centre. The name Regents Park is now synonymous with sexual health
  5. This was the first clinic NHS or private which became expert in the care of porn trade and sex worker industry patients. The clinic is currently developing an on-line database for adult entertainment stars to help prevent the risk of HIV an STI spread amongst actors in the adult film world.
  6. The Regents Park Clinic has a strong social conscience and it also recognises that one untreated individual can act as a reservoir of sexual infections whose eradication can help not only that patient but society at large.
  7. This was the first clinic to offer Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) for Human Immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
  8. Many patients with vague urological symptoms such as urethral (penile) discharge, dysuria (burning discomfort or pain on passing urine), vaginosis with vaginal discharge, irritation, itching or smell or other abnormal genital symptoms turn up for expert diagnosis and treatment.
  9. The clinic has for many years been a leading provider of prenuptual health screening for those entering a new relationship.
  10. We think it is simply the best sexual health clinic in the World!
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0844 257 0660

New research has demonstrated that flu jabs the over-50s reduce death by heart attacks by half (1). This is huge news because heart attacks are kill over 159,000 people every year in the UK (2).

Flu jabs 'protect from' heart attacks

The association between influenza and cardiovascular disease comes as no surprise to those working in this field because we have long known that flu and other viral illnesses causes the blood to become sticky and to be more likely to clot and when we see a calcified plaque on coronary CT scanning in an otherwise low-risk individual we speculate that it is likely to be related to a previous influenza or flu-like illness.

It is frustrating that the study did not show a correlation between flu and heart attacks, only between flu jabs and a reduction in fatal heart attacks. That logically does not close the door to the possibility that flu vaccination protects in some other but that appears to be unlikely. Urgent research is needed to clarify this. Fortunately it can be carried out in a single flu season because fatal heart attacks are sufficiently common that the data can be collected in a relatively short period of time.

The immediate recommendation arising is that the age for free NHS flu jabs should be reduced to 50. However, in our view that is a knee-jerk reaction that misses the point. The thinking is that not many people of under 50 die of heart attacks and therefore the maximal measurable benefit will be in older patients. However, that doesn’t answer the question of whether those under 50 want to hit the magic age with the battle scars of old subclinical cardiac events in their coronary arteries.

As healthcare progressively moves into the field of pro-actively prolonging life and quality thereof, personal self-care increasingly involves minimising wear and tear throughout life. It is increasingly apparent that flu vaccination plays a vital role. The workplace is the obvious place to offer flu vaccination. There is limited Government funding for pro-active healthcare (which by prolonging life expectancy can clearly not be offset by any hope of a reduction in the burden on the state in the long run). The burden is increasingly for the individual or the employer.

Since there is evidence that flu vaccination in the corporate setting is self-funding because the reduction in sickness absence is greater than the cost (3), this is a great example of how the employer can offer a benefit to staff and help themselves at the same time.