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Sleeping pills and the alternatives

More than 10 million prescriptions for sleeping pills are given each year in England, but medication only offers short-term relief. Non-drug treatments have been under-used, but sleep experts say they offer the best long-term solutions to chronic insomnia. Professor Kevin Morgan of Loughborough University's Sleep Research…

Treating addiction Q&A

Dr Gillian Tober, consultant psychologist and former president of the Society for the Study of Addiction, answers questions about treating addiction. When is it time to get help? The sooner the better. Some people say you have to hit rock bottom before you're ready to change,…

Looking after a sick child

If your child is ill the most important thing to do is to listen to them. If they say they don't need to be in bed, they probably don't. They might feel better on the sofa with a blanket or duvet. Whether they're in bed or on…

Why play is important

Playing isn't just fun: it's also the best way for young children to learn. By playing, children can practise all the skills they'll need as they grow up. To grow and develop, children need time and attention from someone who's happy to play with them.  Parents should…

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.…

10 myths about flu and the flu vaccine

There are many myths surrounding flu and the flu vaccine. Here are 10 common flu myths and the truth behind them. The flu vaccine is available on the NHS for adults and children who are considered "at risk". This page covers: Flu is just like having a heavy cold The…

Find your next challenge

Enter the first part of your postcode in the search box above to find a running, cycling or swimming event near you. The box, powered by Find A Race, sorts through thousands of events nationwide to help you find your next challenge. Article provided by NHS…

Christmas on your own

Ideas for getting into the festive spirit and keeping healthy if you're on your own over Christmas. If you're on your own over the Christmas break, there's plenty you can do to get into the festive cheer. With these tips from Mind and a bit…

Coping with cyberbullying

Cyberbullying involves using technology to bully people. It can include texting, instant messaging, and posting on social media and gaming websites. Coping with cyberbullying can be difficult because it can happen at any time of the day. To make matters worse, bullying messages and images can be shared…

Easy exercises

Low-impact exercises can improve your health and fitness without harming your joints. Research suggests moderate-intensity, low-impact activity, such as yoga and fast walking, is just as effective as high-impact activity, such as running, in lowering the risk of heart disease. Here are some popular low-impact activities.…
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