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10 ways to prevent food poisoning

Here are some tips to help you reduce your risk of food poisoning at home. Wash your hands Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water (warm or cold) and dry them before handling food, after handling raw food - including meat, fish, eggs and vegetables - and after touching the bin,…

10 ways to reduce pain

Whether your pain has just come on or you've lived with it for years, these tried-and-tested self-help steps can bring you relief. Get some gentle exercise Simple, everyday activities like walking, swimming, gardening and dancing can ease some of the pain directly by blocking pain signals…

10 ways to stop leaks

For many people with incontinence, the following self-help tips and lifestyle changes are enough to relieve symptoms. Do daily pelvic floor exercises Pelvic floor exercises can be really effective at reducing leakage, but it's important to do them properly. Find out how to do pelvic floor exercises. You may…

10 winter illnesses

Some health problems, such as asthma, sore throat and cold sores, are triggered or worsened by cold weather. Here's how to deal with cold weather ailments. Colds You can help prevent colds by washing your hands regularly. This destroys bugs that you may have picked up…

The 10,000 steps challenge

Walking more, whether it's for work or leisure, is an easy way of being more active without trying too hard. Setting yourself a target of walking 10,000 steps a day can be a fun way of increasing the amount of physical activity you do.  Sometimes overlooked as a form of…

10-minute workouts

Short on time? Hate the gym? Too tired to exercise after work? These 10-minute workouts are just what you need. These equipment-free fitness routines are great to do at home and short enough for you to easily fit them into your daily schedule. There are six workouts,…

12 tips to help you lose weight on the 12-week plan

Get off to the best possible start on the NHS Choices 12-week weight loss plan with these 12 diet and exercise tips. 1. Don't skip breakfast Skipping breakfast won't help you lose weight. You could miss out on essential nutrients and you may end up snacking more throughout the day because…

12-week fitness plan

Want to improve your health? Need to lose weight? This activity plan for beginners, combining running and strength and flexibility workouts, will get you into the habit of regular exercise in 12 weeks. The plan is structured but flexible enough to allow you to fit…

15 things you should know about sex

There are so many stories around sex, it's hard to know what to believe. Find out the facts - it's the best way to make sure you have safer sex. Can you get pregnant the first time you have sex? Can you get pregnant if a boy…

20 painful health conditions

Here are 20 health conditions known to cause pain so disabling that they can prevent you performing daily tasks. They're not ranked in any particular order. Shingles Cluster headaches Frozen shoulder Broken bones Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) Heart attack Slipped disc Sickle cell disease Arthritis Migraine Sciatica Kidney…