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The recipe for strong bones for life

Bone health is a bit like saving for your pension: hard to get excited about when you're young but the sooner you start, the better. Taking care of your bones is a lifelong investment that will pay dividends by helping you to stay fit and…

Loneliness in older people

Older people are especially vulnerable to loneliness and social isolation - and it can have a serious effect on health. But there are ways to overcome loneliness, even if you live alone and find it hard to get out. Hundreds of thousands of elderly people…

Eating Disorders

Information for parents Eating disorders are a complex combination of physical and mental issues. They are manifested by obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours around food. Symptoms vary between patients and some may have a mix of symptoms. Eating disorders are generally associated with people who…

Falls

Anyone can have a fall, but older people are more vulnerable and likely to fall, especially if they have a long-term health condition. Falls are a common, but often overlooked, cause of injury. Around one in three adults over 65 who live at home will have at…

Help for problem gambling

Being a compulsive gambler can harm your health and relationships, and leave you in serious debt. If you have a problem with gambling and you'd like to stop, support and treatment is available. Are you a problem gambler? Try this questionnaire: Do you bet more…

Alzheimer's disease (NHS Choices)

Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia, affecting an estimated 850,000 people in the UK. Dementia is a progressive neurological disease which affects multiple brain functions, including memory. The exact cause of Alzheimer's disease is unknown, although a number of things are thought to…

Beating bulimia

Bulimia nervosa is often regarded as a condition that affects only young women, but it can affect men and women of any age. Read on to find out what it is and possible causes.  What is bulimia? Bulimia is an eating disorder that is characterised by bingeing…

Dyslexia

On this page you will be able to find access to the following information as well as some other useful links that you might find helpful: An overview of what Dyslexia is and how it affects different people Some answers to the more frequently asked…

Gay health: the issues

If you're gay, lesbian or bisexual, by being aware of your health risks and having relevant health checks, you can stay healthy and reduce your risk of illness. Gay men, lesbians and bisexual people have the same health needs as straight people. However, research shows that…

Cannabis: the facts

Cannabis (also known as marijuana, weed, pot, dope or grass) is the most widely used illegal drug in the UK. The effects of cannabis vary from person to person: you may feel chilled out, relaxed and happy some people get the giggles or become more talkative hunger…
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