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Real story: 'My cannabis paranoia'

Drugs counsellor Darren Gold, from Essex, smoked cannabis heavily for 12 years from the age of 15. His drug use led him into a life of petty crime, filled with several periods in prison. He attributes much of what happened to him to cannabis use. "I started…

The recipe for strong bones for life

Bone health is a bit like saving for your pension: hard to get excited about when you're young but the sooner you start, the better. Taking care of your bones is a lifelong investment that will pay dividends by helping you to stay fit and…

Recognising the signs of domestic violence

Anybody can experience domestic abuse. Find out how to recognise the signs.  If you're worried someone might see you have been on this page, find out how to cover your tracks online. Anybody can be affected by domestic abuse and anybody can be an abuser. "Domestic…

Reduce your cancer risk

There are no proven ways to prevent cancer, but you can reduce your risk of getting it. According to Cancer Research UK, 4 in 10 cancer cases can be prevented, largely through lifestyle changes. It will help to lower your risk of cancer if you: eat a…

Reduce your diabetes risk

Type 2 diabetes is often linked to being overweight. That means there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing it. Around 90% of people with diabetes have type 2 diabetes. If you maintain a healthy weight, you can reduce your risk of developing the…

Reference intakes explained

You'll see reference intakes referred to on food labels. They show you the maximum amount of calories and nutrients you should eat in a day. Daily reference intakes for the average adult aged 19 to 64 are: Energy: 8400kJ/2000kcal Total fat: less than 70g Saturates: less than…

The risks of drinking too much

Regularly drinking more than 14 units a week risks damaging your health. Fourteen units is equivalent to six pints of average-strength beer or 10 small glasses of low-strength wine.   New evidence around the health harms from regular drinking have emerged in recent years. There is now a better understanding…

The risks of treatment abroad

Before going abroad for medical treatment, it's important to get enough information to make the right choice. There are several issues that need to be considered.  All types of medical treatment involve some element of risk, whether you receive the treatment in the UK or abroad.…

Rotavirus vaccine

An oral vaccine against rotavirus infection, a common cause of diarrhoea and sickness, is given as two doses for babies aged 8 and 12 weeks, alongside their other routine childhood vaccinations. The vaccine is given as a liquid straight into the baby's mouth for them to swallow. What is…

Running in winter

With the shorter and colder days, lacing up for a run might be the last thing you feel like doing. But don't let the winter weather stop you from being physically active and keeping fit. Try the following tips to help you stay safe and motivated…
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