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Five health symptoms men shouldn't ignore

British men are paying the price for neglecting their health: more than 100,000 men a year die prematurely. On average, men go to their GP half as often as women. It's important to be aware of changes to your health, and to see your GP…

Five lifestyle tips for a healthy tummy

Digestive problems and stomach upsets can be prevented, relieved and even banished by simple lifestyle changes. Beat stress to ease tummy troubles You may have noticed a feeling of unease in your stomach during times of stress. That's because anxiety and worry can upset the delicate balance…

Five negative thoughts that can prolong back pain

Growing evidence suggests the way you think and feel about your back pain plays an important role in your chances of recovery. Thinking negatively about the prospects of getting better, as well as feelings of stress and anxiety, can extend the length of time you suffer…

Five tips to reduce hay fever symptoms

Your lifestyle can affect how severe your hay fever symptoms are. According to the charity Allergy UK, hay fever can adversely affect many areas of your life including your social life, your emotional wellbeing, your performance at work or school, and your self-esteem. A survey…

Five ways to stay healthy this winter

It may be cold outside, but winter needn't be the unhealthiest time of year for you and your family. Here are five ways to make sure that, even when your body is telling you to hibernate, you can keep healthy and fit, no matter what…

Five-minute wake-up workout

Start your day feeling on top of the world with this five-minute bedroom workout combining strength and flexibility exercises. This routine from physiotherapist Nick Sinfield starts with some gentle in-bed tension-releasing stretches and finishes with a series of energising power moves. Try to do this workout every morning to burn…

Flexibility exercises

These flexibility exercises can be done at home to help improve your health and mobility. Don't worry if you haven't done much for a while - the exercises are gentle and easy to follow. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and keep some water handy. Build up slowly and aim…

Flu and the flu vaccine

Flu is a highly infectious illness that spreads rapidly through the coughs and sneezes of people who are carrying the virus. If you're at risk of complications from flu, make sure you have your annual flu vaccine, available each year usually from October onwards. There are two types…

The flu jab

Flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk of flu and its complications. Flu can be unpleasant, but if you are otherwise healthy it will usually clear up on its own within a week. However, flu can be more severe in certain…

Flu jab FAQs

When am I most at risk from flu? Does everyone need a flu jab? Why are certain groups targeted for the flu jab? Can a GP vaccinate anyone else? Is my child entitled to the flu vaccine? How long will the flu jab protect me for? …
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