About netdoctor.top

About netdoctor.top

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We want to break down the "medical language barrier" between the doctor and the patient. Critical medical information must be presented in a clear and understandable language so that the patient fully understands his or her choices and decisions. Ultimately, it is the patient who must make the critical health choices.

We believe that in the future the world of medicine will be dominated by a new patient who seeks out critical information on the Internet - and that this will take a new type of doctor who must help the patient assess the quality of that information.

netdoctor.top is committed to helping both parties in their quest.
netdoctor.top is a collaboration between committed doctors, health care professionals, information specialists and patients who believe that medical practice should be based on quality-assessed information and, wherever possible, on the basis of the principles of evidence-based medicine.

Over 250 of the UK's and Europe's leading doctors and health professionals write, edit and update the contents of netdoctor.top. In addition to creating written content for the patient these same health professionals respond to users questions and concerns regarding general health concerns.
Our editorial independence and reliance on professional advice is our single most important asset. There is a clear distinction between the editorial and business staff. As a matter of policy our doctors, writers and editors are not allowed to be influenced or answerable to our sponsors or advertisers. We follow the same standards of practice as the leading medical journals.

netdoctor.top funds its activities by advertising, sponsorship and content syndication with a range of selected commercial organisations, including pharmaceutical companies, information service providers and other electronic and print media publishers. None of the funding source providers has any editorial control over NetDoctor's content, which is developed independently and guided only by accepted medical opinion. All material published on the NetDoctor web site is commissioned directly from UK health professionals.

In March 2006 netdoctor.top Limited became part of the Hearst Digital Network, the digital publishing division of Hearst Magazines UK, a trading name of The National Magazine Company Limited. NetDoctor is wholly owned by Hearst Magazines UK.

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    The people behind netdoctor.top

    The Medical Panel

    Dr Roger Henderson Qualified as a doctor from St Bartholomew's Hospital, London in 1985 and as a general practitioner in 1990. He decided to work part time in 1995 to concentrate on his writing career, and within 2 years was the medical columnist of the Sunday Times. He has written regular columns for many newspapers and magazines and is currently the medical columnist for the Sunday Mirror, Woman's Own, Slimming magazine, Yours magazine and a number of other publications. His medical responsibilities include being a college doctor and a busy family doctor in Shropshire, running a main surgery and two branch surgeries.

    Dr Dan Rutherford, BSc MB ChB MRCGP FRCP, qualified from Edinburgh University in 1979. After hospital training in General Medicine and Gastroenterology in Dundee and Edinburgh he became a full time Principal in General Practice in St Andrews, Scotland, in 1986. He was netdoctor.top'sginal Medical Director and was responsible for the content on the site from its inception in 2000 until 2003, when he returned to full time clinical practice. In addition to a range of medical writing work he now runs his own private general practice in St Andrews. Dr Rutherford is the main author of all 16 titles in the NetDoctor 'Help Yourself to Health' series of books published by Hodder & Stoughton.

    Dr David Delvin MB BS LRCP MRCS DObst RCOG DCH FPA Cert MRCGP Dip Ven MFFPRCOG, author of 27 books, has appeared on more than 800 radio and TV programmes, contributes to many periodicals and still has time to see patients in his clinics in East Sussex, Cambridge and London.

    Christine Webber LNCP, MNCH Dip PHTA, Dip Cognitive Approaches to Psychotherapy (London) is a popular columnist, TV and radio agony aunt and qualified psychotherapist and life coach. She is known for her direct approach and her sound advice balanced with a ready wit. She is currently filming a series for Living TV and is the author of numerous books including Get the Happiness Habit, Get the Self-Esteem Habit and How To Mend a Broken Heart. Visit her website for more details.

    Dr Carl J Brandt, qualified in Medicine at Odense University, and carried out his postgraduate training in Faaborg, and his surgical residency in Glamsbjerg. After several years as Senior House Officer at the Odense University Hospital in the department of Medical Gastroenterology, he moved to the department of Clinical Biochemistry. During his time as a PhD research fellow at Odense University he worked on the smoker's lung project and the subsequent paper was published in The Lancet.

    The Medical Consultants

    Dr Kosh Agarwal, specialist research registrar at the Centre for Liver Research, Newcastle Medical School.

    Dr Linda Appiah-Kubi, a clinical fellow, with Dr K Ray Chaudhuri, in Movement Disorders at the Guy's King's St. Thomas's School of Medicine. She has a BSc degree in Neurosciences and has presented her research work in several international Movement Disorders meetings. Her special interest lies in the area of Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease and pharmacological therapy of Movement Disorders.

    Dr Claire Atkinson MB BS MRCPsych, research specialist registrar in psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of Newcastle.

    Mr Michael L Bowen FRCS MRCOG MRCP (Ireland), obstetrician and gynaecologist, honorary consultant North West London Hospitals NHS Trust. Mr Bowen is an experienced obstetrician and gynaecologist who is now in private practice. He has expertise in minimal access surgery and colposcopy and has a longstanding research interest in obstetric wound healing.

    Dr Adrian Brady, consultant cardiologist, Department of Medical Cardiology, Glasgow Royal Infirmary.
    Professor Charles GD Brook, Professor of Paediatric Endocrinology, Department of Medicine, Middlesex Hospital, London.

    Dr Sarah Burnett, service director and consultant musculoskeletal radiologist, St Mary's Hospital, London. Qualified in 1985 from Westminster Medical School, and trained in radiology at Barts. Since 1993 she has been a consultant radiologist at St Mary's Hospital, London and Imperial College, School of Medicine, London.

    Dr David Cahill, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, St Michael's Hospital, Bristol.

    Sasha Cain, registered practitioner health psychologist, CPsychol, AFBPsS is owner/partner of SCCH Consulting, who provide health psychology consultancy to organisations; run training, professional development and learning events for health professionals; and develop evidence based health psychology individual and group interventions for face to face, e-health and mobile apps to improve health and adaptation to long-term conditions. She previously worked in the NHS for 14 years as a health psychologist including 11 years in public health and preventative health including stop smoking services. She has a particular expertise in working therapeutically with people to achieve health behaviour change. She is chair elect of the British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology becoming chair in 2014.

    Professor Ian W Campbell FRCP. Professor Campbell graduated from Edinburgh University in 1969. Since 1978 he has been a Consultant Physician in general medicine and diabetes at Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy, Fife. In 1996, he was appointed to an Honorary Chair in the Department of Biological and Medical Sciences at the University of St Andrews.

    Professor Campbell was Chairman of the Scottish Committee of the British Diabetic Association (BDA) 1991-5, and a member of the UK BDA Department of Health Task Force for the implementation of the St Vincent Declaration in Scotland. Since 1994, he has been actively involved with the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) and has chaired the Steering Committees producing the original six evidence-based guidelines in 1996-97 and the recently updated seven guidelines published in November 2001 (SIGN 55). He is currently co-editor of British Journal of Diabetes and Vascular Disease

    Mr Eddie Chaloner, consultant vascular surgeon operating across London and the South of England through his private practice Radiance Health, BMI Healthcare and Benenden Hospital in Kent. He also treats NHS patients at Lewisham Hospital. Mr Chaloner is on the faculty of the minimally invasive veins course at the Royal College of Surgeons of England. His main interest in minimally invasive varicose veins surgery.

    Dr Ray Chaudhuri, consultant neurologist, Department of Neurology, King's College Hospital, London. His special interests are Parkinson's disease, Huntingdon's disease and dystonia.

    Dr Shern Chew, consultant endocrinologist, Department of Endocrinology, St Bartholomew's Hospital, London.

    Dr Tahseen A. Chowdhury, clinician in the Department of Diabetes and Metabolism at the Royal London Hospital. He has a research / clinical interest in diabetes in South Asians and diabetic kidney disease, and has authored over 160 publications, including books entitled 'Diabetes in South Asian people: Explained', 'Fatty Liver' and 'Diabetes Management in Clinical Practice'. He qualified from the University of Birmingham and trained in Birmingham and Manchester, before becoming a Consultant Physician in 2000.

    Dr Stephen CP Collins MBChB DRCOG, is a GP in Christchurch, Dorset. Dr Collins qualified from Leicester University and went on to become a clinical assistant in upper gastrointestinal endoscopy at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital. He is also GP Adviser to PPP healthcare and is Board Representative for the Christchurch Primary Care Group.

    Dr David Coghill A senior lecturer and honorary consultant in child and adolescent psychiatry at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee.

    Dr Stuart Crisp FRCPCH FRACP, consultant paediatrician, Orange Base Hospital, Orange, Australia.

    Dr Patrick Davey, consultant cardiologist, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.

    Mr Chris Dawson MS FRCS LLDip is a consultant urological surgeon at Peterborough and Stamford NHS Foundation Trust where he has worked for the last 16 years. He qualified from University College Hospital London in 1986 and did his surgical training in Reading, Portsmouth and London. Chris has an interest in prostate cancer and performed radical prostatectomy in Peterborough before cancer services were centralised regionally a few years ago. Chris wrote the 1st edition of the ABC Of Urology (Wiley Publishing) and has edited the third edition with co-editor and close friend Janine Nethercliffe. This is due for publication in Spring 2012. Chris also co-edited The Evidence for Urology (TfM publishing) with Gordon Muir and this book won first prize in the urology section of the BMA Medical Book competition in 2005. He also has an interest in medicolegal issues and has undertaken expert witness training with London Law firm Bond Solon. He qualified with a Graduate Diploma of Law from the College of Law in Birmingham in 2008.

    Professor Christopher P Day, BA, MB, BChir, MA (Cambridge), PhD, MD, FRCP, Professor of Liver Medicine. Professor Day is currently secretary of the British Association for the Study of the Liver and is on the Committee of the Liver Section of the British Society of Gastroenterology and Medical Advisory Board of the British Liver Trust. He is assistant editor of the international journal Liver and is on the editorial board of the CME Journal of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. He is secretary of the Newcastle Centre for Liver Research and was awarded the 1999 Goulstonian Lectureship of the Royal College of Physicians and the 2000 British Society of Gastroenterology Sir Francis Avery Jones Research Medal for his work on alcoholic liver disease.

    Dr John Dean, MBBS FRCGP, is a specialist in sexual medicine, working in London and in Devon. He is interested in all aspects of male and female sexuality, and its problems.

    Mr Robert Diggory, consultant general surgeon practicing in Fife, Scotland. Mr Diggory graduated from Dundee University in 1977 and gained an MD in gastrointestinal motility in 1988. He completed his higher surgical training in Liverpool and Tokyo. He now specialises in the surgery of stomach malignancy, laparoscopic surgery and endoscopy.

    Mr JM Dixon, consultant breast surgeon, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh.

    Dr Chris Dudley BSc MB BS MD FRCP, consultant renal physician at the Richard Bright Renal Unit, North Bristol NHS Trust, Bristol. Dr Dudley has a clinical interest in hypertension, renal disease and multisystem disorders and also renal complications of obstetrics.

    Dr Charlie Easmon MBBS MRCP MSc Public Health DTM&H DOccMed CTH FRSPH Medical Director of Your Excellent Health Service, 1 Harley Street. Founder of YEHS We Care President of The International Association of Physicians for the Overseas Services (IAPOS).

    Professor James Ferguson, is a consultant dermatologist and Head of the Photobiology Unit at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.

    Professor IN Ferrier BSc MB ChB MD FRCP FRCPsych, professor and honorary consultant psychiatrist, Department of Psychiatry, University of Newcastle.

    Dr Jocelyn Fraser, The Rayne Institute, St Thomas' Hospital, London.

    Dr Robert C Gilbertson MBBS MRCP MRCS DRCOG DA, GP in Christchurch, Dorset.

    Dr Rachel Green, clinical director of the Glasgow and West of Scotland Transfusion Centre. Dr Green has joint accreditation in haematology and transfusion medicine and has worked in the Glasgow centre for six years. As part of her clinical responsibilities Dr Green is also consultant in charge of the Clinical Apheresis Unit at Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

    Dr Stephen Alan Greene, senior lecturer in child health, consultant paediatrician and paediatric endocrinologist for Tayside.

    Dr J Hughes MB BS MRCPsych, lecturer and honorary specialist registrar in psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of Newcastle.

    Dr Yousuf Karim MBBChir MSc MRCP, senior registrar, lecturer in clinical immunology and allergy, Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospitals, London. Dr Karim's area of clinical expertise includes allergy, immunology, inflammatory joint disease and organ transplantation.

    Dr Paul Klenerman, general physician with a specialisation in infection at John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.

    Dr Richard Knight, National Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease Surveillance Unit, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh.

    Dr Bob Leckridge BSc MB Ch B MFHom, specialist in homoeopathic medicine, director of education at Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital, President of the Faculty of Homoeopathy. Following extensive experience as a GP in Ayrshire and Edinburgh, Dr Leckridge, moved to full-time homoeopathic practice in 1995. He has an international reputation as a skilled practitioner and teacher of homoeopathy.

    Dr Joanne M Lee MB ChB, DRCOG, GP in Christchurch, Dorset.

    Dr Victoria Lewis is a consultant dermatologist in Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton. She trained in Dermatology on the South Wales rotation, based in Cardiff. She was also the UK registrar representative for Dermatology during this time. Her main areas of interest are skin cancer, vulval dermatology and cosmetic dermatology.

    Professor Brian Lipworth, professor of allergies and respiratory medicine, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee.

    Dr AJ Lloyd MB BS MRCPsych, lecturer and honorary specialist registrar in psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of Newcastle.
    Dr Brian Lunn MB ChB MRCPsych, senior lecturer and honorary consultant psychiatrist, Department of Psychiatry, University of Newcastle.

    Dr Caroline MacEwen, consultant ophthalmologist at Ninewells Hospital and Medical school, Dundee.

    Dr Janice Main FRCP (Edin and Lond), senior lecturer and honorary consultant physician in infectious diseases and general medicine at Imperial College School of Medicine at St Mary's Hospital, London. Qualified in Dundee in 1980 and has trained in general medicine and infectious diseases. She looks after patients with various infections including HIV and chronic viral hepatitis and runs the hospital infectious diseases referral service.

    Dr Tony Marson, lecturer in neurology, Department of Neurological Science, University of Liverpool.
    Dr Patricia Macnair MBChB, MA, DAFRCS, has combined work as a geriatrician with a career as a health journalist for over 20 years. She works part-time on the wards of two Surrey hospital, including a large District General Hospital and a small rehabilitation hospital, as part of a multidisciplinary team that look after elderly people recovering from severe illness or recent major surgery. For the rest of the week she is a freelance medical journalist and broadcaster, writing on a wide range of topics for both the public and for health professionals, in national magazines and papers, on the internet and on radio. She has had several books published, and has won several awards from The Medical Journalists Association, including a Commendation for Excellence in Journalistic Skills 2013, Best Health Website 2011, Freelance Health Journalist (runner-up) 2008 and Writing for the Web (runner-up) 2002.

    Dr RH McAllister-Williams BSc MB ChB PhD MRCPsych MRC, clinical scientist, senior lecturer and honorary consultant psychiatrist, Department of Psychiatry, University of Newcastle.

    Dr John C McLachlan, Department of Biology, University of St Andrews.

    Professor Marion ET McMurdo, head of ageing and health at University of Dundee, honorary consultant in medicine for the elderly.

    Dr Atul Mehta, MA, MD, FRCP, FRCPath, consultant haematologist, Royal Free Hospital, London. After completing his undergraduate training at Cambridge University and King's College Hospital, Dr Mehta did various general medical training jobs prior to training in haematology at the Hammersmith Hospital. His MD was sponsored by the Medical Research Council and he spent two years examining molecular mechanisms underlying aplastic anaemia. Since 1986 he has been a consultant haematologist at the Royal Free Hospital, where his special interests are drug resistance and sensitivity, myeloma and Gaucher's disease.

    Dr Robert P Mills MS Phil FRCS (Eng) FRCS (Ed), head of the Otolaryngology Unit of Edinburgh University and consultant otolaryngologist to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. Dr Mills qualified from the London Hospital Medical College in 1973 and trained in Bristol and at Guy's Hospital and Kings College Hospital, London. Between 1986 and 1988 he was consultant otolaryngologist at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee and honorary senior lecturer, University of Dundee.

    Professor Alastair J Munro BSc(hons) MBChB FRCR FRCP(E), is currently Consultant Clinical Oncologist and Professor of Radiation Oncology, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee.Has worked as consultant oncologist at St Mary's Hospital London; Hammersmith Hospital, London; Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto; St Bartholomew's Hospital, London; and the Royal London Hospital.

    Dr Carina Norris RNutr is a registered nutritionist, health journalist and media consultant. She has written 10 books on healthy eating, and contributes regular columns and features to several national magazines. Carina was the nutritionist for Channel 4's Turn Back Your Body Clock (also writing the book accompanying the series). When nutrition is in the news, Carina is often called on for comment by national newspapers, TV and radio.

    Professor JT O'Brien BM BCh MRCPsych, DM, professor and honorary consultant old age psychiatrist, Department of Psychiatry, University of Newcastle.

    Dr Reginald Odbert, BSc (Wales) MB ChB (Sheffield 1976) MRCGP DRCOG DAvMed DipIMC(RCSEd) MRAeS, principal and partner in general practice in Christchurch, Dorset.
    Dr Alan L Ogilivie MA ( Cantab), MD (Cantab), FRCP, FRCP (Edin), consultant physician and gastroenterologist, Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust, UK. He was formerly senior registrar, Edinburgh Teaching Hospitals and a former Research Fellow at Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham. Interests include oesophageal disease, liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease and endoscopy, including ERCP.

    Dr Philip Owen MB BCh MD MRCOG DipFetMed, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at North Glasgow University NHS Trust.
    Dr Badal Pal, consultant rheumatologist, South Manchester University Hospitals Trust, Withington Hospital.

    Dr Colin Paterson, formerly reader in medicine at the University of Dundee and Honorary Consultant to the NHS. He has been involved in research and patient care in the field of bone disease since 1964 and is the author of two bone disease textbooks. He is responsible for a local 'bone clinic' and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the National Osteoporosis Society.

    Professor Joep Perk MD, FESC Faculty of Health and Life Sciences Linnaeus University.
    Dr Gavin Petrie MB, ChB FRCP consultant chest physician to Fife Health Board, Fife, University of Aberdeen.

    Dr John E T Pillinger MB ChC DRCOG, (Liverpool), principal partner in general practice in Christchurch, Dorset. He has a special interest in male health, urology, sexology and respiratory medicine.

    Dr John Powell MA MB Bchir MSc MRCPsych DFPHM, specialist registrar in public health medicine in Buckinghamshire. Dr Powell qualified from Cambridge University in 1992. He subsequently trained in psychiatry in Oxford. His special interests are in electronic health information and evidence-based medicine.

    Dr Kaukub Rajput, consultant audiological physician, Cochlear Implant Department, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children.

    Dr Jyoti Ramani MBBS DVD (Bombay, India) dermatologist. Dr Ramani has 13 years' experience in the field of dermatology and general healthcare. As a dermatologist she has been involved in treating diseases like acne, psoriasis, vitiligo, alopecia and various types of allergic diseases and dermatitis.

    Mr Dai Rees M Ch Orth FRCS, is consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic and District Hospital NHS Trust, Oswestry, Shropshire. He specialises in sports injury and has extensive experience of injuries sustained by elite athletes in every discipline. He has travelled with National and Premier League football teams, and was Orthopaedic Surgeon to the FA National School at Lillishall.

    Professor Jonathan Rhodes, professor of medicine, University of Liverpool. Former Avery Jones Research Medallist of British Society of Gastroenterology, chairman of the Joint Specialty Committee on Gastroenterology, and member of the research committee of National Association for Colitis and Crohn's disease. He is the author and editor of books and CD Roms on general gastroenterology and inflammatory bowel disease.

    Dr Malcolm Rustin, dermatologist, Royal Free Hospital, London.

    Mr Greg Sadler MB BCh FRCS MD (Wales), consultant endocrine surgeon, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. Mr Sadler is a very experienced general surgeon with wide exposure to all aspects of general surgery. He currently provides an endocrine surgical service at a regional level in Oxfordshire. He has had numerous scientific papers published.

    Dr PM Shajahan MB ChB Mphil MRCP MRCPsych, senior lecturer and honorary consultant psychiatrist, Department of Psychiatry, University of Newcastle.

    Dr Michael Sharpe MA MRCP MRCPsych, senior lecture in psychological medicine at the University of Edinburgh and honorary consultant psychiatrist to the Lothian University Hospitals Trust.

    Dr Gordon FN Smith MB ChB, FRCA, consultant anaesthetist Victoria Hospital, Fife. After graduating from Glasgow University he went on to carry out his anaesthetic training at Glasgow Royal Infirmary and Ninewells Hospital, Dundee. Interests include intensive care, orthopaedic anaesthesia and day case anaesthesia.

    Dr Soon Song MBChB, MRCP, MD (hons) consultant physician and honorary senior lecturer, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield Dr Song qualified in Edinburgh and undertook research and clinical training in Edinburgh, Los Angeles and Yorkshire. He has a special interest in cardiovascular disease in diabetes.

    Dr Chris Steer A consultant paediatrician and neurologist in Fife.

    Ms Lisa Taylor BDS, MPhil DDPH Msc. Taylor qualified as a dentist in 1986 and now works for the community dental service. In between carrying out clinical trials and research into oral medicine for her MPhil and taking an MSc in dental public health, she practiced in Israel and worked as a VSO dentist in a mission hospital in Malawi.

    Dr Peter Thatcher, MBBS, MRCPI qualified as at Kings College School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1993. He is a consultant physician and gastroenterologist at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, Cornwall, UK since 1995. A member of the British Society of Gastroenterology, he has a keen interest in internet medicine and is the author of My Stomach Cancer Symptoms, a comprehensive website about stomach cancer, IBS Help Online!, a website about the irritable bowel syndrome and Refluxy, a website about acid reflux.

    Dr AJ Thomas BSc MB ChB MRCPsych, clinical senior lecturer and honorary consultant in old age psychiatry, Wolfson Research Centre, Institute for Ageing and Health, University of Newcastle.

    Dr Neal Uren Bsc (Hons) MD MRCP is a consultant Cardiologist at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. He trained in cardiology at the Hammersmith Hospital, London, Glenfield Hospital, Leicester and at Stanford University Hospital, California, before taking up his post in 1997. His interests are coronary artery disease and the coronary microcirculation.

    Dr Matthew Warren is specialist registrar in liver disease at the University of Newcastle.

    Dr Stuart Watson MB BS MRCPsych, research specialist registrar in psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of Newcastle.
    Dr Glenn Wilson BA MA PhD, reader of personality, University of London's Institute of Psychiatry and adjunct professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, USA.

    Dr Jennifer A Worden MB ChB MRCGP MFHom (Manchester), GP in Christchurch, Dorset. She has a special interest in women's health, stress-related illness and homoeopathy.

    Professor AH Young MB ChB Mphil PhD MRCPsych, professor and honorary consultant, Department of Psychiatry, University of Newcastle.
    Other contributors
    Vanessa Bailey is a member of the Institute of Trichologists and is based at the Hair Clinic in London's West End. She is also the author of The Good Hair Guide: All your Questions Answered.

    Gabrielle Collett-White is a freelance writer specialising in health news. She has written for a number of publications including Saga, SHE magazine and the Telegraph and has a special interest in medical research reporting.

    Nigel Denby is a registered dietitian and a spokesman for the British Dietetic Association. He runs his own nutrition consultancy and has a private practice in Harley Street, specialising in weight management, menopause and IBS. He is author of The GL Diet and has written for many publications as well as appearing in Channel 4's Fit Farm.

    Kathryn Freeland is founder and managing director of Absolute Fitness and has been working in the personal training industry for fifteen years. She has successfully completed the Premier sports therapy, ACE and Lifeworks courses in personal training, and regularly appears as a fitness expert on TV, radio and in the press.

    Suzannah Olivier is a writer who specialises in nutrition and women's health. She has a masters degree in Nutrition Information and has studied at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition. Suzannah is also the author of several books, including the Daily Telegraph's Food Medicine.

    Michele Pernetta is a Yoga was one of Bikrams most senior teachers, with 19 years Bikram yoga teaching experience; she is a certified Ashtanga Vinyasa teacher; a Yoga Alliance accredited Senior Yoga Teacher, a black belt martial artist with 8 years experience in Hapkido and Tae Kwon Do; and an ITEC certified massage therapist, giving her 25 years experience in working with and understanding the body. In Nov 2013 Michele launched her new brand Fierce Grace across her studios. Fierce Grace is a 5-class Hot Yoga system, designed to offer a class for every level, making it easier for advanced, general, unfit and time-stretched students to benefit from a yoga practice.

    Dr Louise Selby is a GP whose practice is based in Surrey. She writes regular monthly health columns in both SHE and Somerfield magazines and has also contributed to a wide range of articles on health issues in the national press.

    Helen Marshall is a UK registered pharmacist with a background in hospital pharmacy. She has a particular interest in providing clear, up-to-date, unbiased information and advice about medicines to the general public. She manages the comprehensive medicines database on Netdoctor.

    Rita Ghelani is a UK registered pharmacist with a wealth of experience in community pharmacy. She is a practising pharmacist, who writes regularly for Netdoctor about recently launched new medicines.

    Dr Kathryn Senior is an acclaimed medical journalist who has written over 500 feature articles for leading international journals within The Lancet group. As Senior Writer at Freelance Copy she produces high quality scientific and medical content for websites and printed publications for companies and organisations in the health, medical and pharmaceutical sectors.

    Kristoph Thompson BA MA CSCS is a personal trainer and Pilates instructor who runs his own company. A former coach for professional athletes, he has trained national basketball and baseball teams in the US and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist. Kristoph also lectures in exercise and nutrition at the University of Brighton and writes regularly for the national press.

    Graeme Whitcroft White is a freelance journalist specialising in health. Over the last 20 years he has written for the health desks of all the national newspapers and contributed to various national women's magazines such as Woman, Yours and Best.

    Anita Naik is a writer and columnist specialising in health and lifestyle issues. She is the author of 40 health and wellbeing books, and was previously the advice columnist on Just 1, B and Closer magazines. She has contributed to various national magazines including Glamour, Red, Zest and Cosmopolitan.

    Natasha Mann is an award winning writer and journalist. She has written on a broad range of subjects including health, and her work has appeared in numerous national newspapers and magazines including The Times, The Independent and The Guardian.

    Rebecca Wallersteiner is a freelance journalist, specialising in health and lifestyle news. Apart from writing regularly for NetDoctor, she has written for a number of publications including The Telegraph, Jewish Chronicle, Oldie,The Lady and health magazines. Rebecca worked as researcher for The Times health features pages for ten years and now works for the NHS, as well as writing.

    Jo Carlowe is a freelance journalist specialising in health and psychology. She writes for many national newspapers including The Daily Mail, The Times and The Observer and for specialist medical journals, health websites and women's magazines.

    Julie Cross has been writing health news and in-depth features for 15 years, covering subjects as diverse as reiki for children and cancer clusters. She's held the title of health editor on a number of regional newspapers and has had her work published in The Times, Daily Mail, Daily Express and The Mirror.

    Anastacia Stevens is a freelance journalist and holistic health consultant. A former editor of the Daily Mail's health pages, her work has appeared in The Independent, The Express and Psychologies magazine among others. Anastasia is also a medical herbalist, hypnotherapist, qualified nutritionist and founder of The Vitality Centre, which specialises in nutrition, plant medicine and bodywork.

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