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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…

Supporting children with autism into adulthood

For a teenager who has autism, growing up to become an adult with autism may have extra, unique challenges beyond those commonly faced by other teens. Families of children with autism will also have to adapt to the changes that being an independent adult with…

Abortion: what happens

If you've decided to have an abortion, here's what you can expect.   If you are unable or do not wish to continue with a pregnancy, your GP or a doctor at a sexual health clinic will refer you to a clinic or hospital for an assessment. This is also where…

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…

5 A Day on the go

If your life keeps you on the run - working late, travelling often, always busy - it might seem hard to make sure you eat enough fruit and vegetables. But by making a few easy changes, you can fit 5 A Day into even the busiest schedule.…

The energy diet

The best way to eat if you want to banish tiredness is to have a healthy, balanced diet that contains foods from the four main food groups in the right proportions. The four food groups are: fruit and vegetables potatoes, bread, rice, pasta and other starchy foods…

Meet the dental team

A visit to the dentist can involve a lot of people, from the dental nurse to the hygienist. Each member of the team has a specific job. Here's what they do. Dental receptionist The dental receptionist makes appointments, answers phone calls and often deals with the paperwork for the…

Braces and orthodontics

Braces are in high demand. More than 200,000 children and adults in England and Wales started orthodontic treatment last year. Here are the answers to some common questions about this type of dental treatment. Why have braces? The purpose of orthodontic treatment is to make the best…

Take care of your teeth and gums

Here's how you and your children can have healthy teeth and keep trips to the dentist to a minimum: Brush your teeth twice a day Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Read more in our teeth cleaning guide. Floss between your teeth…

Underweight adults

Being underweight isn't good for your health. Find out what you can do if you're concerned about yourself or someone else. Weighing too little can contribute to a weakened immune system, fragile bones and feeling tired. You can check if you're underweight by using our Healthy…