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Contraception

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Mark Porter investigates the take up of long-acting contraceptive implants.

Long-acting contraceptive implants like Mirena are safe and reliable, so why has the uptake been so poor? Mark Porter investigates.

Long-acting contraceptive implants like Mirena are safe and reliable, so why has the uptake been so poor? Mark Porter investigates, and also finds out about new trials for reversible vasectomies underway in the US.

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End-of-Life Care

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Dr Mark Porter explores the state of end-of-life care in the UK today.

Dr Mark Porter explores the state of end-of-life care in the UK today, for patients with cancer, heart failure and other conditions, and their families and friends.

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Parkinson's Disease

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Mark Porter investigates the latest advances in the understanding of Parkinson's disease.

Dr Mark Porter investigates the latest medical advances in understanding Parkinson's disease.

Dr Mark Porter investigates the latest medical advances in understanding Parkinson's disease. He visits Oxford to discover how brain surgery can help some patients with this neurological condition. And his studio guest is Professor Peter Jenner, an expert in diseases affecting movement.

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Dr Mark Porter meets patients on the Active Back Programme in Stanmore, North London.

Dr Mark Porter meets patients on the Active Back Programme at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital who are learning to live with their condition and be physically active.

Dr Mark Porter meets patients on the Active Back Programme in Stanmore, North London.

For 15 years the Active Back Programme at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital has been helping people with long term back pain learn to live with their condition and be physically active.

Patients who attend the programme have had many medical interventions that have failed to make much of an impact on their back pain. The approach at RNOH is different - the programme doesn't aim to remove the pain, but it helps people get on with their lives and be able to do everyday activities such as shopping and exercise.

Physiotherapists, psychologists and occupational therapists give advice on how to make changes around the home so that people with back pain can do tasks in the kitchen and in the garden. Mark meets the patients on the programme who are playing table tennis for the first time, and who are discovering that rearranging pillows can help them get a good night's sleep.

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Osteoporosis

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Dr Mark Porter visits Sheffield to hear about the latest treatments for osteoporosis.

Dr Mark Porter visits Sheffield to hear about the latest treatments for osteoporosis, where bones become brittle.

Half of all women and a fifth of men in the UK over the age of 50 will break a bone because of osteoporosis. Everyone's bones lose some density and strength as a natural part of the ageing process, but what makes some people more prone to fracture than others?

Dr Mark Porter visits a clinic in Sheffield to hear about the latest drugs available to treat osteoporosis, some of which only need to be taken once a year. He hears about the role that screening plays in detecting those at risk and why smoking or bowel conditions like Crohn's disease increase the risk of developing the condition.

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Dr Mark Porter on the latest treatments for lung cancer.

Dr Mark Porter investigates why 12,000 patients a year never find out what type of cancer they have, and hears how new guidance could improve their chances of beating the disease.

Dr Mark Porter hears about the thousands of patients whose cancer has spread, but who never find out where the original cancer grew. When this happens doctors are baffled - and it can lead to patients getting a raw deal. But there are now new NICE guidelines which aim to improve the care and treatment of these patients.

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Head Injuries

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Dr Mark Porter investigates the treatment and consequences of traumatic brain injuries.

Traumatic brain injuries are mainly the result of serious accidents on the roads or at work, assaults or falls. Dr Mark Porter discovers how these injuries are treated today.

Traumatic brain injuries are mainly the result of serious accidents on the roads or at work, assaults or falls. Dr Mark Porter discovers how these injuries are treated today. He also finds out what happens during rehabilitation and the consequences for the people who had the accidents and their families.

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Lens of the Eye

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Dr Mark Porter investigates the latest treatments for problems with the lens of the eye.

Dr Mark Porter investigates the latest treatments for problems with the lens of the eye and reports on how to treat various conditions, including cataracts.

Dr Mark Porter investigates the latest treatments for problems with the lens of the eye.

He visits Southampton General Hospital and talks to Rob Morris, consultant eye surgeon, about how he treats cataracts. These are very common: nearly half of us will develop some degree of clouding of the lens of the eye by late middle age. Most people have cataracts by the time they reach their mid-80s. Mark meets some of Rob Morris's patients and hears about how they realised that they had cataracts. He then watches an operation in which the patient is under just a local anaesthetic.

Rob Morris explains that nowadays the replacement lenses are made to measure. Some patients, including some with astigmatism, have better eyesight after they have had their cataracts removed and tailor-made lenses fitted.

Dr Susan Blakeney from the College of Optometrists tells Mark about what happens to the eye as we age.

Also, Rob Morris explains how recent developments in lens implants are helping people with the most common type of macular degeneration - the dry form - in which thinning of the retina at the back of the eye leads to poor central vision.

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Blood Clots

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Dr Mark Porter on how blood clots kill thousands of hospital patients in England each year

Blood clots kill up to 25,000 hospital patients every year - a figure doctors at London's King's College hospital hope to cut with screening and treatment. Dr Mark Porter reports.

Up to 25,000 hospital patients die every year in England, of which only around 1,500 are from hospital superbugs. Doctors at King's College hospital in London are leading the way in trying to cut the number of deaths by assessing the risk to surgical patients and giving preventative treatments.

Dr Mark Porter hears from patients who have had clots in their legs travel up to their lungs, known as a pulmonary embolism, and finds out what you should do to prevent risk if you end up in hospital.

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Statins

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Dr Mark Porter looks at statins, drugs that lower the levels of cholesterol in the blood.

Dr Mark Porter investigates statins, drugs that lower the levels of cholesterol in the blood. Many people take statins, but recent reports suggest that they may have side effects.

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GP Surgeries

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Dr Mark Porter visits a GP surgery to discuss the impact of the government's NHS changes.

Dr Mark Porter visits a GP surgery in Birmingham. He offers tips on how to get the best from your doctor and discusses the impact of the government's new NHS changes.

Dr Mark Porter goes to Birmingham to visit the surgery of Steve Field, GP and Chairman of The Royal College of General Practitioners. They offer tips on how to get the best from your doctor and discuss the impact of the governments new changes to the NHS.

Producer: Erika Wright.

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Dr Mark Porter visits the Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology in Nottingham.

Dr Mark Porter visits the Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology in Nottingham to find out about the latest treatments for eczema.

Dr Mark Porter visits the Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology in Nottingham to find out about the latest reasearch into treating the symptoms of eczema.

One in five children and one in twelve adults are affected by eczema, the dry, cracked and itchy skin commonly found in the crooks of the elbows and knees. Many children grow out of the disorder, but others face a lifetime of creams, moisturisers and trying not to scratch.

There is a lot of conflicting advice about childhood eczema, so Mark visits the Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology to examine the known causes and the best ways of treating the disorder. Will changing your child's diet or getting rid of the family pet make any difference? And what is the safest and most effective way to use steroid creams?

The Centre is also investigating new treatments. Prof Hwyel Williams is currently running a trial to find out if installing a water softener in the home can improve symptoms. But having eczema isn't just about the skin. Mark also finds out about the psychological scars caused by having a severe skin complaint in school, and speaks to a mother and son who are doing their best to keep eczema under control.

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Surgery

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Dr Mark Porter investigates the past and future of surgery.

Mark Porter investigates the past and future of surgery. He meets surgeon Harold Ellis, who qualified in the summer the NHS was born, and hears about the latest surgical techniques.

Dr Mark Porter investigates the past and future of surgery. He meets Prof Harold Ellis, a surgeon who qualified in the summer that the NHS was born, and hears about some of the latest surgical techniques, including how a gall bladder can be removed with just one tiny incision through the bellybutton.

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Blood Pressure

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Mark Porter asks whether ethnic origin or gender are a risk factor for high blood pressure

Mark Porter investigates the causes of high blood pressure and asks whether a patient's ethnic origin or gender may be a risk factor.

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Leukaemia

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Dr Mark Porter reports on how treatments for leukaemia have improved sufferers' health.

Around 500 children are diagnosed with a form of leukaemia each year in the UK, and 4 out of 5 of them now survive. Dr Mark Porter reports on how treatments have improved.

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Shoulder Problems

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Dr Mark Porter investigates the latest treatments for shoulder problems.

Dr Mark Porter investigates the latest treatments for shoulder problems, from frozen shoulder and muscular pain to dislocations and fractures.

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Eye Conditions

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Dr Mark Porter reports on the latest treatments for eye conditions.

Dr Mark Porter reports on the latest treatments for eye conditions, which become more common as we age. One in a hundred people over the age of 40 have some form of glaucoma.

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The Hip

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Dr Mark Porter investigates the mechanics of the hip joint.

In the UK alone, more than 80,000 hip operations are carried out each year. Dr Mark Porter investigates the mechanics of the joint and the latest developments in artificial hips.

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Caesarian Sections

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Dr Mark Porter investigates Caesarian Section deliveries and the medical consequences.

Dr Mark Porter investigates health issues of the day. This programme investigates the reasons for Caesarian Section deliveries and the medical consequences for mothers and babies.

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Urology

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Dr Mark Porter investigates the latest treatments for problems in the urinary tract.

Dr Mark Porter investigates problems in the urinary tract. He reports on the diagnosis and treatment of different conditions that can affect the kidneys and the bladder.

Dr Mark Porter explores health issues of the day.

He investigates the latest treatments for problems in the urinary tract. He reports on the diagnosis and treatment of different conditions that can affect the kidneys and the bladder and discovers that blood in the urine can be a sign of a variety of problems.

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