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Migraines are debilitating and can interfere greatly with daily life. Try these natural remedies for relief as an alternative – or supplement – to painkillers.
Better You Magnesium Oil Original Spray
Magnesium deficiency is thought to be common in migraine sufferers so replenish your reserves with this vegan-friendly mouth spray. £12.20 for 100ml at betteryou.com/magnesium-oil-original-spray
Holland & Barrett Feverfew Migraine Relief
This traditional herbal remedy is derived from a member of the daisy family and some migraine sufferers claim it eases symptoms without side-effects. £7.99 for 30 capsules from Holland & Barrett stores and hollandandbarrett.com.
Arkopharma Migrastick Roll-On Massage
Apply this blend of peppermint and lavender oils directly into the temples, forehead and back of your neck to soothe discomfort and ease tension.
£10.19 for 3ml from amazon.co.uk. Search for Arkopharma/migrastick. ARTHRITIS is a condition causing pain and inflammation in a joint – and people of all ages are among the UK’s 10 million sufferers.
The most common kind is osteoarthritis, which affects eight million – mostly adults over 40.
More typical in women and people with a family history of arthritis, it occurs most often in the hands, spine, knees and hips – initially affecting the smooth cartilage lining of the joint.
Rheumatoid arthritis affects more than 400,000 people – three-quarters of them women.
It occurs when the body’s immune system targets affected joints.
Symptoms of arthritis depend on which kind you have, but can include tender, stiff, inflamed and painful joints and warm, red skin over the affected joint.
There is no cure for the condition but treatments for osteoarthritis include painkillers, antiinflammatory drugs and steroids.
In severe cases surgery to replace or fuse joints may be recommended.
For rheumatoid arthritis, painkillers, anti-rheumatic drugs and physiotherapy can help.
For more tips on how to manage arthritis, visit arthritiscare.org.uk.
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HIGHER RISK Women smokers with high blood pressure or diabetes are more likley to have a heart attack than men suffering from the same conditions.
A study by Oxford University researchers, which tracked almost half a million Brits, found that female smokers are three times more likely to have a heart attack than those who don’t smoke.
But men only doubled their risk by lighting up.
Type 1 and type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure also have a greater impact on women’s hearts but experts say that, as yet, they have no idea why this is the case.
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FORGET feeling guilty about the odd after-work snack.
Experts have found that late afternoon and early evening is when we burn off an extra five calories an hour.
Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the US city of Boston also discovered that people burn fewest calories between 4am and 6am.