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Balance exercises

These simple balance exercises can be done at home to help improve your health and mobility. Don't worry if you've not done much exercise for a while, these balance exercises are gentle and easy to follow.  Wear loose, comfortable clothing and keep some water handy. Build…

Barbecue food safety

Food poisoning cases double over the summer, so remember these simple steps to help keep food safe. Food poisoning is usually mild, and most people get better within a week. But sometimes it can be more severe, even deadly, so it's important to take the risks seriously. Children, older…

BBC newsreader donates kidney to save mother

A BBC news presenter who donated a kidney to save his mother's life says her health has been 'completely transformed' since having the operation. Sabet Choudhury was told his mother Sakina, 70, could have only three years to live after her kidneys failed. He said…

BCG (TB) vaccine side effects

Virtually everyone who has a BCG vaccination will develop a raised blister at the site of the injection immediately afterwards. This is normal and nothing to worry about. BCG injection scar Two to six weeks after the injection, a small spot may appear at the site of…

BCG TB vaccine: frequently asked questions

How well does the vaccine work? Why is TB still a problem? How common is TB in the UK? Is TB contagious? How do I know if my baby needs the BCG vaccination? I have an allergy. Could anything in the BCG vaccine trigger that…

BCG tuberculosis (TB) vaccine

The BCG vaccine protects against tuberculosis, which is also known as TB. TB is a serious infection which affects the lungs and sometimes other parts of the body, such as the bones, joints and kidneys. It can also cause meningitis. Read more about tuberculosis (TB). Who should have the…

Beach safety

Every summer, lifeguards respond to thousands of incidents on UK beaches. To stay safe at the seaside, be informed about the dangers and follow these simple tips. In 2014, lifeguards from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) responded to 17,050 incidents, helping more than 19,350 people in difficulty on some…

Beans and pulses in your diet

Pulses include beans, lentils and peas. They're a cheap, low-fat source of protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals, and count towards your recommended 5 daily portions of fruit and vegetables. A pulse is an edible seed that grows in a pod. Pulses include all beans, peas…

Beat school exam stress

Tests and exams, including GCSEs, can be a challenging part of school life for both children and parents. But there are ways to ease the stress. 1. Watch out for exam stress Look out for signs of exam stress. Stressed children may be irritable, not sleep…

Beat the bloat

Get rid of bloating by cutting out fizzy drinks and foods that cause wind. Sit down to eat and take regular exercise. Most of us have experienced the feeling of being bloated, when your tummy is stretched, puffy and uncomfortable. It often happens after a big…
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