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Heroin addiction: get help

If you're addicted to heroin and you want to stop, you can ask your GP or local drug treatment service for help. As someone with a drug addiction you are entitled to the same confidential NHS care as anyone else who has a health problem.…

High blood pressure and stroke: reduce your risk

People from African and African Caribbean communities are more at risk of high blood pressure and stroke than the general population. Find out how to reduce your risk. Blood pressure is the force that blood exerts on the walls of your arteries. If your blood…

Hormone headaches

Most headaches in women are caused by hormones. At least 5 million women experience hormone headaches each month, say researchers. According to Dr Anne MacGregor, formerly of the National Migraine Centre, more than half of women who get migraines notice a link with their periods. These so-called…

Housing Options (Adults)

Housing Options You should be able to stay in your own home for as long as you want.  You can find lots of helpful advice on remaining at home on our Staying independent pages. To find out how well your home suits you, you can…

How can I avoid pregnancy?

Knowing when you're likely to release an egg (ovulate) can help you plan or avoid pregnancy. Find out when ovulation occurs in the menstrual cycle and when you can get pregnant. This page covers: When can I get pregnant? When does ovulation happen? Avoiding pregnancy…

How can I speed up my metabolism?

It's not unusual to hear people blame their weight gain on a slow metabolism. They've cut down on calories and they're more active, but they're not losing weight. Could the culprit be a slow metabolism? What is metabolism? Metabolism describes all the chemical processes that…

How clean is the sea?

You can avoid catching a nasty bug from swimming in polluted seawater this summer by finding out about the water quality at your favourite beaches. What are the health risks in seawater? Most water-borne diseases are linked to the presence of human or animal faeces (faecal…

How does sugar in our diet affect our health?

Eating too much sugar can make you gain weight and can also cause tooth decay. The type of sugars most adults and children in the UK eat too much of are "free sugars". These are: Any sugars added to food or drinks. These include sugars in biscuits, chocolate,…

How much sleep do children need?

Below are the approximate hours of sleep needed by children of different ages, as recommended by the Millpond Children's Sleep Clinic. 1 week daytime: 8 hours  night time: 8 hours 30 minutes 4 weeks daytime: 6 to 7 hours night time: 8 to 9 hours 3 months  daytime:…

How to beat jet lag

Jet lag refers to disturbed sleep patterns, weakness and disorientation caused by travelling. It happens when your normal body clock is disrupted by travelling through several time zones. Jet lag is worse when you move from west to east because the body finds it harder to adapt to…
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