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Diabetes and your heart

People with diabetes are at greater risk of developing coronary heart disease (CHD) than the general population. People with diabetes have about twice the risk of developing a cardiovascular disease such as CHD compared with people who don't have the condition. Cases of CHD are…

Abortion: what happens

If you've decided to have an abortion, here's what you can expect.   If you are unable or do not wish to continue with a pregnancy, your GP or a doctor at a sexual health clinic will refer you to a clinic or hospital for an assessment. This is also where…

Abortion: where to go

If you're pregnant and considering an abortion, find out who to talk to and where and when an abortion can take place. If you're not sure whether you're pregnant, find out about doing a pregnancy test. How do I get an abortion? You need to be referred by…

Ten ways to boost your health

When it comes to good health, there's no big secret. Here are 10 things you can do today to improve your health. 1. Check your weight Nearly three in 10 women and four in 10 men in England are overweight. Obesity causes 9,000 premature deaths every year…

Prostate cancer research

Research into prostate cancer is focused on finding a test to sort aggressive tumours, known as tigers, from the harmless ones, the pussycats. Health experts agree that the current examination, the PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test, has major limitations in assessing prostate cancers. In particular, it cannot determine…

Diabetes: the facts

Diabetes is a long-term condition that affects the body's ability to process sugar or glucose. It can have serious health consequences. However, with careful management, people with diabetes can continue to lead full, healthy and active lives. People with diabetes are unable to stop the…

Festive drinking

You can be over the limit to drive on less alcohol than you may think. If you're out celebrating over the festive period, don't drink if you're driving. The legal limit for driving is 80mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood. However, it's very difficult…

8 tips to look after yourself with asthma

As well as taking your regular asthma medication, find out what else you can do to reduce your symptoms and your risk of having an asthma attack. If you've been diagnosed with asthma and you've been given regular preventive and reliever therapy (usually in the…

Could you have asthma?

Many of the symptoms of asthma are similar to those of other conditions, so it's vital that you see your GP to get the right diagnosis. Asthma often develops in childhood, although some people get asthma for the first time as adults. Even then, there are often signs of…

Ask the sex doctor

Are you starting out with a new partner? Perhaps you want to know if sex is safe after a heart attack. You're not alone, and Dr Anne Edwards has the answers. I'm 60 and have started seeing someone new. Do I really need to worry…