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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,…

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,…

The truth about carbs

"Carbs" are a hotly-debated topic, especially in the weight loss world, due in no small part to the popularity of low-carb diets such as the Atkins, Dukan and South Beach. The "carbs are bad" mantra from Dr Atkins and co. has left many people confused about…

The truth about sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners are low-calorie or calorie-free chemical substances that are used instead of sugar to sweeten foods and drinks. They are found in thousands of products, from drinks, desserts and ready meals, to cakes, chewing gum and toothpaste. Find out what the evidence says on…

Trying to get pregnant

Once you've decided to try for a baby, an active happy sex life is all most people need to conceive. Fertility expert Professor William Ledger sees many couples hoping to get pregnant. "Have a happy sex life," is his top tip. He says that some couples with…

UK insects that bite or sting

Buzzing bees, marching ants and swarms of midges are as much a part of the British summer as deckchairs, picnics and ice creams.  Get the lowdown on these pesky creatures so you can spot and avoid the ones waiting to feast on you. Wasps The…

Under-18s guide to quitting smoking

The younger you start smoking, the more damage your body will suffer when you get older. Here are some important reasons to quit and 8 ways to help you do it. You'll be healthier and less out of breath because smoking decreases your lung capacity. You'll save yourself…

Understanding calories

The amount of energy in an item of food or drink is measured in calories. When we eat and drink more calories than we use up, our bodies store the excess as body fat. If this continues over time we may put on weight. As…

Underweight adults

Being underweight isn't good for your health. Find out what you can do if you're concerned about yourself or someone else. Weighing too little can contribute to a weakened immune system, fragile bones and feeling tired. You can check if you're underweight by using our Healthy…

Underweight children aged 2-5

Two- to five-year-olds may be small, but they're growing and need the energy (calories) and nutrients that come from a varied and balanced diet. If your child is underweight, they may not be getting enough calories. If you're concerned that your child is underweight or not…
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