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Do you need expensive ultrasound machines to get the diagnosis right?

Doctors love fancy bits of kit, and there is no better example of this than when it comes to ultrasound  imaging. There are fabulous machines around that give spectacular images – but how good does an image have to be … Continue reading

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Picture of the week 7th May

Pink flamingoes photographed at Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands trust in Gloucestershire Professor Tom BourneProfessor Tom Bourne is Adjunct Professor at Imperial College London, and Consultant Gynaecologist at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital. He is also visiting Professor at KU Leuven, … Continue reading

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Rising maternal deaths in London

The Lancet recently published a letter stating that the maternal mortality in London is 19·3 per 100 000 maternities (95% CI 14·0–26·6) versus 8·6 per 100 000 maternities (7·1–10·5) in the rest of the UK. The same letter reported an apparent 27% increase … Continue reading

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Do doctors ever cry?

I am lucky enough to count quite a few doctors among my close friends, and am married to one.. While this helps to fuel my fantasy that really I have a bit-part in a medical soap, I do wonder if … Continue reading

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Caesarean section scar ectopic pregnancies – an increasing problem?

  An ectopic pregnancy is when a pregnancy develops outside the cavity of the womb. These pregnancies are usually found in the Fallopian tube, but an important minority are located in “non-tubal” places. Examples are the interstitial tube where the … Continue reading

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Can I fly when I am pregnant?

Who is this information for? This information is for you if you are considering travelling by air when pregnant. The information is relevant for all lengths of flights. If you are a member of a flight crew or you fly … Continue reading

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What do people do with scanning probes between patients ?

In clinic we are often asked by patients what we do with vaginal ultrasound probes between patients. Although the risk of cross infection is very low – clinics take this issue very seriously. Other than staff observing good practice by … Continue reading

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Pregnancy after cervical cancer

Is it possible to have a successful pregnancy after  treatment for cervical cancer? The answer would appear to be yes. relatively recent advances in surgery involving a procedure called “radical trachelectomy”means that for a small selected group of women with … Continue reading

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When is a PUL not a PUL? – quite often it seems……

If a pregnant women undergoes an ultrasound scan in early pregnancy, and it is not possible to visualise a pregnancy either inside or outside the uterus this situation is described as a “pregnancy of unknown location” or PUL. Simple you … Continue reading

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Homeopathy: “It misleads people into thinking there is something in it when there isn’t.”

Edzard Ernst, Professor of Complementary Medicine at Exeter University heavily criticised the field of homeopathy in a recent article in the Daily  Telegraph. His main issue was the tendency to see homeopathy as a genuine alternative to conventional medical approached … Continue reading

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