Wednesday, May 25, 2016

DocTalk May 24, 2016

When was the last time you wondered about that mole or that rash and just wanted to bounce a quick question off a doctor?

Well, this is the show where we help you get a leg up on your health.

We get not one but 2 GPs in the studio to talk through your issues!

Dr Shereen Habib, Well Woman Clinic

Dr Sean Petherbridge Mediclinic DUBAI MALL MEDICAL CENTRE - 04 449 5111.

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These are the show notes.

Varicose veins

More studies talking over testing for prostate cancer. Is this playing to men who do not want testing.

Do I really need a pediatrician or can I just use a doc at the clinic?

Should I go straight to a specialist or GP 1st?

How do I know if my runny nose is an allergy or not?
Hello. It sounds like he needs a full assessment from his GP and maybe also a chat with his teachers. Possibly an educational psychologist if the school are worried. I hope that helps.
And this which ties in nicely to a talk I attended about healthy eating and to the vitadrip thing


Pools and germs

Genetic evidence links obesity and organ disease 0 23/05/2016

The links between obesity and the diseases it causes are a step closer to being understood, the annual conference of the European Society of Human Genetics has heard.
Using the GTEx (Genotype-Tissue Expression) dataset of tissues from deceased donors, Dr Taru Tukiainen, of the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM), Helsinki, Finland, looked at the relationship between body mass index (BMI) and gene expression in 44 different tissue types.
And the researchers, which also included teams in the UK and USA, found simultaneous changes in response to obesity in almost all the tissues studied.
“These results show that obesity really is a systemic condition, and particularly a condition of systemic inflammation,” Dr Tukiainen told delegates at the conference, which is being held in Barcelona, Spain.
“Interestingly, though, the changes in tissue function appeared to be only partially shared between different types of tissues; some tissues clearly act in pairs with one half of the pair compensating for – or enhancing - the dysfunction of the other.
“For instance, adipose tissue and adrenal glands, which are both organs secreting hormones essential to metabolism, often react to changes in BMI in completely opposite ways, including a decrease in metabolic activity in the former and an increase in the latter.”
She said the team hope they will be able to identify possible therapies that will help people overcome obesity and to also identify people who are at higher risk of developing complications.
“Our research highlights the burden of overweight and obesity on the digestive system. Although this is unsurprising, given the role of digestive system tissues in food processing, we found alarming links between BMI-related changes in different parts of the digestive tract and genes implicated in some diseases, for example Crohn’s disease,” explained Dr Tukiainen.
Large-scale genome-wide association studies have already identified almost 100 genetic variants that influence BMI and Dr Tukiainen said this latest research will provide further theories that can be followed up.
Abstract no: C08.1 – Multi-tissue transcriptome analysis reveals disease-relevant and causal links between obesity and gene expression

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