Dr Hall’s Blog


Dizziness or light-headedness is a common problem amongst adults.  It is seldom a major medical or life-threatening problem, and mainly a nuisance value. But there are a few significant conditions that may cause light-headedness, and which deserve attention. The first important issue is to distinguish between light-headedness or dizziness alone, or that accompanied by a sensation of the room turning, which is more indicative of vertigo, and points to an ear problem. Light-headedness without vertigo is usually due to a temporary inadequate blood flow to the brain and is transient. Lying down and/or drinking a glass of water/cooldrink should quickly […]

Heart disease in women

As clinicians, we have always known that heart disease presents and behaves differently in women compared to men. But the current tools and tests for assessing and measuring risk factors do not distinguish between the sexes, and have thus far been regarded as general guide only. A new study from the Memorial Care Heart and Vascular Institute in Fountain Valley, California has for the first time identified and quantified some measurable differences in the biomarkers that may put women at greater risk than men for cardiovascular disease. The study findings confirm that atherosclerosis is an inflammatory disease and that being […]

Diabetes Alert!

Diabetes rates worldwide are increasing rapidly, to the point of being declared an epidemic. The basic problem in diabetes is that your body loses its ability to control levels of blood sugar (glucose) within a safe range. It is called a safe range because excess glucose is a highly toxic substance, and excess blood and tissue levels eventually lead to life-changing complications. The vast majority – more than 90% – of all diabetes is the type 2, (DM2) which can take years 10-15 years to develop: during that time, you may be totally unaware of symptoms, until the DM2 has caused […]


The actress Carrie Fisher stopped breathing whilst travelling by air: after resuscitation and transfer to a hospital, where she died a few days later, never having regained consciousness. The death certificate states that the cause of death was “cardiac arrest/deferred”, meaning that they do not know what caused the cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest means that the heart stops beating, due to an electrical malfunction. This means that no blood is pumped to the lungs, brain and other organs; the patient becomes unconscious and pulseless and can die within minutes unless treatment is started immediately. A heart attack on the other hand, […]

Arthritis drug boosts effectiveness of anti-depressant medication

The findings of an eight-week study were recently presented at the Fifth International Congress on Psychiatry and the Neurosciences in Athens, Greece. The study involved severely depressed bipolar patients who seemed resistant to treatment. It is known that chronic pain is associated with a degree of depression, and that adding certain anti-depressants to the regime of pain management for many patients can significantly improve their pain levels and/or pain tolerance. This new report has looked at a novel application on the combination of anti-inflammatories and anti-depressants. Anti-depressants can often take four to six weeks to make an appreciable difference, and this may […]