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'Vodka nearly killed me'

After drinking a litre of vodka with her friends to celebrate the end of term, Anna started to slip into a coma. It was nearly the end of term and, to celebrate, one of Anna's friends suggested they get drunk. "One of the boys looks…

'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…

'We made healthy eating fun for the kids'

With the demands of running a family of five, finding ways to save money on food was not high on Rachel Mostyn's to-do list. Between feeding three hungry little mouths, the school run, household chores and her freelance work, Rachel had enough on her plate. From…

'We saved money and still got our 5 A Day'

A seven-day meal plan and eating leftovers for lunch helped Tori Hunt and husband Ron cut their weekly shopping bill by 40% while still managing to eat more fruit and vegetables. The couple, from south London, reduced their spending on food from an average of £115 a…

'We took on the 5x50 fitness challenge'

Sue Grant was looking for something to stay motivated for exercise after she completed the Couch to 5K (C25K) running plan. That something was the 5x50 challenge - a keep fit initiative to spur people to walk, run or cycle 5km every day for 50 days. Participants…

'Weight loss feels great'

Nick Green's weight rocketed when he stopped smoking. But with a healthy diet and exercise, he lost weight and ran a marathon. Nick did himself a huge favour when he decided to stop smoking. But when he ditched his 60-a-day cigarette habit, the 40-year-old from…

'Why I chose to give my daughter the MMR jab'

"Harriet had already had her routine 5-in-1 vaccine and meningitis C jab when she was two months old. It was an automatic step for her to have these, which I didn't question or worry about. "But when she reached her first birthday and it was…

10 headache triggers

It's not just stress and nasty colds that cause headaches. Cleaning your home or sleeping in late can cause them too. We reveal 10 headache triggers and how to fix them. 1. Relaxing after stress You put in 10-hour days from Monday to Friday and you feel fine,…

10 health benefits of stopping smoking

Smoking is bad for your health, but exactly how will stopping make life better? Here are 10 ways your health will improve when you stop smoking. Stopping smoking lets you breathe more easily People breathe more easily and cough less when they give up smoking because their lung capacity…

10 hearing helpers

Whether you've just been diagnosed or you've been living with hearing loss for some time, these organisations, individuals and services can help make life easier for you. 1. Hearing therapists Hearing therapists are trained to help people adapt to living with their hearing loss or…