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How to talk to your child about drugs

It can be difficult to talk about drugs with your kids. Use these tips to help you talk openly with your child. 1. Don't panic If you find out that your child has tried drugs, your first reaction may be anger or panic. Wait until…

How to talk to your child about sex

If your child is asking questions about sex, they're ready for truthful answers. It's never too early to start talking about it - find out how to go about it. Children are naturally curious about their bodies and other people. By answering any questions they ask, you…

How to treat everyday ailments at home

Below are 10 of the most common minor ailments seen by GPs. Find out the most effective ways to treat things like heartburn and a blocked nose at home, and save yourself a trip to the GP surgery. Remember: you can also get advice from…

How to treat head lice and nits

Having head lice, also called nits, doesn't mean you're dirty. Children are most commonly affected, but anyone with hair can catch them. Head lice are tiny insects that live in human hair. They're very small (about the size of a sesame seed) and are browny-grey in…

How to use self-test kits safely

You can get self-test kits for a range of health concerns, including infertility, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and some forms of cancer. These kits are available on the high street, online and on the NHS. Before buying a self-test kit, it's best to talk to a health professional,…

How to volunteer

Volunteering is a rewarding way to use your spare time. There are many people, charities and organisations who could benefit from your support. First of all, decide what kind of volunteering would suit you. Think about the sort of organisation you'd like to volunteer for, the activities you'd like…

How to wash fruit and vegetables

Advice on storing, washing and preparing fruit and vegetables to prevent food poisoning, including E. coli. It is important to wash all fruit and vegetables before you eat them to ensure they are clean and safe to eat. Most people are aware of the importance…

How your GP can help you lose weight

If you've tried and failed to lose weight, a visit to your GP surgery could help.  Your GP or practice nurse can: assess your general health help identify the cause of your weight gain work out if there are any health issues causing you to put on…

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…

HRT and the menopause

There is a lot of misinformation about hormone replacement therapy (HRT). While there are some risks, many women find it dramatically eases their menopause symptoms. HRT tops up the low levels of the hormones oestrogen and progesterone caused by the menopause. This helps to alleviate the symptoms of the menopause.…
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