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…

Be your own doctor

NHS Self Care Week aims to help people understand what they can do to better look after both their own health and that of their family members. We’re already keen…

Asparagus

Eat better Asparagus is an impressive source of the B-complex vitamins needed to produce energy and maintain the nervous system, explains Joanna Blythman, author of What To Eat (£9.99, Fourth…

Woman using drops for sore eyes

Eye redness means inflammation, and unless it’s very mild or brief, it should always be checked out. You’ll need same-day medical advice if you have injured your eye, wear contact…

Aspirin

Aspirin, discovered as salicylic acid in willow bark, has been used for centuries to relieve pain and fever. It’s a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) and, like other NSAIDs such as…

Painkiller

1 Go to the dentist You may not know if you’re grinding your teeth at night, but it’s a common cause of headaches and around 10% of us do it…

Healthy tongue

Our tongues contain flexible muscles that allow us to speak, chew, suck and swallow, and are covered in touch and taste receptors that act as guardians to our bodies, and…

Sunlight

Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones and teeth, but it’s becoming clear that it does many other jobs, too, and that deficiency may be linked to breast and other…

Tips for healthy feet

During the winter months, our feet need extra care and protection whether we’re indoors or out. In particular, easing them into restrictive footwear can cause friction on toes, heels and…

Heart disease

Heart disease is often seen as a male problem, but in reality we’re not far behind the men. And although coronary heart/artery disease (CHD) doesn’t usually affect us until after…

Shingles

If you’ve had chickenpox, there’s a one-in-five chance that you’ll develop this painful condition Over 90% of us have had chickenpox, usually as children. But although the rash and fever…

Antibiotics

There are more than 42 million prescriptions written for antibiotics each year. But many of these aren’t actually doing us any good. All colds and most coughs and sore throats…