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Sadly, this is my last column as I feel that I should be spending more time doing my bit for the NHS, given the need for health workers in these exceptional times to combat COVID-19. Thank you for all the interesting, funny and poignant letters that you have sent...
Q. For weeks I have been waking up with gritty eyes and my eyelids stuck together. I have puffy red rims around them which make me look as though I’ve been crying. I’m also struggling to use my contact lenses. I’ve tried various remedies but nothing works. My doctor says...
I have a long-running dispute with my husband, Michael Mosley, about his cycling, which seems to me to be rather reckless. On a number of occasions I’ve followed him on my bike as he weaves precariously through London traffic, carving up buses and taxis. I worry for his safety. Yes,...
Omega-3 is a type of healthy fat that is important for reducing inflammation and essential for heart health – but most of us don’t get enough in our diets. Low levels of omega-3 put you at a higher risk of having a heart attack or stroke. So how can you...
Q. I have hyperhidrosis, which means that I sweat excessively. It’s distressing and awkward, particularly at work. My palms are wet and clammy when I shake hands and I have to choose my clothes carefully so that patches don’t appear under my armpits. I have tried the usual antiperspirants to...
There has been a debate rumbling on for years as to whether it is healthier to eat breakfast or not. But according to new research, what matters is not whether you eat breakfast but if you consume most of your calories earlier in the day or in the evening. People...
What do the following people have in common: Beethoven, Noel and Liam Gallagher, Keanu Reeves and Ronald Reagan? Like six million Britons, they all suffered or suffer from tinnitus, a distressing condition where you hear sounds in your ears or head which are not caused by external noise. Those...
More than 15 per cent of the UK population suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). This causes abdominal discomfort, bloating and tiredness, as well as unpredictable diarrhoea and/or constipation. Although it is not life-threatening, it’s a disruptive condition for which there is no specific test and which has a...
Allergies, for example eczema and reactions to foods such as peanuts and eggs, are on the rise. Over the past two decades the number of hospital admissions for severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) has increased six-fold, and as many as seven per cent of young people in the UK now...
Back in the middle ages one of the most popular treatments was blood-letting. You went to your doctor with a headache and they might have prescribed a leech or nicked a vein to draw some blood to ‘balance your humours’. Most of the time it did more harm than...

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