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Prevent DVT when you travel

If you're travelling long distance, there are several ways you can reduce your risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Who's at risk of DVT? Conditions that may increase your risk of DVT on flights of eight hours or more: history of DVT or pulmonary embolism cancer…

Preventing colds and flu

Many people believe vitamin C can cure the flu and echinacea can prevent colds. But is there scientific evidence to back this up? Can vitamin C stop a cold? "Research has found no evidence that vitamin C prevents colds," says Dr Hasmukh Joshi, vice-chair of the…

Prostate cancer treatment stories

Treatment for prostate cancer can have serious side effects. Here, male patients describe how it affected them. While the side effects from the prostate cancer treatments below are the most common ones, not all men will experience them. Some men will have short-term discomfort and make a good recovery,…

Protect them from child abuse

The chances of your child being harmed by an adult are very small. But there are still steps you can take to protect them. People who abuse children can come from all walks of life, and all ages, classes and professions. They can also be…

Protect your ears from loud music

Noise levels around the stages at music festivals can reach 110 decibels or more. That's like standing next to a jackhammer drilling into concrete. Spending too long listening to loud music can cause permanent damage to your ears, resulting in problems such as tinnitus and hearing loss.…

Protect your fertility

Age is an important factor when it comes to getting pregnant, especially for women, but everyone can help to protect their fertility.  If you're trying to conceive, you can find out how to give yourself the best chance by reading Trying to get pregnant. Even if babies are the last thing on…

Psoriasis: 'Don't suffer in silence'

Actor, writer and comedian Toby Hadoke has battled with severe psoriasis for most of his life. He talks about treatments and why it's vital to tackle the psychological, as well as physical, symptoms. As a performer, Tony Hadoke is used to speaking out. After two…

Questions to ask the surgeon or dentist

Important questions to ask the surgeon or dentist if you're thinking about having treatment abroad. Having all the information you need can help you make an informed choice about having treatment abroad. Questions to ask 1. What are your qualifications and where can I verify them?2. Do you have…

Raising low self-esteem

We all have times when we lack confidence and don't feel good about ourselves. But when low self-esteem becomes a long-term problem, it can have a harmful effect on our mental health and our lives. What is self-esteem? Self-esteem is the opinion we have of…

Ramadan health FAQs

Here are some frequently asked health questions about fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. These answers have been put together by medical experts and Islamic scholars and researchers.    Should you fast if you have diabetes? People with type 1 diabetes shouldn't usually fast, but people…
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