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Oily fish: mighty omega-3 or codswallop?

Interest in the health benefits of oily fish started when researchers observed that Eskimos, who mainly eat oily fish, had fewer than average heart attacks and strokes. Oily fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines are said to help against cardiovascular disease, prostate cancer, age-related vision loss and dementia. It's a…

Calorie checker

Use the search box above to look up the calories of more than 150,000 different foods and drinks quickly and simply. For quick access to the calorie checker on the go, save this page to your mobile device's home screen, just like an app.   Online calorie counters are one of the easiest ways…

Wheatgrass: detox tonic or just juice?

The discoveries in the 1930s by US chemist Charles Schnabel, dubbed 'Mr Wheatgrass', have inspired a body of scientific research into wheatgrass that continues to this day. If you believe the hype, wheatgrass has a higher nutritional content than any other vegetable, protects against inflammation, builds…

Are chocolate's health claims for real?

Recent interest in the health benefits of chocolate was sparked by studies on the cocoa-drinking peoples of Central America. Researchers observed that the Kuna Indians of Panama, who drank cocoa as their main beverage, had very low blood pressure, a leading cause of heart disease and stroke. Chocolate is the…

Fertility: the facts

Conception is when a woman's egg is fertilised by a man's sperm, and then implants itself into the woman's womb. Most couples don't have a problem getting pregnant. For most couples, regular unprotected sex is all it takes to conceive a child. If you're trying for a baby or…

Is IVF right for you?

In vitro fertilisation (IVF) is the best-known treatment for fertility problems, but it isn't always the solution. Your GP or fertility clinic can help you decide if it's right for you. In many cases of infertility, medicines or surgery can give you a better chance of getting pregnant. If IVF is the…

Using a sperm donor: what you need to know

Making the decision to start a family with the help of a sperm donor can be difficult, and there are many issues to consider. Here's what you need to know. Donor sperm can help you become a parent, regardless of your sexuality, gender, and whether…

IVF and the risks of multiple pregnancy

Fertility treatments have led to an increase in births of multiples. But there are increased risks associated with multiple pregnancy. The aim of any fertility treatment is the birth of a healthy baby with minimum risk to the mother. To achieve this, clinics are being encouraged…

Protect your fertility

Age is an important factor when it comes to getting pregnant, especially for women, but everyone can help to protect their fertility.  If you're trying to conceive, you can find out how to give yourself the best chance by reading Trying to get pregnant. Even if babies are the last thing on…

Sickle cell anaemia

Pamela Gyebi-Ababio, 18 at the time of this interview, from Croydon in South London, has three AS-levels and wants to be a doctor. She also has sickle cell anaemia. "I've known I've had sickle cell anaemia for as long as I can remember. I'm determined…