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Foot care for older people

You're more prone to foot problems like corns, blisters and foot infections in later life as the skin becomes thinner and less elastic.  But painful or uncomfortable feet aren't a natural part of ageing, and can be alleviated. If you're having trouble looking after your feet, you're not alone.…

Tips on cutting down

If you regularly drink more than 14 units a week, try these simple tips to help you cut down. Fourteen units is equivalent to six pints of average-strength beer or 10 small glasses of low-strength wine. Make a plan Before you start drinking, set a…

Drug addiction: getting help

If you need treatment for drug addiction, you're entitled to NHS care in the same way as anyone else who has a health problem. With the right help and support, it's possible for you to get drug free and stay that way. Where to get…

Minor ailments and common conditions your pharmacy can help with

Every year, millions of us visit our GP with minor health problems that a local pharmacy could help with. By visiting your pharmacy instead of your GP, you could save yourself time and trouble - no need to book an appointment, just walk in. This…

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…

Getting an allergy test

If you suspect that you or your child may have an allergy, you can use NHS services to get your allergy diagnosed. This may involve having one or more allergy tests. An allergy test can establish whether you have an allergy and what you're allergic to. This is key to managing your…

Top 10 healthy heart tips

A healthy lifestyle will make your heart healthier. Here are 10 things you can do to look after your heart. Give up smoking If you're a smoker, quit. It's the single best thing you can do for your heart health. Smoking is one of the main…

Tips for new parents

As a new parent you're bound to have questions on everything from getting breastfeeding started, to washing and bathing your baby and changing their nappy. Here's a quick guide to everything you need to know about caring for your new baby during those exhausting but wonderful early weeks.…

Healthy food swaps

Choosing healthier foods is easier than you may think. By changing just a few eating habits you can make a big difference to your diet. Making small changes to your diet is the healthiest and most achievable way to lose weight. Your first step is to eat fewer foods high in…

Healthy breakfast cereals

With shelves stacked top to bottom with hundreds of brightly coloured boxes competing for your attention, supermarket breakfast cereal aisles can sometimes feel like walking through a minefield. Make the wrong choice and you or your child could end up with a breakfast cereal high in sugar,…
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