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…

Gut

Digestive symptoms are very common, and most settle naturally. But it’s important to run persistent or severe symptoms past your GP, even if they’re embarrassing, in case you need tests,…

Smartwatch

Welcome to the world of ‘wearables’ – armbands, watches and other items containing on-board mini computers that can monitor our body functions and lifestyles. They are becoming increasingly sophisticated and…

Cancer cells

One in three of us will eventually develop a cancer and, currently, one in four of us dies from the disease. Earlier diagnosis can improve survival rates and reduce extensive…