Entries by Bryan Beattie

Down Syndrome (Trisomy 21)

Down’s syndrome Introduction [Original article on NHS Choices website] Down’s syndrome, also known as Down syndrome, is a genetic condition that typically causes some level of learning disability and characteristic physical features. Around 775 babies are born with the condition each year in England and Wales. Many babies born with Down’s syndrome are diagnosed with the […]


Diabetes [Original article on NHS Choices website] Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high. There are two main types of diabetes: type 1 diabetes – where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin type 2 diabetes – where the body doesn’t produce enough insulin, or […]

Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT)

Deep Vein Thrombosis [Original article on NHS Choices website] Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot that develops within a deep vein in the body, usually in the leg.  Blood clots that develop in a vein are also known as venous thrombosis. DVT usually occurs in a deep leg vein, a larger vein that runs through the muscles of the […]

Cervical Cancer

Cervical cancer Introduction [Original article on NHS Choices website] Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that develops in a woman’s cervix (the entrance to the womb from the vagina). Cancer of the cervix often has no symptoms in its early stages. If you do have symptoms, the most common is unusual vaginal bleeding, which can […]

Chickenpox (Varicella)

Chickenpox (Varicella) [Original article on NHS Choices website] Chickenpox is a common illness that mainly affects children and causes an itchy, spotty rash. Most children will catch chickenpox at some point. It can also occur in adults who didn’t have it when they were a child. It’s usually mild and clears up in a week or so, but […]

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy Introduction [Original article on NHS Choices website] Cerebral palsy is the general term for a number of neurological conditions that affect movement and co-ordination. Neurological conditions are caused by problems in the brain and nervous system. Specifically, cerebral palsy is caused by a problem in the parts of the brain responsible for controlling muscles. The […]

Candidiasis – Oral (Babies)

Candidiasis – Oral (Babies) Oral Thrush – Babies [Original article on NHS Choices website] Oral thrush in babies and young children is a fungal infection in the mouth that’s usually harmless and easily treatable. Although babies and young children are particularly at risk, oral thrush can also affect adults. Read about: Oral thrush in adults This […]