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NHS cancer screening

There are three types of cancer screening for adults in England, and they save thousands of lives each year. Cervical screening Cervical screening is offered to women aged 25 to 64 to check the health of cells in the cervix. It is offered every three…

NHS stop smoking services help you quit

Local stop smoking services are free, friendly and can massively boost your chances of quitting for good. Did you know that wherever you live in the UK, you have easy access to a free service proven to help you stop smoking? Local stop smoking services staffed by expert advisers provide a range of proven…

Nine medical reasons for putting on weight

Most people put on weight because they eat and drink more calories than they burn through everyday movement and body functions. But in some cases, your weight gain may be due to an underlying health condition. Here are nine medical issues that can cause weight gain. Underactive…

Non-food rewards for losing weight on the plan

Giving yourself non-food rewards as you try to lose weight can help you stay motivated on the NHS Choices diet and exercise plan. You could reward yourself each time you achieve a mini-goal, which can be anything you want. For example, it could be losing 1kg (2.2lbs) or…

Nordic walking

Nordic walking is a full-body exercise that's easy on the joints and suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Find out about the Nordic walking technique, the health benefits and getting started. What is Nordic walking? Nordic walking was originally a summer training regime for cross-country skiers.…

Oily fish: mighty omega-3 or codswallop?

Interest in the health benefits of oily fish started when researchers observed that Eskimos, who mainly eat oily fish, had fewer than average heart attacks and strokes. Oily fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines are said to help against cardiovascular disease, prostate cancer, age-related vision loss and dementia. It's a…

Open your eyes to STIs

Cases of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV, are increasing. If you have unprotected sex, your health is at risk. Find out what symptoms to look out for and how to stay safe. In June 2015, Public Health England released a report on sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in England. The…

Out-of-hours medicines

If you run out of medicine outside of your GP practice's normal opening hours and need some urgently, there are a few ways to get an emergency supply quickly, even if you're away from home. If you have a prescription If you already have a…

Overcoming the barriers to exercise

Ways to get round common blockers that are preventing you from getting more active. 'I don't have time' This is a common blocker, but it's like anything you want to do: you have to prioritise and manage your schedule so that it fits in. You can break your…

Overweight children aged 2-5

More young children than ever are overweight, but there's plenty you can do to help your child achieve a healthy weight. Being overweight is bad for your pre-schooler's health now and in the future. Overweight children are much more likely to become overweight adults, putting them…
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