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Autism: the facts

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability. On its own, autism is not a learning disability or a mental health problem. But some people with autism have an accompanying learning disability, learning difficulty or mental health problem. Autism is a spectrum condition. This means that while all people with…

Avoid medicines scams

Every year hundreds of thousands of consumers buy scam miracle cures for conditions such as weight loss, baldness and impotence. Many of these products are advertised online or via spam emails. They are often a waste of money, and they can also be dangerous. That's why you…

Baby and toddler play ideas

Ideas to help your child play and learn You can give your child lots of different opportunities to play, and it doesn't need to be difficult or expensive. Look at books and sing songs and nursery rhymes with your child. It's fun and will help…

Baby and toddler safety

Each year 40,000 under-fives are admitted to hospital following accidents, and lots of these accidents are preventable. Here's how to protect your baby or toddler from some of the commonest accidents that affect young children. Choking Suffocation Strangulation Falls in babies Falls in toddlers Poisoning Burns…

Baby teething symptoms

When it comes to teething, all babies are different. But your baby will probably get their first tooth some time during their first year. Keep reading to find out how to spot when your baby is teething and what order your baby's teeth are likely to appear in.…

Back pain at work

Tips to help you prevent developing back pain at work, including: how to sit correctly safe lifting advice why you should take regular breaks how to treat back pain How to sit correctly Sitting for long periods in front of a computer is storing up trouble. No matter…

Balance exercises

These simple balance exercises can be done at home to help improve your health and mobility. Don't worry if you've not done much exercise for a while, these balance exercises are gentle and easy to follow.  Wear loose, comfortable clothing and keep some water handy. Build…

Barbecue food safety

Food poisoning cases double over the summer, so remember these simple steps to help keep food safe. Food poisoning is usually mild, and most people get better within a week. But sometimes it can be more severe, even deadly, so it's important to take the risks seriously. Children, older…

BBC newsreader donates kidney to save mother

A BBC news presenter who donated a kidney to save his mother's life says her health has been 'completely transformed' since having the operation. Sabet Choudhury was told his mother Sakina, 70, could have only three years to live after her kidneys failed. He said…

BCG (TB) vaccine side effects

Virtually everyone who has a BCG vaccination will develop a raised blister at the site of the injection immediately afterwards. This is normal and nothing to worry about. BCG injection scar Two to six weeks after the injection, a small spot may appear at the site of…
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