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Asthma in the cold

Cold weather is a major trigger for asthma symptoms. Here are five tips for keeping asthma at bay as the winter temperatures drop. Cold weather can have a serious impact on the 5.4 million people with asthma in the UK. According to Asthma UK, three…

Asthma triggers

Some people are much more likely than others to develop allergies, such as asthma, hay fever and eczema. Certain 'triggers', such as pollens, household cleaners or pets, can cause an allergic response. What can trigger asthma? Many things can make asthma worse. Keep a list of your triggers when…

Real story: losing a twin

Emily Carlisle, 33, gave birth to twin boys prematurely, at 28 weeks. One of her sons died when he was five weeks old. "After trying for a family for years, we were overjoyed when our first attempt at IVF treatment in May 2006 resulted in a…

All about asthma

According to the charity Asthma UK, one in five households has someone living with asthma. Nobody knows for sure what causes asthma, but we do know you're more likely to develop it if you have a family history of asthma, eczema or other allergies. You're twice as…

'NHS Health Check helped my dad'

Dr Dawn Harper: "My dad's future is very different now." Known to millions as TV medical presenter "Dr Dawn" on Channel 4, Dr Dawn Harper says she has a very personal reason for wanting people to get an NHS Health Check. Dr Dawn, who is also a GP…

Testing for the biggest killers

The NHS Health Check will assess your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and some forms of dementia. Once you know your risk, you'll be given advice and assistance to help you reduce it. What's the link between heart disease, stroke, diabetes,…

Don't be an ostrich!

You're over 40, you're a bloke and you get a letter from your GP inviting you to an NHS Health Check to assess your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease.  What do you do? a) Chuck the letter in the bin because you…

Children's food: safety and hygiene

Keep your child safe from food bugs Babies and young children are especially vulnerable to the bacteria that can cause food poisoning. Make sure your baby isn't at risk because of the way you prepare or serve food. Always wash your hands well before preparing food…

Fussy eaters

It's natural for parents to worry about whether their child is getting enough food, especially if they refuse to eat sometimes. The trick is not to worry about what your child eats in a day, or if they don't eat everything at mealtimes. It's more…

Giving birth to twins or more

It's important to understand your birth options if you are expecting more than one baby. Twins and triplets are more likely to be born early and need special care after birth than single babies. Your birth choices with twins It's a good idea to discuss…