Beware the silent killer

Droitwich Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 13th September 2014

Autumn will soon be in full swing, and it won't be long before the central heating is cranked up in many British homes. But as well as warming people up, the big switch-on could also bring with it a silent killer.

The pain of migraine

Droitwich Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

As one of the symptoms is a throbbing pain in the head, migraine is often dismissed as a headache.

Have you done your health homework?

Droitwich Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 16th August 2014

The new school year is on the horizon, and soon children up and down the country will be back in the classroom - those breeding grounds of knowledge and creativity. But, steel yourself parents, they're also prime breeding ground for the lurgy.

Feel the heat

Droitwich Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 9th August 2014

With British summers so unreliable, it's no wonder many of us are keen to make the most of the sunshine when it shows up, and a leisurely walk - or a strenuous hike - is a great way of getting outdoors into the fresh air.

Fire up a healthier flamin' feast

Droitwich Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 2nd August 2014

Chomping into juicy burgers at summer barbecues, few people will spare a thought for the health risks of al fresco dining. Unless, of course, they've had a nasty experience at a previous event...

A wee problem that's more common than you think

Droitwich Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 26th July 2014

Men are notorious for burying their heads in the sand about their health, and it seems this is especially true when it comes to things going on 'down there' potentially relating to the prostate, the gland which sits underneath men's bladders, surrounds the urethra and produces semen.

A Bug's Life

Droitwich Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 19th July 2014

The Prime Minister has warned that antibiotic resistance could soon cast the world "back into the dark ages of medicine", and the Chief Medical Officer has said it poses a threat as important and deadly as climate change and international terrorism.

Unsung heroes of wartime hospitals

Droitwich Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 12th July 2014

Young soldiers being killed or horrifically injured in brutal warfare is the classic image of the First World War.

Healthy holidays

Droitwich Advertiser:

7:00am Saturday 5th July 2014

After packing shorts, T-shirts and sunglasses for that long-awaited sunshine holiday, don't forget another essential for your summer family getaway - a well-stocked first aid kit.

Joy in the slow lane

Droitwich Advertiser: Joy in the slow lane

6:00am Saturday 21st June 2014

It's almost three years since Slow Club released their second album, Paradise.

No chemical attraction

Droitwich Advertiser: No chemical attraction

6:00am Saturday 21st June 2014

Modern life exposes us to chemicals every second - from the food we eat and the water we drink to the everyday products we use, and even the air we breathe.

Just statin the facts?

Droitwich Advertiser: Just statin the facts?

6:00am Saturday 7th June 2014

They can substantially reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes, may stave off dementia, and could even boost your sex life.

Best sports bras for bigger busts

Droitwich Advertiser: Best sports bras for bigger busts

6:00am Saturday 26th April 2014

A well-fitting and supportive bra is essential if you have a larger bust, and never more so than when you're exercising.

Making a break for fitness

Droitwich Advertiser: Making a break for fitness

6:00am Saturday 12th April 2014

Lunch breaks can be a great chance to top up your fitness and boost your wellbeing. Lynsey Charleston works out some work-break wonders.

Would you spot autism in a colleague?

Droitwich Advertiser: Would you spot autism in a colleague?

6:00am Saturday 29th March 2014

Autism may be a more familiar word these days, but misunderstanding about the condition is still rife. As World Autism Awareness Day approaches, Lisa Salmon hopes that will change.

Never ending stories

Droitwich Advertiser: Never ending stories

6:00am Saturday 22nd March 2014

When his elderly father became depressed, entrepreneur Roy Moed decided it was time to start a new chapter. The creator of LifeBook UK tells Abi Jackson his story.

Wellbeing tips for mums

Droitwich Advertiser: Wellbeing tips for mums

6:00am Saturday 15th March 2014

Give yourself the gift of wellbeing this Mother's Day. Experts share their personal tips with Abi Jackson - and show that you don't need fancy spas and endless spare time to boost the feel-good factor.

No smoke without dire risk

Droitwich Advertiser: No smoke without dire risk

6:00am Saturday 8th March 2014

It's common knowledge that smoking is bad for your health - but it's not just people with heavy habits who could be puffing their way towards problems. This year's No Smoking Day is urging part-time smokers to quit too. Abi Jackson reports.

Pin-pointing the benefits of acupuncture

Droitwich Advertiser: Pin-pointing the benefits of acupuncture

6:00am Saturday 1st March 2014

Some 2.3 million acupuncture treatments are carried out each year in the UK, making it one of the most popular complementary therapies. Ahead of Acupuncture Awareness Week (March 3-10), Abi Jackson channels her inner pin cushion to find out what it's all about.

Magic mementoes

Droitwich Advertiser: Magic mementoes

6:00am Saturday 22nd February 2014

Don't let those special memories fade away - keep them, with the help of a memento-filled scrapbook, forever, says Abi Jackson.

Be a savvy snacker

Droitwich Advertiser: Be a savvy snacker

6:00am Saturday 15th February 2014

A snack or two can help us get through the day, but it's easy to make unhealthy choices. Snack sensibly though and your health and waistline could benefit. Abi Jackson chews over the facts.

Mind your fitness

Droitwich Advertiser: Mind your fitness

3:45pm Friday 7th February 2014

From gym classes to marathon training, boosting our physical fitness is often at the top of the agenda these days - but are you keeping your mind in shape too? Steve Braithwaite tells Abi Jackson how his 'Mind Fitness' philosophies can boost fulfilment and happiness.

The heart of the matter

Droitwich Advertiser: The heart of the matter

6:00am Saturday 1st February 2014

From heart attacks to congenital defects, cardiovascular disease affects everybody in some way or other. As the British Heart Foundation's Ramp Up The Red fundraising campaign approaches, Abi Jackson looks at how the charity's work is saving - and improving - countless lives.

Exercise for all

Droitwich Advertiser: Exercise for all

6:00am Saturday 25th January 2014

Exercise is vital for good health and wellbeing - and that applies to everybody. But if you're disabled, getting started with a fitness regime can be particularly challenging. Abi Jackson speaks to the people hoping this will change.

The true cost of obesity

Droitwich Advertiser: The true cost of obesity

6:00am Saturday 18th January 2014

Think obesity isn't your problem? With predictions that half of the UK population will be obese by 2050, it could impact us all - and solving the problem's going to be a team effort. Abi Jackson reports.

Do you need an iron top-up?

Droitwich Advertiser: Do you need an iron top-up?

6:00am Saturday 11th January 2014

Iron-deficiency anaemia is one of the most common nutritional disorders, yet many people are unaware of the signs. GP Dr Shahzadi Saleem tells Sophie Herdman why pumping up our iron intake could by life-changing.

Seven simple health resolutions

Droitwich Advertiser: Seven simple health resolutions

6:00am Saturday 4th January 2014

Taking small, sensible steps - which you can actually stick to - could improve your health beyond measure. Abi Jackson suggests a septet for success.

The future of fitness in 2014

Droitwich Advertiser: The future of fitness in 2014

6:00am Saturday 28th December 2013

If you're determined to get active in 2014, but want something a little more exciting than the treadmill, look no further. Nel Staveley rounds up the new crazes and classes heading to a gym near you soon.

Is Mould making you ill?

Droitwich Advertiser: Is Mould making you ill?

6:00am Saturday 21st December 2013

Damp and mould in your home doesn't just look unsightly - it can also be a health hazard, particularly if you're allergic to mould spores. Abi Jackson reports on a rising problem.

The wonder of tea

Droitwich Advertiser: The wonder of tea

6:00am Saturday 14th December 2013

From work breaks to times of tears and strife, popping the kettle on is always a welcome remedy, and the humble cuppa is bursting with health-boosting benefits. Abi Jackson brews up the basics.

Living with HIV in 2013: The truth

Droitwich Advertiser: Living with HIV in 2013: The truth

6:00am Saturday 7th December 2013

Forget the scare stories - it's time to listen to the real facts about HIV. As the National Aids Trust's #FactUp campaign highlights, the tombstone terror ads of the Eighties are long out of date. Abi Jackson reports.

Dreams de-coded

Droitwich Advertiser: Dreams de-coded

6:00am Saturday 30th November 2013

Dreams can be bizarre and baffling, but unlocking their meaning could be a useful guide for waking life, as dream psychologist Ian Wallace tells Abi Jackson.

Gifts of wellbeing

Droitwich Advertiser: Gifts of wellbeing

6:00am Saturday 23rd November 2013

Give a loved one the gift of wellbeing this Christmas, with one of these body and mind-boosting stocking-fillers. By Abi Jackson.

Fight back against festive family feuds

Droitwich Advertiser: Fight back against festive family feuds

6:00am Saturday 16th November 2013

It may be known as the season of goodwill but for many families, Christmas means stress, rows and tricky relatives. A Relate counsellor shares top tips with Abi Jackson on how to banish bust-ups this winter.

Raw appeal

Droitwich Advertiser: Raw appeal

6:00am Saturday 9th November 2013

A raw food diet might not sound appetising for winter, but self-confessed 'raw obsessive' Shazzie thinks it's the key to her health and wellbeing - whatever the season. The presenter and author tells Nel Staveley about the benefits of cutting cooking.

De-stress, like an expert

Droitwich Advertiser: De-stress, like an expert

6:00am Saturday 2nd November 2013

Stress affects everybody from time to time, but taking steps to relax is vital for your physical and mental wellbeing. Ahead of Stress Awareness Day, November 6, some wellbeing experts share their personal anxiety-busting tips.

Chicken coop for the soul

Droitwich Advertiser: Chicken coop for the soul

6:00am Saturday 26th October 2013

It has long been thought that pets can help improve your wellbeing, and author, illustrator and hen-owner Lauren Scheuer wholeheartedly agrees. Having just written a book, Once Upon A Flock, Scheuer tells Keeley Bolger how her group of lively birds have changed her life for the better.

Winter-proof your wellbeing

Droitwich Advertiser: Winter-proof your wellbeing

6:00am Saturday 5th October 2013

Now that autumn's setting in, it's time to bolster your defences in time for winter. Abi Jackson rounds up expert tips to help you dazzle through the drizzly months.

The memory game

Droitwich Advertiser: The memory game

6:00am Saturday 28th September 2013

Our memories make up a large part of who we are, but have you ever wondered how they actually work? Nel Staveley takes a trip down memory lane to quiz the experts.

Have the hots for curry

Droitwich Advertiser: Have the hots for curry

6:00am Saturday 21st September 2013

It's a well known fact that Brits adore a curry, but did you know that tucking into the spicy dish could be good for you too? Ahead of National Curry Week (7-13 October) Nilima Marshall explores the hidden health benefits of the humble curry.

Dose up on ward wisdom

Droitwich Advertiser: Dose up on ward wisdom

6:00am Saturday 14th September 2013

After decades of working in hospitals, nurse Michael Alexander wants to pass on some insider tips. Lisa Salmon scans his new e-booklet, which outlines practical steps for getting the most out of your hospital stay.

Strachan walks the walk

10:35am Friday 6th September 2013

TV's Michaela Strachan, who is supporting Macmillan's Big Beautiful Walks campaign, tells Gabrielle Fagan about motherhood, being a step-parent and the - often amusing - dangers of her job as a wildlife presenter.

Seven simple steps to better sleep

Droitwich Advertiser: Seven simple steps to better sleep

7:00am Saturday 31st August 2013

Does anyone actually manage a blissful eight hours' shut-eye every night? Problem sleep is a modern-age plague, but before reaching for the sleeping pills, Abi Jackson sources seven simple steps to a more successful snooze.

Student wellbeing guide

Droitwich Advertiser: Student wellbeing guide

7:00am Saturday 24th August 2013

Getting a qualification, and having fun, may be the prime objective for most students, but don't forget to incorporate some time for all-important wellbeing boosters in your timetable. Abi Jackson swots up on student health.

Success isn't all huff and puff

Droitwich Advertiser: Success isn't all huff and puff

7:00am Saturday 17th August 2013

As one of the world's most powerful women, Huff Post founder Arianna Huffington has spent a lifetime achieving success. Now in her sixties, she's slowing down (a little bit) and wants the world to do the same, she tells Abi Jackson.

Bloom beyond birth

Droitwich Advertiser: Bloom beyond birth

7:00am Saturday 10th August 2013

As the saying goes, to take care of others we must first take care of ourselves - and this is especially true for new mums. Experts share top tips for post-pregnancy health and wellbeing with Abi Jackson.

The heart of a big matter

7:00am Saturday 3rd August 2013

You may not be familiar with its name but atrial fibrillation affects around 1.5 million people in the UK and is a major risk factor for stroke. Abi Jackson reports.

Don't brush over alopecia

Droitwich Advertiser: Don't brush over alopecia

7:00am Saturday 27th July 2013

Thousands of adults and children experience mysterious hair loss, and it can have a huge psychological impact. As International Alopecia Awareness Day on August 3 approaches, Abi Jackson speaks to women determined to help fight the stigma.

The silent killer

Droitwich Advertiser: The silent killer

7:00am Saturday 20th July 2013

Pierce Brosnan's daughter is the third generation of women in her family to die from ovarian cancer, shining a light on the disease which often defies early diagnosis. Lisa Salmon reports.

Summer is taking shape

Droitwich Advertiser: Summer is taking shape

7:00am Saturday 13th July 2013

It's time to get fit for summer, not only physically - but mentally, too. Gabrielle Fagan asks the experts for the best shape-up strategy.






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