Good health is so important so read our best health tips for staying healthy and healthy living

Tooth brushing and the truth about your teeth

MYTH 1 You should brush your teeth straight after meals   ‘Never brush teeth immediately after meals or snacks,’ warns Karen Coates of the Oral Health Foundation (dentalhealth.org). ‘Eating alters…

Urinary incontinence

Up to a third of women ‘leak’ occasionally, and over three million regularly experience urinary incontinence (UI), especially as we get older. But we tend not to talk about it,…

Ovarian cancer

Ovarian cancer affects around one in 50 UK women – that’s 7,100 each year – but it can be hard to diagnose early, as symptoms are often vague to start…

Orange peel

Every year we throw away seven million tonnes of food and drink – enough to fill around 97 million wheelie bins, or around one and a half wheelie bins for…

Clinical trials

Medical advances rely on high-quality research to find new or more effective treatments, or abandon old ones. More than 600,000 of us took part in clinical NHS research in 2014,…

Asperger syndrome

Asperger syndrome affects up to one person in 200, and is a high-functioning form of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a lifelong condition that affects the way people interact with the…

Hay fever

Who knew? In the last three decades, the number of people affected by hay fever has trebled. There are now 18 million sufferers in the UK, and even if we…

Multiple sclerosis

More than 100,000 people in the UK have multiple sclerosis (MS), a long-term condition that affects the nervous system. It occurs in three times as many women as men and…

Menopause

1 Which foods are better to avoid? A Spicy B Soya Answer: A Spice is a notorious stimulant and likely to trigger night sweats and hot flushes if you’re one…

Heart

Acute heart failure (AHF) is the most common cause of hospital admissions, with more than 67,000 a year in England and Wales. And although it’s more likely as we get…

Salad

In Your Twenties And Thirties A hectic time when healthy eating might be low on our list of priorities, but it’s the time for laying down a healthy foundation. Eat…

Bathroom scales

Over half of us are now overweight in early adult life, and almost two thirds of us are overweight or obese by our mid-fifties. Obesity is becoming such a problem…

Cancer

Q Why is it so important to avoid infections such as colds? Chemo drugs suppress the immune system so there’s a much greater risk of a mild infection developing into…

Brain scan

Over half a million people in the UK (one in every 100)have epilepsy, a neurological condition that triggers recurrent seizures. These are caused by sudden abnormal electrical activity in brain…

Hands

The 27 little bones in our hands and wrists, anda network of muscles, ligaments and nerves, make our hands incredibly flexible, strong and precise. But repetitive and/or inappropriate use can…

Woman listening to music

  Eleven million people (one in six) in the UK are living with hearing loss, according to a new report, and this could rise to 15.6 million by 2035. But…

Sepsis

Sepsis (blood poisoning or septicaemia) develops when our bodies are overwhelmed by infection. It’s five times more fatal than a heart attack or stroke, and kills around 44,000 people of…