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Sun, sea and STDs

Holidays are a time for escaping reality and letting go. Your inhibitions are bound to be lowered by all the sunshine and sangria, but it’s important to ensure you're safe whatever you’re doing. While STDs are most commonly associated with careless teenagers, the reality is, that STDs can be contracted at any age. The number of people with STIs has risen to almost half a million in the UK alone, and while i ...

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Holiday health tips

You’ve saved hard, spent time choosing just the right destination and got your bags all packed - so how can you make sure you get the holiday of your dreams and not one full of health disasters? Before you go, make sure you top up your gut flora with ‘good bacteria’. Research shows that a combination of Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium lactis, which are strains of ‘live’ or probiotic bacteria, ...

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Banana power all day long

Sporty types love bananas because they know the secret of this sweet, delicious little fruit – it’s a natural energy bar! An athlete’s ability to train and recover from training, to compete and keep on competing is directly affected by diet. To perform to the best of their ability, their diet needs to be relatively low in fat yet high in energy and they need to ensure that it contains a range of essential v ...

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Dealing with the effects of arthritis

Angus Long, a specialist supplier to the healthcare sector, discusses the debilitating effects of arthritis Arthritis is a disease that can strike any person, at any time. It is also a condition that occurs in various forms of severity, from inflammatory arthritis, degenerative or mechanical arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and reactive arthritis - these are varieties of a condition that affect 10 million pe ...

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Your body: brilliant yet bizarre

What an incredible machine your body is. While you're probably aware of your main organs, and the important roles they play in  keeping you alive and healthy, many of your lesser-known bits and bobs may be a bit of a mystery. Some of them have funny names but serious jobs – others don’t do much at all. We uncover some marvellous and mysterious body parts to delight,inform and entertain...or at least help yo ...

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Embarrassing bodies and the treatments to help you!

As miraculous as the human body is, sometimes it can let you down. These common problems may make you want to hide away, but there are treatments to help. Blushing Blushing, sometimes known as ‘flushing’, is where areas of the body suddenly become red in colour. This is due to an excess amount of blood flowing into the small blood vessels that are located just below the surface of the skin. Areas where blus ...

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10 medical myths busted

Do you still buy into old wives' tales and myths about your health? We investigate the truth behind the advice... prepare to be surprised!    1. Cracking your knuckles will give you arthritis Osteoarthritis is the degeneration of cartilage in your joints, allowing bones to rub together painfully. It’s caused by age and general wear and tear. Repetitive motions and being overweight can also increase you ...

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10 surprising facts about the circulatory system

We all understand it's made up of your heart, blood vessels and blood – the three essential components your body needs to survive – but did you know this...   1. SO LONG The combined length of your arteries, veins and capillaries is about 60,000 miles long, and could wrap around the earth’s circumference approximately two-and-a-half times!   2. PUMPED UP Your arteries carry oxygenated blood under ...

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Stop kidding yourself! The 6 most common health lies

Did you know that the little white health lies you've been telling yourself could be doing your wellbeing more harm than you think? Most of us know what we are supposed to do to keep ourselves fit and healthy. But, still, many of us tell ourselves little fibs all the time - that doughnut doesn't count, I'll slim into those jeans I bought in the sale - and, for the most part, there's no harm done. But there ...

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10 Food myths: True or false?

We reveal the truth behind some of those familiar food myths:   1. AVOID SATURATED FAT FALSE The saturated fat story has taken a new twist over the last five years or more. Obesity levels have soared since the 1980s when most of us were following carb-heavy, lower fat diets. And large-scale studies revealed that Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) rates were lower in countries where saturated fats were consum ...

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