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Separation anxiety

Babies and toddlers often get clingy and cry if you or their other carers leave them, even for a short time. Separation anxiety and fear of strangers is common in young children between the ages of six months and three years, but it's a normal part…

10 ways to prevent food poisoning

Here are some tips to help you reduce your risk of food poisoning at home. Wash your hands Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water (warm or cold) and dry them before handling food, after handling raw food - including meat, fish, eggs and vegetables - and after touching the bin,…

How to prevent germs from spreading

Germs can be spread from person to person or by touching unclean equipment or surfaces. To stop the spread of germs, focus your efforts on cleaning areas in the house where germs are more likely to spread, such as the kitchen and toilet. Use either…

'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…

Male midlife crisis

The male midlife crisis is often made fun of, but for many men it is a distressing experience. A midlife crisis can happen when men think they've reached life's halfway stage and feel time is running out. It's not a medical condition but people going through a…

3-in-1 teenage booster

The teenage booster, also known as the 3-in-1 or the Td/IPV vaccine, is given as a single injection into the upper arm to boost your child's protection against three separate diseases: tetanus, diphtheria and polio. Who should have the 3-in-1 booster? The 3-in-1 teenage booster, is available routinely on the NHS…

Posture tips for laptop users

Laptops allow us to be able to work more flexibly, but they have been blamed for causing work-related back, neck and shoulder problems. The features that make laptops very portable, such as a screen attached to the keyboard, are the same features that make it difficult for people to…

Healthy eating out

Check out our tips to help you make healthier choices when eating out at a restaurant or cafe. Food swaps Some easy swaps you could try: swap pies, bacon and sausages for healthier protein, such as lean cuts of meat, pulses, chicken without the skin, and lean meats like…

NCS stars graduate with flying colours

Hundreds of teenagers from across Oxfordshire joined family and friends at a special graduation ceremony to celebrate completing their National Citizen Service. The Oxfordshire County Council-run programme is the largest it has delivered since NCS was launched in 2012, with 830 young people aged 15-17…

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…