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Cold or flu?

Flu is not a "bad cold". Each year, thousands of people die of complications after catching the flu. Find out how colds and flu differ. Colds and flu share some of the same symptoms (cough, sore throat), but are caused by different viruses. Flu can be much…

What's your BMI?

Use the BMI calculator to find out if you or your child's weight is healthy. This article covers: Your BMI result Ethnicity and diabetes Your waist size Children's BMI BMI limitations A body mass index (BMI) above the healthy weight range or too much fat around your waist can increase…

How to prevent germs from spreading

Germs can be spread from person to person or by touching unclean equipment or surfaces. To stop the spread of germs, focus your efforts on cleaning areas in the house where germs are more likely to spread, such as the kitchen and toilet. Use either…

The truth about carbs

"Carbs" are a hotly-debated topic, especially in the weight loss world, due in no small part to the popularity of low-carb diets such as the Atkins, Dukan and South Beach. The "carbs are bad" mantra from Dr Atkins and co. has left many people confused about…

Five facts about colds

Some surprising facts about colds, including what causes symptoms such as a blocked nose, and why mucus turns thick and yellow. 1. Cold viruses don't make us feel ill "It's your own immune response that makes you feel ill," says Professor Ron Eccles of the Common Cold…

Keep weight off

If you've achieved your target weight, well done! But don't undo all the good work by going back to old habits. The key to reaching your ideal weight and keeping the weight off is to make long-term changes to your diet and lifestyle that you…

How can I speed up my metabolism?

It's not unusual to hear people blame their weight gain on a slow metabolism. They've cut down on calories and they're more active, but they're not losing weight. Could the culprit be a slow metabolism? What is metabolism? Metabolism describes all the chemical processes that…

Diet danger zones

Temptation is never far away when you're trying to lose weight. But if you plan ahead and maintain a flexible attitude, diet danger zones don't need to stop you achieving your target. It's the moment someone trying to lose weight dreads: your friends are heading for a…

'My gastric band weight loss surgery'

Vicky Finch tells how she had a gastric band fitted after years of weight gain was starting to put her long-term health at risk.  "My weight had begun to creep up when I was 25, after having children, and in spite of numerous attempts to lose weight,…

How to diet

Low carb, the 5:2 diet, detox, cabbage soup ... there is no shortage of novelty diet programmes promising to help you lose weight fast. The big question is, do they work? Most do lead to fast - sometimes dramatic - weight loss, but only for the pounds…