Brain

1. I’ll walk, thanks Or run, dance, climb stairs – or just keep moving. Regular exercise stimulates your brain’s oxygen supply, nourishing nerve cells and dilating arteries, which can protect…

Thyroid

We don’t usually notice the butterfly-shaped thyroid gland at the front of our necks.But it’s the body’s pacemaker, producing thyroid hormone (thyroxine) to regulate the activity of every body cell-…

Quit smoking, try vaping

With the right tactics, you can become an ex-smoker. Smoking rates have fallen by a quarter in the past 10 years, although almost one in five of us still lights…

Brain

We all know that feeling – as though your brain is in a cloud, waiting for the sun to break through. Names and other words elude you, you lose your…

Blood

Venous thromboembolism (VTE) includes deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE), and affects two people per 1,000 each year. In DVT, a blood clot develops in a deep vein…

Sense of smell

Smell gives us pleasure (or not!), and is important for tasting food, detecting dangers (smoke, gone-off food), and even sexual attraction. Around 12 million receptors inside our noses send signals…

Brain

We need healthy brain inputs and outputs in order to balance. Sensory signals from our muscles, joints, skin and gravity provide constantly updated feedback about our body’s position, which our…

When your kidneys stop working

Acute kidney injury (sudden damage/AKI) usually develops during serious illness or in older people with long-term medical problems. Around one in five of those admitted to hospital has AKI, but…