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Chickenpox vaccine

The chickenpox vaccine protects against the varicella zoster virus that causes chickenpox. The chickenpox vaccine is not part of the routine childhood vaccination schedule. It is currently only offered on the NHS to people who are in close contact with someone who is particularly vulnerable…

Cooking turkey

Cook the perfect turkey with our tips on defrosting, preparing and cooking poultry safely, and how to store leftovers. Defrosting your turkey If you buy a frozen turkey, make sure it's properly defrosted before cooking. If it's still partially frozen, it may not cook evenly, which means that harmful bacteria…

Diarrhoea and vomiting in children

Diarrhoea and vomiting in babies Most babies' poo (or stool) changes in consistency from week to week, or even day to day. Breastfed babies have runny poo that doesn't smell. Formula-fed babies' poo is firmer, darker brown and smellier. Diarrhoea is when your baby frequently…

Easy Italian chicken

This quick and healthy version of an Italian favourite is low in salt and fat. serves: 2 time: 50 minutes Ingredients 2 skinless chicken breasts ½ tbsp of olive oil 1 onion, chopped 10 mushrooms, sliced 2 x 400g cans of chopped tomatoes 2 tsp dried Italian…

The effects of drugs

Drug misuse can be harmful to your health in both the short term and the long term, and could possibly lead to addiction. New psychoactive substances (NPS) (often incorrectly called 'legal highs') What are NPS? NPS, such as mephedrone (meow meow) and spice, used to…

Eye health tips for older people

Because our eyesight changes as we get older, almost all of us will need to wear glasses or contact lenses by the time we're 65. If you have regular eye tests, wear the right lenses and look after your eyes, there's a better chance your sight will remain…

Festival personal safety guide

Festivals are full of fun-loving people who want to have a good time. But they can also be targets for thieves and opportunists. The most common crime is theft from (or of) tents. But assault, including sexual assault, is not uncommon. Read this list of commonsense safety…

Festival survival guide

Music festivals are one of the highlights of the British summer, attracting hundreds of thousands of fans of all ages every year. Whether you'll be moshing in the mud at Reading or drinking and dancing at the V festival, there are common health hazards that can…

Fish and shellfish

A healthy diet should include at least two portions of fish a week, including one of oily fish. That's because fish and shellfish are good sources of many vitamins and minerals. Oily fish - such as salmon and fresh tuna - is also particularly high in long-chain…

Getting medical care as a student

It's important to look after your health when moving away from home for the first time. This includes registering with a new GP and finding your local sexual health service. Here are our five health tips for new students. 1. Register with a local GP If, like…