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'My blood pressure was too high'

Jane Hudson: "My NHS Health Check was a wake-up call." Jane Hudson, aged 70 at the time of her NHS Health Check, is from Emley, near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. She lives with her husband and has one son and two daughters. Last year, Jane received a…

Guide to healthy fasting during Ramadan

Don't break your fast with a feast or you may put on weight instead of losing it. If you are not careful, food eaten during the pre-dawn and dusk meals can cause some weight gain.  Dr Razeen Mahroof, an anaesthetist from Oxford, says feasting during the non-fasting hours can…

BCG TB vaccine: frequently asked questions

How well does the vaccine work? Why is TB still a problem? How common is TB in the UK? Is TB contagious? How do I know if my baby needs the BCG vaccination? I have an allergy. Could anything in the BCG vaccine trigger that…

Food and water abroad

Many illnesses are contracted through contaminated food and water. Reduce your risk of diseases like travellers' diarrhoea by following these basic guidelines. Drinking water In countries with poor sanitation, don't drink tap water or use it to brush your teeth unless it has been treated. Filtered,…

Good foods to help your digestion

The occasional fry-up or boozy night is unlikely to give you anything more than a short-lived stomach upset. But overindulge too often and you could be storing up trouble for yourself. Here's a tummy-friendly diet to aim for. Fill up on fibre to prevent constipation…

Who should have the MMR vaccine?

MMR vaccination is routinely given to children as part of the NHS childhood immunisation programme. It can also be given on the NHS to older children and adults and babies over six months of age who need to be protected against measles, mumps and rubella, or in the event…

High blood pressure and stroke: reduce your risk

People from African and African Caribbean communities are more at risk of high blood pressure and stroke than the general population. Find out how to reduce your risk. Blood pressure is the force that blood exerts on the walls of your arteries. If your blood…

Teaching your child to stay safe

Get tips on teaching young children to stay safe, including teaching them their surname and what to do if they get lost. Children under three can't always understand or remember safety advice, so they need to have an adult nearby at all times. From the…

Funding care

Care and support services in England have never been free. Most people have to pay something towards their own care and some will have to pay for all of the costs. Your local authority (council) may cover some or all of the cost of care…

Water, drinks and your health

It's easy to overlook, but choosing healthier drinks is a key part of getting a balanced diet. Many soft drinks - including instant powdered drinks and hot chocolate - are high in sugar. Food and drinks that are high in sugar are often high in calories, and…
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