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Ask the GP: smoking Q&As

GP Dr Michael Apple answers some of your queries about quitting and the health risks of smoking. I smoke fewer than five a day. What's the harm in that? Almost a third of smokers smoke fewer than 10 a day and often don't see the point…

Ask the sex doctor

Are you starting out with a new partner? Perhaps you want to know if sex is safe after a heart attack. You're not alone, and Dr Anne Edwards has the answers. I'm 60 and have started seeing someone new. Do I really need to worry…

Asperger syndrome

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is the name for a range of similar conditions, including Asperger syndrome, that affect a person's social interaction, communication, interests and behaviour. In children with ASD, the symptoms are present before three years of age, although a diagnosis can sometimes be…

Assessing your care and support needs

If you have care and support needs and find it difficult to look after yourself, your local authority may be able to advise you and provide you with some help. The best way to get help from your local authority is to ask for a…

Asthma attack: what to do

Asthma attacks kill three people in the UK each day. But many of these deaths could be avoided. Every 10 seconds someone has a potentially life-threatening asthma attack. Find out what your risk of having an attack is using Asthma UK's asthma attack risk checker. If you're…

Asthma in the cold

Cold weather is a major trigger for asthma symptoms. Here are five tips for keeping asthma at bay as the winter temperatures drop. Cold weather can have a serious impact on the 5.4 million people with asthma in the UK. According to Asthma UK, three…

Asthma triggers

Some people are much more likely than others to develop allergies, such as asthma, hay fever and eczema. Certain 'triggers', such as pollens, household cleaners or pets, can cause an allergic response. What can trigger asthma? Many things can make asthma worse. Keep a list of your triggers when…

At risk of HIV? Get tested now

If you're worried you could have HIV, get tested now. The sooner you're diagnosed, the quicker you can access treatment, so you can lead a full and healthy life. Find out why and how to get an HIV test. Getting tested for HIV means that, if you…

Autism diagnosis for adults

Have you ever wondered if you're autistic? Finding out if you're autistic could help answer questions that may have bothered you all your adult life. There are a number of online autism tests, but these vary in accuracy and none will be able to tell if you're definitely…

Autism in children

Autism can normally be diagnosed in children at around the age of two. In many cases, professional health workers may spot the signs of autism during normal childhood health checks, and this may lead to the child being formally diagnosed. If you think your child may have autism, ask your…
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