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Get inspired for a healthier you. Find the latest in healthy living and fitness tips, nutritional advice and recipes, as well as our medical and treatment updates.


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 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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Why get a health assessment?

Could you benefit from a health screening? We consider the advantages of health assessments and the different options available at BMI.

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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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5 important health benefits of drinking water

Drinking plenty of water is essential to keep virtually every system in your body working properly, and not only in the warmer months.

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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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Chicken salad with figs and almonds

Looking to use up leftover chicken? This chicken and fig salad is tasty and healthy, and ready in under 20 minutes. Get stuck in!

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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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5 ways with roasted chickpeas

Whip up a batch of crispy, tasty, versatile roasted chickpeas for dinner this evening. They're packed with flavour and good for you too.

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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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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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Fattoush salad with grilled halloumi recipe

Take your salad game to the next level with our Middle-Eastern style Fattoush, featuring crispy pitta croutons and grilled halloumi.

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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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Healthy store cupboard essentials

Keep your kitchen well-stocked with our simple and affordable staples and you’ll always be able to whip up a tasty, easy and healthy meal.Read more

Best ever vegetarian lasagne recipe

You won’t believe just how tasty this vegetable lasagne is. Packed with layers of flavour, it’s perfect for anyone looking to eat less meat.Read more

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.Read more

Super easy tortilla pizza recipe

This speedy supper is on the table in under 10 minutes, perfect for when you’re short on time but still want to make healthy food from scratch.Read more

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.Read more

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.Read more

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.Read more

10 easy salad recipes

Make boring salads a thing of the past with our top 10 healthy salad recipes. Every one is easy, tasty and ready in under 30 minutes.Read more

Seasonal nasal allergies

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

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.Read more

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.Read more

Super simple pasta salad recipe

Toss orzo pasta with rainbow vegetables and tangy feta cheese to make this vibrant, vegetarian pasta salad that’s even better for lunch the next day.Read more

Financial wellbeing during a time of crisis

If your finances have been affected by the coronavirus, our guide offers simple and accessible ways to manage your money during this difficult time.Read more

Quick and easy fish recipes

If you’re looking to get more fish into your diet, these four recipes are a great place to start. Quick, easy and good for you too.Read more

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.Read more

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.Read more

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.Read more

Greek salad recipe

Bring a taste of the Mediterranean to your kitchen with this healthy, easy-to-make salad that’s anything but boring. Big on taste as well as nutrition.Read more

Supporting the elderly and vulnerable during the coronavirus outbreak

If you have friends or loved ones who are classed as vulnerable, don’t underestimate how much your support could help them through isolation.Read more

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.Read more

How to speak to children about the coronavirus

Children and young people may be just as unsettled by the current situation as you are. We share advice on how to speak to them about COVID-19.Read more

The best homemade hummus recipes

Never made hummus from scratch before? Now's the time. Our easy recipes are ready in minutes. You’ll never go back to store bought.Read more

Coping with anxiety about the Coronavirus

Feelings of anxiety are completely normal during a pandemic. We share advice on managing negative thoughts and protecting your mental wellbeing.Read more

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.Read more

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.Read more

Foods that boost your immune system

Are immune system booster foods really a thing? We take a look at some of the foods credited with boosting your body's natural defences.Read more

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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Healthy chilli con carne recipe

Everybody loves a good chilli con carne. Our healthy version is full of vegetables and low in fat but still packed with layers of great flavour.

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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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Heart-healthy vegetable curry recipe

If you're looking for a heart healthy recipe that's easy to make and good for you too, this vegetable curry could be just what you’ve been searching for.

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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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20-minute easy vegan stir fry recipe

Plant-based cooking doesn’t have to be a chore. This vegan stir fry is super easy and on your table in 20 minutes or less. The perfect healthy midweek meal. 

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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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Creamy cauliflower and chickpea curry recipe

Ditch the takeaway this week and instead make this easy and delicious curry, packed with flavour and bursting with vegetables.

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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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Demystifying antibiotic resistance

We examine the facts around antibiotic resistance, considering why it’s a problem and what research can do to solve it.

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Posh beans on toast recipe

A quick and easy recipe for homemade beans on toast that’s tasty, comforting and vegan too. Your new weeknight favourite.

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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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Could Couch to 5K work for you?

The NHS running plan aims to take you from absolute beginner to running 5K in just nine weeks. We consider the pros and cons of the programme.

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Healthy Pasta alla Norma recipe

Our healthier take on this classic Italian pasta dish has a fiery tomato and aubergine sauce and counts as two of your 5 A Day.

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Three easy, healthy soup recipes

We share our favourite simple soup recipes including butternut squash, cream of tomato and a garlicky spinach soup.

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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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Butternut squash mac and cheese recipe

Everyone's favourite comfort food gets a makeover in this cosy yet healthy mac and cheese recipe, made with a creamy hidden veg sauce.

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5 ways with roast vegetables

An easy recipe for roasted vegetables plus five ways to use them in healthy meals throughout the week, from vegan pasta to five-minute flatbreads.

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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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Healthy jambalaya recipe

Our healthy interpretation of the classic Creole dish jambalaya is a one pot wonder that’s sure to become a weeknight favourite.

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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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18 simple tips to help relieve stress and anxiety

From breathing exercises to treating yourself, these are our top 18 easy tips to calm you when you’re feeling stressed or anxious.

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High fibre spaghetti Bolognese recipe

Pack more fibre into your diet with our healthy and delicious version of the ever-popular spaghetti Bolognese. This easy recipe contains three of your 5 A Day.

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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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5 A Day Shakshuka recipe

Our take on this traditional Middle Eastern dish packs in 5 portions of veg per serving. A healthy yet hearty brunch dish for two.

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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.Read more

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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Mexican-style cauliflower and rice bowls meal prep recipe

This Mexican-style recipe is low in calories yet bursting with flavour and nutrients, plus vegan to boot. An easy dish to add to your meal planning roster.

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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.Read more

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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Why a pre-holiday sunbed session is never a good idea

Every session on a sunbed increases your risk of skin cancer by more than you might think. Dr Andrew G Affleck demystifies sun safety. 

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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?

BMI Healthcare’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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6 tips for sleeping better with chronic pain

Our Consultant Anaesthetist and Specialist in Pain Management offers 6 tips for sleeping better with chronic pain and advises what to avoid.

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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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Joint-healthy recipe

Our Consultant Dietitian shares a joint-healthy recipe and offers advice on how arthritis symptoms can be managed through diet.

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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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Heart-healthy BBQ recipe from the Cardiologist’s Kitchen

Consultant Cardiologist, Dr Ali Khavandi from The Cardiologist’s Kitchen, shares his recipe so you can enjoy a heart-healthy barbecue this summer.

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12 running questions answered by pro athlete Eilish McColgan

Middle-distance runner, Eilish McColgan, shares her tips on avoiding injuries, preparing for an event and training when you're ill.

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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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5 hay fever myths you need to know

With hay fever season in full swing, we’re shedding light on the most common myths surrounding seasonal allergies.

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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.Read more


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