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  1. Who should get tested for kidney disease?

    Experts suspect there are about a million people with moderate to severe kidney disease who are unaware that they have the condition. A quick simple test is available from your GP. Kidney disease usually has no symptoms until it's at a serious stage. "You can have…
  2. Who should have the flu jab?

    Flu is an unpredictable virus that can cause mild or unpleasant illness in most people. It can cause severe illness and even death among vulnerable groups including older people, pregnant women and people with an underlying health condition. Certain people are more likely to develop potentially serious complications of…
  3. Who shouldn't have the flu jab?

    Very few people are unable to have the flu jab, but you should avoid it if you have had a serious allergic reaction to the flu jab in the past. Egg allergy and the flu jab People who have egg allergy may be at increased…
  4. Why 5 A Day?

    Fruit and vegetables are part of a healthy, balanced diet and can help us stay healthy. It's important that we eat enough of them. Evidence shows there are significant health benefits to getting at least five 80g portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day. That's five portions…
  5. Why am I tired all the time?

    Feeling exhausted is so common that it has its own acronym, TATT, which stands for "tired all the time". We all feel tired from time to time. The reasons are usually obvious and include:  too many late nights  long hours spent at work  a baby keeping…
  6. Why are teens always tired?

    Trouble getting up on school days, dozing off in class, marathon lie-ins at weekends... It may feel like your teenager is sleeping their life away. In fact, the opposite is probably true. Sleep experts say teens today are sleeping less than they ever have. This is a worry, as…
  7. Why body shape matters

    The size of your belly can be a sign of how healthy you are, especially if you're of Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan or Bangladeshi south Asian origin. Find out how to measure your waist and what you can do to lose weight. We all store…
  8. Why do I feel pain after exercise?

    Have you ever felt sore after starting a new activity or pushing yourself harder than usual during a workout? Muscle soreness that shows up a day or two after exercising can affect anyone, regardless of your fitness level. But don't be put off. This type of…
  9. Why lack of sleep is bad for your health

    Many effects of a lack of sleep, such as feeling grumpy and not working at your best, are well known. But did you know that sleep deprivation can also have profound consequences on your physical health? One in 3 of us suffers from poor sleep, with stress,…
  10. Why play is important

    Playing isn't just fun: it's also the best way for young children to learn. By playing, children can practise all the skills they'll need as they grow up. To grow and develop, children need time and attention from someone who's happy to play with them.  Parents should…
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