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Activity holidays

There are many ways to get fit and have fun on holiday, from activity breaks to motivating your kids to get active. One of the main excuses for not exercising is lack of time. But when you're on holiday you've got plenty of time, so make the most…

Activity holidays

There are many ways to get fit and have fun on holiday, from activity breaks to motivating your kids to get active. One of the main excuses for not exercising is lack of time. But when you're on holiday you've got plenty of time, so make the most…

Addiction: what is it?

If you have an addiction, you're not alone. According to the charity Action on Addiction, 1 in 3 people are addicted to something. Addiction is defined as not having control over doing, taking or using something to the point where it could be harmful to…

Adopting a child: your health and wellbeing

Your decision to adopt may be affected or influenced by your medical history, including any attempts to start a family. Any adoption agency will take into account your health and needs when it considers whether you are suitable to be approved as an adoptive parent.…

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…

Advice for families of drug users

Lots of families in the UK are living with a loved one who is using or trying to come off drugs. If you're the parent, partner, child or carer of a drug user, you may feel worried, frustrated and alone. It's important to recognise this and get the help and…

Advice for new kidney patients

Kidney disease often has no symptoms, so diagnosis can be a shock. You may worry that your kidney disease will worsen and you'll end up on dialysis. In fact, the outlook in most cases is more reassuring. Kidney disease is common and usually stable (not going to get worse). Fewer than 1…

Advice for women: The risks of drinking too much alcohol

Mark Holmes, an alcohol liaison nurse at Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham, describes the risks associated with drinking for women. What type of alcohol problems do you see among women? "At my hospital, we get a lot of women in their 30s and 40s with severe…

After adoption: what help can we get?

During the adoption process, it is important to find out what support package will come with your child to help with any special or additional needs they may have. Some needs may not become apparent until later, perhaps during adolescence, so it's important that you know where to…

Alcohol and sex

Alcohol can make you do things you'll regret, including having sex. Find out the risks and how you can keep yourself safe. Alcohol changes the way you act and affects your decision making. The more you drink, the less careful you are, and this can have…