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Swimming for fitness

Swimming is a great form of all-round exercise. It's ideal if you want to be more active and stay healthy, whatever your age or ability. Regular swimming can reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke. It can also boost…

The taboo of incontinence

Incontinence is one of the last health taboos in modern society. Embarrassment stops many people from accessing the NHS services that can help them. Why is incontinence so embarrassing? Incontinence is surprisingly common. It's estimated that one in four of us will have a problem with bladder control at…

Take care of your teeth and gums

Here's how you and your children can have healthy teeth and keep trips to the dentist to a minimum: Brush your teeth twice a day Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Read more in our teeth cleaning guide. Floss between your teeth…

Take steps NOW to stop smoking

Practical, quick and simple steps you can take straight away to quit smoking. Talk to your GP Many people don't realise that their GP can help them quit smoking. Your doctor can do a lot, such as enrolling you in a "stop smoking" clinic, and prescribing nicotine replacement therapy,…

Taking hay fever medicines

Hay fever tablets, called antihistamines, are very effective at relieving the symptoms of hay fever. They're also available as liquids, eye drops and nasal sprays. However, research conducted by Allergy UK in 2014 showed that for 62% of hay fever sufferers, their current medication isn't effective. More than…

Talking to children about feelings

If you're worried about a child, encouraging them to talk can be very helpful, whether you're a parent, grandparent, friend or teacher. If you think a child you know has a problem, it can be hard to know how to start talking to them about it.…

Talking to your child about their autism

Explaining to your child that they have autism can be difficult for some parents. Here an expert gives some tips on how to have the conversation. In her work as a child psychiatrist with Surrey and Borders NHS Trust, Dr Glòria Durà-Vilà meets many parents in her…

Talking to your kids about cancer

If you have cancer, discussing it with your children may be difficult. But listening and talking to them can be reassuring, as well as helping them understand your diagnosis. Keep it simple Children may have heard things about cancer that frighten them, so speak to them…

Talking to your teenager

Getting teenagers to talk openly about what's bothering them can be hard. Follow these tips to help get them talking to you about their worries. 1. Ask, don't judge Start by assuming they have a good reason for doing what they do. Show them you respect their intelligence…

Talking to your teenager about sex

Most teenagers would like to talk to their parents or carer about relationships and sex. It might seem difficult, but here are a few ideas on how to start the conversation. However you bring up the topic of sex and relationships, listen to what your…
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