Martin Couzins

Those of you who find it impossible to ask anyone - be it your friends, colleagues or doctor - about health issues you consider to be awkward should take a look at embarrassinghealthproblems.co.uk.

It is a no-nonsense site to navigate that is hot on useful content, and is packed with the facts and fiction that come with questions of health. From blushing and flushing to shyness and wind, it's all here.

As I have a thinning thatch I searched out baldness. The site provided me with bite-size chunks of information including reassuring facts such as nearly eight million British men have hair loss problems. It also explained how hair grows, how baldness happens, how to take the tug test to see if your are actually thinning or not and how quickly it takes to go bald.

There are also sections debunking myths on how to prevent baldness, such as quickening the circulation in the scalp by washing the head in cold water every morning, drying vigorously with a towel and then brushing with a hard brush until the scalp becomes red.

The site also tells you where else to go on the Internet for health information and you can register for e-mail updates of pages on the site.

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This was first published in July 2000


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