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  1. Life after Couch to 5K

    If you've taken on the challenge of the Couch to 5K (C25K) plan and completed it, well done! You must be feeling a great sense of achievement, not to mention being fitter and healthier. Now that C25K has got you into regular running, the challenge is to…
  2. Benefits of love and sex

    Besides a heart full of love and a big smile, romance can bring some positive health benefits. Some scientific studies suggest that a loving relationship, physical touch and sex can bring health benefits. Sex is good for your heart Anything that exercises your heart is…
  3. What to pack

    Be prepared for your festival weekend. Only take what you can afford to lose as there's no way to make a tent secure. Glass objects are usually banned at festivals. Paperwork: festival ticket money and cashcard (keep these on you at all times) personal identification travel tickets details of who…
  4. 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…
  5. 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…
  6. 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…
  7. 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…
  8. Lower your cholesterol

    Eating a healthy diet and doing regular exercise can help lower the level of cholesterol in your blood. Adopting healthy habits, such as eating a healthy, balanced diet and keeping active, can also help prevent your cholesterol levels becoming high in the first place. It's…
  9. Sex as you get older

    Things inevitably change as you get older, but that doesn't mean you have to stop having sex. Many people enjoy an active sex life well into old age, with some couples reporting that sex gets better with age. Your sexual desires and appetite for sex…
  10. Sleep apnoea: 'I fell asleep at work'

    Dr Malcolm Stewart knew he had to do something about his sleep problem when he dozed off in front of one of his patients. He had just started a new job as a locum doctor in Blackpool. During the week, he lived near work in a motorhome and…
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