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Could you be suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

It’s estimated that 250,000 people in the UK suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) or myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). Could you be one of them?

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Insomnia

Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that can have a serious effect on your quality of life. We consider common causes as well as available treatments.

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Back problems: Sciatica and Brachialgia

We take a look at two common back problems, sciatica and brachialgia, exploring causes, symptoms and available treatments.

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Should I get the flu jab?

Do you need to get a flu jab? Who is most at risk from the flu virus? We answer common questions about the flu vaccine and who should get one.

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What is cryotherapy and how does it work?

Cryotherapy uses sub-zero temperatures to treat everything from warts to cancer – but what’s actually involved? We take a look at how it works.

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Vestibular rehabilitation: How does it work?

Vestibular rehabilitation is a specialised therapy designed to help people suffering symptoms such as dizziness and lack of balance.

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Beginner's guide to mindfulness meditation

Mindfulness meditation is a simple practice than can help with feelings of stress and anxiety. We explain the benefits and how to get started.

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Anosmia: Loss of taste and smell

Anosmia is the complete loss of smell, which has become notable recently as a common symptom of COVID-19. Our expert takes a closer look.

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10 great health benefits of playing golf

Playing golf has amazing potential health benefits. We take a look at the top 10 reasons to pick up a club, from burning calories to boosting heart health.

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What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a common skin condition, affecting around 2% of people in the UK. We consider the common causes and best treatments for psoriasis.

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How cycling reduces your risk of heart disease and cancer

Did you know that people who cycle regularly are significantly less likely to develop cancer and heart disease? We explore the science behind the figures.

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Healthy eating on a budget

Want to improve your diet without spending a fortune? We share 20 tips to help you eat more healthily and save money doing it.

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Endometriosis

We surveyed more than 2,000 people living with the condition and the results are in. This is what it's really like to live with endometriosis.

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7 great at-home workouts

Not quite ready to head back to the gym? We share seven types of exercise you can do from the comfort of your living room. From yoga to HIIT, barre to cardio.

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Self-compassion and being kind to yourself

We consider the importance self-compassion, its positive effects on self-esteem, and 10 practices that can help you to be kinder to yourself.

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Treating and managing shoulder pain

Depending on the cause and severity of your shoulder pain, there are a variety of options to manage and treat the issue with your joint.

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Hip pain: Symptoms, causes, management, treatment

Find out everything you need to know about hip pain, from how to treat it yourself at home to when it’s time to seek professional help.

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Knee pain: Symptoms, causes, management, treatments

Find out everything you need to know about knee pain, from how to treat it yourself at home to when it’s time to seek professional help.

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The top 7 warning signs of diabetes

If you’re worried that you or a loved one may have diabetes, this checklist highlights the seven main signs and symptoms to look out for.

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How to have a healthy lifestyle

If you’re looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle, small changes are the best way to get started. We share seven easy ways to keep you in good health.

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How to get fit by walking

If you're looking to improve your health without drastic changes, have you considered walking to get fit? Our guide will help you get started.

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Seasonal nasal allergies

Nose and throat allergies are common conditions all year round, but especially in the spring. Our consultant explains why.

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The basics of healthy eating

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is easier than you might think. Make these 7 easy changes and you’ll be well on your way to good nutrition.

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How to deal with loneliness during the coronavirus outbreak

Many of us are be feeling lonelier than usual right now. If you find yourself struggling, we're sharing tips to help you get through it.

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How to stay active from home

We consider the ways you can stay active without leaving the house, helping you protect your physical and mental wellbeing while socially distancing.

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How to stay positive during the coronavirus outbreak

Does ‘staying positive’ prove harder than it sounds? We share advice on coping with negative thoughts and cultivating good ones.

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Accessing mental health support during social distancing

If you are struggling and need emotional support during lockdown, here are 10 free mental health services you can access without leaving home.

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Stress management during difficult times

In times of uncertainty, feelings of stress and anxiety are completely normal. We share advice on managing stress in difficult times.

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How to boost your immune system

Having a healthy immune system is essential for your body to fight off infection. We take a look at 7 ways you can bolster your body’s defences.

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Working from home and mental health

We share simple tips and tricks to help make sure you look after your mental wellbeing while you are working from home.

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Working from home: Top tips

20 of our top tips to keep you sane and productive if you’re working from home, from the pitfalls to avoid to the benefits to embrace.

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How to maintain good oral health

There are so many benefits to having a healthy mouth. Take care of your oral health by following these simple steps to look after your teeth and gums.

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10 practical tips to help you quit smoking for good

It’s never too late to stop smoking and it doesn’t matter if you’ve tried before but given in. Here are some practical tips to help.

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How does tiredness affect the brain?

Consultant Health Psychologist Dr Sue Peacock explains how sleep – or lack of sleep – can affect our mental health and wellbeing.

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Endometriosis: why is it so hard to diagnose?

Endometriosis is a common condition that can cause chronic pain, fatigue and even infertility. So why does it take on average 7.5 years to get a diagnosis?

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What foods are best for gut health?

While there is no real ‘gut health diet’, we’ve put together 15 of the best diet and lifestyle tips to help you improve or restore gut health naturally.

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Crohn’s and Colitis Q&A

Our consultant gastroenterologist answers questions about Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, two forms of inflammatory bowel disease.

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An overview of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

We answer common questions about this respiratory disease and consider the lifestyle changes that can help to manage symptoms.

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Dispelling the myths of HIV and AIDS

Ahead of World AIDS Day, we're shedding light on the real facts about HIV and AIDS and dispelling some commonly held false beliefs.

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Dental phobia: Overcoming fear of the dentist

Tips from an experienced psychologist on managing fear of the dentist’s chair, from pinpointing the causes to specialised hypnosis.

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Do complementary therapies for arthritis really work?

Do you suffer from knee pain? Swollen joints? Stiffness in your hip? We discuss if complementary therapies can actually help with joint pain.

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How much fibre should I be eating?

Are you eating enough fibre? We take a look at the recommended intake and offer tips on adding fibrous foods to your diet.

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Here's what binge drinking is doing to your health

Are you a binge drinker? Get the facts on binge drinking and the potential health risks, along with tips on monitoring your alcohol intake.

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Why is gut health important?

Do you really know what your gut microbiome is? We consider the science and the ways you can boost the health of your own gut.

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How to help your children establish healthy habits

It’s important that children grow up having a positive relationship with food and exercise – here’s how you can help them do that.

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What are the benefits of having your tonsils removed?

Are you frequently battling tonsillitis? We discuss the main symptoms of tonsillitis and the key benefits of a having a tonsillectomy.

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Platelet-rich plasma injections for muscles and joints

Our specialist consultant gives the lowdown on PRP injections, a new treatment used for sports injuries and painful joints.

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Is it safe to vape?

We consider the pros and cons of ecigarettes as an aid to stopping smoking and dispel some common myths surrounding vaping.

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What are gallstones and how are they treated?

Are you experiencing abdominal pain and wondering why? You could be one of the estimated 1 in 7 people who have gallstones.

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How to get through the day after a bad night’s sleep

Top tips to help you feel better and perform better if you’ve suffered a night of broken or little sleep, written by a sleep specialist.

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What is self-care and why is it important?

This buzzword shows no signs of going away, but what does self-care really mean and why does it matter? We take a closer look.

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Dupuytren’s contracture: Symptoms, causes and treatments

Are you worried you might have Dupuytren’s? We speak to the British Dupuytren’s Society about the signs and symptoms and how it can be treated.

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5 reasons why some people live longer than others

The secret to a longer life is unknown, but there is evidence to suggest what can help. Read on for five factors that could mean you live longer…

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What is plantar fasciitis and how is it treated?

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Col Paul Parker shares his advice on this common cause of heel pain, discussing causes, symptoms and how to treat it.

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What to eat when you’re pregnant

Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Mr Christopher C.T Lee shares his advice on what to eat – and what not to eat – when you’re pregnant.

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Hysterectomy: Your questions answered

Are you considering a hysterectomy? Find out about the procedure and side effects and what to expect from your recovery. 

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Why does my back hurt?

Are you suffering from back pain and wondering why? Our video guide to common causes and treatments could give you the advice you need.

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Is it endometriosis or something else?

A video guide to the symptoms of endometriosis and other conditions it can be mistaken for, with Consultant Gynaecologist Zoe Woodward.

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How to manage arthritis pain naturally

Top tips on managing arthritis pain at home, with a video Q&A featuring Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Mr Faisal Hussain.

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Does the weather affect arthritis?

It’s a common belief that changes in the weather can lead to arthritis flare-ups, but is there any truth behind it? We take a closer look.

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Modern technology and mental health

Can smartphones and social media encourage symptoms of anxiety and depression? We offer advice on how to step away from your screen.

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Are we getting enough sleep?

Sleep is vital to both our physical and mental wellbeing. Find out if you’re getting enough and, if not, what you can do to sleep more and sleep better.

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Common tennis-related injuries and how to treat them

Mr Andy Hacker, Consultant Hand and Wrist Surgeon, discusses common tennis related injuries, including symptoms, treatments and avoiding re-injury. 

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The pros and cons of a vegan diet

More people in the UK are going vegan than ever before. Is it just a fad, or are there real health benefits to be had? We take a closer look.

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The dangers of belly fat and 4 ways to lose it

Carrying excess fat around the waist is associated with various health risks. But why is belly fat so dangerous? And what are the different ways to lose it?

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Returning to football after an ACL reconstruction

Discover what to expect in the months following an ACL reconstruction surgery with this step-by-step timeline about returning to sport.

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Recovering from a hernia operation

Here’s what to expect in the weeks following your operation, with advice from our Consultant General Surgeon Mr Simon Radley.

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What should I eat to prepare for a marathon?

Circle Health Group's Clinical Lead Physiologist, Colin Thomas, offers his advice on the best foods to fuel you before the big race.

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Why does my hip hurt?

Are you wondering what's wrong with your hip? Mr Bhupinder Mann offers his advice on different hip conditions and their associated symptoms.

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7 ways to prepare for a varicose vein procedure

Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Mr Nicholas Wilson, shares his advice on the steps you can take to prepare for your varicose vein procedure.

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5 things you should know before getting a nose job

Consultant Maxillofacial and Facial Plastic Surgeon, Afshin Yousefpour, on what you need to know before committing to surgery.

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Why drinking water is so important for your kidneys

Consultant Urological Surgeon, Rono Mukherjee, talks about how increasing your water intake can prevent kidney stones and urinary tract infections.

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Does endometriosis cause fatigue?

Our Consultant Gynaecologist, David Griffiths, talks about endometriosis and fatigue, and offers advice to help manage the condition.

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8 common injuries that keep cricketers on the sidelines

Whether you bat, bowl or field, there’s a risk of getting injured. Find out the most common injuries on how to treat them.

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6 questions answered about vasectomy

For some men, a vasectomy has a lot of benefits. Our Consultant Urological Surgeon answers common questions about the procedure.

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Blood cancer symptoms you shouldn't ignore

Our Consultant Haemato-Oncologist, Dr Premini Mahendra, explains the different types of blood cancer and their symptoms.

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Everything you need to know about an endoscopy

From what happens during an endoscopy to how long it takes to recover, we answer key questions about the procedure.

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Cataract surgery checklist: 9 things you’ll need to remember

To help you prepare for cataract surgery, we’ve put together a handy checklist of 9 things to remember before your operation

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5 ways you can take control of arthritis

Making certain lifestyle changes can help with joint pain. We share 5 ways to help manage the condition, with advice from Paul Gill our Orthopaedic Consultant.

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The link between chronic pain and depression

Living with chronic pain isn’t easy. However, the effects of living in pain are often overlooked and underestimated. We discuss the link between the two.

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Is it IBS or something else?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome can sometimes be tricky to diagnose. We discuss 6 different conditions that can sometimes be mistaken for IBS.

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What's wrong with my knee?

Are you wondering what's wrong with your knee? Find out about 7 common conditions that could be the cause of your knee pain.

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5 ways to reduce your risk of bowel cancer

Take control of your health by being aware of the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer and find out how to reduce your risk of developing the disease.

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5 tips for preventing pain

Recurring bouts of pain can have a serious impact on your life, preventing you from doing the things you enjoy or even going into work, as well as stopping you from getting a good night’s sleep.

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5 vital facts about sunbeds and skin cancer

Sunbeds give your skin a tanned appearance by emitting harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation that reacts with your skin to create melanin. However, UV radiation also damages the DNA in your skin cells, which can lead to skin cancer.

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7 was to prepare for a varicose vein procedure

Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Mr Nicholas Wilson from The Sarum Road Hospital, shares his advice on the steps you can take to prepare for your varicose vein procedure.

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About cataract surgery

Cataracts occurs when cloudy patches form on the lens of your eye. We explore the symptoms of cataracts and available treatment options from a new pair of glasses to cataract surgery. We also look at ptosis (the drooping of your upper eyelid) and possible treatments. 

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ACL reconstruction surgery

ACL reconstruction surgery is a type of knee surgery that involves repairing or reconstructing  your anterior cruciate ligament (one of four ligaments found in your knee). We look at the symptoms of an ACL injury and explore how physiotherapy and ACL reconstruction surgery can help restore mobility in your knee.

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Are multivitamins actually good for you

If you buy and take multivitamins every day, you're in good company. Many thousands of people like the convenience and reassurance of a simple daily dose that gives them some of the key vitamins and minerals they need.

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Benefits of orthopaedic surgery

Orthopaedic surgery can reduce pain and increase function, allowing people to return to normal activities. Often the two things go hand-in-hand, in that pain itself will reduce people’s function. For example an arthritic hip will be held stiffly, with pain preventing people walking, standing or sitting comfortably, rather than the degree of arthritis in the hip itself.

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Can stress cause increased sensitivity to pain?

Stress is your body’s natural response when under intense mental or physical pressure. Stress isn’t all bad, it does have its benefits. It can compel you to meet professional deadlines and reach important personal goals.

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Tips for coping with Christmas stress, anxiety and depression

Christmas can be a difficult time of year, with many people experiencing increased symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression. Consultant Health Psychologist Dr Sue Peacock from The Saxon Clinic shares her advice for surviving the season.

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Top tips when considering cosmetic surgery

Cosmetic surgery is not a decision to be taken lightly so make sure you do your homework and you are fully prepared before you consultation with your plastic surgeon so you know the right questions to ask.

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Diabetes: are you at risk?

There are thought to be over 4 million children and adults in the UK living with diabetes, many of them undiagnosed. Are you aware of the risks of this serious disease?

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Eating with diabetes

A diabetes diagnosis can be a foodie’s worst nightmare, but that doesn’t have to be the case. If you’ve been recently diagnosed with adult-onset Diabetes, or you regularly cook for someone who has, follow our advice about the simple changes you can make without sacrificing everything you enjoy.

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Food allergies what you need to know

It’s estimated that around 2 million people suffer from food allergies in the UK, which is about 1% to 2% of adults and 5% to 8% of children. Food allergies occur when the immune system reacts after eating a certain food that it believes to be harmful. We reveal what you need to know when it comes to managing a food allergy.

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Getting to grips with fibromyalgia

There is no doubt that living with fibromyalgia can be very challenging. But you don’t have to put your life on hold by waiting for the symptoms to go.

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How to sleep more and snore less

If snoring is affecting you or your partner, there are steps you can take today to curb or even stop it altogether.

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ibs debunking the myths

There are many myths surrounding irritable bowel disease. Here, we explain the facts about the condition.

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Mako robotic-arm assisted hip surgery: your questions answered

If you need a new hip, robotic-arm assisted surgery might just be the choice for you. We consider the key benefits compared with traditional methods.

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Mako robotic-arm assisted knee surgery: your questions answered

We answer common questions about robotic-arm assisted surgery and consider the potential benefits compared to traditional knee replacement procedures.

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Moisturisers and other ways to prevent dry skin

Moisturisers. Many swear by them. Others, swear that they do nothing. Here’s a close up of moisturisers in action.

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NAVIO robotics-assisted knee replacement surgery

Robotics-assisted knee replacement surgery is now available at Circle Health Group. But how does it differ from existing methods? And what are the potential benefits?

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Osteoporosis: signs to watch for

Everybody’s bones become weaker with age. For some of us, though, it is a serious problem. So, it’s important to know about osteoporosis, including what to look for and how you can help yourself.

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Pneumonia: your lungs under attack

Pneumonia can affect one or both of your lungs. The NHS states pneumonia can be caused by a virus or bacterial infection. We look at what happens if you have pneumonia and how to reduce your risk of contracting pneumonia. 

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Ignorance Isn’t Bliss - Raising Bowel Cancer Awareness

Bowel cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the UK, meaning awareness of what to look for and who is most at risk, as well as screening, are vital. 

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6 easy ways to eat less salt

Eating too much salt is linked to high blood pressure, which is one of the biggest risk factors for heart disease, heart attacks and stroke. 7th-15th June is British Heart Week, so take care of yours by reducing the amount of salt in your diet.

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Common STI misconceptions debunked and explained

We consider the most common STD misconceptions and answer the burning question: How do you know if you have an STI?

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Strains and tears and other sports injuries

Having a basic knowledge of sports injuries is something every athlete and sports-lover needs. That way, you can understand what should happen, what shouldn't and, just possibly, when to seek expert help.

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The importance of having regular eye checks

Attending regular eye checks can prevent the development of progressive eye conditions, such as cataracts and glaucoma. Mr Shahriar Nabili, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon for Eye Care Scotland at Ross Hall Clinic Braehead, explains the importance of having regular eye checks to protect your eye health.  

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Torn calf muscle

A torn calf muscle, also known as a calf strain or pulled calf, is a common and often painful injury. Find out about the causes, symptoms and available treatments.

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What are sarcomas and how can they be treated?

According to bone and soft tissue charity, Sarcoma UK, an estimated 5,300 people are diagnosed with a sarcoma every year in the UK, but awareness around sarcomas has plummeted to an all-time low. A 2020 YouGov poll found 75% of people are unsure what a sarcoma is. We explain what a sarcoma can look like, the different types of sarcomas that exist and how they can be treated.

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What is rosacea?

There are many incorrect perceptions of rosacea and very limited awareness of the skin condition. Despite being so common, a recent survey revealed that nearly one-third of people are unaware of what it is, and is often misjudged.

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What you need to know about living with incontinence

Urinary incontinence refers to the accidental passing of urine. It is a common condition, that is more prevalent among women than men and can occur when you laugh, cough or sneeze. But dealing with urinary incontinence in your day-to-day life can be embarrassing, uncomfortable and debilitating.  

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