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Measles outbreak: what to do

Measles outbreaks can happen anywhere and at any time. Over the past year, a significant number of confirmed cases of measles among young people have been linked to music festivals and other large public events. There have also been outbreaks in the South West and…

Get your hearing tested

If you're worried about your hearing it's easy to get it checked. Here's our guide to your hearing test options. Quick hearing tests Quick hearing checks are a good first step to finding out how healthy your hearing is without having to visit your GP or…

Sleeping pills and the alternatives

More than 10 million prescriptions for sleeping pills are given each year in England, but medication only offers short-term relief. Non-drug treatments have been under-used, but sleep experts say they offer the best long-term solutions to chronic insomnia. Professor Kevin Morgan of Loughborough University's Sleep Research…

Treating addiction Q&A

Dr Gillian Tober, consultant psychologist and former president of the Society for the Study of Addiction, answers questions about treating addiction. When is it time to get help? The sooner the better. Some people say you have to hit rock bottom before you're ready to change,…

Looking after a sick child

If your child is ill the most important thing to do is to listen to them. If they say they don't need to be in bed, they probably don't. They might feel better on the sofa with a blanket or duvet. Whether they're in bed or on…

Why play is important

Playing isn't just fun: it's also the best way for young children to learn. By playing, children can practise all the skills they'll need as they grow up. To grow and develop, children need time and attention from someone who's happy to play with them.  Parents should…

Heroin addiction: get help

If you're addicted to heroin and you want to stop, you can ask your GP or local drug treatment service for help. As someone with a drug addiction you are entitled to the same confidential NHS care as anyone else who has a health problem.…

10 myths about flu and the flu vaccine

There are many myths surrounding flu and the flu vaccine. Here are 10 common flu myths and the truth behind them. The flu vaccine is available on the NHS for adults and children who are considered "at risk". This page covers: Flu is just like having a heavy cold The…

Find your next challenge

Enter the first part of your postcode in the search box above to find a running, cycling or swimming event near you. The box, powered by Find A Race, sorts through thousands of events nationwide to help you find your next challenge. Article provided by NHS…

Christmas on your own

Ideas for getting into the festive spirit and keeping healthy if you're on your own over Christmas. If you're on your own over the Christmas break, there's plenty you can do to get into the festive cheer. With these tips from Mind and a bit…
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