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Do goji berries deserve their A-list status?

Popular among celebs from Madonna to Miranda Kerr, goji berries have been used in Chinese medicine for more than 6,000 years. These shrivelled red berries are alleged to boost the immune system and brain activity, protect against heart disease and cancer, and improve life expectancy. Goji berries contain vitamin C, vitamin B2, vitamin…

Do I need to stretch before exercising?

From weekend warriors to elite athletes, stretching before exercise is a common practice but how much of it do you really need? What's the point of stretching? Stretching for sport and exercise improves flexibility, which increases the ability of a joint to move through its…

Does the 'five-second rule' really work?

We've all done it - dropped some food on the floor, picked it up, given it a quick wipe and put it in our mouth. The theory is that if food dropped on the floor is picked up quickly enough, it's safe to eat. While some people are…

Does your child have a serious illness?

It can be difficult to tell when a baby or toddler is seriously ill, but the main thing is to trust your instincts. You know better than anyone else what your child is usually like, so you'll know when something is seriously wrong. Signs of…

Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse is any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are (or have been) intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.This can include, but is not limited…

Domestic abuse against men

Find out about domestic abuse (or domestic violence), and where to get support if it's happening to you. Domestic abuse, also called domestic violence, includes physical, emotional and sexual abuse in couple relationships or between family members. Anybody can be affected by domestic abuse, and…

Domestic violence against women: how to help a friend

If you're worried that a friend is being abused, here's how to offer her the support she needs.  Teresa Parker from Women's Aid, a charity working to end domestic violence, says, "It may be hard to know what to do or say as your friend may not…

Domestic violence and abuse

Domestic violence or abuse can happen to anyone. Find out how to recognise the signs and where to get help. If you're worried someone might see you have been on this page, find out how to cover your tracks online. Domestic violence, also called domestic…

Don't be an ostrich!

You're over 40, you're a bloke and you get a letter from your GP inviting you to an NHS Health Check to assess your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease.  What do you do? a) Chuck the letter in the bin because you…

Drinking alcohol while pregnant

Experts are still unsure exactly how much - if any - alcohol is completely safe for you to have while you're pregnant, so the safest approach is not to drink at all while you're expecting. Is it safe to drink alcohol when pregnant? The Chief Medical Officers for the…
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