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Surgical slim down

July 20, 2014

After the announcement that obese people with Type 2 diabetes should receive gastric surgery free of charge on the NHS, the public is up in arms. But, as Nel Staveley discovers, it’s not as cut and dried as it sounds.

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July 12, 2014

The nation heaved a sigh of relief when wartime rations ended but, with Britain’s obesity crisis growing ever greater, could we learn a thing or too from the diets of yesteryear? Hannah Stephenson thinks so.

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Listen up!

June 28, 2014

What’s that noise? It’s a health threat, that’s what! Kate Whiting finds out more... We live in an age of near-constant background noise. Think about it - when was the last time you couldn’t hear a single thing? I mean total silence. Not even the hum from the fridge. Hard to remember isn’t it? We are so used to our ears being assaulted, by everything from yappy dogs to screeching fire engines, that we often don’t consciously register them. But, added together, these sounds could have a life-threatening impact on our health. Recent studies have shown direct links between high levels of noise pollution and conditions including heart disease and high blood pressure, low birth weight in babies, insomnia and bigger waistlines. So what are the main culprits?


They call me the Elephant Man

June 21, 2014

Michael Cull’s life was turned upside-down after his leg began to swell to immeasurable proportions more than 10 years ago. Now he tells Cheryl Livingstone what life is like living with elephantiasis


Grow your own

May 21, 2014

Discover the benefits of growing your own fruit and vegetables

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Super snouts

May 19, 2014

Dogs are well known for their superior sense of smell, which is estimated to be at least a thousand times more sensitive than humans’.

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Five simple ways to get bikini-ready for summer

May 14, 2014

Is your summer holiday looming scarily near? Looking into ways to get your body ready for that teeny weeny bikini you have had your eye on? Well look no further! Laurence Beeken, Food Information Executive at Weight Loss Resources shares his top, achievable tips.