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Advice for new kidney patients

Kidney disease often has no symptoms, so diagnosis can be a shock. You may worry that your kidney disease will worsen and you'll end up on dialysis. In fact, the outlook in most cases is more reassuring. Kidney disease is common and usually stable (not going to get worse). Fewer than 1…

Advice for women: The risks of drinking too much alcohol

Mark Holmes, an alcohol liaison nurse at Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham, describes the risks associated with drinking for women. What type of alcohol problems do you see among women? "At my hospital, we get a lot of women in their 30s and 40s with severe…

After adoption: what help can we get?

During the adoption process, it is important to find out what support package will come with your child to help with any special or additional needs they may have. Some needs may not become apparent until later, perhaps during adolescence, so it's important that you know where to…

Alcohol and sex

Alcohol can make you do things you'll regret, including having sex. Find out the risks and how you can keep yourself safe. Alcohol changes the way you act and affects your decision making. The more you drink, the less careful you are, and this can have…

Alcohol support

Realising you have a problem with alcohol is the first big step to getting help. You may need help if: you often feel the need to have a drink  you get into trouble because of your drinking other people warn you about how much you're drinking…

Alcohol units

We're supposed to be keeping an eye on how much we drink, but how many of us really know what a unit of alcohol is? With so many different drinks and glass sizes, from shots to pints - not to mention bottles - it's easy…

Alex's malaria ordeal

Traveller Alex Cheatle thought anti-malaria tablets were a waste of time, until he became seriously ill during his round-the-world trip. "I travelled round the world with a friend. We first went to Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia. "I didn't take the anti-malarial quinine because I had heard it didn't…

All about asthma

According to the charity Asthma UK, one in five households has someone living with asthma. Nobody knows for sure what causes asthma, but we do know you're more likely to develop it if you have a family history of asthma, eczema or other allergies. You're twice as…

All about snoring

A quarter of Britons snore, and two in three do it so loudly that it keeps their partner awake. Famous snorers, past and present, include Queen Victoria, Winston Churchill, Elizabeth Taylor and Tom Cruise. While it may be a source of comedy, snoring is a real problem that…

Allergies at home

An important way of controlling your allergy is to reduce the indoor allergens that trigger your symptoms. You can do this by cleaning thoroughly and often. If you have an allergy, take as much care in reducing the number of allergens in your home as you…
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