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Sitting exercises

These gentle sitting exercises will help improve your mobility and prevent falls, and can even be done at home. Don't worry if you've not done much for a while - these seated exercises are gentle and easy to follow. For these exercises, choose a solid, stable chair that doesn't have wheels. You should…

Keep track of your medicines

Going into hospital? Changing GP? If so, it's a good idea to make a complete, up-to-date list of all the medicines you take. This will help make sure you carry on getting the right medicines for you. When you change doctors, hospitals and other care providers, records…

Coming out

Coming out is when someone who is gay, lesbian or bisexual tells the people around them about their sexuality. This can be difficult and people may worry that others will treat them differently once they know. Even though it can be scary, most people feel that…

Guide to healthy fasting during Ramadan

Don't break your fast with a feast or you may put on weight instead of losing it. If you are not careful, food eaten during the pre-dawn and dusk meals can cause some weight gain.  Dr Razeen Mahroof, an anaesthetist from Oxford, says feasting during the non-fasting hours can…

Good foods to help your digestion

The occasional fry-up or boozy night is unlikely to give you anything more than a short-lived stomach upset. But overindulge too often and you could be storing up trouble for yourself. Here's a tummy-friendly diet to aim for. Fill up on fibre to prevent constipation…

Who should have the MMR vaccine?

MMR vaccination is routinely given to children as part of the NHS childhood immunisation programme. It can also be given on the NHS to older children and adults and babies over six months of age who need to be protected against measles, mumps and rubella, or in the event…

High blood pressure and stroke: reduce your risk

People from African and African Caribbean communities are more at risk of high blood pressure and stroke than the general population. Find out how to reduce your risk. Blood pressure is the force that blood exerts on the walls of your arteries. If your blood…

Teaching your child to stay safe

Get tips on teaching young children to stay safe, including teaching them their surname and what to do if they get lost. Children under three can't always understand or remember safety advice, so they need to have an adult nearby at all times. From the…

Funding care

Care and support services in England have never been free. Most people have to pay something towards their own care and some will have to pay for all of the costs. Your local authority (council) may cover some or all of the cost of care…

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…
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