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Festival sun safety tips

Many Britons underestimate the strength of the British sun, especially when they're at a festival. About 2,000 people die from malignant melanoma every year in the UK, and the number of cases is rising. At a music festival you can spend several hours in the sun, so…

Crowd surfing: is it safe?

Crowd surfing has become increasingly popular at music festivals, but it can cause serious injury. For some people, crowd surfing, moshing and stage diving are part of the culture of the music scene and they accept the risks. For others, it's dangerous and antisocial, and it…

A guide for disabled festival-goers

Many of the UK's big music festivals provide facilities and staff to assist disabled people. These include accessible toilets and campsites, parking for disabled customers, viewing platforms and welfare support. Planning ahead is the key to staying safe and healthy during your festival, says Suzanne Bull, chief…

Hearing aids

Your GP can help you get hearing aids if you think you need them. The models available nowadays on the NHS are a great improvement on those used in the past. They're smaller and neater, and they work better too. The earlier you get them,…

Keep your bones strong over 65

It's true that our bones tend to lose strength as we get older. But even in later years there is plenty we can do to prevent falls and fractures.  Stay active Being inactive makes your muscles and bones lose strength. This increases your risk of…

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…

Which painkiller?

The type of medicines that you need to treat your pain depend on what type of pain you have. For pain associated with inflammation, such as back pain or headaches, paracetamol and anti-inflammatory painkillers work best. If the pain is caused by sensitive or damaged nerves, as is the case…

Exercise as you get older

Physical activity and exercise can help you stay healthy, energetic and independent as you get older. Many adults aged 65 and over spend, on average, 10 hours or more each day sitting or lying down, making them the most sedentary age group. They're paying a…

Keeping your weight up in later life

As you get older, you may start to lose weight, either through illness or loss of appetite. Maintaining a healthy body weight is important, and there are steps you can take to gain weight healthily. If you're underweight or have lost weight suddenly or for no obvious reason, see…

Lung cancer in women

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among women in the UK. It kills over 4,000 more women than breast cancer every year. In 2011, about 19,700 women were diagnosed with lung cancer in the UK, making it the second most common cancer diagnosed in women…