Health

Welcome to our Inch Loss Island bootcamp

We’re headed to Inch Loss Island in sunny Crete where (the newly married) Fleur East is back to help three new recruits in their weight loss battle.

Vicky, Kieron and Mellissa will be joined by the Speakmans and the toughest personal trainer in the business, Brendan Walkin. First on the itinerary - weighing them live on the show to discover their goals.

Can eating fish instead of red meat cut risk of early death?

A study has shown that men and women who ate fish once a day instead of beef, pork, lamb (or other red meats) lived longer than those who stuck to their usual meals.

Swapping just one serving of meat for fish lowered the risk of death in eight years by 25 per cent.

Here's Dr Chris to explain more.

Listeria outbreak: What you need to know

With the news that hospitals have been put on high alert by public health officials due to a Listeria outbreak that has killed five patients, Dr Chris takes a look at the disease including the warning signs - and the foods pregnant women should be especially careful of.

What is listeria?

Listeria is a bacterium that can cause a type of food poisoning called listeriosis. Usually the symptoms are mild - a high temperature, chills, feeling sick - and will go away on their own after a few days, but in serious cases listeria can cause damage to organs, or spread to the brain or bloodstream, which can be fatal.

Listeria can be found in unpasteurised milk and in many chilled foods, including:

- pâté
- mould-ripened soft cheeses and soft blue-veined cheeses
- cooked sliced meats
- smoked salmon

You can reduce your risk of listeriosis by:

- not eating certain foods while pregnant, such as some soft cheeses and all types of pâté
- not drinking unpasteurised milk – only drink pasteurised or UHT milk
- heating ready meals or reheated food until they're piping hot all the way through
- making sure your fridge is set at 5C or below and working correctly
- not using food after its "use by" date

Stem cell donor register: 'Our son's life is in your hands'

"Everybody should sign up to become a donor. If you're not my match, you can still match somebody else and maybe save their life." - Finley Hill

Every 20 minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with a blood cancer such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma and today we’re meeting seven-year-old Finley. He’s been diagnosed with a life threatening condition called HLH and is in desperate need of a stem cell transplant.

But with only 2% of the UK on the stem cell register, the chances of finding a match are slim.

Now Finley and his parents Jo and Paul Hill want to open up the discussion about stem cell transplants (which can be as simple as giving blood) not just for Finley’s sake, but for the 1000s of people suffering in the country.

How to register as a potential blood stem cell donor with DKMS

  1. Check your eligibility and request a swab kit from DKMS

  2. Complete the swabs the charity posts to you at home and send them back

  3. At the lab, the swabs are analysed to determine if you are a potential match

  4. If you are a potential match you will be contacted by the medical team and be asked to complete a blood test at your local GP, along with a medical questionnaire

  5. If this is a success there are two ways in which you will donate blood stem cells. 90% of the time you will be asked to donate via peripheral blood stem cell collection. This is as simple as donating blood. The whole process takes approximately 4-6 hours and you can return to work within one or two days.

  6. The other 10% of the time, stem cells are donated via bone marrow donation. This is a slightly longer process, involving a general anaesthetic and a two night stay in the hospital. A thin needle extracts bone marrow from the back of your hip bone (not the spine), from which blood stem cells are collected. It is said to feel like you have taken part in a tough rugby game and you can return to work within a week.

Dr Peter Goadsby helps solve your headaches

Headaches - they’re something that affect us all. But with more than 300 different types, finding the right treatment can be a hard task. So when should you start worrying? And, what remedies really work?

Leading neurologist Professor Peter Goadsby joins us in the studio to explain more and answer some viewers’ questions.

Dr Ranj on his hair-loss battle - so what works?

It affects 40% of men by the age of 35, but can anything be done to treat noticeable hair loss? This is a struggle our very own Dr Ranj knows about all too well.

He joins us today to share his own battle with hair loss, as he debunks the myths around treating it and offers his advice for controlling it.

Dr Chris investigates... arthritis

Rock legend Liam Gallagher recently revealed that he is one of the 10 million people living in the UK who are suffering from arthritis and using acupuncture to help tackle the illness.

But what other treatments are on offer? And what are the warning signs if you think you are suffering? Dr Chris takes a look into the joint condition.