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Travelling with diabetes

Having diabetes should not prevent you from travelling and enjoying your holidays. Planning ahead is key to having a great time away and dealing with any potential problems with your diabetes. Health experts advise preparing for a trip four to six weeks before you travel.…

Exercising in winter

As the days draw in and temperatures drop, you may be tempted to hang up your exercise gear and hibernate. Don't! Stay active throughout autumn and winter to beat those seasonal blues and feel on top of the world. If you're short on ideas for getting…

Cancer and social care

If you have cancer, your first priority is medical care. But there are people who can help with other aspects of life, such as where to get help with money and benefits. The first person to speak to about social care is your doctor or nurse. They'll be able…

Adjusting to disability

We often talk about disability as if it's a lifelong condition. In fact, more than 80% of people with a disability were born without it and find they have to adjust. If you become disabled through accident, illness or a deteriorating medical condition, life will change significantly. But…

The taboo of incontinence

Incontinence is one of the last health taboos in modern society. Embarrassment stops many people from accessing the NHS services that can help them. Why is incontinence so embarrassing? Incontinence is surprisingly common. It's estimated that one in four of us will have a problem with bladder control at…

Exercise and study

It's important to find time to exercise, particularly during exams when all you seem to do is sit at your desk and work all day (and often into the night). Why should students exercise? Not only is exercise good for your overall health and fitness, but…

The 10,000 steps challenge

Walking more, whether it's for work or leisure, is an easy way of being more active without trying too hard. Setting yourself a target of walking 10,000 steps a day can be a fun way of increasing the amount of physical activity you do.  Sometimes overlooked as a form of…

Talking to your kids about cancer

If you have cancer, discussing it with your children may be difficult. But listening and talking to them can be reassuring, as well as helping them understand your diagnosis. Keep it simple Children may have heard things about cancer that frighten them, so speak to them…

What services do contraception clinics offer?

Contraception clinics offer free and confidential advice and information about contraception and sexual health. You can get details of your nearest contraception clinic (sometimes called family planning clinic) using the sexual health services near you postcode search. Most types of contraception are free through the NHS. You can…

Existing health problems

Long-term conditions and pregnancy Pregnancy puts a strain on your body, and the state of your health before you get pregnant can affect how well you are throughout your pregnancy. It can also have an impact on your baby's wellbeing. If you have a long-term…
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