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Are you at risk of falling?

Take this simple test to work out if you need to discuss your risk of falls with your GP. This self-assessment is based on the Falls Risk Assessment Tool (FRAT) used by healthcare professionals to help identify at risk patients aged 65 and over. The…

Ask the GP: smoking Q&As

GP Dr Michael Apple answers some of your queries about quitting and the health risks of smoking. I smoke fewer than five a day. What's the harm in that? Almost a third of smokers smoke fewer than 10 a day and often don't see the point…

At risk of HIV? Get tested now

If you're worried you could have HIV, get tested now. The sooner you're diagnosed, the quicker you can access treatment, so you can lead a full and healthy life. Find out why and how to get an HIV test. Getting tested for HIV means that, if you…

Autism (Adults)

Autism Autism is often called the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It is a lifelong, developmental disability which can include Aspergers. Autism is not an illness or disease and cannot be 'cured'. Those who are diagnosed are all different but can be very clever people. Some autistic…

Autism diagnosis for adults

Have you ever wondered if you're autistic? Finding out if you're autistic could help answer questions that may have bothered you all your adult life. There are a number of online autism tests, but these vary in accuracy and none will be able to tell if you're definitely…

Autism in children

Autism can normally be diagnosed in children at around the age of two. In many cases, professional health workers may spot the signs of autism during normal childhood health checks, and this may lead to the child being formally diagnosed. If you think your child may have autism, ask your…

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…

Autism: the facts

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability. On its own, autism is not a learning disability or a mental health problem. But some people with autism have an accompanying learning disability, learning difficulty or mental health problem. Autism is a spectrum condition. This means that while all people with…

Baby and toddler safety

Each year 40,000 under-fives are admitted to hospital following accidents, and lots of these accidents are preventable. Here's how to protect your baby or toddler from some of the commonest accidents that affect young children. Choking Suffocation Strangulation Falls in babies Falls in toddlers Poisoning Burns…

Balance exercises

These simple balance exercises can be done at home to help improve your health and mobility. Don't worry if you've not done much exercise for a while, these balance exercises are gentle and easy to follow.  Wear loose, comfortable clothing and keep some water handy. Build…
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