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Cancer: end of life care

There isn't any universal advice on how to come to terms with a life-threatening illness.  Each person will deal with their situation in their own way. Some people take on activities and challenges. Others prefer to spend their time quietly with family, friends or on their own. A terminal diagnosis…

Childcare suitable for pre-school age children

Information and advice about childcare suitable for pre-school aged children If you are looking for childcare for a pre-school aged child apart from care in the family there are childminders, day nurseries, nannies or homechildcarers for 0 - 2 year olds.  Childminders can also care…

Coping with a cancer diagnosis

Every two minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer. About half of people born after 1960 will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime. But how do you cope if it happens to you? Getting a cancer diagnosis The C-word fills most people with dread. In one…

Diabetes in children: what to expect

If your child is diagnosed with diabetes, you may feel overwhelmed, angry and worried about the future. A diabetes care team can help with the challenges that lie ahead. Most children who develop diabetes will have type 1 diabetes, which is where the body is unable…

Diabetes: reduce your risk of getting it

More than 3 million people in the UK are diagnosed with diabetes, and it's thought that over half a million more people may have type 2 diabetes and not know it. People from some cultures, including African Caribbean communities, are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than the rest of the…

Diabetes: the facts

Diabetes is a long-term condition that affects the body's ability to process sugar or glucose. It can have serious health consequences. However, with careful management, people with diabetes can continue to lead full, healthy and active lives. People with diabetes are unable to stop the…

Drug addiction: getting help

If you need treatment for drug addiction, you're entitled to NHS care in the same way as anyone else who has a health problem. With the right help and support, it's possible for you to get drug free and stay that way. Where to get…

Early menopause: Johanna's story

Johanna, 33, was 17 when doctors told her she had premature ovarian failure (POF). It affects about 1 in 100 women before the age of 40, and 5 in 100 women before the age of 45. The "normal" age for menopause is debatable, but most doctors…

Fasting and your health

Fasting during the month of Ramadan can be good for your health if it's done correctly. If you're overweight, it can be an opportunity to lose weight - provided you eat healthily when you break the fast.  What happens to your body when you fast The changes that…

Fasting: health risks

Some common health complications that can arise from fasting, and how to prevent and deal with them. The following advice has been provided following consultation with medical experts and Islamic scholars. Fasting and heartburn Fasting usually reduces the amount of stomach acid, which digests food and kills…