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Alcohol turned my face yellow'

Suzanne, an ex-waitress from Nottingham, nearly died from drink and has damaged her liver so much that drinking again could kill her. She looks back at the days of her serious drinking and knows how close she came to literally dying for a drink. "I'd…

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…

Be a winner by becoming a quitter: Visit our new Smokefreelife Oxfordshire service

A new stop smoking service funded by Oxfordshire County Council’s Public Health team launches in Abingdon next week – just in time for Stoptober, the annual awareness campaign that sees thousands of people quit each year. Through our new county-wide Smokefreelife Oxfordshire service – which…

Beach safety

Every summer, lifeguards respond to thousands of incidents on UK beaches. To stay safe at the seaside, be informed about the dangers and follow these simple tips. In 2014, lifeguards from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) responded to 17,050 incidents, helping more than 19,350 people in difficulty on some…

Does the 'five-second rule' really work?

We've all done it - dropped some food on the floor, picked it up, given it a quick wipe and put it in our mouth. The theory is that if food dropped on the floor is picked up quickly enough, it's safe to eat. While some people are…

Health Visitors

Health visitors are qualified nurses or midwives with specialist public health training. We are trained in child development and protecting children. We are available to support you in pregnancy and will see you once your baby is born. We are also able to provide support…

New Positive Relationship Programme starts in Oxfordshire

The Positive Relationships Programme is an exciting new opportunity from Thames Valley Community Rehabilitation Company and Thames Valley Police. This is a programme which supports people who have been agressive or violent in their partner relationships to find healthier, safer solutions to relationship-based problems and…

Recognising the signs of domestic violence

Anybody can experience domestic abuse. Find out how to recognise the signs.  If you're worried someone might see you have been on this page, find out how to cover your tracks online. Anybody can be affected by domestic abuse and anybody can be an abuser. "Domestic…

Stopping smoking is good for your mental health

We all know that stopping smoking improves your physical health. But it's also proven to boost your mental health and wellbeing: it can improve mood and help relieve stress, anxiety and depression. Smoking, anxiety and mood Most smokers say they want to stop, but some continue because…