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Life with kidney disease

Kidney disease can affect many areas of your life, but there are ways of coping with the changes it brings. Whether you have mild kidney disease with no or few symptoms, or you're on dialysis because your kidneys have failed, life with kidney disease can…

Lung cancer in women

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among women in the UK. It kills over 4,000 more women than breast cancer every year. In 2011, about 19,700 women were diagnosed with lung cancer in the UK, making it the second most common cancer diagnosed in women…

Independent living

Around one in five adults in the UK is disabled, and more than one million of those live alone. With the right support and facilities, leading an independent life with a physical or learning disability is now more achievable than ever. Living independently doesn't mean that you're…

Headaches and migraines

For most people, a headache happens occasionally and can be quickly cured with something to eat, a short rest or a couple of painkillers. Most headaches and migraines are unpleasant but harmless and can be relieved with self-help measures and pharmacy painkillers. Only a few (around…

What's your BMI?

Use the BMI calculator to find out if you or your child's weight is healthy. This article covers: Your BMI result Ethnicity and diabetes Your waist size Children's BMI BMI limitations A body mass index (BMI) above the healthy weight range or too much fat around your waist can increase…

Sign up for weight loss email support

Sign up for 12 weekly emails to support you as you progress through the NHS Choices weight loss plan. Our weight loss plan consists of 12 weekly weight loss packs full of diet, healthy eating and physical activity advice.  Each email contains a link to the relevant weekly weight…

Tips to prevent RSI

Repetitive strain injury (RSI) can be caused by a variety of tasks at work, such as forceful or repetitive activity, or by poor posture. The condition mostly affects parts of the upper body, such as the forearm, elbow, wrist, hands, shoulders and neck. RSI is usually…

How to wash fruit and vegetables

Advice on storing, washing and preparing fruit and vegetables to prevent food poisoning, including E. coli. It is important to wash all fruit and vegetables before you eat them to ensure they are clean and safe to eat. Most people are aware of the importance…

Children with a serious condition or special needs

Find out what support is available, and how to get it, if your child has a serious condition or special needs. Learning that your child has a disability or illness is bound to be stressful and upsetting. It's a good idea to get as much information as…

Keeping safe outdoors

For most people, taking part in outdoor activities such as hiking is trouble-free, but there are potential risks. Find out how to plan ahead.  Being active is great for your health, maintaining your fitness and reducing the risk of conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. In a survey by…
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