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Domestic violence against women: how to help a friend

If you're worried that a friend is being abused, here's how to offer her the support she needs.  Teresa Parker from Women's Aid, a charity working to end domestic violence, says, "It may be hard to know what to do or say as your friend may not…

Help after rape and sexual assault

If you have been sexually assaulted, whether as an adult or a young person, it is important to remember that it wasn't your fault. Sexual violence is a crime, no matter who commits it or where it happens. Don't be afraid to get help. What…

'Malaria nearly killed me'

Mo Kanneh nearly died after catching one of the most severe forms of malaria during a trip to Sierra Leone. He didn't take antimalarial medication, believing the course he had taken for a previous trip to the West African country still protected him. But he fell…

Motor neurone disease: Kevan's story

Kevan Hassall learned he had motor neurone disease after his 40th birthday health MOT. Two years later, at the time of this interview, his health is getting worse, but he's making every day count. "I'm a car fanatic, and my first recollection of symptoms is when I was washing…

Strength and Flex exercise plan

Use the panel above to download the Strength and Flex exercise plan to any mobile device. The five-week plan consists of a series of equipment-free exercises designed to improve your strength and flexibility. The workout instructions and pace are easy to follow to ensure you perform…

How to improve your strength and flexibility

Strength and flexibility exercises will help you increase muscle strength, maintain bone density, improve balance and reduce joint pain. What are strength exercises? A strength exercise is any activity that makes your muscles work harder than usual. This increases your muscles' strength, size, power and…

10 hearing helpers

Whether you've just been diagnosed or you've been living with hearing loss for some time, these organisations, individuals and services can help make life easier for you. 1. Hearing therapists Hearing therapists are trained to help people adapt to living with their hearing loss or…

The recipe for strong bones for life

Bone health is a bit like saving for your pension: hard to get excited about when you're young but the sooner you start, the better. Taking care of your bones is a lifelong investment that will pay dividends by helping you to stay fit and…

Health checks for gay men and women

Research suggests gay men and lesbians are less likely to have routine screening tests than heterosexuals. Illnesses such as cancer can affect anyone, whether you're gay or straight. But some gay men and lesbians may be less likely to have screening and testing than heterosexuals. This could…

Sexual arousal in women

During arousal and sex, there are various stages of physical response. Researchers have identified four stages of sexual response in women and men: arousal, plateau, orgasm and resolution. This article describes what happens in a woman's body when she is sexually aroused. Stage 1: sexual excitement or…