BMA Bad Back Book

The British Medical Association’s Bad Back Book covers all practical aspects of back care from diagnosis and treatment to exercises and pain relief.

Illustrated step-by-step exercises help you address your back and neck pain, alongside carefully planned strategies to stop injuries recurring. Simple, clear diagrams show the anatomy of your back and neck and specialised sections deal with back pain in specific scenarios such as home, work, driving and gardening. Includes advice on where to seek help and how to get the best results from rehabilitation.

BMA Carer's Manual

If you’re one of the millions of people who are caring for a friend or family member then the BMA Carer's Manual will be an essential reference.

Endorsed by the British Medical Association, this is the definitive guide to caring for the elderly or ill, offering practical advice and solutions for everyday concerns such as adapting living space and safe movement and handling.

Step-by-step sequences explain essential activities such as helping someone in and out of a chair and special features focus on topics relating to common conditions.

The BMA Carer’s Manual provides accessible, reliable information and is invaluable for anyone providing short or long-term care for an ill or elderly person at home.

BMA Guide to Sport Injuries

Your one-stop manual for the treatment and prevention of sports injuries, produced in collaboration with the British Medical Association.

This is the first fully-illustrated sports injury manual, ensuring reliable, up-to-date information. It includes a directory of all common sports injuries, outlining causes, symptoms and diagnoses.

Step-by-step exercise routines are provided for immediate treatment as well as long-term strategies to prevent injuries recurring. Covering all sports from snowboarding to tennis, this is the ultimate injury manual and is designed for amateur sportsmen, coaches and trainers.

BMA Home Doctor

From IBS to CPR, find practical advice, written by an experienced GP, on home treatment for more than 150 common medical conditions. You will find information on whether to consult a doctor before starting treatment and find out what to do if your self-help does not work.

Learn how to treat your family’s ailments following step-by-step photographs and practical tips and techniques on complementary remedies as well as conventional medical treatments. Plus, find basic first aid procedures as well as a quick-reference A-Z covering over-the-counter drugs and natural remedies.

BMA Illustrated Medical Dictionary

The BMA Illustrated Medical Dictionary, is just what the doctor ordered — the only full colour illustrated dictionary with easy-to-follow explanations for over 5,500 medical terms.

Inside you will find more than just basic definitions; entries for conditions define the ailment, explain how it affects the patient, and outline possible treatments. Key conditions are accompanied by full-coloured images to improve your understanding.

From exploring a dental abscess diagram to discovering the symptoms and causes of asthma, stay one step ahead of your family’s ailments following this A-Z guide. Fully updated and revised with the latest information on anatomical terms, disorders, essential tests and drugs so whatever you are dealing with, you are fully in the know.

BMA When Your Child is Ill

A quick-reference medical guide to children’s symptoms and their treatment, produced in association with the British Medical Association.

From asthma to chickenpox, learn to look after your little ones with this essential home guide for parents.

Comprehensive question-and-answer charts help you make informed decisions about your child’s health, giving you the confidence to know when to visit a doctor or hospital, or to treat them yourself. Plus, updated advice on first aid, specially tailored for children, gives you the knowledge you need instantly if your baby or child gets hurt.

Fully revised and following the National Institute of Clinical Excellence guidelines, BMA When Your Child is Ill, 4th Edition, is perfect for parents and carers of children of any age.

Understanding ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia & Dyspraxia

This book describes the four most common developmental disorders of childhood: ADHD, autism, dyslexia, and dyspraxia.

The basic features of each disorder, diagnosis, incidence and treatment strategies are covered separately. However, during the last decade evidence has been accumulating which indicates that these particular disorders often occur in combination. Some child development specialists now believe that having two or more of these disorders together may be more common than just having a pure form of one of them. Given that it is likely that they commonly occur together, all four disorders are covered in this single text.

Understanding Alcohol & Drinking Problems

36 million people in the UK are regular drinkers, 2 million are heavy drinkers, and 1 million Britons have, or have had, a serious drinking problem.

This book explains how alcohol can have a variety of harmful as well as pleasant effects. It gives guidance on how to change a drinking pattern and succeed whether by cutting down or abstaining from alcohol completely.

Understanding the effects and the pitfalls of dependence will give you a better relationship with alcohol.

Understanding Allergies

Allergy is becoming more common. The number of people affected has risen dramatically since the early 1970s and it continues to increase. As many as one in three people in the UK now suffer from a medical problem caused by or associated with allergy. This increase has occurred because many of the factors thought to be responsible for causing allergies are related to the Western lifestyle, many of which seem to be especially potent in small children.

This book explains what happens in the body when an allergy occurs. It also describes the different ways of diagnosing allergy and discusses the different treatments available.

Understanding Alzheimer's Disease & Other Dementias

Dementia is a term used to describe any condition where a variety of different brain functions —such as memory, thinking, recognition, language, planning, and personality — deteriorate over time.

Dementia is not part of normal ageing. Everyone gets more forgetful as they get older that does not mean that they have dementia. The most common type of dementia is Alzheimer s disease, but there are several other types.

There is a lot of myth and misinformation about dementia. This book is intended for anyone who has, or may be worried that they or their family and friends have, dementia. It is also for people who live or work with someone with dementia.

Authors Dr Nori Graham and Dr James Warner hope that by reading this book you will have a better understanding of what causes the illness and how it is diagnosed and treated.

Understanding Angina & Heart Attacks

Coronary heart disease (CHD) can cause angina and heart attacks and is one of the commonest causes of death and disability in the world.

When the coronary arteries, which supply the heart muscle with vital oxygen and nutrients, become narrowed with fat and cholesterol, a clot can form and block one of the arteries causing a heart attack.

This book is all about coronary heart disease and what we can do to prevent and treat it, with details of drugs, bypass surgery, and angioplasty.

Understanding Anxiety & Panic Attacks

It is almost impossible to live without anxiety or fear. We feel anxious regularly, although for each of us different events, situations or relationships will make us feel anxious. Lots of things make us anxious or fearful from everyday events such as crossing the road or meeting new people to bigger decisions such as which school our children should go to.

The good news is that anxiety disorders can usually be treated effectively, often without medication. This book helps you to understand what is happening and what treatments are on offer. It is not a therapy book that you can use by itself, but it will be a useful reference before and during the treatment that you receive from your GP, therapist or specialist.

Understanding Arthritis and Rheumatism

The bones, joints and muscles of the body make up the locomotor system, which enables us to move around. All sorts of problems may develop in this system, particularly as we get older.

The term arthritis refers to problems with the joints in the locomotor system. There are many forms of arthritis, although not all forms are serious nor do they necessarily get progressively worse. Rheumatism is a vaguer term referring generally to aches and pains and problems with the soft tissues, such as muscles and tendons.

The aim of this book is to help readers understand how their locomotor system works, what can go wrong and what help is available. There is a lot you can do to help yourself, both to treat problems when they arise and to prevent them happening in the first instance.

Understanding Back Pain

Most of us suffer from backache at some time or other. Usually it is an unpleasant, awkward but not desperately serious problem caused by some kind of mechanical stress or damage within the back which gets better fairly quickly.

This book aims to show you how the back works, what goes wrong, why back problems arise, and how they are treated, and to give some indication of when further investigations and specialist help are necessary.

Backache is remarkably common. At any one time some 30 to 40 per cent of the population have backache and between 80 and 90 per cent of people experience it at some time in their lives. It affects both sexes and all ages from children to elderly people, but is most prevalent in the middle years.

Understanding Blood Pressure

When doctors talk about blood pressure, what they mean is the pressure within the large blood vessels as your heart forces blood to circulate around your body. On the whole, the lower your blood pressure, the healthier you are in the long term.

If you are over the age of 30 and cannot remember when you last had your blood pressure checked, you could be one of the seven to ten million people in this country who has high blood pressure.

Doctors usually use the term hypertension to describe this condition which may cause no symptoms at all for very many years, but could eventually lead to serious complications, including heart disease and strokes.

Understanding Bowels

Our knowledge of the bowels has increased enormously over recent years and doctors can now diagnose, and cure or relieve, nearly all disorders of the bowel.

Disorders of the bowel are extremely common. At any given time one in five people is experiencing discomfort from their bowels, which can largely be prevented by eating more suitable food.

The food we eat and the way we live our lives have enormous effects on our bowels. This book tries to explain these matters, helping you to keep the workings of your bowel comfortable and advising what to do if things go wrong.

Understanding Children's Behaviour

By understanding why children behave in a particular way we are in a better position to help them. Is your child’s behaviour normal? How can you deal with bad behaviour? What is ADHD? This book aims to answer these questions, from infancy to pre-teenager.

If a child is difficult to manage, if parenting does not come easily, or if you want to improve your relationship with a child as a parent, teacher or carer, this book offers some strategies that you can try. It will also help you decide whether you need expert help and, if so, where to find it.

Understanding Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a type of fat (lipid) that is found in your blood. Cholesterol is important as high levels in your blood can lead to narrowing and blockage of arteries and this increases your risk of developing coronary heart disease (CHD) one of the commonest causes of death and disability in Europe, North America and Australia.

CHD usually results from abnormalities that narrow the arteries supplying blood to your heart the coronary arteries, hence the name coronary heart disease. Narrowing of these arteries may restrict or completely block the supply of blood to your heart muscle. This process can also occur in other parts of your circulation.

Understanding COPD

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a disabling condition affecting the lungs and involving irreversible lung damage, so that the lungs can no longer function at full capacity.

COPD is very disabling and many people find it hard to cope with the restrictions that it brings. There are medications that are available that will help to improve symptoms. Practical support is also at hand from various sources ranging from education about COPD to advice on coping with COPD.

Understanding Depression

We all have low moods from time to time. Usually, the mood passes after a few days and we get back to our normal way of living. We may say that we have been ‘depressed’, ‘down in the dumps’, ‘fed up’ or have had the ‘blues’. But low moods like this are not what doctors call depression. Instead, they use the term to describe a more severe illness which a person has had for at least a few weeks, affecting the body as well as the mind.

There has been an increase in the rates of depression over the last 40 years which may be the result of the way we live our lives now. The good news is that, no matter what the cause of depression, it can be treated and treated effectively. Most people who are depressed and have treatment get better.

Understanding Diabetes

Diabetes is one of the oldest known human diseases. Its full name diabetes mellitus comes from the Greek words for syphon and sugar and describes the most obvious symptom of uncontrolled diabetes: the passing of large amounts of urine which is sweet because it contains sugar (glucose).

Millions of people in this country have diabetes and most lead normal, active lives. With advances in our understanding of the disease and improvements in treatment, the prospects for someone with diabetes are better than ever before.

This book — endorsed by the British Medical Association (BMA) — is meant to help you understand what diabetes is and how to control it. Doctors nowadays encourage people with diabetes to take a lot of responsibility for their own health, paying careful attention to their diet and carrying out regular tests on their blood and urine to monitor their progress. The book explains, step by step, how this can be done and allows the reader to develop the confidence that they really are in control of their diabetes.

Understanding Eczema

Understanding Eczema is intended for people who want to know more about eczema, either because they have it themselves or because it affects a relative or friend.

There are several different types of eczema. The most common of these is atopic eczema — the kind suffered mainly by babies and children. This book therefore covers atopic eczema in childhood in greater detail than other forms of eczema. Other types of eczema trouble us at different times of life for a number of reasons.

Understanding Epilepsy

To most of us epilepsy means dramatic and uncontrolled convulsions. The reality is more complex and less alarming. To dispel the mystery and to provide real help, two leading epilepsy specialists have written this succinct guide. Explaining that epilepsy is a symptom not a disease, they take you through the types and causes of epileptic seizure, giving special emphasis to the options for treatment and discussing the latest advances in drug therapy. Their conclusion is that epilepsy may be common, but usually gets better and there are excellent ways of controlling it.

Understanding Eyes: Cataracts, Glaucoma & Macular Degeneration

As you get older, it s natural for your eyesight to deteriorate slightly and for you to need reading spectacles or a stronger sight prescription. However, there are also some specific eye conditions that can affect older people.

Cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration are the most common causes of poor vision. Each predominantly affects people of middle age and beyond. Many people with visual difficulties in later life are unnecessarily frightened that they are going to undergo progressive visual loss that will curtail their lifestyle or threaten their independence. This book is written to help you understand the causes, symptoms and treatments of these common eye conditions.

Understanding Food & Nutrition

The food you eat has a strong influence on your health and on your chances of developing heart disease and some types of cancer.

This book is aimed at people who are basically healthy, to help you understand nutrition and choose a diet that will keep you in good health.

The book provides an overview of nutrition, explaining the process of digestion and your need for energy, protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. These sections include the science of nutrition, good food sources, and links with illnesses.

The book will help you make informed choices about your diet and explain how to make sense of the nutritional labeling on food packets.

Understanding Indigestion & Ulcers

Virtually everyone has had indigestion or heartburn at some time, and for most people it is simply a minor nuisance. More often than not, it happens when you have overindulged or eaten something that does not agree with you and it only lasts for a short time.

For some people the symptoms can be persistent and so severe that they interfere with everyday life. The symptoms may be caused by some undiagnosed problem within the digestive system, such as a peptic ulcer, which needs to be properly identified and treated by a doctor. This book will help you distinguish between minor symptoms, which you can safely treat yourself, and those that need further investigation.

Understanding Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common gastrointestinal disorders, but it is puzzling for those who have it and for the doctors who treat it.

IBS is a syndrome, a collection of symptoms with similar features that occur together in a pattern that your doctor can recognise. In typical cases, there is rarely any doubt about the diagnosis, although you may have symptoms in any part of your gastrointestinal tract, which stretches from the oesophagus (gullet) to the rectum.

The term irritable is used to describe the reaction of the muscles in the intestine, which respond to stress by abnormal contractions. These may result in various combinations of the three main symptoms: pain, diarrhoea and constipation.

In the UK around eight million people have IBS. Symptoms of IBS are equally common in men and women, but women consult their doctors about these symptoms more often than men.

Understanding Migraine & other headaches

Headaches are very common. However, most headaches only last a short time and often have a known cause. These types of headache are not usually of great concern to the sufferer as the underlying cause is apparent. Sometimes headaches do not have such an obvious origin, which can lead to a great deal of concern and anxiety. Fortunately, in most cases, the headaches are not the result of anything sinister. This book should help you to understand the cause of your headache or migraine and assist you in controlling your symptoms.

Understanding Parkinson's Disease

This book aims to help you understand the symptoms and disabilities caused by Parkinson’s disease and to suggest what you can do for yourself, as well as how doctors can treat the condition. Great progress has been made in our understanding of this disorder, bringing new hope to sufferers. Medical science has developed a range of treatments which can control the symptoms and allow as normal a life as possible.

Understanding Pregnancy

Having a baby is probably the most important thing that you will ever do, so it is worth planning ahead to get you and your baby off to the best possible start.

Dr Norman Smith explains the factors that you should be aware of in the progression of a pregnancy, from planning to becoming pregnant right through to the first days that you spend with your newborn baby. This is a comprehensive and understandable book that should be useful to those planning a pregnancy, and to expectant mothers and their partners.

Understanding Prostate Disorders

The prostate gland lies just beneath the bladder. Many men, as they get older, experience prostate symptoms such as a poor urine stream or having to urinate frequently. This book explains diseases of the prostate, how they cause problems and what can be done about them.

Medical understanding of prostate disorders has advanced enormously, and the options for treatment from surgery to drugs have improved dramatically, greatly improving the quality of life of sufferers.

Understanding Stress

A certain amount of stress is necessary to keep us motivated. However, too much stress can have an adverse effect on our health and well-being, affecting our everyday performance and personal relationships.

Repeated, continuing, severe stress has a weakening and demoralising effect which may make it more difficult to tackle the underlying problems that are causing the stress. Professor Wilkinson’s invaluable book explains exactly what stress is and the problems it creates, as well as giving advice on self-help measures and where to go for help.

Understanding Teeth & Mouth

The mouth is one of the most sensitive areas of the body and can give us a great deal of pleasure, but it can also be the source of much discomfort when things go wrong. Eating can be one of our greatest enjoyments. The mouth also has an important social function and a clean bright smile is a great asset.

To avoid teeth and mouth problems, it is helpful to understand the structure and function of the mouth and know how to keep it healthy. This book aims to give all the information you need to achieve this. It also explains what can go wrong and explains the treatments you may need to solve specific problems.

Understanding Thyroid Disorders

As many as one person in twenty will experience a thyroid problem such as thyrotoxicosis or hypothyroidism.

For the sufferer the result can be a bewildering variety of physical and psychological symptoms, from breathlessness to flaky skin, and from weariness to irritability. Fortunately, once thyroid disease has been diagnosed, the chances of successful treatment are high.

Modern approaches to management, involving drugs or occasionally surgery, allow most people with thyroid problems to overcome them completely. In clear non-technical language, Dr Toft explains the working of the thyroid, what can go wrong, and how the problems are treated.

Understanding Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are very common. They are the lumpy, raised, blue veins that we see on people’s legs. Varicose veins often cause no trouble at all. The most usual problem is concern about their appearance. For some people, their appearance may be so unacceptable that they want to be rid of their veins for cosmetic reasons alone.

In general, discomfort, or a combination of discomfort and cosmetic embarrassment, is the most common reasons for people requesting treatment. Smaller varicose veins can de dealt with by injections (sclerotherapy). Larger ones usually need an operation to remove them for a good long term result. This book explains how varicose veins can cause trouble, and describes the pros and cons of the different kinds of treatment.