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Autism misconceptions

Whether it's at school, work or in social settings, people with autism are often misunderstood. They often suffer discrimination, intolerance and isolation, resulting in many feeling excluded from everyday society. In an attempt to understand the reasons behind this, The National Autistic Society (NAS) commissioned research…

How your GP can help you quit

Dr Michael Apple explains what GPs can do to help patients quit smoking for good. "GPs are generally delighted to help people who have decided to quit smoking. That's because about 40% of smokers will die from a smoking-related condition, so we know that stopping is one…

Non-food rewards for losing weight on the plan

Giving yourself non-food rewards as you try to lose weight can help you stay motivated on the NHS Choices diet and exercise plan. You could reward yourself each time you achieve a mini-goal, which can be anything you want. For example, it could be losing 1kg (2.2lbs) or…

Strength and Flex exercise plan: week by week

A week-by-week breakdown with links to video clips of the five-week Strength and Flex exercise plan for beginners. Do each podcast at least three times within a week before moving on to the next podcast. Once you've finished the programme, you can keep using podcast…

Free family activities

Kids have lots of opportunities on holiday to run around and get plenty of exercise. Here are some ideas for healthy activities that cost little or nothing. Physical activity is essential for your child's health. It helps them develop strong bones and muscles, maintain a healthy weight and promotes their independence.…

Eating disorders explained

Find out the facts about eating disorders, including what they are, who's affected by them and what to do if you need help and support. What is an eating disorder? There are different types of eating disorder, the most common ones being anorexia, bulimia and…

Separation anxiety

Babies and toddlers often get clingy and cry if you or their other carers leave them, even for a short time. Separation anxiety and fear of strangers is common in young children between the ages of six months and three years, but it's a normal part…

Measles outbreak: what to do

Measles outbreaks can happen anywhere and at any time. Over the past year, a significant number of confirmed cases of measles among young people have been linked to music festivals and other large public events. There have also been outbreaks in the South West and…

Get your hearing tested

If you're worried about your hearing it's easy to get it checked. Here's our guide to your hearing test options. Quick hearing tests Quick hearing checks are a good first step to finding out how healthy your hearing is without having to visit your GP or…

Sleeping pills and the alternatives

More than 10 million prescriptions for sleeping pills are given each year in England, but medication only offers short-term relief. Non-drug treatments have been under-used, but sleep experts say they offer the best long-term solutions to chronic insomnia. Professor Kevin Morgan of Loughborough University's Sleep Research…
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