Health

Dr Chris investigates the new measles outbreak

A drastic decrease in immunisation rates have led to the UK losing its measles-free status, just three years after the virus was eliminated from Britain.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has now declared war on the anti-vaxx movement, as he calls for urgent action to slow the spread of the new outbreak.

Dr Chris joins us today to tell us why it’s so important that all children receive the MMR vaccine, as he calls on parents to act now.

The three words that could save your life

Weekend, Foggy, Earphones - those were the three words which helped saved one woman’s life after she lost control of her car on the A36.

Dazed and confused, Valerie found herself stranded with no idea where she was. That was, until officers pinpointed her location using smartphone app 'What Three Words' - which assigns three random words to 57 trillion locations on the planet.

And, as our emergency services encourage you to download it, Alice Beer is here alongside Valerie to tell us more.

Top tips to help you sleep better at night

Do you think you’re getting enough sleep every night? According to new research, nearly half of Brits would consider themselves sleep deprived, with a third feeling depressed and anxious because of a lack of sleep.

Expert James Wilson is here to give us his tips on how to get the best night's sleep as well as debunking common myths like counting sheep to using sleep trackers.

James' top tips for a better night's sleep

James has a number of top tips to help train your body and allow you to get a better nights sleep.

  1. Lower your heart rate before bed. Do things that are relaxing such as cuddling with your partner, reading a book or watching funny tv. Meditation apps will also help as well as ASMR videos. Having a bath or a shower before bed will lower your core temperature.

  2. If you can’t sleep after 30 minutes, get up and start again. Usually walking around the house or listening to a podcast or the radio works. Nothing too active.

  3. Don’t have excessive lie-ins on the weekends. An extra hour, hour and a half will benefit you better. If you have a nap in the afternoon, try to limit yourself to 30 minutes. A three or four hour nap isn’t a nap, it’s stealing sleep for later on.

  4. Stop worrying. The more you worry about little things, especially about how tired you are, the worse you’ll make it.

  5. If you can, work from home. If your work allows you to be flexible, try and work from home so that you can get that extra hour in bed. Before you start working and after working, try and go for a walk so that your body feels the consistency as if you are at work. Expose yourself to more light in the morning.

COUGH it out, SLAP it out, PUSH it out

Our homes should be the safest of havens, however every year more than two million children under the age of 15 are admitted to A&E for accidents that occur in and around the home.

As the summer days begin to cool and children spend more time indoors, Dr Ranj says now is the peak period accidents occur. So with more than two weeks still to go until children return to school, what are the home hazards hiding in plain sight and what can we do should an accident happen?

Dr Zoe wears 'fat suit' - should other docs follow?

They say never judge a person before you walk a mile in their shoes. And German medical students are taking this adage to extremes after being made to wear a ‘fat suit’ as part of a new study.

The suit is aimed to beat the prejudice associated with obesity and destigmatise overweight patients - so should our medical students be trying it too?

“I found while wearing the suit that everything was more difficult. I’m not saying that now I’ve done a day in the suit I know what it’s like to be obese, because at the end of the day I get to take it off. Some people would use the word ‘lazy’ in association with obesity, but having the suit on all day I can tell you it’s definitely not.”

Dr Zoe

We asked Dr Zoe to give the suit a go. But is it a good idea? Steve Miller doesn’t think so, he says it’s a waste of time and money in a world where we already have too much sympathy.

About Dr Zoe's fat suit

Yesterday we sent Dr Zoe about some normal day-to-day activities wearing the ‘fat suit’. The suit mirrors a patient with grade 2 obesity, reflecting a body mass index (BMI) of 35-40. A healthy BMI is between 18.5 to 24.9.

The suit represents, for example, a person who is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 215-250 lb (about 97-113 kg).

The suit weighs 5 stone and costs around £2,300 (€2,499.00). During her day, Dr Zoe went to the gym, walked around, and did a supermarket shop.

Dr Chris Investigates... Asthma

With figures showing that asthma-related deaths have risen by a third in 10 years, new studies have put the blame on air pollution.

It’s now believed that hundreds of thousands of children aged from one to 14 contract the condition by breathing in air pollutants - but is there a way to prevent it? And what are the best treatments?

Dr Chris is here to tell us more.

Dr Ranj's must-have health gadgets

From smart scales that help you lose weight to the latest way to monitor your blood pressure, Dr Ranj is here with the must-have health gadgets we should all be getting our hands on.

Health gadgets featured

Withings Bpm Core Smart Blood Pressure Machine, £229.95

Braun No Touch Thermometer, £52.99, available in Argos and Boots

Salter Ultimate Accuracy Scale, £29.99, available in Argos andJohn Lewis

Fitbit Charge 3, £129.99

Owlet Smart Sock (Baby Heart Rate Tracker), £269

Alcosense Smart Breathalyser, £99.99, available in Halfords