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I work as a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Macclesfield Hospital in Cheshire,Northern England. I am also a clinical lecturer at the Liverpool University School of Medicine. I relish and enjoy the challenge of freelance medical writing catering for varying audiences. I have a passion for medical education, both for future doctors and members of the public, especially so using the new media. 'Information is Power' is not an empty mantra.

I have been a published author for several years. Books include:

Hysterectomy A-Z: Why, When, How and What After

Ovarian Cysts: Facts, Myths and Solutions

Female Reproductive and Sexual Health

Menopause A-Z: Staying in Control

Family Encyclopedia of Pregnancy and Childbirth (Available in paperback only)

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  • Thalassemia, Pregnancy and Gene Therapy
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    Thalassemia, Pregnancy and Gene Therapy

    5 years ago

    Beta thalassemia is a genetic disorder found all over the world. Regular blood transfusions are the mainstay of management but these carry a risk of iron overload, organ failure and reduced life expectancy. Gene therapy...

  • Trying to Conceive? Get the Basics Right
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    Trying to Conceive? Get the Basics Right

    5 years ago

    It is easy to scoff at this but there are many, probably numbering in millions; who, as you read this, are in deep frustration because they have been trying for a baby for ages and “it doesn’t seem to be...

  • Primary amenorrhoea: When Periods Fail to Arrive
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    Primary amenorrhoea: When Periods Fail to Arrive

    5 years ago

    It is fair that I should start this with a health warning. It is a bit long and an occasional medical jargon could not be avoided. A promise also. It is really accessible and, me thinks, an engrossing read too. Here we...

  • Pregnancy Isn't the Only Cause of Absent Periods
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    Pregnancy Isn't the Only Cause of Absent Periods

    7 months ago

    When a women misses her periods, in the first instance, pregnancy needs to be ruled out. This should be followed out my investigating the other numerous potential causes, all discussed here.

  • The Little Wonder Drug in Pregnancy
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    The Little Wonder Drug in Pregnancy

    5 years ago

    Yes, it’s humble and yes, it is dirty cheap but this little gem is one of the best things that ever happened to womanhood. Aspirin is a miracle worker. Pregnancy is a normal physiological process and not...

  • Water Birth: Facts, Pros and Cons
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    Water Birth: Facts, Pros and Cons

    5 months ago

    Like all popular subjects, the web is awash with information on the subject of water birth. Again, like most popular subject, a lot of this information is promotional rather than factual. That can make life tricky...

  • No Natural Cures For Ovarian Cysts
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    No Natural Cures For Ovarian Cysts

    5 years ago

    The title is provocative and deliberately so. It is important that snake-oil salespeople are confronted and exposed. This is one area where they have thrived, exploiting other people’s discomfort to plump their...

  • Kilwa Kisiwani: A World Heritage in Tanzania
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    Kilwa Kisiwani: A World Heritage in Tanzania

    5 years ago

    The East Coast of Africa is dotted with many interesting cities, from East London and Durban in South Africa; Maputo further north in Mozambique; Dar es Salaam, the commercial capital of Tanzania, Mombasa in Kenya and,...

  • Choroid Plexus Cysts are Harmless
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    Choroid Plexus Cysts are Harmless

    5 years ago

    One of the rather common findings in a detailed ultrasound scan in the first half of pregnancy is what is known as ‘Choroid Plexus Cysts’. Up to 2% of all babies will be found to have one or more of these...

  • Excessive Body Hair In Women
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    Excessive Body Hair In Women

    5 years ago

    Many women feel the need to shave their legs regularly. This is especially the case for white women and those from central Asia. Women of black African and oriental ancestry do not need to do this as much as hair growth...

  • Why The Fetus Is Not Rejected
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    Why The Fetus Is Not Rejected

    5 years ago

    Have you ever stopped to ask yourself why the fetus in the womb is not rejected? After all, the body defence (immune) system is geared towards getting rid of any foreign tissue that gets in the body and the baby, having...

  • 4D Baby Scans: A Question of Safety
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    4D Baby Scans: A Question of Safety

    5 years ago

    We have had ultrasound as a diagnostic medical tool for over 60 years now. In pregnancy care, it has been mainstream for almost 40 years. Because of its ubiquity, the issue of safety of traditional ultrasound is...

  • Identical Twins: The Rule of 4
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    Identical Twins: The Rule of 4

    4 years ago

    Most people will know how non-identical twins (fraternal twins, to give them their proper name) happen: Two eggs are released simultaneously, it happens to coincide with when sex takes place; both are fertilized and,...

  • Phantom Pregnancy is 'real'
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    Phantom Pregnancy is 'real'

    5 years ago

    As a practising obstetrician I am often asked about the concept of ‘Phantom pregnancy’. Many people have a poor or mistaken understanding of this condition. Whilst unexplained absence of menstrual periods is...

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