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A parent's guide to autism

Parents often feel relieved when they finally receive a diagnosis of autism, because they have an explanation for their child's unusual behaviour. Receiving a diagnosis may come as a great shock, and it can take a while to accept what you're being told. Try 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…

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…

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…

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…

10 ways to stop leaks

For many people with incontinence, the following self-help tips and lifestyle changes are enough to relieve symptoms. Do daily pelvic floor exercises Pelvic floor exercises can be really effective at reducing leakage, but it's important to do them properly. Find out how to do pelvic floor exercises. You may…

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…