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Gay health: the issues

If you're gay, lesbian or bisexual, by being aware of your health risks and having relevant health checks, you can stay healthy and reduce your risk of illness. Gay men, lesbians and bisexual people have the same health needs as straight people. However, research shows that…

HIV: the facts

In 2012, there were 6,360 new diagnoses of HIV in the UK. At the end of 2012, around 100,000 people were living with HIV. Find out how to protect against HIV, and where to get tested if you're worried. It's estimated that nearly a quarter of people…

Life with osteoarthritis

Kathleen Smith from Willenhall, West Midlands, has lived with osteoarthritis for over 20 years, after being diagnosed at 41. She learned to swim when she was 54, to help ease the pain and stiffness. "The first symptoms I had were pain at the top of my neck and…

Could your snoring be sleep apnoea?

Snoring can be a symptom of a disorder called sleep apnoea, which is hard to identify and has serious health risks. Sleep apnoea is very common, but less than one in four sufferers are diagnosed. Although sleep apnoea can affect men and women of all ages, it's most common…

Bullying: advice for parents

Knowing or suspecting that your child is being bullied can be very upsetting, but there's lots you can do to help tackle the problem. Bullying is one of the biggest concerns for parents, according to Family Lives, a support organisation for parents. If you find…

Travelling with asthma

A guide for people with asthma to help them plan their trip. Health experts advise preparing for a trip four to six weeks before travel. What will I need if I travel with asthma? Take your usual medication, along with a copy of your prescriptions and your: asthma action…

Foot problems and the podiatrist

A podiatrist or chiropodist can help you with common foot problems, including ingrown toenails and bunions. What does a podiatrist do? Podiatrists are health care professionals who have been trained to prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate abnormal conditions of the feet and lower limbs. They also prevent and…

Asthma attack: what to do

Asthma attacks kill three people in the UK each day. But many of these deaths could be avoided. Every 10 seconds someone has a potentially life-threatening asthma attack. Find out what your risk of having an attack is using Asthma UK's asthma attack risk checker. If you're…

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…

Hay fever facts

Hay fever, also known as seasonal allergic rhinitis, affects one in four people in the UK and is mainly caused by grass pollen. Hay fever is a type of allergy. It happens when your body makes antibodies in response to certain triggers, such as pollen. The charity Allergy UK estimates that nearly 18…