General health

From gallstones and hernias to varicose veins and digestive problems, our Spire experts provide insight and knowledge for a range of health conditions.

General health articles

What's the difference between a cold and the flu?

A sore throat, cough and runny nose are symptoms most people recognise as having a cold or the flu.

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What are kidney stones? Symptoms, causes and diagnosis explained

Mr Ben Grey, Consultant Urologist, says that symptoms of kidney stones include blood in urine, infection of the urine and pain.

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CT vs. MRI scan

CT scans and MRI scans are non-invasive methods to capture images of the inside of your body.

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Leg cramps

Leg cramps are common and usually fleeting and harmless.

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Alcohol units

Alcohol units refer to the amount of pure alcohol in a drink.

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Understanding coeliac disease: risk factors, symptoms and treatment

At least one in every 100 people in the UK is thought to have coeliac disease.

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Six common signs of kidney stones

Around one in 10 people in the UK develop kidney stones. However, many people don’t realise that their symptoms are caused by kidney stones.

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Pain after colonoscopy

A colonoscopy involves passing a thin, flexible, tube-like telescope (colonoscope) into your colon via your back passage (rectum).

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How is obesity linked to diabetes?

The UK has one of the highest rates of obesity in Europe.

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Blood clots: symptoms, diagnosis and treatment explained

Your blood’s clotting ability is important to help stop excessive and potentially dangerous bleeding when a blood vessel is injured.

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Understanding gastro-oesophageal reflux disease: risk factors, symptoms and treatment

Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), often called acid reflux, is an uncomfortable but common condition.

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Groin pain

Groin pain refers to pain in your lower abdomen where your legs meet your pelvis.

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Risk factors and treatment for peripheral vascular disease

Peripheral vascular disease affects around one in five people aged over 60 in the UK.

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Understanding iron deficiency anaemia: causes and treatments

Anaemia is a condition where you haven’t got enough healthy blood cells to carry oxygen around your body.

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Pre-colonoscopy diet

Before having a colonoscopy, you need to empty your colon so that your doctor can see the inside of your colon clearly.

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Living with inflammatory bowel disease: from symptoms to treatment

Inflammatory bowel disease refers to a group of conditions that cause the lining of your bowel to become inflamed and develop ulcers.

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The best foods to help improve your digestive system

The digestive system breaks down the food you eat, allowing your body to absorb the energy and nutrients it contains.

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What is 'fatty liver disease' and how is it treated? Dr Deven Vani explains

Discover what fatty liver disease is, and how it is treated with Dr Deven Vani, Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist.

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Understanding diabetes: types, causes, symptoms and treatments

Almost five million people in the UK live with diabetes.

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IBS explained: causes, symptoms and treatment

IBS or irritable bowel syndrome is a common, chronic (long-term) condition that affects your large intestine.

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How alcohol can affect your liver

Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can have both short and long-term effects on your health and wellbeing.

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