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Glue ear

Glue ear is a common childhood condition where the middle ear becomes filled with fluid. The medical term for glue ear is otitis media with effusion (OME). It's estimated that one in five children around the age of two will be affected by glue ear at any given…

Going into hospital with a learning disability

Going into hospital is a worrying time for any of us. It can be even harder for someone who has a learning disability. If you're looking after an adult or child with a learning disability, follow these tips to make a hospital stay go smoothly. Preparing a…

Going to work after mental health issues

If you've had a mental health problem and been off or out of work, you may worry about going back. You may be concerned about how your colleagues will react, for example, or that you won't be able to cope. But most people find that…

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…

Good sex tips

If you want to make the most of your sex life, these sex tips are a good way to start. Talking and listening to each other about your feelings, preferences and desires can bring you closer together and make sex more enjoyable. But even the most…

Green tea: the elixir of life or just hype?

Green tea has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries to treat everything from headaches to depression. The leaves are supposedly richer in antioxidants than other types of tea because of the way they are processed. Green tea contains B vitamins, folate (naturally occurring folic acid), manganese,…

A guide for disabled festival-goers

Many of the UK's big music festivals provide facilities and staff to assist disabled people. These include accessible toilets and campsites, parking for disabled customers, viewing platforms and welfare support. Planning ahead is the key to staying safe and healthy during your festival, says Suzanne Bull, chief…

A guide to pilates

All you need to know about getting started in pilates, including free pilates video workouts, finding a class and the health benefits of pilates. What is pilates? Pilates aims to strengthen the body in an even way, with particular emphasis on core strength to improve…

A guide to tai chi

All you need to know about tai chi, including the health benefits, different styles and getting started. What is tai chi? Tai chi, also called tai chi chuan, combines deep breathing and relaxation with flowing movements. Originally developed as a martial art in 13th-century China, tai chi…

A guide to yoga

All you need to know to get started with yoga, including the health benefits, yoga styles for beginners and finding a yoga class. What is yoga? Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental…
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