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Sleep tips for teenagers

A minimum of 8 to 9 hours' good sleep on school nights is recommended for teens. Here's how to make sure your teen is getting enough sleep to stay healthy and do well at school.  Limit screens in the bedroom If possible, don't have a mobile, tablet, TV or computer in…

Psoriasis: 'Don't suffer in silence'

Actor, writer and comedian Toby Hadoke has battled with severe psoriasis for most of his life. He talks about treatments and why it's vital to tackle the psychological, as well as physical, symptoms. As a performer, Tony Hadoke is used to speaking out. After two…

Cancer: end of life care

There isn't any universal advice on how to come to terms with a life-threatening illness.  Each person will deal with their situation in their own way. Some people take on activities and challenges. Others prefer to spend their time quietly with family, friends or on their own. A terminal diagnosis…

Dental treatment abroad

If you're considering dental treatment abroad, do your research and be aware of the potential risks. There are no official statistics on the number of people travelling abroad for dental treatment. But a 2007 survey by the consumer association Which? found dentistry is one of…

Beating bulimia

Bulimia nervosa is often regarded as a condition that affects only young women, but it can affect men and women of any age. Read on to find out what it is and possible causes.  What is bulimia? Bulimia is an eating disorder that is characterised by bingeing…

Care and support: what's changing?

Since the Care Act 2014, the way people receive care and support has changed to be more consistent across England. The changes in the Care Act are designed to put you in control of the help you receive. Any decisions about your care and support will…

You and your body just after birth

The first few days with your new baby can be a very emotional time for you and your partner. There's a lot to learn and do as new parents. There is the excitement of getting to know your baby, but you will also be tired,…

Students: smoking, alcohol and drugs

Studies show that students are more likely to drink, smoke and take drugs than the general population. Peer pressure, cheap student bars and the freedom of living away from home all contribute to the choices students make. Be aware of the dangers associated with smoking, drinking…

Starting periods

Most girls start their periods when they're about 12, but they can start as early as 8, so it's important to talk to girls from an early age to make sure they're prepared before the big day. Many parents feel awkward talking about periods, especially…

Cannabis: the facts

Cannabis (also known as marijuana, weed, pot, dope or grass) is the most widely used illegal drug in the UK. The effects of cannabis vary from person to person: you may feel chilled out, relaxed and happy some people get the giggles or become more talkative hunger…
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