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Cold or flu?

Flu is not a "bad cold". Each year, thousands of people die of complications after catching the flu. Find out how colds and flu differ. Colds and flu share some of the same symptoms (cough, sore throat), but are caused by different viruses. Flu can be much…

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…

Abortion: where to go

If you're pregnant and considering an abortion, find out who to talk to and where and when an abortion can take place. If you're not sure whether you're pregnant, find out about doing a pregnancy test. How do I get an abortion? You need to be referred by…

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…

Diabetes: reduce your risk of getting it

More than 3 million people in the UK are diagnosed with diabetes, and it's thought that over half a million more people may have type 2 diabetes and not know it. People from some cultures, including African Caribbean communities, are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than the rest of the…

Common skin conditions

A short guide to some of the most common skin conditions. Atopic eczema  Cold sores Hives (urticaria)  Impetigo Itching Psoriasis  Ringworm  Scabies  Vitiligo Warts and verrucas Atopic eczema  Atopic eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is the most common form of eczema and makes your…

Diabetes and sport

When Gary Blakie was 12, he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. It hasn't stopped him from representing the UK in the World Triathlon Age Group Championships. How did you react when you were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes? "I was diagnosed when I was…

Foot problems and the podiatrist

A podiatrist or chiropodist can help you with common foot problems, including ingrown toenails and bunions. What does a podiatrist do? Podiatrists are health care professionals who have been trained to prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate abnormal conditions of the feet and lower limbs. They also prevent and…

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…

'NHS Health Check helped my dad'

Dr Dawn Harper: "My dad's future is very different now." Known to millions as TV medical presenter "Dr Dawn" on Channel 4, Dr Dawn Harper says she has a very personal reason for wanting people to get an NHS Health Check. Dr Dawn, who is also a GP…
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