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Interval training for runners

Interval training is one of the best techniques for runners to improve their speed.   What is interval training? An interval training workout involves alternating periods of high-intensity effort with periods of low-intensity effort, which is called the recovery. For runners, this would typically involve…

Is broccoli a nutritional showstopper?

Abused by canteen cooks everywhere, the much maligned broccoli has had a makeover in recent years. From school dinner mulch, broccoli has been reinvented as a tenderstem, purple sprouting nutritional showstopper. "Broc" fans claim this Sunday staple can help combat cancer, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Broccoli is a good…

Is garlic an everyday superfood?

Aphrodisiac, currency, food, medicine, vampire repellent - garlic has had many uses throughout the ages. Garlic contains vitamins C and B6, manganese, selenium and other antioxidants (notably allicin). More recent evidence-based research suggests garlic may be effective against high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, cholesterol, colds and some…

Is my child too ill for school?

It can be tricky deciding whether or not to keep your child off school, nursery or playgroup when they're unwell. But there are government guidelines for schools and nurseries that say when children should be kept off school and when they shouldn't. If you do keep your…

Is treatment abroad right for you?

Before you book your treatment abroad, use this checklist to help you feel confident you're making the right decision. Things to consider before seeking treatment abroad Your reasons for seeking treatment abroad Have you thought about your reasons for going abroad carefully? Make sure your decision is based…

Is your blood pressure too high?

It's thought around 30% of people in England have high blood pressure, and many don't even know it. Though more than half of them are over 60, a large number are younger. Could you be one of them? High blood pressure is common and often…

Is your hearing loss getting you down?

Finding it hard to follow conversations can take its toll on relationships, which is one reason why taking action to tackle your hearing loss is important. Despite the fact that deafness can be socially isolating, it can take up to 10 years for people who…

Is your teenager in an abusive relationship?

Violence can happen in teenage relationships, so make sure you know the signs and can help your child. Abuse in relationships - including those between teenagers - can happen to men and boys, but it's much more likely to happen to women and girls. It also happens in same-sex relationships.…

It's OK to say no

Don't feel awkward about saying no to sex or kissing, touching or any other sexual activity. 'No' is an important word in sex and relationships. Find out how you can say no. Nobody has the right to make you go further than you want to. You…

Julie's story: 'I accept I'll never have a baby'

For some people, fertility treatment never has a happy outcome, and they have to resign themselves to a future without children. Julie Kendall, from Saffron Walden in Essex, 51 at the time of this interview, has finally accepted that she and her husband will never…
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