InsHealth: Flu; Weight loss surgery; Dry January 20 Jan...01/20/15
Mark investigates reports that the UK faces an epidemic of "mutant flu". Just a month after NICE calls for more weight loss operations to be done, there are proposals to slash the amount hospitals are paid to do the procedures - a move that could see...
InsHealth: Dry January; PLAC test, Dentist 13 Jan 15
Dr Mark Porter talks to leading experts about treating alcohol dependence with a pill and whether the required counselling services are available to make it work. Mark has a PLAC test to check his heart attack risk. And how often should we be going to...
InsHealth: Fruit; A Pain clinic; New Year 06 Jan 15
Should fruit juice be dropped from 5 a day recommendations? A&E in winter; Mark visits a busy pain clinic; resident sceptic Margaret McCartney outlines her New Year resolutions.
InsHealth: GP incentives, CT scans, Hot flushes, New anticoags 28 Oct 14
Financial incentives for GPs - do they work? Are walk-in CT Scans a good idea? Hot Flushes feedback; plus the new generation of anti-coagulants offering an alternative to warfarin.
InsHealth: Private hosps, Hyperbaric med, Kidneys, Warfarin 21 Oct 14
As more NHS operations are done in the private sector, how much do we know about patient safety in private hospitals? Kits to self-monitor warfarin have been recommended by NICE, so why is the uptake so poor? Hyperbaric medicine - using high doses of...
InsHealth: Sickness absence, Ankle arthritis, Hot flushes,...
Inside Health examines advice for when parents should and shouldn't send their sick children to school. Is this another example of the nanny state, or a useful guide? Dr Mark Porter reports on ankle arthritis, the latest evidence on HRT for hot...
InsHealth: Ebola, Painkillers, Immunity, Integrated Health, Thyroid &...
Ebola hits Europe – future predictions of a big increase in cases. Painkillers – the real story behind recent headlines suggesting that codeine based drugs pose a significant threat to the nation’s health. Immunity – could a problem with your immune...
InsHealth: Antibiotics; Flu, NHS Continuing Healthcare, Snoring
Dr Mark Porter reports on sleep apps, can they help with common sleep problems such as sleep apnoea? A new study reveals the failure of antibiotics for simple infections. Margaret McCartney reviews the evidence and asks is it worth having a flu jab?...
InsHealth: Ashya King conflict resolution; GPs near work; Lipoedema 23...
Dr Mark Porter investigates the rights that parents have when there is disagreement about the right treatments for their child in hospital. He visits the Evelina Children's hospital where they're using mediation to deal with the conflicts that can...
InsHealth: Conflicted Medicine 3/3 26 Aug 14
Dr Mark Porter examines how powerful lobbying groups like the food and alcohol industries steer public health policy in the direction that suits them most.
InsHealth: Conflicted Medicine 2/3 19 Aug 14
Dr Mark Porter examines the hidden conflicts of interest that may affect how your GP or specialist treats you. He discovers that the advice patient groups give you is also not immune to the influences of organisations such as pharmaceutical companies.
InsHealth: Conflicted Medicine 1/3 12 Aug 14
Are conflicts of interest in medicine out of control and undermining public trust, or an over-hyped concern? Dr Mark Porter investigates the hidden influences driving your doctor.
InsHealth: HIV & MS; black skin & cancer; iron overload; smell
Mark finds out why HIV might protect against MS, how much is black skin at reduced risk of skin cancer, iron overload and the training that helps recover a lost sense of smell
InsHealth: Back pain & Paracetamol, Blood clots, Drug driving, Kidney...
New research which shows that paracetamol doesn't help back pain; the overuse of blood thinning drugs; new laws on limits for driving on prescribed drugs, and treating kidney stones.
InsHealth: Statins; Cholesterol spreads; Bowel dis; Singers nodules 22...
Dr Mark Porter counters reports of Crohn's disease and junk food, why teachers' voices need a rest, evidence for cholesterol lowering spreads; is it harmful to cook with olive oil?
InsHealth: Screening for Breast Cancer 15 Jul 14
Earlier this year Switzerland became the first country in Europe to decide to stop routine screening. Yet here in the UK a similarly comprehensive review – led by Sir Michael Marmot and looking at the same evidence – came to the opposite conclusion....
InsHealth: Ebola, Bike saddles, Recording consultations, Insect bites...
Dr Mark Porter discusses the risk of Ebola cases in the UK, why bike saddles could cause erectile dysfunction, the pros and cons of recording consultations and insect bites
InsHealth: Statins;cancer survival rates;reflux;recycling drugs
Dr Mark Porter returns with a new series to address confusion about Statins for more people. And he turns patient when he is investigated for persistent heartburn. Plus should GP's who miss cancers be named and shamed and why drugs can't be recycled.
InsHealth: Patients dying of thirst, Paracetamol, Saturated fats,...
Headlines this week claim that 'thousands of patients die in hospital of thirst' but did the authors of the study actually analyse hydration? Mark Porter investigates the evidence for using Baclofen to treat alcoholism and hears how it helped a...
InsHealth: Skype consultations, Low fibre diets, Testosterone 15 Apr 14
Dr Mark Porter investigates the dramatic increase in testosterone prescribing; Low fibre diets - why eating high fibre is not always recommended; And Skype with your GP.
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