Inside Health

BBC Radio 4


Dr Mark Porter demystifies health issues, separating fact from fiction and bringing clarity to conflicting health advice, with the help of regular contributor GP Margaret McCartney


InsHealth: Care Data, Slimming balloon, Dysphonia, Antacids 21 Jan 14

January 21st, 2014

Episode 200 of 329 episodes

Mark Porter and Margaret McCartney ask whether the anonymity of a new NHS database of patient records can be guaranteed. Recent reports say that as many as 2 million people in England could be eligible for bariatric surgery; Dr Mark Porter investigates if a new gastric balloon swallowed in a capsule could be a valuable new tool for weight loss. Using botox to treat vocal dysphonia, a kind of writer's cramp for the voice. And Mark talks to gastroenterologist, Anton Emmanuel about the scale of the overuse of proton pump inhibitors, their potential side effects and what people can do if they think they should come off them.