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All posts by Alexandra Ames

Lifespan vs Healthspan: The Science of Aging Part 1

Science has allowed us to keep you alive for longer but at what cost? I have had many conversations with my patients about this over the years, and everyone has a different perspective. From the fatalist 50 year old man with chronic disease: “Doc I feel I will die soon, because my father died at […]

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Here’s why you may NOT want to do a PSA

It’s Men’s Health Week So you’ll probably be getting all the information about why you should go for a “Prostate test” or PSA….but most people don’t tell you why you may decide, that  you do  not wish to do this. There is no right or wrong answer. Be warned: This is controversial. It’s controversial because doctors […]

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No.. It’s not the start of another Pandemic.

Keep calm and don’t be rash. I am getting lots of panic about Monkeypox. This is a virus usually found in Africa which has been spreading in certain communities in Europe. It has now spread to America, Canada and Australia and the UK. The case numbers are small. There have been no reported cases in Trinidad […]

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Hay Fever and Oral Allergy Syndrome. What’s the link?

As a juniour doctor in Accident and Emergency MANY years ago I once had a patient come in to casualty at 3 am. This was in the middle of winter in the busiest ER in the whole of London when we were stretched to the seams. I was in  between the Heart Attacks and the […]

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May is Health Vision Week

That beautiful thing above is your retina, or the back of your eye. The eyes are not just the windows to your soul, they tell us about a lot of other things in the body too. So, to celebrate May being Health Vision Month we thought we would highlight some of those things. People with […]

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May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

It’s Asthma and Allergies awareness month. Some of you may be wondering how Asthma, Hay fever and Food allergies are related.  Our immune system is like an army. Any good army, needs to know how to identify the enemy and to put up a good fight. Otherwise, the army may waste energy attacking harmless “foes”, […]

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National Impotence Day is Valentine’s Day

Forget the urban myth about the size of his shoes being an indicator of the size of his…Penis. Did you know that the penis tells you a lot about his heart health? Just like the heart needs healthy unclogged blood vessels to carry oxygen to it,  the penis needs healthy blood vessels to become erect…. […]

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Diabetic? What about Ramadan?

Ramadan is the 1st-30th April this Year. What do you need to do to prepare? Well, Islam says that  if you have diabetes you do not need to fast. However, some people with Diabetes might still like to fast. It may be safe, but the risks include high blood sugar leading to severe illness, extremely […]

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There’s a Party Happening in your Gut….Want to know how good it is?

Today I am sharing the details of an interesting study regarding Gut Health. It’s not my study but I have been asked to share it. The subject of Gut bacteria is one that I have been meaning to write about for some time, so this seems like a good opportunity. But what is Gut Health? […]

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Blurred Lines: Working from Home and the Erosion of Boundaries

It’s World Mental health Day today. We all know in the last year COVID anxiety is real and the lack of being outside, not being able to exercise /socialise as we normally would has had a great impact on us all….Not to mention the financial stress…But I wanted to talk about the real elephant in the room: The creeping erosion of […]

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