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TV's Dr. Sarah Jarvis blogs on health and wellness

  • GP extended hours - great in theory, but what about in practice?

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    I'm a GP, but like everyone at some time in their lives I'm a patient too, and I know all about the difficulty of fitting a consultation with my own GP in to a busy schedule ... Now the government has announced plans for GPs to work 8am-8pm, seven days a week, and consult with patients on Skype and by email. But while routine 12-hour access seven days a week may sound like an obvious solution, it's not as easy or as practical as it sounds.

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  • Feet - getting to the root of the problem

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    We've all joked about 'cheesy feet', but having sweaty or smelly feet can be a real problem. Not only can it be embarrassing, it also makes you prone to some painful problems. Your feet have about 4,200 sweat glands on every square inch - more than anywhere else in your body, apart from your hands. And those sweat glands lie behind many of our foot problems.

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  • Your GP and the internet

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    When I was a girl, there was no internet. Nor was there any question that the doctor knew best. These days it's very different - put in a single key word into 'Google' and you can read a million articles. That means any of us can know as much as the doctor, doesn't it?

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  • To scan or not to scan?

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    As a doctor, there's only so much I can do with my eyes, my ears and a stethoscope. I can hear your heart, listen to your lungs and look at your rash or your joints. But if I really want to know what's going on inside you, sometimes only a scan will do.

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Star England fly-half blogs on health and fitness

  • You are what you eat

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    Diet is something that gets drilled into athletes from the very beginning and making sure you're putting the right fuel into your body can be the difference between having an ordinary game or having a great game...That said, it's not just professional athletes and sportsmen that this applies to. Diet is something that is all too often overlooked by people getting into exercise and looking to improve their health...

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  • How to give sports injuries the boot

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    You don’t need me to tell you that taking part in sport is a healthy thing to do. Except of course at those times when injury strikes and suddenly you’re out of the game, on the bench – and if you’re really unlucky – off to the nearest A&E unit.

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A blog for healthcare professionals with Dr Shaun O'Hanlon

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