It's just what the doctor ordered! Health Fact v Fiction is a frank and fascinating mix of myth-busting and chat about all things health. Join Anna Richardson as she brings together special celebrity guests and leading healthcare consultants. Their mission – to get to the heart of a different medical topic each episode, from the menopause and memory, to healthy guts, the BRCA gene and beyond.
Put Your Back Into It
31:17Staggeringly, 80% of us will see our GP about back pain in our lives. It’s one of the leading causes of disability worldwide and one of the most common causes of people missing work. Anna Richardson puts her back into understanding the causes with Consultant Neurosurgeon, Mr Chris Chandler, from The London Neurosurgery Partnership and HCA Healthcare UK’s The Harley Street Clinic.
The Future of Cancer Treatment
20:45Every two minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer. We have all encountered the Big C – whether we know someone who has been affected or we’ve been diagnosed ourselves. But what’s the future of cancer treatment? And will we ever make it a thing of the past? Anna Richardson talks about clinical trials and new advances in therapies, such as immunotherapy, with Dr Tobi Arkenau, Consultant Oncologist and Executive Medical Director of HCA Healthcare UK’s Sarah Cannon Research Institute.
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Concussion and Sport
33:35We’re all likely to have bumped our heads at some point in our lives. Some of us will have experienced whiplash - and if you play a contact sport, your chances of experiencing concussion increase significantly. But do we really understand what’s happening inside our brains when a concussion occurs? Dr Richard Sylvester, consultant neurologist at the Institute of Sport Exercise & Health, part of HCA Healthcare UK, joins Anna, along with former England rugby player, Kyran Bracken.
Getting To The Heart Of It
22:45Heart disease is responsible for one death every three minutes in the UK and we know that diet and exercise helps us maintain a healthy heart. In this episode, Anna Richardson talks to Dr Mike Mullen, consultant cardiologist at HCA Healthcare UK’s The Harley Street Clinic about the kind of heart disease which no amount of diet and exercise can solve - structural heart disease. Mick Jagger recently joined the ranks of people across the UK who have had their heart valves replaced. So how do you spot problems with your heart valves and what can you do to treat this type of heart disease?
Probing The Prostate
32:53Prostate cancer is the UK’s most common male cancer, with one in eight men diagnosed with the disease in their lifetime. In this episode, Consultant Urological Surgeon Mr Ben Challacombe from The Prostate Centre, part of HCA Healthcare UK tells Anna Richardson everything we need to know about the prostate, including infection and enlargement and how to watch for warning signs of cancer.
Why Am I Allergic?
31:12It’s the most common chronic disease in Europe. One in four of us here in the UK will have to deal with an allergy at some point in our lives. And, as we find out in this episode, it’s all down to your immune system making a mistake and attacking harmless proteins or pollen. Presenter Anna Richardson talks eczema, asthma, hay fever and food allergies with Dr Helen Brough from HCA Healthcare UK’s The Portland Hospital.
24:49Right now, 4.7 million people in the UK are living with diabetes, with the vast majority having Type 2, which is linked to our diet. There's twice the number of people living with diabetes now than there was 20 years ago - and those numbers keep on rising. In this episode, Anna Richardson talks to Dr Alex Miras, a consultant endocrinologist at HCA Healthcare UK’s London Bridge Hospital about what we need to know about diabetes and what we can do to prevent it. We also hear how bariatric surgery can help to change the way we think about hunger.
Understanding Your Fertility
30:02When should you start thinking about your fertility? Most of us take it for granted throughout our lives but the truth is, one in seven couples across the UK will encounter issues with their fertility. Host Anna Richardson sits down with Dr Marie Wren, Deputy Director of the Lister Fertility Clinic, and TV presenter, Julia Bradbury to understand the ups and downs of trying for a baby, IVF and how we can all become more fertility aware.
Things Only A Midwife Can Tell You
36:1140% of children born in the UK every year are born to first-time mums - and going through the final stages of pregnancy can be a daunting process. So on this episode, presenter Anna Richardson calls on midwife Ellie Cockburn, from HCA Healthcare UK’s The Portland Hospital, to have a frank and honest chat about the period between a woman’s waters breaking and leaving the hospital with your baby.
26:21Do you dream of getting off the couch and into your running shoes? As marathon season is upon us, Anna Richardson gets some ‘runspiration’ and tips on how to stay fit and active from Dr John Rogers, Medical Director at HCA Healthcare UK’s Manchester Institute of Health and Performance (MIHP) and TV presenter, Sean Fletcher.