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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…

Autism misconceptions

Whether it's at school, work or in social settings, people with autism are often misunderstood. They often suffer discrimination, intolerance and isolation, resulting in many feeling excluded from everyday society. In an attempt to understand the reasons behind this, The National Autistic Society (NAS) commissioned research…

Autism: the facts

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability. On its own, autism is not a learning disability or a mental health problem. But some people with autism have an accompanying learning disability, learning difficulty or mental health problem. Autism is a spectrum condition. This means that while all people with…

Avoid medicines scams

Every year hundreds of thousands of consumers buy scam miracle cures for conditions such as weight loss, baldness and impotence. Many of these products are advertised online or via spam emails. They are often a waste of money, and they can also be dangerous. That's why you…

Avoid winter weight gain

Research shows that most of us could gain around 1lb (half a kilo) during the winter months. That may not sound like much but, over a decade, it can add up. Why do people put on weight in winter? The two main reasons that people put on…

Baby and toddler meal ideas

If you need some inspiration to help you cook healthy and tasty food for your kids, try these meal ideas.  They're not suitable as first foods, but fine once your baby is used to eating a wide range of solid foods. When preparing food for babies,…

Baby and toddler play ideas

Ideas to help your child play and learn You can give your child lots of different opportunities to play, and it doesn't need to be difficult or expensive. Look at books and sing songs and nursery rhymes with your child. It's fun and will help…

Baby and toddler safety

Each year 40,000 under-fives are admitted to hospital following accidents, and lots of these accidents are preventable. Here's how to protect your baby or toddler from some of the commonest accidents that affect young children. Choking Suffocation Strangulation Falls in babies Falls in toddlers Poisoning Burns…

Baby teething symptoms

When it comes to teething, all babies are different. But your baby will probably get their first tooth some time during their first year. Keep reading to find out how to spot when your baby is teething and what order your baby's teeth are likely to appear in.…

Back pain at work

Tips to help you prevent developing back pain at work, including: how to sit correctly safe lifting advice why you should take regular breaks how to treat back pain How to sit correctly Sitting for long periods in front of a computer is storing up trouble. No matter…