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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…

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…

Adopting or fostering a child in care

Choosing to adopt or foster a child in care is likely to be one of the most challenging, but rewarding, decisions you'll ever make.  There are around 4,000 children in England who need to be adopted every year, and many more who need fostering. According to…

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…

How a well-fitted sports bra can reduce breast pain

The movement of a woman's breasts during exercise can range from 4cm during a walk to 15cm when running, researchers have found. This multidirectional movement can cause breast pain, according to research by the University of Portsmouth. Not only can exercising with poorly supported breasts…

'I had breast cancer and then cervical cancer'

Juanita Higgs, 69, explains the impact of cancer on her life, and how her charity work helps others and brings her so much happiness. "I'd always had problems with lumps in my breasts, particularly on the left side, so I was always quite breast aware.…

'We adopted after IVF'

After unsuccessfully attempting IVF, Andrew McDougall and his wife adopted their two-year-old son in January 2013. Here Andrew describes their adoption journey to date and shares his tips for other new adopters. "When my wife and I discovered that we would struggle to have our…

Perfect picnics

Picnics are a great British tradition and a good way for you and your family to eat a healthy meal together. If you combine a picnic with some physical activity - such as games or a brisk walk - you can have a healthy and fun…

Using a sperm donor: what you need to know

Making the decision to start a family with the help of a sperm donor can be difficult, and there are many issues to consider. Here's what you need to know. Donor sperm can help you become a parent, regardless of your sexuality, gender, and whether…

Real story: 'My cannabis paranoia'

Drugs counsellor Darren Gold, from Essex, smoked cannabis heavily for 12 years from the age of 15. His drug use led him into a life of petty crime, filled with several periods in prison. He attributes much of what happened to him to cannabis use. "I started…