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How to diet

Low carb, the 5:2 diet, detox, cabbage soup ... there is no shortage of novelty diet programmes promising to help you lose weight fast. The big question is, do they work? Most do lead to fast - sometimes dramatic - weight loss, but only for the pounds…

How to treat everyday ailments at home

Below are 10 of the most common minor ailments seen by GPs. Find out the most effective ways to treat things like heartburn and a blocked nose at home, and save yourself a trip to the GP surgery. Remember: you can also get advice from…

10 tips for a healthy diet

South Asian cooking varies from country to country. As with all cooking, it can be made healthier without sacrificing taste. Try these 10 tips for healthier eating. Making a few changes to your ingredients or ways of cooking, such as reducing the amount of fat, salt and…

Should you lose weight fast?

When you're trying to lose weight, it's tempting to want results as fast as possible. But losing weight fast is unlikely to help you keep the weight off - and it also comes with health risks. If you're trying to lose weight, you're probably keen to see, and feel,…

Raising low self-esteem

We all have times when we lack confidence and don't feel good about ourselves. But when low self-esteem becomes a long-term problem, it can have a harmful effect on our mental health and our lives. What is self-esteem? Self-esteem is the opinion we have of…

Running podcasts for C25K graduates

Use the panel above to download the 5K+ podcasts and take your running to the next level. Each 5K+ podcast provides a structured run with running music and coaching to develop your running technique, speed and stamina. The podcasts were produced with sports music experts…

Sun safety advice

Advice for adults and children on sun protection, including: sunscreen clothing eczema  sunburn moles What sun protection factor (SPF) should I use? Sunscreen is not an alternative to covering up with suitable clothing and seeking shade, but it does offer additional protection if applied correctly.…

Protect them from child abuse

The chances of your child being harmed by an adult are very small. But there are still steps you can take to protect them. People who abuse children can come from all walks of life, and all ages, classes and professions. They can also be…

Hay fever facts

Hay fever, also known as seasonal allergic rhinitis, affects one in four people in the UK and is mainly caused by grass pollen. Hay fever is a type of allergy. It happens when your body makes antibodies in response to certain triggers, such as pollen. The charity Allergy UK estimates that nearly 18…

At risk of HIV? Get tested now

If you're worried you could have HIV, get tested now. The sooner you're diagnosed, the quicker you can access treatment, so you can lead a full and healthy life. Find out why and how to get an HIV test. Getting tested for HIV means that, if you…
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