Free articles on health, diet & fitness covering various
areas all designed to help you improve your health, diet & fitness.
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- Accidents to children in
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 Introduction Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that originated around 2,000
years ago. Acupuncture is based on the belief that...
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 -
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 Introduction Anaemia is the general name for a range of disorders affecting red blood cells. Red blood
cells contain haemoglobin, which is responsible...
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
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 &
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 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 Introduction Liposuction, also known as liposculpture, is the removal of unwanted body fat by
suction, using a surgical vacuum. It is usually...
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 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
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Introduction Vertigo is the sensation of spinning even when you are standing completely still. Your
surroundings appear to be moving either vertically...
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...