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Binge drinking

Binge drinking usually refers to drinking lots of alcohol in a short space of time or drinking to get drunk. UK researchers commonly define binge drinking as consuming more than six units of alcohol in a single session for men and women. Six units is equivalent to drinking…

Black and south Asian kidney health

Black and south Asian people are three to five times more likely to have kidney failure than white people, but many are unaware of the condition. If you are black or south Asian, you're more likely to have diabetes and high blood pressure than the general population. This means…

Black health issues

If you're African or African Caribbean and you live in the UK, you're more likely than people from other cultures to have certain health conditions, including high blood pressure (hypertension), diabetes and prostate cancer. This is also the case for some mixed-race people of African or African Caribbean…

Blueberries: antioxidant powerhouse?

The grandad of the superfood trend, this cute little North American fruit packs a powerful nutritional punch. Blueberries are a good source of vitamin K. They also contain vitamin C, fibre, manganese and other antioxidants (notably anthocyanins). Valued for its high levels of antioxidants, some nutritionists…

Bodybuilding and sports supplements: the facts

Millions of people take sports supplements hoping for a range of health benefits, from weight loss to muscle building. But some supplements are being sold illegally and can be very harmful. Sports supplements have become increasingly popular among gym-goers. People who are interested in fitness and…

Boost your child's bone health

Children's bones keep growing throughout childhood. They grow fastest during toddlerhood and puberty. Their bones keep getting bigger and stronger until they reach what's known as "peak bone mass". This usually happens between the ages of 18 and 25. Building strong bones during childhood will…

Boost your health at work

Most of our waking hours are spent at work, which means the working environment can play a big part in our health and wellbeing. About 131 million working days were lost through absences caused by sickness or injury in 2013, according to the Office for National Statistics. Minor illnesses,…

Boys and puberty Q&A

Puberty is the process of growing from a boy into a young man. Here's what to expect. When will I start puberty? If puberty hasn't started yet, don't worry. Most boys begin when they're around 13 or 14 years old, but some start earlier and…

Boys' bodies Q&A

Puberty can be a confusing time, because your body and your feelings are changing as you grow up. Here are answers to some of the questions that boys often ask about their bodies. Click on the questions to go directly to the answer. What age…

Braces and orthodontics

Braces are in high demand. More than 200,000 children and adults in England and Wales started orthodontic treatment last year. Here are the answers to some common questions about this type of dental treatment. Why have braces? The purpose of orthodontic treatment is to make the best…
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