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  • Accidents to children in the home
    Accidents to children in the home Introduction Most injuries in children up to the age of five happen in the home. They can happen very quickly and are more...

  • Acne Facts
    Acne Facts, Myths & Treatment by John Mac People of all races suffer from acne, In the US 85% of everyone aged between 12-24 develop some form of acne, that amounts to 17 million people making it...

  • Acupuncture
    Acupuncture Introduction Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that originated around 2,000 years ago. Acupuncture is based on the belief that...

  • Agoraphobia
    Agoraphobia Introduction Until recently agoraphobia was defined as a fear of open spaces. It now also includes several other related fears such as a fear of...

  • Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism What You Dont Know Can Harm You U.
    National Institutes of Health National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism What You Dont Know Can Harm You U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ALCOHOL If you are like many Americans,...

  • Alcohol Getting the Facts - UK
    Alcohol misuse Introduction Having a drink now and then does not harm your body. However, social drinking can, for some people, lead to heavier drinking which...

  • Alcoholism Getting the Facts - US
    ALCOHOLISM getting the facts U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism ALCOHOLISM getting the facts For many...

  • Allergies by John Mac
    Allergies by John Mac Allergies are caused by allergens which contain protein, which is found in all living organisms, and it is this protein which causes allergies. If your body reacts to a...

  • Altitude sickness
    Altitude sickness Introduction Altitude sickness (also known as acute mountain sickness) can occur in its mildest form at around 2500m (8000ft) above sea level...

  • Alzheimer's disease
    Alzheimer's disease Introduction Alzheimer's disease accounts for approximately 60% of all cases of dementia. The disease typically begins with memory loss,...

  • Anaemia
    Anaemia Introduction Anaemia is the general name for a range of disorders affecting red blood cells. Red blood cells contain haemoglobin, which is responsible...

  • Angina
    Angina Introduction Angina is not a disease. It is a pain, a symptom of another disease, the very common condition called atherosclerosis, which affects many...

  • Avian flu or Bird Flu
    Avian flu Introduction Symptoms Causes Diagnosis Treatment Prevention Selected links Introduction Avian influenza (or "bird flu") is a highly infectious disease

  • Back Pain
    Back pain Introduction Causes Diagnosis Treatment Prevention Selected links Introduction Lower back pain, also referred to as lumbago, affects 4 out of 5 people...

  • Bad Breath
    Bad breath Introduction Causes Diagnosis Treatment Prevention References Selected links Introduction Bad breath is a very common problem. The medical name for...

  • Cancer of the testicle
    Cancer of the testicle Introduction The testicles are part of the male reproductive system. They produce sperm and the male hormone testosterone. They lie...

  • Complementary therapies
    Complementary therapies Incl Homeopathy, aromatherapy, Hypnotherapy, Osteopathy

  • Diet Facts NHS UK
    Diet Introduction Definition Facts Risks Recommendations Selected links Definition Healthy eating is about maintaining a balanced diet. This means eating foods...

  • Diet Programs
    Diet Programs the Basics by John Mac Atkins Diet Program, south beach diet program, zone diet, weight watchers diet, mediterranean diet

  • Fitness Equipment Basics
    fitness equipment basics with description of fitness equipment & price guide for fitness equipment

  • Fitness Programs Review
    Fitness Programs These days there are many fitness programs that you may choose to follow, some are well know such as Step Aerobics or Pilates but there are many other fitness programs that are not...

  • Food Safety
    Food safety Introduction Facts Making changes Risks Recommendations Selected links Introduction Food safety is really important in preventing an upset stomach...

  • Health - Your Most Valuable Asset
    Health Your Most Valuable Asset Your health is undoubtedly your most valuable asset. So with that in mind how do you protect your health ? Yes you probably have health insurance to look after your...

  • Health supplements & Vitamins
    Health Supplements & Vitamins by John Mac It is important that everybody young & old gets enough vitamins and minerals every day in order to keep fit & healthy. Vitamins affect every part...

  • HIV and AIDS
    HIV and AIDS Introduction AIDS was first recognised as a new condition in 1981. Since then around 40 million people worldwide have been infected with HIV, the...

  • Insomnia
    Insomnia Introduction Insomnia is when a person cannot sleep properly. It is hard to define what is normal sleep because it varies from person to person....

  • Jet Lag
    Jet lag Introduction The world is divided into 24 time zones. The Greenwich meridian in London is the base. The time changes by one hour for every 15 degrees...

  • Liposuction
    Liposuction Introduction Liposuction, also known as liposculpture, is the removal of unwanted body fat by suction, using a surgical vacuum. It is usually...

  • Migraine
    Migraine Introduction Migraine refers to a recurrent severe headache. These headaches are often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and/or...

  • Myopia or Short-sightedness
    Short-sightedness Introduction Myopia, (short-sightedness) is a vision defect resulting from the eye being too long from front to back, or from a steeply curved...

  • Mobile Phone Safety
    Mobile phone safety Introduction Over 27 million people in the UK have or regularly use a mobile phone. Mobile phones are quickly becoming an essential business...

  • Natural Family Planning
    Natural family planning Introduction Natural family planning is a method of contraception where natural indicators are used to identify the womans fertile time...

  • Obesity
    Obesity Introduction Obesity is excess body fat for a given height and gender. It happens when more calories are taken into the body than are burnt up in a...

  • Plastic Surgery
    Plastic surgery Introduction Plastic surgery is surgery to repair and restore defects of the skin and the underlying tissue, whether they are present from birth

  • Quit Smoking by John Mac
    Quit Smoking - For Your Healths Sake by John Mac In the US it is estimated that 30% of the 570,000 cancer deaths in 2005 were caused by smoking. In the UK smoking kills approx. 114,000 per year or...

  • Sick building syndrome (SBS)
    Sick building syndrome Introduction Sick building syndrome (SBS) is a term used to describe a range of common symptoms, associated with particular buildings....

  • Skin cancer
    Cancer of the skin Introduction Skin cancer is common. There are three main kinds: basal cell carcinoma, often known as a rodent ulcer; squamous cell carcinoma & malignant melanoma

  • Slipped disc
    Slipped disc Introduction Slipped disc is the common name for the medical term prolapsed or herniated disc. Many people in the UK have back pain and although a...

  • Snoring
    Snoring Introduction Symptoms Causes Treatment Complications Selected links Introduction Snoring is a sound made when you breathe through your mouth and nose...

  • Sports Injuries
    Sports injuries Introduction Exercise can be very beneficial to health. It can reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and obesity, and organised sports are an

  • Stings, insect
    Stings, insect Introduction There are certain insects that sting (inject venom into the skin) as a defence mechanism. In the UK, these insects include bees...

  • Stomach Ulcer
    Peptic or stomach ulcer Introduction Ulcers are sores or holes in the lining of an organ. They look like small, red craters. Peptic ulcer is the collective name for...

  • Stress
    Stress Introduction Symptoms Causes Diagnosis Treatment Complications Prevention Selected links Support organisations   Introduction Stress can be defined

  • Stretch marks
    Stretch marks Introduction Stretch marks are lines on the skin that start off as raised red lines. They then turn purple, before slowly fading into flat silvery...

  • Stroke
    Stroke Introduction A stroke is when the normal blood supply to your brain is cut off. If your brain cells do not get a constant supply of oxygen from the...

  • Sunburn
    Sunburn Introduction Sunburn is the damaging effect on the skin of the ultraviolet (UV) light contained in sunlight. With too much exposure to UV light, your...

  • Teething
    Teething Introduction The first teeth (also known as milk teeth or deciduous teeth) have usually developed before your child is born. They normally start to...

  • Tennis elbow
    Tennis elbow Introduction Tennis elbow is inflammation in the area around the bony bump on the outer side of the elbow. This bony lump is called the lateral...

  • Tetanus
    Tetanus Introduction Tetanus is a serious infection of the nervous system caused by the germ Clostridium tetani, which is usually found in cultivated soil and...

  • The Importance Of Fitness by John Mac
    The Importance Of Fitness by John Mac Did you know that if you are physically inactive that you increase your risk of heart disease by the same amount as if you smoked ? In the UK it is estimated...

  • Thrombosis
    Thrombosis Introduction Thrombosis means the clotting of blood within an artery or a vein. This is always abnormal and is often dangerous, as it can reduce or...

  • Tinnitus
    Tinnitus Introduction Tinnitus is the perception of noise in the ear or head, which is generated inside the body rather than coming from outside. Tinnitus is...

  • Tonsillitis
    Tonsillitis Introduction Tonsillitis is an inflammation of the tonsils, which are small glands located at the back of your throat. The function of these glands...

  • Tourette's syndrome
    Tourette's syndrome Introduction The full name of the condition is Gilles de la Tourette's Syndrome but it is usually called Tourette's Syndrome or just TS....

  • Toxic shock syndrome
    Toxic shock syndrome Introduction Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is a rare, acute and serious illness, affecting around 40 people in the UK each year. Anyone can...

  • Tuberculosis
    Tuberculosis Introduction Tuberculosis (TB) is an infection caused by a germ called the tubercle bacillus or Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Until effective...

  • Typhoid fever
    Typhoid fever Introduction Typhoid fever is a serious infection caused by the bacterium Salmonella typhi. It only affects humans and is acquired by eating food...

  • Ultrasound scan
    Ultrasound scan Introduction Ultrasound scanning has become increasingly important as a way of scanning without using any radiation such as X-rays. Because it...

  • Varicose veins
    Varicose veins Introduction Varicose veins are swollen, irregularly shaped veins that most commonly appear in the legs. They happen because the valves in the...

  • Vertigo
    Vertigo Introduction Vertigo is the sensation of spinning even when you are standing completely still. Your surroundings appear to be moving either vertically...

  • Whiplash
    Whiplash Introduction Whiplash is when a sudden movement or jolt to the body or head causes damage to the ligaments and tendons (the tissues that connect...

  • Whooping cough
    Whooping cough Introduction Whooping cough, also known as pertussis is a very infectious disease that can cause death in babies, especially those under six...

  • X ray
    X-ray is an imaging technique that has been used since 1895 to show up abnormalities in bones and certain body tissue, such as breast tissue....

  • Yellow fever
    Yellow fever is viral disease that occurs mainly in Africa and the Americas. It is passed to humans through the bites of mosquitoes...

 

     

     

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