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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…

Lung cancer in women

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among women in the UK. It kills over 4,000 more women than breast cancer every year. In 2011, about 19,700 women were diagnosed with lung cancer in the UK, making it the second most common cancer diagnosed in women…

Treating birthmarks

In the case of most birthmarks, such as port wine stains and haemangiomas, early medical attention will help reduce the chance of health complications. If you notice that your newborn baby has a birthmark, or you feel there's something unusual about their appearance, raise it with your obstetrician, midwife,…

Could your snoring be sleep apnoea?

Snoring can be a symptom of a disorder called sleep apnoea, which is hard to identify and has serious health risks. Sleep apnoea is very common, but less than one in four sufferers are diagnosed. Although sleep apnoea can affect men and women of all ages, it's most common…

Independent living

Around one in five adults in the UK is disabled, and more than one million of those live alone. With the right support and facilities, leading an independent life with a physical or learning disability is now more achievable than ever. Living independently doesn't mean that you're…

Headaches and migraines

For most people, a headache happens occasionally and can be quickly cured with something to eat, a short rest or a couple of painkillers. Most headaches and migraines are unpleasant but harmless and can be relieved with self-help measures and pharmacy painkillers. Only a few (around…

What's your BMI?

Use the BMI calculator to find out if you or your child's weight is healthy. This article covers: Your BMI result Ethnicity and diabetes Your waist size Children's BMI BMI limitations A body mass index (BMI) above the healthy weight range or too much fat around your waist can increase…
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