Dr Sarah Jarvis

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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 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!

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