ONE OF the techniques used to help couples with fertility problems who are struggling to have a baby is in vitro fertilisation (IVF). But what does process involve and who qualifies for the treatment on the NHS? We've got the details you need... What is IVF? The process involves removing an egg from a woman’s ovaries and fertilising them using sperm in a laboratory. The fertilised egg, also known as an embryo, is transferred back into a woman’s womb to grow. The process can use eggs and sperm from the couple themselves, or these can be sourced from a donor. How does IVF work? There are six main stages of IVF: Firstly the menstrual cycle will be suppressed with medication You will be given further medication to encourage your ovaries to produce more eggs Ultrasound scans will be given to check the development of your eggs and medication can be used to help the maturing process The eggs will be collected by a needle being inserted into the ovaries via the vagina Eggs are … [Read more...] about What is IVF, how does it work and can the treatment be done on the NHS?
Treatment for hacking cough
Last winter hospital admissions soared and surgeries reported seeing a large number of patients with a hacking cough that cannot be treated with antibiotics. And for some it can turn into a more serious lung infection, reports Devon Live. All of which makes the recent revelation that over-the-counter cough medicines are virtually useless far from welcome. Researchers from the American Chemical Society claim cough syrups work little better than a placebo, while other popular remedies such as echinacea, vitamin C and zinc are not likely to help either. At best cough suppressants can leave you drowsy and give you a better night's sleep, claim the scientists. Read More Your health stories But their report concluded there's little or no evidence that the heavily marketed active ingredients – including the DXM (dextromethorphan) often found in 'night time' formulations – do anything to ease the cough. So what can we do about it? Why do we cough? Prof Ron Eccles, director of the … [Read more...] about How to get rid of a persistent cough
Now January is well under way many of us are looking at way to lose that excess holiday weight. And for thousands of people, that includes joining programmes like Slimming World. Slimming World started as a weight-loss magazine, but is now a multi-million pound business. It’s ‘Syn’ system sees dieters allocated 15 points a day, which can be used on treats which may be higher in calories than the designated low-fat or 'Free' options. But as many of us are also finding out right now, January is also a prime time for illness, with the cold weather prompting a raft of bugs and diseases doing the rounds of schools and workplaces. And that means we're guzzling a host of cold and flu remedies, from paracetamol sachets to sugary throat lozenges. But if you’re on the Slimming World plan, can taking this medication add to the number of Syns you're consuming? 'Make sure you're synning any cough sweets' One Slimming World member, who asked not to be named, told … [Read more...] about Do cough sweets count towards Slimming World Syn totals?
As we enter the new year, many of us are dealing with dry, chesty coughs that seem never-ending. Hospitals across the country have been under increased strain and have warned people to stay away if they have coughs, colds and flu-like symptoms. Most coughs will clear out in about three weeks, but that is still quite a long time to deal with a painful and irritating bark. Hacking coughs cannot be treated with antibiotics and researchers have recently revealed that over-the-counter cough medicines are virtually useless. Researchers from the American Chemical Society claim cough syrups work little better than a placebo, while other popular remedies such as echinacea, vitamin C and zinc are not likely to help either. At best, cough suppressants can leave you drowsy and give you a better night's sleep, Devon Live reported. The researchers concluded there's little or no evidence that the heavily marketed active ingredients in cough syrup – including the DXM (dextromethorphan) often … [Read more...] about This is how to get rid of the nasty cough that’s going around
We all know we shouldn’t be traipsing to the GP with every sniffle, but coughs can be a bit tricky. Some sound worse than others, some last longer than others, and all cause us to try self-diagnose to save the embarrassment of a trip to the doctors, only to find out an over-the-counter remedy was the solution all along. But learning the differences between types of cough really is useful, and could benefit us all in the long-run. Is it lingering irritation after a cold, or could that stubborn cough be a sign of something worse? What if you’re hacking up phlegm, or also getting breathless? Here, experts explain what different coughs might mean, and when to get to the doc pronto. Could your cough be... Cold or flu It’s not unusual for a cough to linger longer than the rest of your cold symptoms, and they can sound bad. “Common cold coughs generally fall into two types – dry or chesty,” says Kathryn Granleese, Superdrug Pharmacist and Clinical … [Read more...] about Find out whether your cough is harmless or harmful