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Physical activity guidelines for children (under 5 years)

How much physical activity do children under 5 years old need to do to keep healthy? Being physically active every day is important for the healthy growth and development of babies, toddlers and preschoolers. For this age group, activity of any intensity should be encouraged, including light…

Physical activity guidelines for children and young people

How much physical activity should children and young people aged 5 to 18 do to keep healthy? To stay healthy or to improve health, young people need to do 3 types of physical activity each week: aerobic exercise exercises to strengthen their bones exercises to…

Physical activity guidelines for older adults

How much physical activity do older adults aged 65 and over need to do to keep healthy? To stay healthy or to improve health, older adults need to do two types of physical activity each week: aerobic and strength exercises. The amount of physical activity…

The placebo effect and complementary and alternative medicine

When a person uses any type of health treatment and sees an improvement in their symptoms, they may be experiencing the placebo effect. For hundreds of years, doctors have known that when a patient with a health condition expects their symptoms to improve, they often…

Plant dangers in the garden and countryside

Most plants in the UK are harmless but some sting, scratch or are poisonous. Keep your family safe with this guide to common plant hazards. Stinging nettles   Nettle leaves (pictured left) are covered in tiny, needle-like hairs. When you brush against a nettle, the hairs break…

Pomegranate: superfood or fad?

Pomegranate and its distinctive ruby-red jewel-like seeds have been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. The Middle Eastern fruit is claimed to be effective against heart disease, high blood pressure, inflammation and some cancers, including prostate cancer. Pomegranate is a good source of fibre. It…

Posture tips for laptop users

Laptops allow us to be able to work more flexibly, but they have been blamed for causing work-related back, neck and shoulder problems. The features that make laptops very portable, such as a screen attached to the keyboard, are the same features that make it difficult for people to…

Pregnancy tests: advice for young people

Pregnancy tests detect the presence of the pregnancy hormone in your body. This hormone is called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). Find out about when you can do a pregnancy test, and what to do if it's positive. A pregnancy test is the only way to…

Preparing for your cancer test results

More than 300,000 people are told they have cancer each year in the UK. If you're waiting for test results, there are ways you can help prepare yourself.   Find out when you'll get your results. Jean Slocombe, senior cancer information nurse at Cancer Research UK, says: "It's…

Prevent Christmas injuries

A cocktail of excitement, stress, tiredness and alcohol can create unexpected hazards in the home at Christmas. More than 80,000 people a year need hospital treatment for injuries such as falls, cuts and burns during the festive period. During Christmas, your home is likely to be…
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