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Dr Helen Webberley

About Dr Helen Webberley

Dr Helen Webberley is an NHS GP with a practice in South Wales, and an experienced online doctor providing healthcare advice and treatment via the Internet. She is a talkhealth expert in the Online Clinics. If anyone has any queries about their health then feel free to contact her.

What is causing my chest pain?

7Jun

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There are numerous causes for chest pain and fortunately most chest pain is harmless. However it is important to be aware of the more serious causes of chest pain and if you have any worries at all you should seek … Continue reading

  

Transgender Health

22Mar

Recent reports have suggested that health care for transgender people in the UK is lacking

Like a huge and unwieldy behemoth, the NHS is finally trying to get its act together and negotiate its way around the plight of transgender patients. However, services are already stretched to the limit, with waiting lists getting longer and … Continue reading

  

Zika virus – so now we have Guillain Barre syndrome to contend with too!

7Mar

The Zika virus represents a serious health crisis

Newspaper articles over the last couple of days, have been highlighting the observed increase in the numbers of patients with Guillain Barre syndrome (GBS) seen in some Latin American countries over the last few weeks and in particular, Brazil. Zika … Continue reading

  

R.I.P. David Bowie – and what do we know about liver cancer?

13Jan

David Bowie died this week of liver cancer.

The world experienced a palpable and seismic tremor of sadness at the death of David Bowie this week, who had fought an 18 month battle with cancer. As further details emerge it seems that the underlying diagnosis was of liver … Continue reading

  

Does the ‘Season of goodwill’ truly apply to all?

9Dec

Christians and atheists alike are all looking forward to Christmas. We are lucky to live in a multicultural and diverse-religion society and although not all religions celebrate Christmas, the air of  festivity is felt throughout the land. As a nation … Continue reading

  

Bah Humbug! Hope For Christmas Future?

1Dec

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The Christmas and New Year holiday break can be a pretty challenging time for the human body. Many independent factors come together and conspire to give our bodies a pretty good kicking and I am certainly no exception to this … Continue reading

  

HIV is not AIDS

19Nov

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Charlie Sheen’s very recent and very public admission that he is carrying the HIV virus has hit all the headlines. Of course although a very private thing for him he felt he had to ‘come out’ to put an end … Continue reading

  

ME is an invisible condition with very clear effects

27Oct

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ME, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis is also known as CFS or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome It is often asked if ME is a valid disease as there are no objective, definitive tests that prove you have it. However, it is generally now accepted … Continue reading

  

8.5 Ways to Keep Your Bones Healthy

23Oct

Bones are complex organs and rather than being static as most people think, are in constant dynamic change, adapting and adjusting to all the knocks and traumas and changes in lifestyle that we throw at them on a daily basis. … Continue reading

  

But Who Will Heal The Healers?

19Oct

What went wrong? When I was at school in the 70s the ultimate vocations were considered to be law and medicine. Law for the ‘arts’ students and medicine for the ‘scientists’ and if you were clever and worked really hard … Continue reading

  

Breast reduction surgery in men. Is it necessary?

15Oct

‘Man boobs’ (gynaecomastia) have always threatened the masculinity and machismo of men of all ages but a recent article in The Independent has suggested that breast reduction surgery in young adolescents has surged in the US in the last few … Continue reading

  

IBS is no fun for anybody

13Oct

As a practicing Consultant Gastroenterologist, by far the commonest condition that I see in my out-patient clinics, is IBS The patients are usually are at their wit’s end by the time they get to see me, having harassed their GPs … Continue reading

  

What does ‘abnormal’ white cell count mean?

8Oct

This is something your GP may talk to you about after reviewing your blood tests. It sounds very scary but the vast majority of times there is usually a very simple and non-worrying reason. White cells are blood cells that … Continue reading

  

‘The clap’ hits the 21st century

6Oct

Gonorrhoea, that most ancient of sexually transmitted diseases is back in the news again! First described as ‘the clap’ in the 16th century and possibly even referred to as ‘zav’ or ‘zavah’ in biblical times, the gonococcus (N. gonorrhoeaea)  has … Continue reading

  

Type 2 Diabetes doesn’t discriminate for Age

2Oct

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The news of an obese 3 year old from Texas being the youngest patient ever with type 2 diabetes is shocking indeed. She reached the weight of 5 ½ stone and developed symptoms of extreme thirst and excess urination after … Continue reading

  

The miracle that is aspirin

28Sep

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Aspirin has been around a long time. It was first marketed by a German pharmaceutical company Bayer in 1898 as a cough suppressant and a ‘non-addictive’ substitute for morphine. Although acetylsalicylic acid (the chemical name for aspirin) was only first … Continue reading

  

13 symptoms never to ignore

7Sep

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A large number of people have a habit of ignoring potentially serious symptoms. This may have dire consequences for the individuals concerned as delays in diagnosing cancer can lead to disastrous outcomes in terms of treatment and potential cure. There … Continue reading

  

Transgender community ‘galvanises’ Eddie Redmayne by their kindness and openness

7Sep

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At a recent press conference at the Venice Film Festival, Eddie Redmayne was discussing his new role playing the transgender artist Lili Elbe in his new film ‘The Danish girl’. In typical Redmayne fashion, the Oscar-winning actor wanted to immerse … Continue reading

  

The Pituitary Signal Box

6Sep

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Sue Perkins recent admission that she has had a benign pituitary tumour (prolactinoma) for more than 6 years (www.goodhousekeeping.co.uk) has prompted more than a little interest in the media about this amazing tiny gland. It is situated in the base … Continue reading

  

The stigma of stomas?

6Sep

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Luke Bennet’s very brave ‘selfie’ that went viral with 3 million views and shared by 10 000 users, depicted the 20 year old law student from Swansea standing in his boxers with his 5 week old stoma bag proudly on … Continue reading

  

Burning, Burping, Coughing. Acid reflux sucks.

1Sep

Some of us can eat what we like. Tangy oranges, a glass of wine, raw onion on a crunchy salad, baked beans, a pint of cider, fresh tomatoes, one too many beers followed by a hot and spicy curry……. Some … Continue reading