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The risks of drinking too much

Regularly drinking more than 14 units a week risks damaging your health. Fourteen units is equivalent to six pints of average-strength beer or 10 small glasses of low-strength wine.   New evidence around the health harms from regular drinking have emerged in recent years. There is now a better understanding…

The risks of treatment abroad

Before going abroad for medical treatment, it's important to get enough information to make the right choice. There are several issues that need to be considered.  All types of medical treatment involve some element of risk, whether you receive the treatment in the UK or abroad.…

Rotavirus vaccine

An oral vaccine against rotavirus infection, a common cause of diarrhoea and sickness, is given as two doses for babies aged 8 and 12 weeks, alongside their other routine childhood vaccinations. The vaccine is given as a liquid straight into the baby's mouth for them to swallow. What is…

Running in winter

With the shorter and colder days, lacing up for a run might be the last thing you feel like doing. But don't let the winter weather stop you from being physically active and keeping fit. Try the following tips to help you stay safe and motivated…

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…

Running tips for beginners

Running is free, you can do it anywhere, and it burns more calories than any other mainstream exercise. Regular running can reduce your risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke. It can also boost your mood and keep your weight…

Running to music

Music can help you run more efficiently and for longer, according to research. What effect does music have on us? Music can influence our state of mind. Not only can it enhance our mood, it can also change our mood. It can relax, and it…

Safe lifting tips

One of the biggest causes of back injury at work is lifting or handling objects incorrectly. Learning and following the correct method for lifting and handling heavy loads can help prevent injury and avoid back pain. Check out these safe lifting and handling tips, recommended by the…

Safe swimming in the UK

How to avoid getting sick and other health risks from swimming in the sea, streams, rivers and lakes. Sewage in the sea Swimming in sewage-contaminated sea water can cause diarrhoea and vomiting, as well as infections of the ear, nose and throat. Many beaches in Britain have…

Safer sex on holiday

Unprotected sex on holiday can have the same results as when you're at home - sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or unintended pregnancy. Find out how to protect yourself, and where to go for help if you need it. Over the course of 2013 in England,…
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