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Guide to healthy fasting during Ramadan

Don't break your fast with a feast or you may put on weight instead of losing it. If you are not careful, food eaten during the pre-dawn and dusk meals can cause some weight gain.  Dr Razeen Mahroof, an anaesthetist from Oxford, says feasting during the non-fasting hours can…

Alcohol support

Realising you have a problem with alcohol is the first big step to getting help. You may need help if: you often feel the need to have a drink  you get into trouble because of your drinking other people warn you about how much you're drinking…

Psoriasis: 'Don't suffer in silence'

Actor, writer and comedian Toby Hadoke has battled with severe psoriasis for most of his life. He talks about treatments and why it's vital to tackle the psychological, as well as physical, symptoms. As a performer, Tony Hadoke is used to speaking out. After two…

Sunscreen and sun safety

Advice for adults and children on sunscreen and sun safety in the UK and abroad. Sun safety tips What factor sunscreen (SPF) should I use? What are the SPF and star rating? How to apply sunscreen (video) Swimming and sunscreen  Children and sun protection Protect your eyes  Clothing…

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…

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…

What is cosmetic surgery?

Cosmetic surgery is an elective operation that alters or enhances a part of your face or body that you want to change. If you're considering cosmetic surgery, make sure you know what's involved before you decide. "Cosmetic surgery changes a person's unwanted, normal appearance," says Professor Simon Kay,…

Sun safety advice

Advice for adults and children on sun protection, including: sunscreen clothing eczema  sunburn moles What sun protection factor (SPF) should I use? Sunscreen is not an alternative to covering up with suitable clothing and seeking shade, but it does offer additional protection if applied correctly.…

Menopause: tips for partners

If your partner is going through the menopause, being prepared will help you both cope with the changes she is experiencing. Denise Knowles, a relationship and psychosexual counsellor with Relate, offers some advice for men on how to support their partner through the menopause. How will my partner…

Sally's story: post-adoption support for our children

Sally Donovan opens up about the health issues experienced by her two adopted children and the support they receive. Sally and Rob Donovan decided they wanted to start a family in their early thirties. But after years of trying, they were told that they couldn't conceive naturally,…