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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.…

Incontinence products

Incontinence pads and other products and devices can make life easier for you if you're waiting for a diagnosis or for a treatment to work. This page covers: Pads and pull-ups Avoid sanitary pads Stop stress incontinence leaks Appliances and bedding Can I get incontinence products on the…

Independent living

Around one in five adults in the UK is disabled, and more than one million of those live alone. With the right support and facilities, leading an independent life with a physical or learning disability is now more achievable than ever. Living independently doesn't mean that you're…

Information on childcare and funding available

Information on childcare and funding available For information about available childcare and funding please visit the childcare funding pages

Inheriting sickle cell anaemia disorder

There are certain inherited blood conditions that mainly affect people of African, Caribbean, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern or Asian origin. These conditions are called haemoglobin disorders, and the most well known are sickle cell disorder (SCD) and beta thalassaemia major.  Sickle cell disorder affects between 12,500 and…

Interval training for runners

Interval training is one of the best techniques for runners to improve their speed.   What is interval training? An interval training workout involves alternating periods of high-intensity effort with periods of low-intensity effort, which is called the recovery. For runners, this would typically involve…

Is broccoli a nutritional showstopper?

Abused by canteen cooks everywhere, the much maligned broccoli has had a makeover in recent years. From school dinner mulch, broccoli has been reinvented as a tenderstem, purple sprouting nutritional showstopper. "Broc" fans claim this Sunday staple can help combat cancer, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Broccoli is a good…

Is garlic an everyday superfood?

Aphrodisiac, currency, food, medicine, vampire repellent - garlic has had many uses throughout the ages. Garlic contains vitamins C and B6, manganese, selenium and other antioxidants (notably allicin). More recent evidence-based research suggests garlic may be effective against high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, cholesterol, colds and some…
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