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Exercise and study

It's important to find time to exercise, particularly during exams when all you seem to do is sit at your desk and work all day (and often into the night). Why should students exercise? Not only is exercise good for your overall health and fitness, but…

The 10,000 steps challenge

Walking more, whether it's for work or leisure, is an easy way of being more active without trying too hard. Setting yourself a target of walking 10,000 steps a day can be a fun way of increasing the amount of physical activity you do.  Sometimes overlooked as a form of…

How TVs, phones and screens spoil kids' sleep

Studies suggest that teenagers aren't getting enough sleep. Being glued to their mobiles, tablets and other screens may be one reason why. Just over half of 11 to 17 year olds say they are getting eight or more hours' sleep a night. Sleep experts say…

Travelling with asthma

A guide for people with asthma to help them plan their trip. Health experts advise preparing for a trip four to six weeks before travel. What will I need if I travel with asthma? Take your usual medication, along with a copy of your prescriptions and your: asthma action…

Talking to your kids about cancer

If you have cancer, discussing it with your children may be difficult. But listening and talking to them can be reassuring, as well as helping them understand your diagnosis. Keep it simple Children may have heard things about cancer that frighten them, so speak to them…

'Losing my mum'

Sarah Phillips was 16 when her mother, Debbie, died after four years with cervical cancer. At the funeral, Sarah played a recording she had made of the song Autumn by Paolo Nutini. Little did she know that her cover version would become a YouTube hit. Sarah talks…

What services do contraception clinics offer?

Contraception clinics offer free and confidential advice and information about contraception and sexual health. You can get details of your nearest contraception clinic (sometimes called family planning clinic) using the sexual health services near you postcode search. Most types of contraception are free through the NHS. You can…

Energy booster myths and facts

Many people believe that detoxing can boost their energy and that superfoods will help in the fight against fatigue. But is there scientific evidence to back this up? Detox doesn't boost energy Detox diets are often touted as energy boosters, but there's no scientific evidence…

Existing health problems

Long-term conditions and pregnancy Pregnancy puts a strain on your body, and the state of your health before you get pregnant can affect how well you are throughout your pregnancy. It can also have an impact on your baby's wellbeing. If you have a long-term…

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…
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