What health tests do we need?

A study into the NHS Health screening programme, which carries out a range of health tests on adults in England aged 40-74, has recently found that it showed 'little benefit' over the usual care in diagnosing chronic diseases.

The programme has been controversial, with many GPs claiming that they divert resources away from people who are sick. But what tests do we really need and when do we need them?

Dr Ranj is here to talk us through the simple and necessary health tests that could save your life.

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'My cancer is the last taboo'

When Jill De Nardo found abnormal bleeding after going to the loo, she didn't think for one minute it could be anal cancer.

When she was eventually diagnosed nearly a year later she couldn't bring herself to say the word anal, and told people instead that she had bowel cancer.

After undergoing gruelling radiotherapy and chemotherapy she is now fully recovered and is here along with Dr Chris to talk about this taboo cancer, and what people can do to try and prevent it.

Get help and advice on anal cancer

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Living with alcoholism

Over the weekend, shocking pictures emerged of former footballer Paul Gascoigne, who is believed to be continuing his battle with alcohol addiction.

He was admitted to hospital last week for an emergency four day detox and was due to be released yesterday.

Gillian McFarlane can both empathise and sympathise with Gazza's predicament. Her battle with alcohol was so severe that she sent her child 1200 miles away so she could binge drink without Sara holding her back.

Get help and advice if you're battling alcoholism

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Your cosmetic surgery questions answered

Plastic surgery is the subject of today's open clinic. Are you thinking of having plastic surgery and want some advice? Or have you had plastic surgery that's gone wrong and want to know how to fix it? Maybe there's part of you you'd like to change but don't know where to start?

Plastic and cosmetic surgeon Alex Karidis is here to answer viewers' calls.

See our cosmetic surgery helplines

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Silent suffering behind Ice Bucket Challenge

Ailsa Malcolm-Hutton, 31, has between two and five years to live after being told she has motor neurone disease. Since being diagnosed, the mum of one has put together a bucket list, which includes holidays to Disney World in Florida, Las Vegas and a helicopter trip across the Grand Canyon.

Motor neurone disease is a progressive, incurable condition that attacks the nerves in the brain and spinal cord, slowly affecting the ability of sufferers to walk, talk, eat and drink.

Ailsa is a supporter of the Ice Bucket Challenge, raising money for research. She joins Marvin and Rochelle to promote awareness and to talk about living with the condition, and later in the show Marvin and Rochelle will be the next two celebrities to take on the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Motor neurone disease helplines

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About the Ice Bucket Challenge

The Ice Bucket Challenge has taken the world by storm with thousands of people soaking themselves in ice cold water to support people living with motor neurone disease. What started in America for ALS has now spread to the UK, where celebrities including David Beckham and have been iced in the name of MND. MND and ALS are different descriptions of the same disease. In the UK we use MND – motor neurone disease – and in the USA they use ALS – amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Find out more from The Motor Neurone Disease Association