The vast majority of deaths during heatwaves are among the eldery and other 'at-risk' groups, which includes the very young and people with pre-existing medical conditions. Some medications can make your skin especially sensitive to sunlight or reduce your body's ability to regulate its own body heat.
Will air pollution become partly responsible for sedentary lifestyles in the future? Will people avoid going for a run outdoors or perhaps choose the bus to work instead of cycling or walking, in fear of their health? This has been playing on my mind for the past few days now, as more news stories emerged highlighting air pollution levels across the world.
I eat well, keep the unhealthy stuff to a minimum and exercise regularly. In fact, I'll say with confidence that I run at least three or four times a week, covering a couple of 5km runs during the week and longer ones at the weekends, when time permits. Therefore, as a dedicated runner, a recent study caught my attention, claiming that joggers live on average six years longer than non-joggers.
University is a tough time, financially and mentally, but it should also be a fantastic time. So if you're beginning university this autumn, make sure you know where to seek support or healthcare advice if you need it. Many universities have medical centres on campus and counselling services available.
When you use your loyalty card, every item you buy, and how and where you paid for it, is instantly stored in a databank of your purchase history, alongside the personal information you willingly gave when you eagerly signed up. Unlike when you visit your doctor, it's hard to lie to a database about your weekly alcohol intake or if you eat your five a day.
I'm not going to talk to you about prostate cancer, testicular cancer or erectile problems, which you can't fail to miss in the form of awareness campaigns, TV adverts and your latest issue of FHM. Instead, I want to focus on an equally devastating, less publicised, more taboo topic - mental health.
Over the long Easter weekend, the daily papers were more than likely read by many over a leisurely breakfast. And for a lot of men, this came as quite good news, as the weekend headlines delivered the latest diabetes risk factor - men who skip breakfast are more at risk of developing diabetes compared to those who routinely eat when they get up.
I started thinking - how often do people put themselves at risk in the pursuit of good health? How often do people end up injured, in hospital or left needing long-term treatment because of skiing or other leisure activities? What's the cost of sporting injuries, both to our health and financially, in comparison to being inactive?
If you think adding acai and Goji berries to your diet will give you a health kick and decrease your risk of cancer, you might want to reconsider your...