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Posture tips for laptop users

Laptops allow us to be able to work more flexibly, but they have been blamed for causing work-related back, neck and shoulder problems. The features that make laptops very portable, such as a screen attached to the keyboard, are the same features that make it difficult for people to…

Benefits of exercise

Step right up! It's the miracle cure we've all been waiting for. It can reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer by up to 50% and lower your risk of early death by up to 30%. It's free, easy…

Diabetes and your heart

People with diabetes are at greater risk of developing coronary heart disease (CHD) than the general population. People with diabetes have about twice the risk of developing a cardiovascular disease such as CHD compared with people who don't have the condition. Cases of CHD are…

Asthma in the cold

Cold weather is a major trigger for asthma symptoms. Here are five tips for keeping asthma at bay as the winter temperatures drop. Cold weather can have a serious impact on the 5.4 million people with asthma in the UK. According to Asthma UK, three…

Healthy eating for vegetarians and vegans

To ensure you have a balanced and varied diet, read our advice on healthy eating for vegetarians and vegans. To have a healthy, balanced diet which includes all the nutrients your body needs, make sure you eat a wide variety of foods. Vegetarians and vegans eat a diet of:…

HIV: the facts

In 2012, there were 6,360 new diagnoses of HIV in the UK. At the end of 2012, around 100,000 people were living with HIV. Find out how to protect against HIV, and where to get tested if you're worried. It's estimated that nearly a quarter of people…

The health risks of gum disease

The state of your teeth affects your overall health, with gum disease linked to lots of health problems in other parts of the body. Therefore, brushing your teeth can prevent gum disease and improve your overall health. Did you know that gum disease isn't just…

What happens at an NHS Health Check?

Your NHS Health Check is both quick and straightforward. It's also a sophisticated check of your vital systems, and is one of the best things you can do for yourself and the people who depend on you. Who carries out your NHS Health Check depends…

Travel illnesses and vaccinations

Get the right travel vaccinations and follow the advice below to reduce your risk of common infectious diseases.   Water and food safety  Insect bites  Travellers' diarrhoea  Malaria  Dengue  HIV and STIs  Hepatitis A  Hepatitis B  Typhoid  Yellow fever  Rabies Meningitis  Travel health experts advise preparing for…

Where can I get contraception?

Most types of contraception are available for free in the UK. Contraception is free to all women and men through the NHS. Places where you can get contraception include: most GP surgeries - talk to your GP or practice nurse community contraception clinics some genitourinary…
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