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Dawn's transgender story

Most of the time Dawn lives as a man using a male name. However, she considers herself to be transgender. Dawn, who works as an occupational health nurse on an oil platform, describes growing up as a boy who liked to dress in girls' clothes. She hid…

Lung cancer: are you at risk?

Lung cancer is the UK's biggest cancer killer. It kills more people each year than breast cancer, prostate cancer, bladder cancer and leukaemia combined. However, some forms can be cured if they're caught early enough. Lung cancer accounts for 1 in 16 of all deaths in the…

The taboo of incontinence

Incontinence is one of the last health taboos in modern society. Embarrassment stops many people from accessing the NHS services that can help them. Why is incontinence so embarrassing? Incontinence is surprisingly common. It's estimated that one in four of us will have a problem with bladder control at…

My Couch to 5K diary

A woolly hat helped Laura overcome her self-consciousness in the early days of her Couch to 5K plan. Here, she describes the highs and lows in her diary of the nine-week programme that transformed the former fitness-phobe into a regular runner. Week one I chose my local…

How to get NHS help for incontinence

If you have incontinence, don't be embarrassed about getting medical help. The symptoms can be improved, and sometimes cured, with simple methods. Almost half (45%) of all people with incontinence wait at least five years before they get help, according to Karen Logan, a consultant continence nurse at Gwent Healthcare NHS…

Financial problems and relationships

Redundancy, debt and money worries can all put pressure on your relationship with your partner. Denise Knowles, a relationship counsellor at Relate, offers advice on how to ease the strain.  If you're made redundant, loss of income is the most obvious difficulty, but being without…

Periods and fertility in the menstrual cycle

The length of the menstrual cycle varies from woman to woman, but the average is to have periods every 28 days. Regular cycles that are longer or shorter than this, from 21 to 40 days, are normal. "The menstrual cycle is the time from the first day…

Find your next challenge

Enter the first part of your postcode in the search box above to find a running, cycling or swimming event near you. The box, powered by Find A Race, sorts through thousands of events nationwide to help you find your next challenge. Article provided by NHS…

Knee exercises for runners

These knee strengthening exercises will help with your running, strengthen the muscles around the knee and prevent knee pain. The exercises strengthen all the muscles supporting the knee and stretch out the iliotibial band, known as the ITB, which runs down the outside of the thigh. They can be…

How to stretch after a run

Performing stretching exercises after a run will help you cool down gradually and improve your flexibility. These stretches are best done after exercising, when your muscles are warm and more elastic. Breathe deeply and regularly during the stretches. Aim to stretch to the point of feeling tightness or slight…