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Long-term vaping 'far safer than smoking' says 'landmark' study

"Vaping has been endorsed by health experts after the first long-term study of its effects in ex-smokers," ITV News reports. A six-month study found that e-cigarettes users had far lower levels of toxins and carcinogens in their body than smokers…


'Breakthrough in communication for patients with severe MND', study claims

"Mind-reading machine allows people with 'locked-in' syndrome to communicate," reports the Mail Online. The report is based on a study that aimed to communicate with four patients unable to speak, move or blink...

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Warning over 'burnt toast chemical' acrylamide’s cancer risk

"Browned toast and potatoes are 'potential cancer risk', say food scientists," BBC News reports. The FSA has launched a campaign about the possible health risk of acrylamide; a chemical formed when starchy foods are subjected to a high temperature…

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Can colic really be cured by acupuncture?

"Is sticking needles in babies really the best way to ease distress from colic?" the Daily Mail asks. The question was prompted by a study that looked at whether acupuncture can help with colic in babies…

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A pattern of brain activity may link stress to heart attacks

"The effect of constant stress on a deep-lying region of the brain explains the increased risk of heart attack, a study in The Lancet suggests," BBC News reports. Research suggests that stress stimulates the amygdala…


Study reveals how alcohol shifts brain into 'starvation mode'

"Alcohol switches the brain into starvation mode, increasing hunger and appetite, scientists have discovered," BBC News reports. Research in mice found alcohol increased activity in a set of brain cells used to regulate appetite…


Bagged salads 'pose salmonella risk,' say researchers

"Bagged salad can fuel the growth of food-poisoning bugs like salmonella and make them more dangerous," BBC News reports. Researchers found evidence that the environment inside a salad bag offers an ideal breeding ground for salmonella, a type of…


Scouts and Guides 'grow up to have better mental health'

"Scouts and guides provide 'mental health boost for life'," BBC News reports. A study of adults with a scouting or guiding background found they were less likely to be anxious or depressed in later life…


Fat storage problems may increase diabetes risk

"Inability to store fat safely increases diabetes risk," BBC News reports. Researchers have found links between genetic variations known to affect the storage of fat in the body and type 2 diabetes, as well as heart attacks and strokes…

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Barnet & Enfield

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Children’s health and immunisation

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Nurse Practitioner

Nurse Sarah answers your questions on minor injuries, travel vaccination, asthma and contraception.

Psychiatry - mental health in older people

Dr Claudia Cooper answers your questions on mental health matters particularly in old age.

Hormone Health Solutions

Ask Denise about combining nutritional therapy with personal training and lifestyle choices.

Counselling and Psychotherapy

When you are feeling overwhelmed with difficulties in your life talking to Raihaana our counsellor could help.


Randhiraj Bilan answers your questions on nutrition with a special interest in world foods & massage.

Personal Trainer and Weight Loss Adviser

Ask Anne Iarchy about your healthy lifestyle choices.

Personal Trainer and Holistic Lifestyle Coach

On this Q & A Joan will answer your questions on training methods for weight loss and lifestyle.


Ask Yueying how acupuncture can help the following: Pain relief, allergies, digestive system disorders, skin conditions, tiredness, menopause.

Vein Surgery and General Surgery

Varicose veins (including laser), hernia repair, hyperhidrosis (surgery for excessive sweating), vascular surgery, and gall bladder removal.

General cardiology and atrial fibrillation

Dr Hussain answers your questions on general cardiology, palpitations and irregular heartbeat.

Healthy Lifestyle for Children

On this Q & A you can ask Alive ‘N’ Kicking’s team of specialists questions about your child's nutrition and activity levels.

Sexual health

Kathy French answers your questions on sexual health and contraception.


Your diabetes questions answered by consultant physician Dr Michela Rossi.

Depression and anxiety

Your mental health questions answered by consultant psychiatrist Dr Ali Ajaz.

Breast cancer screening

Your breast screening questions answered by Clinical Nurse Specialist Anne Brewer.


Clinical nurse specialist Pennie White answers your questions on joint conditions.

Stress and Depression

Your questions on stress answered by consultant psychologist Dr Melinda Rees.


Your hysterectomy questions answered by consultant gynaecologist Mr J Griffiths.

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Orlistat in Barnet

I asked my doctor to prescribe this for me as it worked for a friend who lost a stone on it. I am planning to get married in the summer and want to lose some pounds. He said although i was above my ideal weight I am not heavy enough to get this on the NHS - something about the local CCG wouldn't be too happy to be charged for this. I don't understand why i can't get this on the NHS when he agrees that I am overweight. Has anybody had this problem in Barnet?

1 reply , 2053 views Joe, United Kingdom - Fri, 10 Feb 2017


episodes of depression

I've been experiencing episodes of depression and its truly ruining my life. I've had numerous episodes these past couple of weeks and almost broke my hand punching a cement wall. I don't know how to control myself and my moods and I go for short periods of time days or even weeks of elated mood then just outta nowhere crashing depression and I feel so lost and confused. I feel like no one can help me and getting professional help isn't an option for me so I'm just looking for ways to cope...

1 reply , 1791 views Paulxx, Barnet - Tue, 24 Jan 2017


my Daughter was just diagnosed with Celiac disease

Finding foods my teenage daughter likes has been near impossible but it has only been 3 days. Her TTG’s came back extremely high (85) and it seems like getting her below 4 is a lifetime away. I just want to make this easier for her. I want to find foods she can enjoy. She was a total foodie before this. She loves to cook and try new recipes but she hates the new ingredients before she even tries them. I am hoping this is just the initial anger phase and she will move out of it Please tell me...

1 reply , 1869 views Carlym, Barnet - Fri, 20 Jan 2017

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