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Sitting exercises

These gentle sitting exercises will help improve your mobility and prevent falls, and can even be done at home. Don't worry if you've not done much for a while - these seated exercises are gentle and easy to follow. For these exercises, choose a solid, stable chair that doesn't have wheels. You should…

Keep track of your medicines

Going into hospital? Changing GP? If so, it's a good idea to make a complete, up-to-date list of all the medicines you take. This will help make sure you carry on getting the right medicines for you. When you change doctors, hospitals and other care providers, records…

Coming out

Coming out is when someone who is gay, lesbian or bisexual tells the people around them about their sexuality. This can be difficult and people may worry that others will treat them differently once they know. Even though it can be scary, most people feel that…

Guide to healthy fasting during Ramadan

Don't break your fast with a feast or you may put on weight instead of losing it. If you are not careful, food eaten during the pre-dawn and dusk meals can cause some weight gain.  Dr Razeen Mahroof, an anaesthetist from Oxford, says feasting during the non-fasting hours can…

Good foods to help your digestion

The occasional fry-up or boozy night is unlikely to give you anything more than a short-lived stomach upset. But overindulge too often and you could be storing up trouble for yourself. Here's a tummy-friendly diet to aim for. Fill up on fibre to prevent constipation…

High blood pressure and stroke: reduce your risk

People from African and African Caribbean communities are more at risk of high blood pressure and stroke than the general population. Find out how to reduce your risk. Blood pressure is the force that blood exerts on the walls of your arteries. If your blood…

Legal highs

Find out about the health risks of legal highs and when to seek medical help. Legal highs are substances that have similar effects to illegal drugs like cocaine or cannabis. They are sometimes called club drugs or new psychoactive substances (NPS). Many of these drugs are…

Sleep tips for teenagers

A minimum of 8 to 9 hours' good sleep on school nights is recommended for teens. Here's how to make sure your teen is getting enough sleep to stay healthy and do well at school.  Limit screens in the bedroom If possible, don't have a mobile, tablet, TV or computer in…

Psoriasis: 'Don't suffer in silence'

Actor, writer and comedian Toby Hadoke has battled with severe psoriasis for most of his life. He talks about treatments and why it's vital to tackle the psychological, as well as physical, symptoms. As a performer, Tony Hadoke is used to speaking out. After two…

Cancer: end of life care

There isn't any universal advice on how to come to terms with a life-threatening illness.  Each person will deal with their situation in their own way. Some people take on activities and challenges. Others prefer to spend their time quietly with family, friends or on their own. A terminal diagnosis…
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