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Temper tantrums

Temper tantrums usually start at around 18 months and are very common in toddlers. Hitting and biting are common, too. One reason for this is toddlers want to express themselves, but find it difficult. They feel frustrated, and the frustration comes out as a tantrum.…

Preventing colds and flu

Many people believe vitamin C can cure the flu and echinacea can prevent colds. But is there scientific evidence to back this up? Can vitamin C stop a cold? "Research has found no evidence that vitamin C prevents colds," says Dr Hasmukh Joshi, vice-chair of the…

Nine medical reasons for putting on weight

Most people put on weight because they eat and drink more calories than they burn through everyday movement and body functions. But in some cases, your weight gain may be due to an underlying health condition. Here are nine medical issues that can cause weight gain. Underactive…

Lifestyle tips for healthy teeth

Taking care of your general health and your mouth is the key to making the most of your smile. Brushing your teeth twice a day (last thing at night before you go to bed and on one other occasion) with fluoride toothpaste and having regular check-ups with a…

Work out how much weight you need to lose

Use the BMI calculator above to work out how much weight you need to lose before starting the NHS weight loss plan. The BMI tool will tell you if you're in the healthy weight range and, if necessary, how much you need to lose to achieve a healthy…

Gym-free workouts

Put the fun back into fitness with these equipment-free workouts for all levels. These illustrated guides are designed to help make your workouts effective and easy to follow.  Created with busy people in mind, these routines from fitness expert Neila Rey, now known as Darebee, can be done anywhere, at…

How to look after your feet if you have diabetes

It's especially important to look after your feet if you have diabetes. Here's how to take care of your feet and advice on when to get professional help. Diabetes can reduce the blood supply to your feet and cause a loss of feeling known as peripheral neuropathy.…

How to improve your strength and flexibility

Strength and flexibility exercises will help you increase muscle strength, maintain bone density, improve balance and reduce joint pain. What are strength exercises? A strength exercise is any activity that makes your muscles work harder than usual. This increases your muscles' strength, size, power and…

Top sources of added sugar in our diet

From cola, chocolate and ketchup to beer, yoghurt and soup, find out where most of the added sugar in our diet lurks. "Added sugar", such as table sugar, honey and syrups, should not make up more than 5% of the total energy we get from food and drink each…

How vaccines work

Vaccines work by making us produce antibodies to fight disease without actually infecting us with the disease. If the vaccinated person then comes into contact with the disease itself, their immune system will recognise it and immediately produce the antibodies they need to fight it. Newborn babies…
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