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

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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Alcohol units

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

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Hernia surgery: David's story

When David found out he had a hernia, he was worried what this meant for his love of boxing.

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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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Colonoscopy procedure

A colonoscopy is an examination of the lining of your colon (large bowel).

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What is diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and who is at risk?

Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a potentially life-threatening condition that most often occurs in individuals with type 1 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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Lump on anus

Your anus is made of soft tissues, however, infection and other health conditions can cause the formation of a hard lump on your anus.

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Understanding insomnia: symptoms, causes and solutions

Getting a good night’s sleep can be challenging for a variety of reasons.

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What are kidney stones and how are they treated?

Kidney stones are fairly common and affect around one in 10 people in the UK.

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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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What you need to know about anxiety

Most people will experience feelings of anxiety at some point in their lives.

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Bleeding and burst haemorrhoids

Haemorrhoids, also known as piles, are enlarged veins that develop inside your back passage (rectum) or around your bottom (anus).

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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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The outlook for liver cirrhosis

Liver cirrhosis refers to severe scarring of the liver.

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Lump in groin

Your groin is the area between your thighs and abdomen and is where your genitals are located.

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How to manage your eyelid bags: home remedies and surgery

Getting older brings a host of changes to our bodies, including our eyelids.

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Why am I always tired? Five possible causes of fatigue

Feeling tired is fairly common and can be caused by lots of different things, such as working too much, staying up too late or not being...

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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. We look at the differences between the two...

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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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