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2003073120030807

Barbara Myers presents the health phone-in.

This week's programme focuses on epilepsy and seizures.

An expert in the studio answers listeners' calls on 08700 100 400 [national rates]

2003112020031127

Barbara Myers presents the health phone-in.

Call 08700 100 444 [national rates] or email checkup@bbc.co.uk.

20041216

Barbara Myers puts your questions about inherited conditions such as Huntington's disease, cystic fibrosis and sickle cell anaemia to guest Dr Fred Kavalier from Guy's Hospital in LONDON.

In families with a history of genetic illness, it's not always easy to sort out who's at risk, as it depends on what the condition is.

Call 08700 100 444 [national rates] with your questions.

20041230

The majority of our trips to the surgery are to talk to our doctors about common conditions such as coughs and colds, chronic pain and feeling generally under the weather.

However, it seems that we're not always satisfied with the answers we get, as we often return to the GP with the same problem.

In Check Up this week Barbara Myers will be joined by LONDON GP, Dr Ann Robinson, to answer your questions on the top five common and often chronic problems that are very familiar to her and other family doctors.

20050101

Your New Year's resolutions may well include becoming healthier.

You may have problems that you've been avoiding taking to your doctor.

In the interactive medical programme, Barbara Myers puts your questions about the top five issues that people put off discussing in the surgery with GP Dr Keith Hopcroft.

Call 08700 100 444 [national rates] or email checkup@bbc.co.uk.

20051124

Cosmetic surgery is becoming more and more popular in the UK.

It's been estimated that around 65,000 procedures are performed each year.

Dr Adrian Richards is in the studio to answer listeners' phone calls and e-mails on a variety of aspects of cosmetic surgery, from what happens in the operating theatre to the recovery times, and the physical side-effects, as well as the psychological assessments of the patients before they have the procedures.

Call Check Up on 08700-100-444 [national rates] from 1.30pm.

20051201

It's estimated that there are around 150,000 people in the UK today with ME or related chronic fatigue syndromes.

The conditions affect people at all stages of life, but the peak age tends to be between 20 and 40 and the incidence is highest in those with stressful occupations.

Neurologist Leslie Findley will be taking calls and answering e-mails on questions about what can trigger chronic fatigue, how to diagnose it and which therapies can make a difference.

Call 08700 100 444 [national rates]

20051208

Stammering is not just a speech defect.

It undermines confidence and self esteem and affects education and employment opportunities.

Barbara Myers is joined by an expert to answer your questions on how to treat stammering and other speech difficulties, particularly in children and young people.

Call 08700 100 444 [national rates] or email checkup@bbc.co.uk.

20051215

70% of all sore throats are caused by viruses and will clear up in a few days, but what do you do if your sore throat just won't go away? Do you persist with home remedies such as salt water gargling or drinking liquorice tea, or is it time to consult a doctor?

Barbara Myers and guests will answer your questions and listen to your suggestions about how best to treat sore throats, whether or not to have your tonsils removed and how to find out when a sore throat is a sign of something more serious.

Call 08700 100 444 [national rates] or email checkup@bbc.co.uk.

20060209

Barbara Myers is joined by consultant Dr Anthony Rudd, of Guys and St Thomas' Hospital in London, to answer questions on strokes.

Call 08700 100 444 [national rates] or email checkup@bbc.co.uk.

20060216

Barbara Myers is joined by experts to investigate how alcohol and other aspects of our lifestyle can affect livers.

Call 08700 100 444 [national rates] or email checkup@bbc.co.uk.

20060223

Our vision loses its sharpness as we age.

Reading glasses can help us continue to see the small print, but other conditions such as cataract and glaucoma need to be treated with surgery or drugs.

There are now experimental therapies for macular degeneration, in which the central vision is lost.

Barbara Myers will be joined by an ophthalmologist to answer your queries on the prevention and treatment of these common diseases of the ageing eye

Call 08700 100 444 [national rates] or email checkup@bbc.co.uk.

20060302

Unexplained headaches are the most common reason for a GP to refer a patient to a neurologist.

They are a symptom of modern life - caused by eyestrain, stress or tiredness - but they can also indicate something more worrying.

So, how do you tell the difference? Barbara Myers is joined by headache specialist Professor Peter Goadsby, to answer your questions.

20060309

In the week of National No Smoking Day, a look at the detrimental effects of tobacco on the mouth.

With Barbara Myers.

Call 08700 100 444 [national rates] or email checkup@bbc.co.uk.

20060316

One in 12 adults and one in ten children have asthma in the UK.

If you or your child live with asthma, call 08700 100 444 [national rates] or email checkup@bbc.co.uk.

20060323

Hernias - weaknesses or tears in the abdominal wall - are very common, and over 100,000 are operated on each year in the UK.

Barbara Myers is joined by a leading expert to answer your questions on the different kinds of hernia and how best to treat them.

Call 08700 100 444 [national rates]

20060406

Barbara Myers presents the health phone-in.

More than two million people in the UK have diabetes.

It's been estimated that another one million have the condition but don't know it.

You are at risk of developing the condition if you are overweight, or have high blood pressure, or come from certain ethnic groups.

Diabetes is when your body can't use glucose properly, and is a serious disease.

If you want to know how to avoid diabetes and its complications, are worried that you may have the symptoms, or have already been diagnosed with the condition, contact the programme on 08700 100 444 [national rates] or email checkup@bbc.co.uk.

20060907

Depression: Barbara Myers joins Dr Tim Kendall, a consultant psychiatrist in Sheffield, to debate the issues around depression.

Call 08700 100 444 [national rates] or email checkup@bbc.co.uk.

20061130

Barbara Myers host the phone-in about fatigue and examines associated conditions including ME and Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Call 08700 100 444 [national rates] or email checkup@bbc.co.uk.

20061207

Heart Attack: Statistics show that ten per cent of individuals who have a heart attack will have a second within a year of leaving hospital.

However, lifestyle changes can reduce the risk.

A gradual increase in exercise, for example, helps the heart to get back in shape and adapt to any scars left behind.

Barbara is joined by cardiologist, Keith Channon.

Listeners can call 0870 010 0444.

20070111

The ear is a miraculous organ through which we hear sounds, locate our position and keep our balance.

But things can go wrong - including hearing loss, ear infections, and disabling conditions such as Meniere's disease.

Although digital aids are now available on the NHS, there is often a long wait.

Call Barbara Myers and her guest, Professor Tony Wright, if you have any questions on the subject.

Listeners can call 0870 010 0444.

20070308

Are we in the middle of a food allergy epidemic? More than a million people in the UK have a food allergy and numbers are on the rise, particularly for new foods.

From plums to peaches, kiwis to apples, there's been a dramatic rise in the number of people developing fruit allergies over the last four years.

In the mid 1990s, nut allergies went from being very rare to the point now, where 1 in 50 schoolchildren are affected.

Could fruit allergies go the same way?

Barbara Myers finds out the difference between a food allergy and intolerance - why has there been such an increase in food allergies and why you can develop one even in your seventies?

Listeners can call 0870 010 0444.

20070315

This programme looks at osteoporosis, its causes and how it can be treated.

20070322

Barbara Myers presents the health phone-in.

This programme explores dizziness.

A mild bang to the head or a viral infection can disrupt the workings of the inner ear and cause long-term symptoms of spinning, internal movement and intolerance to motion.

Other diseases of balance can be very severe.

Dr Rosalyn Davies offers advice on treatment.

Listeners can call 0870 010 0444.

20070405

This edition focuses on hip replacements.

20070802

This edition looks at dementia, of which the most common form is Alzheimer's disease.

Symptoms include loss of memory, difficulty in finding the right words or understanding what people are saying and personality and mood changes.

20070809

Barbara Myers presents the health phone-in.

This edition looks at problems with the feet, from bunions to corns and calluses, fallen arches to athlete's foot.

Studio guest is consultant podiatric surgeon Barry Francis.

Listeners can call 08700 100 444.

20070816

Barbara Myers presents the health phone-in.

This edition looks at the sun's effects on the skin.

Prolonged exposure can causes wrinkles, flat brown spots, freckling and even skin cancer.

Listeners can call 08700 100 444.

20071122

Lymphoedema occurs when the lymphatic system is damaged, which may be as a result of trauma or following treatment for cancer.

As fluids build up in skin tissues instead of draining away, swelling occurs.

The ailment can affect any part of the body but is most commonly seen in an arm or a leg.

Listeners can call 08700 100 444.

Calls from land lines cost no more than 8p a minute.

20071129

Barbara Myers presents the health phone-in.

She discusses hair problems with Dr Ann Robinson.

Listeners can call 08700 100 444 [calls from land lines cost no more than 8p a minute]

20071206

Barbara Myers presents the health phone-in.

She discusses shoulder problems with Prof Angus Wallace from the University of Nottingham.

Listeners can call 08700 100 444 [calls from land lines cost no more than 8p a minute]

20071213

Barbara Myers presents the health phone-in.

She discusses cholesterol and how to lower its level in the body with Dr Jonathan Morrell.

Listeners can call 08700 100 444 [calls from land lines cost no more than 8p a minute]

20071227

Barbara Myers presents the health phone-in.

She discusses childhood obesity with paediatric dietician Paul Sacher.

Listeners can call 08700 100 444 [calls from land lines cost no more than 8p a minute]

20080228

Barbara Myers presents the health phone-in.

She discusses fainting with Professor Richard Sutton from St Mary's Hospital in London.

Listeners can call 08700 100 444 [calls from land lines cost no more than 8p a minute]

20080306

Barbara Myers presents the health phone-in.

She discusses diabetes with Dr Nick Oliver from St Mary's Hospital in London.

Listeners can call 08700 100 444 [calls from land lines cost no more than 8p a minute]

20080313

Barbara Myers presents the health phone-in.

She looks at chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, a term describing a number of lung conditions which give people serious breathing problems.

Listeners can call 08700 100 444 [calls from land lines cost no more than 8p a minute]

20080320

Barbara Myers presents the health phone-in.

She discusses the best way to improve posture to avoid back pains with Dr Peter Skew.

Listeners can call 08700 100 444 [calls from land lines cost no more than 8p a minute]

20080327

Barbara Myers presents the health phone-in.

She discusses sleep problems with Dr Kevin Morgan.

Listeners can call 08700 100 444 [calls from land lines cost no more than 8p a minute]

20080612

Barbara Myers presents the health phone-in.

She looks at strokes and how to recover from them.

About a third of victims return to near normality after a few weeks, but others never regain their previous abilities.

Guest is Lalit Kalra, Professor of Stroke Medicine at King's College Hospital, London.

Listeners can call 08700 100 444 [calls from land lines cost no more than 8p a minute]

20080619

Barbara Myers presents the health phone-in.

She looks at cosmetic dentistry.

Listeners can call 08700 100 444 [calls from land lines cost no more than 8p a minute]

*20071220

Barbara Myers presents the health phone-in.

She discusses problems with the hands with Dr Rupert Eckersley.

Listeners can call 08700 100 444 [calls from land lines cost no more than 8p a minute]

*20080103

Barbara Myers presents the health phone-in.

She discusses voice problems with Dr Ruth Epstein from London's Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital.

Listeners can call 08700 100 444 [calls from land lines cost no more than 8p a minute]

*20080703

Barbara Myers presents the health phone-in.

She looks at headache and migraine, from regular migraines that keep people away from work to chronic daily headaches that can be induced by taking too many painkillers.

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Adhd2003112720031204

Barbara Myers presents the health phone-in.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD is now thought to be affecting at least 1 in 20 schoolchildren.

Call on 08700 100 400.

Arrhythmias20050407

Barbara Myers presents the health phone-in.

This edition looks at arrhythmias, disturbances of the normal rhythm of the heart.

Arthritis20040318

Aching joints and creaking bones are typical symptoms of arthritis.

Perhaps for this reason, it's often thought of as an old person's disease, but it's a condition that affects all ages.

On Check Up this week, Barbara Myers invites listeners to share their experiences of living with arthritis.

Consultant rheumatologist, Professor Alan Silman will help evaluate different treatment options.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder20070823

This edition looks at Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Prof Peter Hill offfers advice on treatment and management of the condition.

Listeners can call 08700 100 444.

Cholesterol2003081420030821

50% of men and 35% of women will develop heart disease at some stage in their lives.

But lowering cholesterol levels can dramatically reduce this risk.

On the health phone-in this week, Barbara Myers will be putting your questions on cholesterol to cardiologist Dr Clive Weston.

Find out what changes you can make to your diet and lifestyle to help cut your cholesterol levels.

Phone Check Up on 08700 100 400 [national rates] or e-mail checkup@bbc.co.uk.

You can also go to our website after the programme, where Dr Weston will be taking part in a webchat.

Chronic Pain20050303

can last for months or even years.

It is particularly associated with conditions such as endometriosis, back problems or shingles.

Do you suffer from chronic pain and want to know if you are taking the best form of medication? Will the pain ever go away? What else can be done to relieve the pain?

In this week's Check Up, Barbara Myers will be joined by pain expert Dr Charles Pither of the RealHealth Institue, who will answer your questions and offer advice on how to live with chronic pain.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy20061221

The idea behind Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is that if you can help people to change their thoughts, this will help them to change the way they feel.

It is used to treat a whole range of problems from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, phobias and panic attacks, to stress at work.

Psychotherapy has traditionally been difficult to receive on the NHS, but the government is now hoping to increase access to CBT.

So how does CBT work? Who should make use of it? And to what extent is it a 'quick fix'?

Call Barbara Myers and her guest, Professor Ben Wright, on 0870 010 0444.

Epilepsy20041125

Barbara Myers presents the health phone-in.

This edition looks at epilepsy, how to treat it and how to live with it.

Call 08700 100 444 [national rates] or email checkup@bbc.co.uk.

Epilepsy20061123

This edition focuses on epilepsy, one of the most common conditions affecting the brain.

One person in 50 will have epilepsy at some point in their life.

While many epileptics live a normal life, the condition can restrict some people's independence and others can suffer social stigma.

Studio guest is Matthew Walker, consultant neurologist at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.

Listeners can call 0870 010 0444.

Fibroids20040325

This edition looks at fibroids, benign growths which can contribute to infertility, problem periods and incontinence.

Call 08700 100 444 [national rates] or email checkup@bbc.co.uk.

Functional Foods2003111320031120

If you want to know whether bio cultures in yoghurt are really health enhancing, how eggs are injected with fish oils and whether there are real benefits worth the extra cost, please contact the programme with your questions or comments.

Call 08700 100 444 [national rates] or email checkup@bbc.co.uk.

Giving Up Smoking20061228

As the time for making those New Year's resolutions approaches, Check Up travels to a Brighton clinic for a programme on giving up smoking.

Barbara Myers and her specialist guests will be joined by current and ex smokers to discuss the health problems associated with smoking and the best strategies to try and make those resolutions last.

Hair: Too Much Or Too Little?20040226

Baldness can make both sexes feel self-conscious and too much hair may be just as embarrassing.

If you suffer from hair loss, perhaps after PREGNANCY or chemotherapy and want to know how long it will take to grow back or have excess body hair you can't remove, then please contact the programme with your questions or comments on 08700 100 400 [national rates].

Barbara Myers puts your calls to Dr Ann Robinson.

Hayfever2003072420030731
Heart Attack20070301

Those who survive a heart attack may feel they have a new lease of life, but they are also at risk of having another: about 10 per cent of those who have a heart attack will have a further attack within a year of leaving hospital.

But lifestyle changes can reduce the risk.

Although many people are scared of exercising after a heart attack for fear that it'll trigger another, a gradual increase in exercise helps the heart to get back in shape and adapt to any scars left behind.

And new research suggests that the damage caused during a heart attack may in the future be repaired using new drugs and stem cells.

Listeners can call 0870 010 0444.

Hepatitis20031211

means 'inflammation of the liver', and it is commonly caused by the presence of different viruses.

The disease can be caught from contaminated water, dirty needles, unprotected sex, and from blood transfusion despite preventative measures in place.

In many cases patients are unaware they carry the virus until health complications lead to a diagnosis.

If you want to know how to protect yourself, whether at home or abroad, please contact the programme with your questions or comments on 08700 100 444 [national rates], or e-mail checkup@bbc.co.uk.

Barbara Myers puts your calls to an expert.

Homeopathy2003080720030814

is a popular therapy in the UK; one in five of us have consulted a practitioner, and the associated industry is booming.

We spend £25 million a year on homeopathic remedies, with sales increasing by 20% each year.

Homeopathy works on the old adage 'like cures like', so an ailment is treated with a very dilute solution of a substance that produces the same symptoms.

Devotees have found homeopathy particularly effective in treating diverse conditions such as allergies, flu, irritable bowel syndrome, PHOBIAS, sports injuries and emotional problems.

Barbara Myers will be joined by GP and homeopath, Dr Kathy Ryan, to answer all your questions.

Call with your questions or comments on 08700-100-400 [national rates]

Indigestion20070104

This edition focuses on indigestion, also called dyspepsia, which can be caused by inflammation of the stomach lining, ulcers, gallstones or irritable bowel syndrome.

But there are practical ways of preventing it.

Studio guest is Dr James Dalrymple.

Listeners can call 0870 010 0444.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome20070830

This edition looks at Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

The condition can be painful and embarrassing but there are ways to alleviate it.

Studio guest is gastroenterologist Prof Anton Emmanuel.

Kidneys20030327

Consultant Renal Physician, Dr John Eastwood, joins Barbara Myers to take your calls on kidney diseases and infections.

Call 08700 100 444 [national rates] or email checkup@bbc.co.uk.

Lung Complaints20031218

It is estimated that 1 in 13 adults have ASTHMA while 1 in 8 children are also sufferers, and ASTHMA is just one of the many respiratory diseases affecting the nation's health.

To find out the difference between EMPHYSEMA, BRONCHITIS and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder or whether a child's wheeze after a cold could turn into ASTHMA, please contact the programme with your questions or comments on 08700 100 400 [national rates] or e-mail checkup@bbc.co.uk.

Barbara Myers puts your calls to an expert.

Memory20041202

This week on the health phone-in programme, Check Up Barbara Myers and guest will be discussing memory.

A degree of memory loss is part of the ageing process, but when does forgetfulness become dementia? Making lists, taking photographs, even making video recordings of daily life are quite common coping strategies for people with poor memories.

Menopause20061214

The menopause is a natural part of the ageing process but for many women it can interrupt their sleep, ruin their sex lives and weaken their bones.

Recent controversy over the use of hormone replacement therapy has stopped many women taking advantage of the treatment, but others are unaware that once they stop using HRT, the hot flushes come back.

But there are ways of lessening the uncomfortable signs of the menopause.

Call Barbara Myers and her guest, gynaecologist Heather Currie, if you have any questions.

Migraine And Cluster Headaches20040304

These can seriously affect sufferers' ability to function normally for hours or even days, and they can feel excruciating pain.

Barbara Myers puts your questions on the difference between migraine, cluster headaches and neuralgia and the latest drugs to treat them to Professor Peter Goadsby of the Headache Group at the Institute of Neurology in LONDON.

Contact the programme with your questions or comments on 08700-100-444 or e-mail checkup@bbc.co.uk.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder20050324

(OCD) is a chronic relapsing anxiety disorder which is characterised by recurrent unwanted obsessive thoughts and compulsive rituals.

It can have a potentially devastating impact on all aspects of everyday life.

Are you worried that you or a family member might have OCD? How is it best treated? Barbara Myers will be putting your questions to OCD expert Dr David Veale, a consultant PSYCHIATRIST at the Priory Hospital North LONDON.

Call 08700 100 444 [national rates] or email checkup@bbc.co.uk.

Osteopathy20030227

Barbara Myers presents the health phone-in.

This week's programme focuses on osteopathy, a therapy rapidly gaining in popularity which can be used to treat a variety of complaints.

Painful Knees20041209

are a problem, and not being able to get downstairs properly can seriously affect your quality of life.

On this week's medical phone-in, Barbara Myers will be putting your calls about knees to Timothy Briggs from the Royal National Orthopedic Hospital in Stanmore.

Call 08700 100 444 [national rates]

Palliative Care20070329

This programme focuses on palliative care.

Dr Polly Edmonds talks about how pain and symptom relief, spiritual and psychological support can improve the quality of life of people with terminal illnesses.

Pms20050317

Premenstrual Syndrome is a poorly understood mixture of emotional and physical symptoms that some women experience in the latter part of their menstrual cycle.

Have you had PMS? Do you want to know what treatments are available? How have you coped with PMS? This week on Check Up, Barbara Myers is joined by Professor Shaughn O'Brien, a consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome20080110

Barbara Myers presents the health phone-in.

She discusses polycystic ovary syndrome, a complaint whose symptoms can include weight gain, excessive body hair, acne and irregular periods.

Studio guest is Prof Adam Balen from Leeds General Infirmary.

Listeners can call 08700 100 444 [calls from land lines cost no more than 8p a minute]

Prostate Cancer20070906

This edition looks at prostate cancer, which affects up to 30,000 men in the UK every year.

If detected early, the chances of survival are very good.

However, few people know about the disease and its symptoms, and it may go undiagnosed.

Listeners can call 08700 100 444.

Raynaud's Phenomenon20050224

Barbara Myers presents the health phone-in.

This edition looks at Raynaud's phenomenon, a distressing and uncomfortable condition in which the hands and toes can turn blue or red.

Call 08700 100 444 [national rates] or email checkup@bbc.co.uk.

Sleep Apnoea And Snoring20060330

Many of us snore at one time or another, but some people have a more serious form of breathing difficulty while they're sleeping.

Sleep apnoea - when they stop breathing for 10 seconds or more - can increase the risk of serious health problems and result in sufferers being permanently exhausted.

If you are concerned about the consequences of snoring or sleep apnoea, call Barbara Myers on 08700 100 444 [national rates] or email.

Sore Bottoms20050310

Barbara Myers presents the health phone-in.

This edition looks at the problem of sore bottoms.

Barbara is joined by Dr Ann Robinson.

Listeners can call 08700-100-444 from 1.30pm.

Stomach Problems20050106

On the medical phone-in this week, Barbara Myers and guest will be taking your calls about stomach problems.

A bit of festive indigestion is fairly common but if you're still suffering well into the new year, it could be wise to seek medical advice.

Over the counter remedies can provide welcome relief but could they masque more serious conditions?

Thyroid Conditions20030828

Your thyroid looks like a small fleshy bow-tie and sits in front of your windpipe, just below the Adam's Apple.

It may sound small and insignificant, but this gland manufactures hormones that affect every cell in your body.

So when it malfunctions, it can affect everything from your blood pressure to your mental health.

The last of the current series of Check Up, the health-phone in, tackles the tricky thyroid gland.

Barbara Myers will be joined by Prof John Lazarus, of the British Thyroid Association.

Contact the programme with your questions or comments on 08700-100-400 [national rates] or e-mail checkup@bbc.co.uk.

Plus there'll be a webchat with Prof Lazarus after the programme where he'll be giving out more help and advice.

Urinary Tract Infections20050331
Varicose Veins20060831

About a third of adults have varicose veins, and they affect both men and women.

They can be treated in a variety of different ways, including with surgery and with lasers.

Call Barbara Myers and her guest, vascular surgeon Professor Bruce Campbell, on the topic of varicose veins.

Call 08700 100 444 [national rates]

Voice Problems20040311

The way you speak can cause long term damage to your vocal chords.

One solution is surgery.

Others are advised to give their voice a rest.

But how easy is it to stay silent for a week? In this week's medical phone-in, Barbara Myers invites listeners with voice problems (or a spokesperson) to share their experiences with ear nose and throat consultant, Julian Mcglashan.

Contact the programme with your questions or comments on 08700-100-444 or e-mail checkup@bbc.co.uk.

Weight And Diet *20080626

Barbara Myers puts your questions about weight and diet to GP Dr Ann Robinson.

0120060803

Teeth grinding or Bruxism is common during sleep; causing headaches, dental problems or face pain with patients often unaware of the cause.

Barbara Myers and guests debate the problem.

0220060810

2/6.

This week's Check Up is on the bladder.

Barbara Myers is joined by her specialist guest consultant Mark Slack.

Call 08700 100 444 [national rates] or email checkup@bbc.co.uk.

03Itching20060817

Barbara Myers is joined by consultant dermatologist Dr Tony Bewley.

Call 08700 100 444 [national rates] or email checkup@bbc.co.uk.

204C01Skin Cancer20040805

Barbara Myers takes your calls on skin cancer, as Dr Jane MacGregor advises on the differences between malignant and benign skin conditions.

Before you head off to the sun, pick up some tips on how to avoid sun damage and hear about the latest treatments for skin cancer.

Call 08700-100-444 [national rates] from 1.30pm on day of broadcast or email the show.

204C0220040812

Today, how to get into shape, with advice on how to exercise safely.

Call 08700 100 444 [national rates] or email checkup@bbc.co.uk.

204C03Benign Breast Disease20040819

If you're worried about a lump in your breast - and cancer's been ruled out - ring Barbara Myers, for advice on what happens next, with breast consultant Rob Carpenter.

Call 08700 100 444 [national rates] or email checkup@bbc.co.uk.

204C04Travel Health20040826

Barbara Myers presents the health phone-in.

This edition focuses on travel health, whether on a trip to Spain, trekking in the Himalayas, or white water rafting in Sri Lanka.

204C05Coeliac Disease20040902

If you are getting bloated after eating you may be allergic to gluten.

Barbara will be taking your calls on Coeliac Disease with advice on treatment and diet from Professor Paul Ciclitira of St Thomas's Hospital, LONDON.

204C06 LASTAngina20040909

If you have over-exerted yourself and then suffered from tightness in the chest, pain in the shoulders, arms or jaw, call Barbara Myers who will put your questions to Simon Davies of the Royal Brompton Hospital and he will advise on how to prevent and treat angina.

205C01Anaesthesia20050728

In the first programme of a new series, Barbara Myers takes your calls and emails on anaesthesia.

Anyone who's ever had any kind of medical operation, from a filling in the teeth to major surgery, has received some kind of anaesthetic.

Pain relief is just part of the anaesthetists job, which also includes assessing a patient's fitness, monitoring in theatre and returning them to consciousness in the case of a general anaesthetic.

This is particularly delicate in children or the elderly so if you have any concerns this is your chance to put your questions to leading anaesthetist Dr David Wilkinson.

Call 08700 100 444 [national rates] or email checkup@bbc.co.uk.

205C0220050804

Most people have had the occasional bad nights sleep but if you are one of the 10-15% of the population who suffer from chronic insomnia wed like to hear from you.

It is estimated that 12 million prescriptions for sleeping pills are written each year in the UK, whether due to stress or a medical condition like restless leg syndrome.

If you have counted sheep for long enough Barbara Myers is joined by one of our leading sleep specialists to answer your questions on insomnia.

Call 08700 100 444 [national rates] from 1.30pm on day of broadcast or email checkup@bbc.co.uk.

205C0320050811

Barbara Myers discusses Essential Tremor.

We can all get the shakes particularly when over excited, frightened or stressed and this is perfectly natural.

Imagine if this involuntary movement is present continuously, even when at rest and perfectly healthy - this is called Essential Tremor [ET].

It is estimated that between 3 and 55 people in every thousand have this condition, which at best is a cosmetic nuisance and at worse disabling in many daily activities.

Though helped by drugs or in severe cases, brain surgery, specialists do not fully understand the mechanisms of ET.

It is known to run in families and many people do not seek help but learn to live with the shakes.

Now is your chance to put your questions to leading expert Professor Leslie Findlay.

Call 08700 100 444 [national rates] from 1.30pm on day of broadcast or email the programme.

205C04Haemophilia20050818

About 6000 people in the UK have haemophilia, a condition that runs in families where people bleed more than usual.

Severe bruising and nose bleeds can also be a symptom of another clotting disorder - von Willebrand's.

Cases can be mistaken for domestic violence - especially in children, while adult women experience heavy periods.

Barbara Myers invites your calls and emails on haemophilia and related bleeding disorders.

Call 08700 100 444 [national rates]

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can be just a niggling ache or disabling agony and 60% of people experience some degree of it during their lifetime.

In one year it cost the NHS £481m, and caused 81 million days of sick leave.

Clearly it is a major problem in the UK, so if you have back pain and want to know why or how it can be treated, please contact Barbara Myers and her specialist guest.

Call 08700 100 444 [national rates]

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Having an abnormal level of cholesterol in the blood is a proven cause of heart attack.

Cholesterol can be controlled by the use of Statins, a drug that reduces the risk of heart problems by about 30 per cent.

Unfortunately, they usually require long-term use, and they have side effects including tummy upsets, muscle ache and liver problems.

Call 08700 100 444 [national rates] or email checkup@bbc.co.uk.

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As part of stress week on Radio 4, Barbara Myers takes your calls on dealing with stress.

The good news from your GP is that your blood tests are all normal; the bad news is that you are stressed and there is no tablet to fix it.

If this is a familiar story and you want advice on how to reduce your stress levels Barbara Myers is joined by GP Sarah Jarvis to answer your questions.

Call 08700 100 444 [national rates] or email checkup@bbc.co.uk.