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Eczema in children: 7 tips to stop the itch

Dr Colin Holden, consultant dermatologist, has these tips for parents of babies and small children with eczema. Get an eczema diagnosis If you think your baby or child has eczema, see your GP to get a proper diagnosis and treatment. If necessary, your child may be…

The effects of drugs

Drug misuse can be harmful to your health in both the short term and the long term, and could possibly lead to addiction. New psychoactive substances (NPS) (often incorrectly called 'legal highs') What are NPS? NPS, such as mephedrone (meow meow) and spice, used to…

Eight tips for healthy eating

These eight practical tips cover the basics of healthy eating, and can help you make healthier choices. Base your meals on starchy carbohydrates  Eat lots of fruit and veg Eat more fish - including a portion of oily fish Cut down on saturated fat and sugar…

Endometriosis: Michelle's story

Michelle Middleton from Silsden, West Yorkshire, became unwell after the birth of her son when she was 28. She was diagnosed with endometriosis at 29. "After I had my son Leo, I didn't go back on the pill. I'd been taking it since I was 14 and,…

Energy booster myths and facts

Many people believe that detoxing can boost their energy and that superfoods will help in the fight against fatigue. But is there scientific evidence to back this up? Detox doesn't boost energy Detox diets are often touted as energy boosters, but there's no scientific evidence…

The energy diet

The best way to eat if you want to banish tiredness is to have a healthy, balanced diet that contains foods from the four main food groups in the right proportions. The four food groups are: fruit and vegetables potatoes, bread, rice, pasta and other starchy foods…

Episiotomy and perineal tears

Sometimes a doctor or midwife may need to make a cut in the area between the vagina and anus (the perineum) during childbirth. This is called an episiotomy and makes the opening of the vagina a bit wider, allowing the baby to come through it more easily. Sometimes…

Exercise and study

It's important to find time to exercise, particularly during exams when all you seem to do is sit at your desk and work all day (and often into the night). Why should students exercise? Not only is exercise good for your overall health and fitness, but…

Exercise as you get older

Physical activity and exercise can help you stay healthy, energetic and independent as you get older. Many adults aged 65 and over spend, on average, 10 hours or more each day sitting or lying down, making them the most sedentary age group. They're paying a…

Exercise in pregnancy

The more active and fit you are during pregnancy, the easier it will be for you to adapt to your changing shape and weight gain. It will also help you to cope with labour and get back into shape after the birth. Keep up your…
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