Fast response saves lives and prevents disability

They can devastate lives, but treated urgently and with essential clot-busting drugs, the effects of a stroke can be minimised, writes Christian Duffin

UK survival rates lag behind the rest of Europe

Treatment of heart failure, which is placing the NHS under severe strain, can be a postcode lottery, as Liz Bestic reports

Giant leap towards a healthy heart

You don’t have to be an Olympian to take the simple steps needed to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, says Chris Tomlinson, London 2012 Team GB long jumper and British record holder

Disease devastates the elderly

Age-related macular degeneration, which destroys the central focus of vision, devastates sufferers’ lives and, as Lilian Anekwe reports, is best detected early

Shading eyes is essential especially when young

UV light is harmful to the eyes which should be protected from bright sunlight, writes Maria Anguita, who has special advice on children’s eyecare

‘Smoking linked to sight loss’

Smokers are more likely to develop a serious eye disease and put others at risk through passive smoking, writes Yvonne Gordon

Campaigning to protect eye health

The UK’s eye health is deteriorating. Every day 100 people start to lose their sight and experts predict that this figure is expected to get worse over the next 20 to 30 years. So what can be done? Francesca Marchetti, chairwoman of National Eye Health Week, explains how the campaign aims to protect the nation's sight

Healthcare at breaking point

Musculoskeletal conditions – the term for more than 200 illnesses affecting the bones and joints, such as arthritis, lower back pain and osteoporosis – threaten to stretch the NHS to breaking point, writes Lilian Anekwe