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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…

Treating birthmarks

In the case of most birthmarks, such as port wine stains and haemangiomas, early medical attention will help reduce the chance of health complications. If you notice that your newborn baby has a birthmark, or you feel there's something unusual about their appearance, raise it with your obstetrician, midwife,…

Could your snoring be sleep apnoea?

Snoring can be a symptom of a disorder called sleep apnoea, which is hard to identify and has serious health risks. Sleep apnoea is very common, but less than one in four sufferers are diagnosed. Although sleep apnoea can affect men and women of all ages, it's most common…

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…

Five-minute wake-up workout

Start your day feeling on top of the world with this five-minute bedroom workout combining strength and flexibility exercises. This routine from physiotherapist Nick Sinfield starts with some gentle in-bed tension-releasing stretches and finishes with a series of energising power moves. Try to do this workout every morning to burn…

Is work good for your health?

Work is good for your bank balance but bad for your health, right? Wrong. The characteristics of work - activity, social interaction, identity and status - are proven to be beneficial for our physical and mental health. Recent research shows that people in work tend…
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