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Travelling with cancer

Travelling with a long-term condition such as cancer isn't straightforward, but many difficulties can be avoided with good planning. Discuss your travel plans with your doctor to assess whether you're fit to travel. Different types of cancer have different treatments and often require you to take specific…

Travelling with children

From pool safety to sun protection, these simple steps will help your children stay safe and healthy on holiday. Pool safety Children need to be watched constantly. Don't depend on a lifeguard, who may not be trained to UK standards. What to pack Swimming aids, such as armbands,…

Travelling with diabetes

Having diabetes should not prevent you from travelling and enjoying your holidays. Planning ahead is key to having a great time away and dealing with any potential problems with your diabetes. Health experts advise preparing for a trip four to six weeks before you travel.…

Treating a fever (high temperature) in children

In children under five, a fever is considered to be a temperature of 38C (100.4F) or above. Fever is very common in young children. More than 60% of parents with children aged between six months and five years say their child has had one. It's usually caused by…

Treating addiction Q&A

Dr Gillian Tober, consultant psychologist and former president of the Society for the Study of Addiction, answers questions about treating addiction. When is it time to get help? The sooner the better. Some people say you have to hit rock bottom before you're ready to change,…

Treating birthmarks

In the case of most birthmarks, such as port wine stains and haemangiomas, early medical attention will help reduce the chance of health complications. If you notice that your newborn baby has a birthmark, or you feel there's something unusual about their appearance, raise it with your obstetrician, midwife,…

The truth about carbs

"Carbs" are a hotly-debated topic, especially in the weight loss world, due in no small part to the popularity of low-carb diets such as the Atkins, Dukan and South Beach. The "carbs are bad" mantra from Dr Atkins and co. has left many people confused about…

The truth about sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners are low-calorie or calorie-free chemical substances that are used instead of sugar to sweeten foods and drinks. They are found in thousands of products, from drinks, desserts and ready meals, to cakes, chewing gum and toothpaste. Find out what the evidence says on…

Try our Eat4Cheap challenge

Find out how you could wipe hundreds of pounds off your food shopping bill and still eat a healthy diet. Taking on the idea that "healthy eating is expensive", NHS Choices has launched the "Eat4Cheap" challenge. The Eat4Cheap challenge asks you to see how much money you can save…

Trying to get pregnant

Once you've decided to try for a baby, an active happy sex life is all most people need to conceive. Fertility expert Professor William Ledger sees many couples hoping to get pregnant. "Have a happy sex life," is his top tip. He says that some couples with…