Dr Sarah Jarvis
How often have you left the GP’s surgery feeling you haven’t had enough time to discuss everything you wanted? The average GP consultation time is about 10 minutes – a third longer than it was a few years ago, but still often too short. But spare a thought for other countries – in half the world it’s under 5 minutes, and in Bangladesh it’s just 48 seconds!
LEG ULCER HOPE
Leg ulcers become more common with age – 1 in 50 over-80s has one. They’re not easy to sort – treatment often involves several months of regular dressings. A new study compared “standard” treatment with early minor surgery. It showed treating the varicose veins that often cause them can speed healing – in this case from nearly 3 months to under 2.
Salt is a major risk factor for high blood pressure, and on average in the UK we eat more than 8 grams a day, when we should be sticking to below 6 grams. A new study suggests that too little salt could be bad for you, but it’s been strongly criticised by leading scientists. So there’s no excuse to put the white stuff back on the table – especially if you have high blood pressure!