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Summer safety for younger children

While it's important to be prepared for any dangers that children might face during the summer, it's also important to let them run around and have fun. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) believes that children's activity and play need to be as safe…

Preventing hay fever

Hay fever affects around one in four people in the UK. Maureen Jenkins, Clinical Director of Allergy UK, offers some tips on avoiding the causes and reducing your symptoms. "The main triggers of hay fever are tree and grass pollen," says Maureen. "Pollen from weeds and shrubs can also…

10 tips to beat insomnia

Simple lifestyle changes can make a world of difference to your quality of sleep. Follow these 10 tips for a more restful night. 1. Keep regular sleep hours Going to bed and getting up at roughly the same time every day will programme your body to sleep better.…

Student mental health

Mental health problems are as common among students as they are in the general population. But it's not just students who have a diagnosed mental health condition that can benefit from counselling. Alan Percy, head of counselling at the University of Oxford, says: "A lot of difficulties are not…

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,…

Talking to children about feelings

If you're worried about a child, encouraging them to talk can be very helpful, whether you're a parent, grandparent, friend or teacher. If you think a child you know has a problem, it can be hard to know how to start talking to them about it.…

Eczema in children: 7 tips to stop the itch

Dr Colin Holden, consultant dermatologist, has these tips for parents of babies and small children with eczema. Get an eczema diagnosis If you think your baby or child has eczema, see your GP to get a proper diagnosis and treatment. If necessary, your child may be…

Life with kidney disease

Kidney disease can affect many areas of your life, but there are ways of coping with the changes it brings. Whether you have mild kidney disease with no or few symptoms, or you're on dialysis because your kidneys have failed, life with kidney disease can…

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…
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