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5 ways to prevent hearing loss

Hearing loss can't always be prevented - sometimes it's just part of getting older. But hearing loss due to exposure to loud noises is completely avoidable. There are some simple things you can do to help stop loud noises from permanently damaging your hearing, no matter…

10 myths about stop smoking treatments

There are many myths and misconceptions surrounding stop smoking medicines such as nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and prescription tablets. Here are 10 common myths, and the truth behind them. 1. MYTH: Stop smoking treatments don't really work THE FACTS: Research suggests that nicotine replacement therapies and the…

Ask the GP: smoking Q&As

GP Dr Michael Apple answers some of your queries about quitting and the health risks of smoking. I smoke fewer than five a day. What's the harm in that? Almost a third of smokers smoke fewer than 10 a day and often don't see the point…

Stopping smoking is good for your mental health

We all know that stopping smoking improves your physical health. But it's also proven to boost your mental health and wellbeing: it can improve mood and help relieve stress, anxiety and depression. Smoking, anxiety and mood Most smokers say they want to stop, but some continue because…

8 key times to quit smoking

Research shows that most smokers get motivated to quit very suddenly, spurred into action by a specific event, milestone or resolution. Did you know? Smokers who use their local stop smoking service are up to four times more likely to successfully stop smoking for good.…

Stop smoking: coping with cravings

If you can control your cravings for a cigarette, you'll boost your chances of quitting. The most effective ways to tackle cravings are a combination of stop-smoking medicines and behavioural changes. Going cold turkey may be appealing, and works for some, but research suggests that willpower alone…

Stop smoking without putting on weight

You may be worried about piling on the pounds when you stop smoking - but there are steps you can take to keep weight gain to a minimum. They are: Take more exercise  Use stop smoking treatments  Diet cautiously - it can help reduce weight while you quit, but you must be…

Weight loss success stories

The NHS weight loss plan has been downloaded more than 3 million times. Find out why the 12-week programme is such a hit from people who have successfully lost weight. Lesley Trundle, 53, from London Weight lost: 14.5kg (32lbs) "I started the NHS weight loss plan on January 7…

Is garlic an everyday superfood?

Aphrodisiac, currency, food, medicine, vampire repellent - garlic has had many uses throughout the ages. Garlic contains vitamins C and B6, manganese, selenium and other antioxidants (notably allicin). More recent evidence-based research suggests garlic may be effective against high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, cholesterol, colds and some…

Pomegranate: superfood or fad?

Pomegranate and its distinctive ruby-red jewel-like seeds have been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. The Middle Eastern fruit is claimed to be effective against heart disease, high blood pressure, inflammation and some cancers, including prostate cancer. Pomegranate is a good source of fibre. It…