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Tips for healthy eating

A healthy diet should include a wide variety of nutritious foods for sufficient intake of all nutrients. A healthy diet can help you maintain a healthy body weight and decrease your risk of many diet-related chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers. Choose ‘good carbs’, not ‘no carbs’. Whole grains are your best bet. Pay ...

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What to do if you hate needles

What you are experiencing is called a vasovagal response, a reflex that occurs when your body overreacts to certain triggers, like blood or needles. The triggers stimulate a nerve that then causes your heart rate to slow down and your blood pressure to drop. As a result, you may suddenly feel warm or light-headed, turn pale, or lose consciousness. To ...

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ESA benefit payments: Re-tests axed for chronically ill claimants

Tens of thousands of people claiming the main benefit for long-term sickness will no longer face repeated medical assessments to keep their payments. Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green said it was pointless to re-test recipients of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) with severe conditions and no prospect of getting better. More than two million people receive ESA, which is ...

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Mental health campaign Time To Change gets £20m boost

A campaign that aims to tackle the stigma around mental health has been given £20m in funding from the Department of Health, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund. The Time To Change initiative, run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, works with schools, employers and local communities to reduce discrimination and raise awareness. It has received £30m in ...

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New universal flu vaccine designed by scientists

A new generation of universal flu vaccines has been designed, to protect against future global pandemics that could potentially kill millions of people. The vaccine, designed by an international team of scientists, has the potential to give protection for up to 88 per cent of known flu strains worldwide in a single shot, spelling the end of the winter flu ...

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US issues Zika travel advisory for 11 Southeast Asian countries

US health officials have recommended that pregnant women postpone nonessential travel to 11 Southeast Asian countries because of the risk of Zika virus infection, which has been shown to cause severe birth defects The latest countries singled out by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste (East Timor), ...

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Food ‘traffic light’ labelling should be mandatory, councils say

Food manufacturers should be forced to put “traffic light” nutrition labels on the front of packs, councils have said. The voluntary scheme, introduced by the Department of Health in 2013, sees foods highlighted as red, amber or green according to how much salt, sugar and fat they contain. But the labels do not appear on about a third of the ...

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Healthy living with honey lemon water

Start your morning with energy boosting honey-lemon water every day. This magical drink serves your body with wholesome nutrients. Drinking lemon water not only quenches thirst better than any other beverages but also help nourishes the body with essential elements. The benefits of daily intake of this drink are: This homemade honey, lemon, water drink is best to rejuvenate the ...

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Long daytime naps ‘warning sign’ for type-2 diabetes

Napping for more than an hour during the day could be a warning sign for type-2 diabetes, Japanese researchers suggest. They found the link after analysing observational studies involving more than 300,000 people. UK experts said people with long-term illnesses and undiagnosed diabetes often felt tired during the day. But they said there was no evidence that napping caused or ...

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NHS plans to make senior doctors reveal outside earnings

About half of hospital consultants are believed to undertake private work, risking conflicts of interests, says NHS England Doctors will have to reveal the amount of money they earn from private work under new plans to improve transparency. NHS England chairman Sir Malcolm Grant told the Times that the extent of private work carried out had been “under the radar” for ...

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