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Stomach cancer is a tumour which forms when cells in your stomach grow in an abnormal and uncontrolled way.  The exact cause is still unclear, but various health bodies say you’re more likely to develop it if you are male, are of 55 years of age or older, smoke, have a diet low in fibre and high in processed food or red meat, or have a diet that contains a lot...

The ‘Fatberg’ appeared in central London as part of a campaign to encourage Britons to seriously think about their internal health as well as their physical appearance after a Christmas of overindulgence. Standing at the height of a London bus and measuring over 10ft wide, the enormous mass surfaced in the city during the week most Brits are likely to abandon...

You’re half way through Dry January. Alongside testing your ability to say ’no’ to a glass of wine on an evening or a few pints with friends at the weekend you’ve got a bit more dosh sitting in your wallet.  But what are the physical benefits? How does giving up alcohol for a month affect your health, or is a month to short for it to have any impact at...

Scientists have found that salt causes changes in the immune system in the gut – which in turn reduces blood flow to the brain. In a new study, experiments on mice suggested that salty foods harm neurons in the brain – triggering behavioural and mental problems. However, importantly, this damage can be reversed by returning to a normal diet, providing evidence...

Aussie flu symptoms include headaches, fevers and vomiting. The deadly infection has swept across the UK, and has since been found in the US. Eight-five people have died from influenza in the UK since October 5, while 27 of those came in the first week of January, according to Public Health England (PHE). The number of cases of the Australian flu virus could continue...

A measles outbreak has now affected 122 people in the UK, Public Health England (PHE) has confirmed. West Yorkshire has reported 34 cases of measles, while 29 people became infected in Liverpool and Cheshire, and seven in Greater Manchester. The West Midlands reported 32 confirmed measles cases, and Surrey has seen 20 infections, according to latest PHE figures. More...

Australian flu is the H3N2 strain of the flu virus, and was given its name – for short ‘Aussie flu’ – after it affected up to 170,000 people in Australia during its winter.  This was more than two-and-a-half times last year’s total and over 300 people who caught the disease were reported to have died.  Eighty five people in the UK have died from...

As well as being a good way to track your fitness, regularly checking your resting heart rate can alert you to a potential health issue.  Generally a lower heart rate implies more efficient heart function and better cardiovascular fitness.  According to Mayo Clinic, a well-trained athlete might have a normal resting heart rare closer to 40 beats a minute.  American...

The Met Office with Public Health England (PHE) upgraded a level-2 cold weather alert to a more serious level-3 ‘cold weather action’. The warning, which remains in place until Thursday, urges the elderly and vulnerable to take extra care during severe weather. Temperatures could drop as low as -10C (14F) in parts of the country over the coming nights as much...

Insulin is an important part of bodily function as it moves glucose from your blood into your cells where it is then converted into energy.  If someone has developed diabetes, the symptoms that could show include increased thirst and urination, increased hunger, fatigue, blurred vision and unexplained weight loss.  A person diagnosed with diabetes will need to...

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks the joints as if they were foreign tissues.  There are other types of arthritis but osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the two common forms of the condition in the UK.  The symptoms of arthritis you experience will vary depending on the type you have.  The NHS lists the following...

Earache is often caused by an ear infection, but other causes include ear damage, a build-up of earwax, an object in the ear and even a throat infection.  It’s not always necessary to visit your GP, and the pain will often improve in a few days, but there are a number of things you can do in the meantime at home which offer some relief.  Ginger  Ginger has...

Arthritis is a common condition affecting more than 10 million people in the UK.  It can cause debilitating pain, and even the simplest of movements can be hard to perform.  But those with arthritis also looking to lose weight need not miss out.  There are a number of simple exercises you can still do to work core, upper body and lower body – even Tai Chi.  The...

Aussie flu is spreading across Britain, and it seems some pharmacies are struggling to cope with the demand. Six branches of Boots in the UK were unable to offer flu jabs this weekend due to short supply. What is Aussie flu? Australian flu, a strain of flu known as H3N2, caused havoc in Australia over its winter. Now it has spread to the UK, as patients are hospitalised...

Diabetes type 2 accounts for 90 per cent of all diabetes cases in the UK. Obesity – a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes – has more than tripled in the UK over the last 30 years, latest statistics have revealed. Symptoms of diabetes include feeling very thirsty, weight loss, fatigue, and urinating more often than normal. Here are five ways to lower...

GETTY A boil water notice has been issued by Bristol Water for residents in BS21 and BS49 Residents have been warned not to drink from their taps and to avoid preparing food with their water after routine water quality tests revealed cryptosporidium. The parasite can infect bowels and cause gastroenteritis, which in turn leads to vomiting and diarrhoea. Symptoms...

Vascular dementia is a common type of dementia, but can affect patients in different ways, according to the Alzheimer’s Society. But, problems with planning or organising, making decisions or solving problems could be an early indication of the condition, it said. Symptoms of the condition can either develop very quickly, or over a longer period of time. Other...

Aussie flu, the H3N2 strain of the influenza A virus, has been recorded in all parts of the UK. If you become infected, the best thing to do is to stay at home to avoid spreading the virus, said St John Ambulance. Drink plenty of fluids, and take painkillers to ease some of the symptoms, it said. The recommendations came after the Aussie flu virus hospitalised about...

Jotting down tasks for the next day makes getting some shut eye easier and can combat difficulties dozing off, say experts. Researcher compared sleep patterns of participants who took five minutes to write down forthcoming duties versus participants who chronicled completed activities. Those who wrote a ‘to-do’ list found it easier to drop off to sleep...

Sleep is needed to boost our immune system, and to improve mental well-being, according to the NHS. The average person needs around eight hours of sleep a night, but some may need more or could survive with less. Changing our daily and night-time habits could improve our sleep quality, according to Naturalmats sleep expert, Christabel Majendie. Here are Majendie’s...

Aussie flu symptoms include headaches, fevers, sore throats and vomiting. While the symptoms are similar to those of normal flu, they tend to last longer for Aussie flu, and are more severe. People that are worried they may have the condition are advised to stay away from GP surgeries, as they could spread the virus further. These are five ways to lower your risk...

Jotting down tasks for the next day makes getting some shut eye easier and can combat difficulties dozing off, say experts. Researcher compared sleep patterns of participants who took five minutes to write down forthcoming duties versus participants who chronicled completed activities. Those who wrote a ‘to-do’ list found it easier to drop off to sleep than those who had listed tasks done all ready, psychologists found. Study leader Professor Michael Scullin, of the sleep, neuroscience and cognition laboratory at Baylor University...

Aussie flu symptoms include headaches and fever Vomiting, diarrhoea and coughs could also be signs of infection Reduce your risk of infection by washing your hands regularly Aussie flu symptoms are similar to normal flu, but they tend to last much longer, and are more severe, according to Now Healthcare Group’s Medical Director, Dr Ben Coyle. While regular flu...

Arthritis affects about 10 million people in the UK, including people of all ages. Joint pain, tenderness, stiffness and inflammation are all symptoms of arthritis. There’s currently no cure for arthritis, but some treatments could help to reduce some of the painful symptoms. These simple exercises could help to relieve some of the arthritic joint pain. Fist...

Taking regular exercise, eating healthily, keeping your brain active, reducing alcohol intake, giving up smoking and booking frequent check-ups with your family doctor can preserve mental function into old age, say experts.  Dr James Pickett, head of research at Alzheimer’s Society, said: “It is key we all remember these golden rules and make them part of day-to-day...