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Dr Nighat Arif – Dementia Treatments

In my last blog I discussed how we can recognise the signs of dementia and how the GP can do some simple memory tests to investigate it. As scary as it...

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Dr Nighat Arif: The Importance of Travel Vaccinations

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Getting to know the Early Signs of Dementia

Picture ref: Bupa.com "The saddest condition blighting our active population is dementia" To read Dr Arif's blog post on 'Getting to know the Early Signs of Dementia, please CLICK HERE

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Dr Nighat Arif – Planning for a Baby

"The data suggests that about 84% of couples will conceive within 1 year. The remaining 16% that do not conceive will do so in the next 2 years". For Dr Arif's full blog post on 'Planning for a Baby', please...

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Dr Nighat Arif – Treating Phobias

“We have nothing to fear...but fear itself” these were the famous words of Franklin Roosevelt at his inauguration. The truth is we all have a fear of a something. This is a survival mechanism that we develop according to our nurture....

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Dr Nighat Arif – Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

  "in the UK as a whole, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDs) is responsible for 240 deaths per year. The leading SIDs charity, the Lullaby Trust, have launched the Safer Sleep week in order to make parents in the UK understand...

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Dr Nighat Arif – HAIR LOSS

"Society places a lot of significance on hair…… or the lack of it." To read Dr Arif's blog post on hair loss, please click here: HAIR LOSS...

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Dr Nighat Arif – Coping with Divorce

"Divorce isn’t such a tragedy. A tragedy is staying in an unhappy marriage. As a parent use the divorce as an opportunity to teach. Teach forgiveness. Teach resourcefulness. Teach independence, and teach...

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Dr Nighat Arif – Tinnitus Awareness

"Sound waves are literally, waves of compressed air molecules. These enter the ear and are converted into electrical impulses but travel to the brain. The brain interprets the impulses as the phenomenon we call sound. In some people, the neurons...

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Dr Nighat Arif – Raynauds Awarness

  "I was recently called out to a home visit and as I scraped the car in -6degrees, I found my hands became so cold and stiff, then later on as I sat in the car to warm up, there was...

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Dr Nighat Arif – Anger Awareness Month

"The evidence is mounting up that anger can affect our physiological health. This is because the effects of anger trigger the ‘fight and flight’ response. This is an inbuilt survival response to perceived danger and it allows us to be...

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Dr Nighat Arif – A New Year, A New You

"Make sure you celebrate the small wins" - to read Dr Nighat Arif's full blog post, click here: NEW YEAR NEW YOU...

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Dr Nighat Arif – Gilbert Syndrome

"About 1 out of every 20 people have this syndrome - but 1 in 3 people who have it will not know that they have it". To read Dr Arif's full blog post on Gilbert Syndrome, please click here:

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Dr Nighat Arif – Coping with Christmas

"According to NHS Choices, a typical Christmas Day’s food can add up to a massive 6,000 calories - three times the recommended daily amount for most women, and over 2.5 times for most men". To read Dr Arif's full blog...

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Dr Nighat Arif – Pancreatic Cancer

"When the man who gave us the world in our hand in the form of the apple iPhone revealed he had pancreatic cancer, we all suddenly woke up to this disease". To read Dr Arif's full blog post, please click...

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Dr Nighat Arif – COPD Awareness

Photo Credit: www.medchipsolutions.com/spiroconnect_copd.html   November is COPD awareness month - "The diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a life changing diagnosis for a patient. For some it also provides an answer, as well as a turning point in their ability...

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Dr Nighat Arif: Mens Health Awareness 2016

According to the Men’s Health Forum “In the UK, one man in five dies before he reaches 65” this is a stark contrast to women, who live longer and have more services targeted at...

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Dr Nighat Arif – World Diabetes Day

"To put into context how serious diabetes is means knowing that in the UK it leads to 65 early deaths every single day. That diabetes causes blindness and kidney disease. That every week there are 1400...

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Dr Nighat Arif: Alcohol Awareness Week

Alcohol Awareness Week - 14th-20th November. To read Dr Nighat Arif's Blog post, click here:

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Dr Nighat Arif – Vascular Disease

  "Most people are not even aware of their vascular system, but it affects every organ and function in our body". To read Dr Nighat Arif's blog on Vascular Disease, please click here:

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Dr Nighat Arif – Organ Donation Awareness

"I remember feeling exhausted, I was still recovering from having a newborn and then suddenly terrified that as a doctor I missed something in my own child. I remember walking up to the Rays Of Sunshine...

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Blue September – Dr Nighat Arif

  "2 out of 3 men with a raised PSA level will not have prostate cancer. Sadly the PSA test can also miss cancer. This is why there is no national screen test for prostate cancer in...

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Dr Nighat Arif – National Road Victim Month

Click here to read Dr Nighat Arif's 'National Road Victim Month' Blog Post: National Road Awareness Aug...

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Dr Nighat Arif – Olympic Dreams

Click this link for Dr Arif's Olympic Dreams Blog: OLYMPIC DREAMS Aug...

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Dr Nighat Arif – Rheumatoid Arthritis

Please click on the link for Dr Arif's blog on Rheumatoid Arthritis: Rheumatoid Arthritis Aug...

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Q&A with Thames Valley Air Ambulance

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Dr Nighat Arif – Autistic Pride

  Please click the link: Autistic Pride Aug...

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Dr Nighat Arif – One Step at a Time

We at DOCTORnow are keen to promote the benefits of walking. This blog includes hints and tips for our daily routine so that we can all walk more all year around for a healthier lifestyle. Regardless of your fitness level and...

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Q&A about Cervical Screening with Dr Nighat Arif

Please click the link below: Cervical Screening Awareness June...

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Dr Nighat Arif – Rhythm Awareness Week – June 6th

    Most of you may know that it is heart rhythm awareness week. Statically, 1 in 4 people will develop a heart rhythm disorder. Every 15 seconds, someone suffers an atrial fibrillation (AF) related stroke. The amazing thing is, if...

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Dr Nighat Arif – National Cancer Survivors Day – June 5th 2016

For the Warriors who bring us hope. More people are surviving cancer than dying from it. There are currently 1.8 million people in England living with and beyond cancer, 2 million across the UK as a whole (National Cancer Survivorship Initiative). The...

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Dr Nighat Arif – Stillbirths and Neonatal Death Awareness Month – June 2016

This month is an awareness of stillbirth and neonatal death. The loss of a child is unimaginable and it can be difficult to bear when that child is so small, whose arrival is prepared with joy, hope and exception. Sadly, stillbirth...

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Exhibition & Sale Original Paintings April 2016

One of our patients, John Heywood, is having an Exhibition & Sale of his Original Paintings of Landscapes and Coastal Scenes at: Lytchetts, Green Lane, Farnham Common, SL2 3SR on: Thursday 21st April...

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Could Kenalog help relieve your hayfever symptoms?

Click here for Q&A with Dr Richard Angwin: Kenalog March 2016

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World Health Day, 7th April 2016

World Health Day (Thursday 7th April) aims to promote global awareness of health issues and diseases. With this year’s focus centering on the rise in diabetes, we caught up with Dr Peter Petrie for an insight into the 2016 campaign…   For...

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Nurse Liz – Running the extra mile

Nurse Liz D'Arcy-Evans ran the Reading Half Marathon (13.1 miles!!)  in just 1 hr 56.47 which she was really pleased with and "enjoyed most of it". Thank you to all our patients who sponsored Liz, she managed...

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Dr Arif – Inspiring Young Students

On Saturday 5th of March Chiltern Hills Academy in Chesham ran its first Career fair. It was open to all local 14-18 year old students in order to encourage, to aspire and to understand future career options.

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Zika Virus: Questions and Answers

  What is the Zika virus? Zika is a disease caused by the Zika virus. It is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected ‘Aedes’ species mosquito. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain,...

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Acupuncture Awareness Week

  Here at DOCTORnow, we are able to book an acupuncture appointment for relieving symptoms, stress, curing certain diseases and promoting good health. What is Acupuncture? Acupuncture is an ancient therapeutic technique used around the world for at least 3000...

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Endometriosis Awareness Week – Dr Nighat Arif

What is Endometriosis? Endometriosis is a condition where tissue that behaves like the lining of the womb (the endometrium) is found outside the womb. These pieces of tissue can be found in many different areas of the body including: The ovaries and the fallopian...

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Respiratory Conditions in Winter

This is the time of year when severe weather snaps can cause common colds or influenza to lead to chest infections, Pneumonias and exacerbations of existing respiratory conditions, such as Asthma and Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); the biggest effects...

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August: Acupuncture

Acupuncture originates from China and has been practiced there for thousands of years. Although there are records of acupuncture being used hundreds of years ago in Europe, it was during the second half of the twentieth century it began to...

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July: Why should you be sun smart?

In this blog, we discuss how deadly the Melanoma disease is and prevent getting it. As summer is upon us and we have been experiencing some warm weather, many people want to develop a ‘healthy suntan’. But is this wise? Melanoma,...

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June: Vaccinating against HPV

A Gardasil vaccination is important to take so that you can prevent having HPV. Gardasil is a vaccine which protects against wart virus infection (Human Papilloma Virus or HPV). The HPV infection is associated with a wide range of cancers...

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May: Travel Health

When you’re going aboard, the importance of having the right travel health vaccinations is critical. If you’re one of the millions planning to travel outside the UK this year, you may need to be vaccinated or take medication to protect...

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April: Hayfever

This time of the year, it is very important to have a Kenalog hay fever injection if you’re allergic to pollen. The term ‘hay fever’ usually refers to the symptoms of the allergic reaction to pollen, otherwise known as seasonal...

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March: Meningococcal Disease in the UK

The most common cause of the meningitis disease in the UK is a meningococcal infection. There are several strains of meningococcal disease in the UK – A, B, C, W, X and Y. The most common strains are B and...

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March: Sugar – White poison?

In this article, we will be discussing the importance of sugar white poison and how to prevent it from happening to you. We know that high levels of cholesterol, particularly low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) and triglycerides (another form of lipid),...

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February: Health Screening

At DOCTORnow, we offer different types of health medical screening to support and enable you to proactively manage your health and wellbeing. We work with you to develop individually tailored health plans based on specific risk factors indicated by your...

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January: Bexsero – Meningitis Vaccination

The Bexsero vaccination can protect you from meningitis B and we’ll discuss this in the article. Meningitis kills more UK children under the age of 5 than any other infectious disease. There are a number of strains of bacteria causing...

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December : Reducing Sugar Intake

The World Health Organization has issued draft guidelines calling for a reduction of daily sugar intake to 5% of total daily calories in order to tackle public health problems, such as obesity and tooth decay. That is a daily intake...

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November : Movember – Raising awareness of Testicular Cancer

You may have noted more hairy faced men wandering around than usual this month! They are Mo Bros, men who are growing all sorts of sculpted moustaches during the month of November to raise funds and awareness regarding the perils...

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October : Influenza Vaccinations

October is the time of year when a flu vaccination is important to take. The most effective way of preventing the flu is to get the influenza vaccine each year. This year’s vaccine protects against the H1N1 strain of flu...

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September : Migraines

Migraine headaches can be a recurring and persistent condition for many people. 1st-7th September 2014 was UK Migraine Awareness Week. Dr Brian McGirr explains the causes and treatment for migraines.   Migraine is a term used to describe a particular type of...

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August : Shingles vaccine available for over 50’s

The shingles vaccination is very important to take if you start feeling the symptoms of it. Shingles is an infection of the nerves that supply certain areas of the skin. Senior Practice Nurse Liz D’Arcy Evens at DOCTORnow explains about...

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July : Are you sun aware?

As summer approaches and we spend more time outside it is important to be aware of the damage the sun can do to our skin.  Dr Riccardo Di Cuffa explains more.   Being out in the sun gives us a feeling of...

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June : The Facts about Tuberculosis.

The BCG vaccination is very important to take for tuberculosis and we will explain why in this article. Despite a large reduction in the number of cases of Tuberculosis (TB) in the UK, in recent years, there has been an...

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May : Lyme disease

Lyme disease is the most serious infection spread to humans by ticks. Experts have warned that the number of ticks is increasing in the UK and as a result, the number of cases of Lyme disease are rising too. Walkers...

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April : Chickenpox Vaccination

A chickenpox vaccine is essential for children to have as soon as they get the virus. Chickenpox (medically known as Varicella) is caused by a virus called Varicella-Zoster virus. It is usually a mild childhood illness that most children catch...

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March : Bexsero: Meningitis B vaccine

The importance of having a meningitis B vaccine is very essential. Meningitis kills more UK children under the age of 5 than any other infectious disease. There are a number of strains which cause meningitis, but vaccinations against strains A,...

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