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Is your hearing loss getting you down?

Finding it hard to follow conversations can take its toll on relationships, which is one reason why taking action to tackle your hearing loss is important. Despite the fact that deafness can be socially isolating, it can take up to 10 years for people who…

After adoption: what help can we get?

During the adoption process, it is important to find out what support package will come with your child to help with any special or additional needs they may have. Some needs may not become apparent until later, perhaps during adolescence, so it's important that you know where to…

Summer safety for younger children

While it's important to be prepared for any dangers that children might face during the summer, it's also important to let them run around and have fun. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) believes that children's activity and play need to be as safe…

Hay fever and children

Hay fever usually affects children from the age of seven, and older children and teenagers are more susceptible to the allergy than adults. Hay fever symptoms, including itchy eyes and a running nose, can be particularly distressing for children, who may find the symptoms harder to…

Visiting an STI clinic

Getting tested and treated for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is straightforward and confidential. Most infections can be cured. A sexual health or genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinic specialises in sexual health, and can provide tests and treatment for many STIs. Visiting an STI clinic You can make an appointment to…

How to treat everyday ailments at home

Below are 10 of the most common minor ailments seen by GPs. Find out the most effective ways to treat things like heartburn and a blocked nose at home, and save yourself a trip to the GP surgery. Remember: you can also get advice from…

Cancer and social care

If you have cancer, your first priority is medical care. But there are people who can help with other aspects of life, such as where to get help with money and benefits. The first person to speak to about social care is your doctor or nurse. They'll be able…

Work out how much weight you need to lose

Use the BMI calculator above to work out how much weight you need to lose before starting the NHS weight loss plan. The BMI tool will tell you if you're in the healthy weight range and, if necessary, how much you need to lose to achieve a healthy…

Very cold weather

Cold weather can affect your health. The Met Office provides the weather forecasts for broadcasts on radio and TV, so listen in to these bulletins regularly to keep up to date with the weather. Severe weather warnings are also issued on the Met Office website, through the…

Before sex: what to ask your partner

Whether you've been together for years or you've only just met, if sex is part of your relationship or is going to be, it's important to talk about it. Here's how. Talking about sex doesn't have to be difficult or embarrassing. If you feel that it is,…