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Alcohol turned my face yellow'

Suzanne, an ex-waitress from Nottingham, nearly died from drink and has damaged her liver so much that drinking again could kill her. She looks back at the days of her serious drinking and knows how close she came to literally dying for a drink. "I'd…

Alcohol units

We're supposed to be keeping an eye on how much we drink, but how many of us really know what a unit of alcohol is? With so many different drinks and glass sizes, from shots to pints - not to mention bottles - it's easy…

All about asthma

According to the charity Asthma UK, one in five households has someone living with asthma. Nobody knows for sure what causes asthma, but we do know you're more likely to develop it if you have a family history of asthma, eczema or other allergies. You're twice as…

All about snoring

A quarter of Britons snore, and two in three do it so loudly that it keeps their partner awake. Famous snorers, past and present, include Queen Victoria, Winston Churchill, Elizabeth Taylor and Tom Cruise. While it may be a source of comedy, snoring is a real problem that…

Allergies at home

An important way of controlling your allergy is to reduce the indoor allergens that trigger your symptoms. You can do this by cleaning thoroughly and often. If you have an allergy, take as much care in reducing the number of allergens in your home as you…

Am I gay, lesbian or bisexual?

It's normal to feel attracted to both girls and boys when you're growing up. Find out about coming out, safer sex, and how to deal with bullying if it happens to you. During puberty, you have lots of emotions and sexual feelings. It's normal for…

Are chocolate's health claims for real?

Recent interest in the health benefits of chocolate was sparked by studies on the cocoa-drinking peoples of Central America. Researchers observed that the Kuna Indians of Panama, who drank cocoa as their main beverage, had very low blood pressure, a leading cause of heart disease and stroke. Chocolate is the…

Are we too clean for our own good?

Many people think our obsession with cleanliness is to blame for the rise in allergies such as hay fever, eczema and asthma. The idea is that modern hygiene standards have reduced our exposure to good and bad germs, which can help strengthen the immune system,…

Are you at risk of breaking a bone?

Work out if you're at risk of developing osteoporosis and breaking a bone in the next 10 years. The online Fracture Risk Assessment Tool (FRAX) uses a range of risk factors to predict a person's risk of fracture because of weak bones. The self-assessment tool…

Are you at risk of falling?

Take this simple test to work out if you need to discuss your risk of falls with your GP. This self-assessment is based on the Falls Risk Assessment Tool (FRAT) used by healthcare professionals to help identify at risk patients aged 65 and over. The…