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  1. 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…
  2. 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…
  3. Drinking alcohol while pregnant

    Experts are still unsure exactly how much - if any - alcohol is completely safe for you to have while you're pregnant, so the safest approach is not to drink at all while you're expecting. Is it safe to drink alcohol when pregnant? The Chief Medical Officers for the…
  4. HIV: the facts

    In 2012, there were 6,360 new diagnoses of HIV in the UK. At the end of 2012, around 100,000 people were living with HIV. Find out how to protect against HIV, and where to get tested if you're worried. It's estimated that nearly a quarter of people…
  5. Worried about your teenager?

    It can be difficult for parents to tell whether their teenagers are just "being teens" or whether there is something more serious going on. Many of the symptoms listed below can often be attributed to normal teenage behaviour. However, if you're worried, it can be helpful…
  6. Hay fever facts

    Hay fever, also known as seasonal allergic rhinitis, affects one in four people in the UK and is mainly caused by grass pollen. Hay fever is a type of allergy. It happens when your body makes antibodies in response to certain triggers, such as pollen. The charity Allergy UK estimates that nearly 18…
  7. Advice for families of drug users

    Lots of families in the UK are living with a loved one who is using or trying to come off drugs. If you're the parent, partner, child or carer of a drug user, you may feel worried, frustrated and alone. It's important to recognise this and get the help and…
  8. Raising low self-esteem

    We all have times when we lack confidence and don't feel good about ourselves. But when low self-esteem becomes a long-term problem, it can have a harmful effect on our mental health and our lives. What is self-esteem? Self-esteem is the opinion we have of…
  9. Breast cancer genes

    A fault (mutation) in certain genes can increase your risk of breast cancer. Women at risk of having a faulty gene are offered tests and screening. Genes called BRCA1, BRCA2, TP53, PALB2 or PTEN are the main ones linked to a high risk of breast cancer. Everyone has these genes.…
  10. Fitness advice for wheelchair users

    As a wheelchair user, getting active will bring you important health benefits and can help you manage daily life, too. Regular aerobic exercise - the kind that raises your heart rate and causes you to break a sweat - and muscle-strengthening exercise are just as…
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