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An app a day to keep bad health away

03/02/2011

Could the path to a healthier, more active you be as close as your mobile phone?

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Get to work... on your happiness

17/01/2011
If you want to get fitter, you need to work at it. The same goes for becoming happier, a growing body of research shows.

Tags: mental-health

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Christmas lunch: without the health meltdown

14/12/2010
Your health goals don't have to take a mortal blow at Christmas. Here's some tips to get you through.

Tags: diet-and-nutrition, alcohol, food-safety

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Anti-inflammatories: not to be taken lightly

30/11/2010
Common painkillers like Voltaren, Nurofen and Naprosyn have had some bad press – the most recent linking them with strokes. How much do you need to worry?

Tags: stroke, drug-use, pain, pharmaceuticals

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Let's talk about dying

18/11/2010
Overcoming our reluctance to talk about death with our families and loved ones might ultimately help more of us die a "good death" when our turn comes.

Tags: death, doctors-and-medical-professionals, healthcare-facilities

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Alcohol and teens: a dilemma for parents

04/11/2010
Parents are being told to wait longer before letting kids have alcohol. But just how strict should you be?

Tags: adolescent-health, alcohol

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Childbirth and post-traumatic stress

21/10/2010
Postnatal depression is relatively common in new mums, but could some of these women actually have post-traumatic stress disorder?

Tags: mental-health, pregnancy-and-childbirth, womens-health

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Dementia and the role of mental exercise

07/10/2010
We've been told being mentally active can help reduce your risk of dementia. But does emerging research mean we need to reconsider this idea?

Tags: alzheimers-and-dementia, older-people, brain-and-nervous-system

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Mind over kilos: the psychology of weight loss

23/09/2010
If you want to shed kilos, don't overlook what is perhaps your most potent weight loss weapon: your mind.

Tags: diet-and-nutrition, obesity

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Bowel cancer: early detection is vital

08/09/2010
Bowel cancer is our second biggest cancer killer, but if it's detected early your survival odds are good. So what's the best way to catch it early?

Tags: bowel-and-rectal-cancer, medical-procedures

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Helping people at risk of suicide

26/08/2010
When somebody close to you is struggling with suicidal thoughts it can be hard to know how to respond, but experts say family and friends have a crucial role to play.

Tags: mental-health, mens-health

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