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    CAFFEINE is one of nature’s finest gifts that billions of people indulge in every day. But, like tobacco and alcohol, it is a stimulant which can make you feel a little more than just “alert”. 1Are you addictied to coffee? These are some of the key signsCredit: Getty Coffee and tea are the most popular forms of caffeine. Many soft drinks, energy drinks, chocolate and medications also contain the compound. A number of times, it's been linked in research to a lower risk of Alzheimer's, a longer lifespan, and better heart health. Health experts say that caffeine is likely safe for most healthy adults when they limit to 400 mg daily - equal to about four cups of coffee. But everyone has a different level of tolerance against caffeine, for it can cause a number of side effects, some of them unfavourable. Lenstore, a contact lense retailer, investigated the warning signs of caffeine addiction, ranging from vision blurriness to muscle tremors and insomnia. It said mood can be dip with too much caffeine, or by cutting it out...
    MOODY or depressed? Most of the time, it’s the former, and your child or teen is behaving like you’d expect for their age. 1You may miss the signs of depression in your child or teenagerCredit: Alamy But kids can get depressed too - and it’s your job as a parent to know the signs. Dr Nihara Krause, a consultant clinical psychologist and founder of youth mental health charity stem4, told The Sun: “I am often asked whether children and young people can truly be diagnosed with clinical depression. “My answer to this is yes, because clinical depression is an illness and can often start in early-mid childhood, affecting around one in eight children and young people. “As we emerge from two years that have been like no other, it is probably true to say that many young people will feel tired, low and negative.” Read more on children's healthANGEL SWINGS Cancer survivor, 4, plays on swing after beating tumour size of golf ballHIDDEN SIGNS I thought my brother was a stroppy teen - until he took his own life So...
    PERIODS are painful - there’s no denying that. But at what point is the pain abnormal, and when should you see a doctor about it? 1It's normal for teenagers to have painful periods. But there are clues there is something else going onCredit: Alamy Women don't need to "put up with the pain". Occasionally, there is a medical reason behind agonising periods that once diagnosed, can lead to treatment. One of these is endometriosis, which affects around 1.5 million women - one in 10 - in the UK. Women with the condition have womb tissue growing where it shouldn't. It behaves in the same way as the womb lining, building up, breaking down and bleeding with every menstrual cycle, causing searing pain through the pevlic area. Dr Snieguole Martinkiene, an obstetrician gynaecologist (OB/GYN), said: “There are several symptoms that might point towards endometriosis diagnosis. "[These are] debilitating menstrual pain, chronic pelvic pain for more than six months, irregular spotting, bloating, chronic fatigue.” Most read in Women’s HealthMY PAIN I struggle to walk with my size JJ boobs - it hurts...
    YOU may be used to getting up in the night for a pee. But going too many times, or more than usual, could give clues about your health. 1Desperately needing the loo at night could be a sign of something seriousCredit: Getty - Contributor Nocturia is the medical term for excessive urination at night. While everyone is different, Dr Hannah Barham-Brown said peeing once or twice a night is fine - any more and it could signal a problem. “If you’re going a lot at night, particularly if that’s a change for you, do see your doctor”, the Yorkshire-based medic told Metro. “If you’re struggling or it’s impacting on your life, do speak to your GP. Similarly if you’re incontinent at night, doctors can help support you. “If you’re going a lot at night, particularly if that’s a change for you, do see your doctor.” There are dozens of medical problems that could be causing your night time peeing. But before you worry about what it could be, it may be worth considering common and less concerning triggers, Dr Hannah said....
    WEIGHT gain usually occurs when you eat more calories than your body burns through normal everyday activities, sports and exercise. But if you're doing everything you can to lose weight and you aren't seeing any progress, it might not actually be your fault. 1Keeping a healthy weight range can be difficult, but if you're trying to lose weight and struggling it could be down to an underlying health issueCredit: Getty During the coronavirus pandemic many of us became focussed on our weight after Prime Minister Boris Johnson vowed to shift the pounds after he ended up in hospital with the virus - attributing his weight to one reason he had severe symptoms. The government has also recently announced a new initiative that could see Brits earn clothing and cinema tickets for eating healthily and getting in more steps. Previous initiatives also focussed on lowering a person's body Mass Index (BMI), which many experts have slammed for being an inaccurate measure of weight. Despite this it is still one of the most used measures of whether or not a person is...
    BEING able to see helps us carry out our daily activities but it's something many of us can take for granted. Many people say that eyes are the window to the soul, but experts have revealed that they could also be hiding hidden health issues. 1Eye tests can detect a myriad of health conditions so it's important to have check upsCredit: Getty - Contributor The NHS recommends that most people should get their eyes tested every two years, but shocking research from Specsavers states that 40 per cent of Brits have delayed getting an eye test even when they felt they needed one. Around 38 per cent of people also said they have never considered that they could suffer from significant sight loss. You might have to get your eyes tested more often if you have diabetes, are aged 40 and over and have a history of glaucoma and are aged 70 or over. If you have a child who wears glasses then they will also have to get their sight tested more frequently. Eye tests are extremely important to...
    MIGRAINES are a common headache that affect millions of people around the world. There are a number of reasons why we might get a migraine but not many people know why they keep coming back. 1Migraines can be uncomfortable and one expert has outlined all you need to know about the painful conditionCredit: Getty The Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 lists migraine as one of only eight chronic medical conditions to affect more than 10 per cent of the population worldwide. The NHS says that one in every five women and around one in every 15 men experience migraines. Speaking to The Sun Dr Richard Day explained that a migraine is a complex syndrome which can be divided into four distinct phases. The medical adviser, who studies medical sciences and medicine said first there is the pro-drome, which includes constipation or diarrhoea - sometimes followed by an aura. Dr Day who is an adviser at BioKult said that this is when the headaches come along, with general feelings of discomfort and tummy problems. He explained: "The exact mechanisms that...
    WHEN lumps appears on the penis it can be worrying, especially when we're told to look out for them in connection to cancer or STIs. It might be something you're avoiding dealing with, but it's important to know when to seek help. 3 Worried about a spot, lump or growth on your penis? We take a look at some possible causesCredit: Getty - Contributor Often they're totally harmless pimples or skin bumps, but in some cases they're a little more sinister. They may appear on their own, or in clusters and can vary in size, plus they can be accompanied by other symptoms, such as discharge. If you're experiencing any sort of pain or unusual symptoms, it might be time to consider seeing your doc. Let's take a look at what could be causing white spots on your member. Pimples Acne doesn't just occur on the face, it can also occur on the back, chest and other parts of the body - including your penis. ExclusiveEXTRA SCHLONG Blokes have added 3,766ft to their todgers in last 20 years, figures revealHARD...
    PERIODS aren't known to be the most pleasant thing to go through every month. But for most women they are able to crack on with daily life while they are "on". 1Women often battle through their period pain - not knowing if it is normal or notCredit: Getty - Contributor Some ladies suffer with horrendous pains and very long periods, meaning they dread their monthly ordeal and end up taking dozens of painkillers. It's known medically as dysmenorrhea and affects up to 20 per cent of women. If you are struggling with aches and pains in your cycle, you could be suffering with one of these seven conditions. It's worth keeping a note of your exact symptoms and visiting the doctor if you are finding it hard to cope with your period pain. They should be able to offer support, give a diagnosis or send you to a specialist and hopefully provide some much-needed pain relief and answers. Endometriosis Endometriosis is a chronic condition which occurs when tissue from the lining of the womb is found outside of the womb -...
    TOENAILS aren't the prettiest part of the human body - but they could tell you a lot about your health. Nail problems aren't usually caused by anything serious and it's normal for then to change over time, but there some instances when you will need to see a GP. 2There are a number of underlying health conditions that could explain your discoloured toenails The NHS says most people's toenails and nails will become more brittle as we age and that pregnancy can also change how soft or hard they are. It's also normal for nails to fall off or change colour after an injury. Dina Gohil, a podiatrist at DG Podiatrist explained how the colour of your nails can reveal various health conditions from everything to lack of oxygen to a fungal infection. 1. Anaemia Dina said that pale nails could be a sign of anaemia. Speaking to the MailOnline she explained that usually they are just a sign of ageing. Most read in HealthGONE WITH THE WIND From chewing to fizzy drinks - 5 ways to beat trapped wind...
    THE MAJORITY of women are likely to see some blood in their knickers outside their period at some point in their life. Usually it’s nothing to worry about, and the result of something like the pill, pregnancy or stress. 2Most women will see blood in their knickers as a result of spotting at some point in their lifeCredit: Alamy But it should be checked out with a doctor because it could be the sign of something more sinister in rare cases. Dr Sarah Jarvis, GP and Clinical Director of Patientaccess.com, said: “Spotting tends to be more common when you’ve just started having periods and probably up to one in 30 women have spotting around the middle of their cycle, when they ovulate.  “Spotting can also become more common as you move towards the menopause. "Periods around this time become more erratic as you stop ovulating regularly and bleeding may change.” Dr Jarvis said unless you’ve been told by your doctor that you don’t need to worry - for instance if you’ve just had a hormonal coil inserted - spotting...
    WOMEN have said their periods are heavier after having the Covid vaccine. Others have reported their periods coming earlier or even making a comeback during the menopause.  ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates... 1Women have reported having a heavier period since having the Covid vaccine, although no link has been madeCredit: Alamy The bizarre potential side effect did not appear to be flagged during clinical trials on thousands of people. But once a drug - in this case a vaccine - is given to millions of people worldwide, more side effects can become apparent. In February, Dr Kate Clancy, an associate professor in the department of anthropology at the University of Illinois, sparked the conversation. She wrote on Twitter: “A colleague told me she has heard from others that their periods were heavy post-vax. I'm curious whether other menstruators have noticed changes too? “I'm a week and a half out from dose 1 of Moderna, got my period maybe a day or so early, and am gushing like I'm in my 20s again.” One woman...
    NO doubt about it, men are often guilty of burying their heads in the sand when it comes to their health. A generalisation, I know, but it is a big issue and one I see all the time in clinics. The scenario tends to go like this. A man comes in, looking sheepish, sits down and immediately apologises, telling me: “I’m only here because my wife made me come.” 4Dr Zoe reveals the bravest thing to do is see your GP when something isn’t rightCredit: Getty - Contributor 4Fab Daily’s GP wants men to open up about health worriesCredit: James Cannon Straight away, it tells me three things: He doesn’t want to be there He is embarrassed about being there It has taken someone else to get him there A few things hold men back. First, talking about our health is a skill, one women can take for granted. We practise it much more, talking to friends and colleagues about how we feel. It’s part of normal life so we don’t feel awkward doing it with a doctor....
    FROM rashes to burning when you wee - most people like to think they would notice when something wasn't quite right down below. But some of the signs of an STI are slightly harder to spot - and others actually have no symptoms at all. 1Some sexually transmitted infections have no symptoms, experts warnCredit: Getty - Contributor Doctors have warned that cutbacks to sexual health services amid the coronavirus pandemic could cause a surge in STI cases in the UK. It comes after Boris Johnson lifted a "sex ban" allowing couples to finally meet up indoors after months of separation. And with lockdown measures set to ease further this weekend, experts are warning people over the importance of safe sex. Dr Rashid Bani, a GP and medical director of test providers Your Sexual Health, told Women's Health: "Pretty much any STI can be asymptomatic. "That's why my advice is that if you've had unprotected intercourse even once, to go and have a test." Pretty much any STI can be asymptomaticDr Rashid BaniGP Some sexually transmitted infections have tell-tale signs,...
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