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Legal highs

Find out about the health risks of legal highs and when to seek medical help. Legal highs are substances that have similar effects to illegal drugs like cocaine or cannabis. They are sometimes called club drugs or new psychoactive substances (NPS). Many of these drugs are…

3-in-1 teenage booster FAQs

Who should have the vaccination? How is the vaccine given? If I was vaccinated against tetanus, diphtheria and polio as a child, am I still protected? Can you get polio from the polio part of this vaccine? How many boosters do I need to have?…

Sleep tips for teenagers

A minimum of 8 to 9 hours' good sleep on school nights is recommended for teens. Here's how to make sure your teen is getting enough sleep to stay healthy and do well at school.  Limit screens in the bedroom If possible, don't have a mobile, tablet, TV or computer in…

Psoriasis: 'Don't suffer in silence'

Actor, writer and comedian Toby Hadoke has battled with severe psoriasis for most of his life. He talks about treatments and why it's vital to tackle the psychological, as well as physical, symptoms. As a performer, Tony Hadoke is used to speaking out. After two…

Cancer: end of life care

There isn't any universal advice on how to come to terms with a life-threatening illness.  Each person will deal with their situation in their own way. Some people take on activities and challenges. Others prefer to spend their time quietly with family, friends or on their own. A terminal diagnosis…

Dental treatment abroad

If you're considering dental treatment abroad, do your research and be aware of the potential risks. There are no official statistics on the number of people travelling abroad for dental treatment. But a 2007 survey by the consumer association Which? found dentistry is one of…

Hidden causes of weight gain

Weight gain occurs when you regularly eat more calories than you use through normal bodily functions and physical activity. But the lifestyle habits causing your weight gain aren't always obvious. Losing weight means eating fewer calories and burning more energy through physical activity. It sounds simple.…

Boost your health at work

Most of our waking hours are spent at work, which means the working environment can play a big part in our health and wellbeing. About 131 million working days were lost through absences caused by sickness or injury in 2013, according to the Office for National Statistics. Minor illnesses,…

8 tips to look after yourself with asthma

As well as taking your regular asthma medication, find out what else you can do to reduce your symptoms and your risk of having an asthma attack. If you've been diagnosed with asthma and you've been given regular preventive and reliever therapy (usually in the…

Asthma triggers

Some people are much more likely than others to develop allergies, such as asthma, hay fever and eczema. Certain 'triggers', such as pollens, household cleaners or pets, can cause an allergic response. What can trigger asthma? Many things can make asthma worse. Keep a list of your triggers when…
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