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  • Diabetes and your heart

    People with diabetes are at greater risk of developing coronary heart disease (CHD) than the general population. People with diabetes have about twice the risk of developing a cardiovascular disease such as CHD compared with people who don't have the condition. Cases of CHD are…

  • Diabetes: the facts

    Diabetes is a long-term condition that affects the body's ability to process sugar or glucose. It can have serious health consequences. However, with careful management, people with diabetes can continue to lead full, healthy and active lives. People with diabetes are unable to stop the…

  • How to combine breast and bottle feeding

    It can take mums and babies up to six weeks to successfully establish breastfeeding. Once you've both got the hang of it, it's usually possible to offer your baby bottles of expressed milk or formula alongside breastfeeding. This is sometimes called mixed or combination feeding.…

  • Signs and Symptoms of Pregnancy

    Early signs of pregnancy For women who have a regular monthly menstrual cycle, the earliest and most reliable sign of pregnancy is a missed period. Women who are pregnant sometimes have a very light period, losing only a little blood. Some of the other early…

  • Toxoplasmosis

    Toxoplasmosis is an infection caused by a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii). The infection is common worldwide, including in the UK, but it's rarely reported because there are often no symptoms. Around 350 cases are reported in England and Wales each year, but it's thought the…

  • Obstructive sleep apnoea

    Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is a relatively common condition where the walls of the throat relax and narrow during sleep, interrupting normal breathing. This may lead to regularly interrupted sleep, which can have a big impact on quality of life and increases the risk of developing certain conditions. This…

  • Beating the Winter Blues

    Key symptoms: Depression Sleep problems Lethargy Overeating Irritability Feeling down and unsociable It's thought the winter blues, or seasonal affective disorder (SAD), affects around 2 million people in the UK and more than 12 million people across northern Europe. It can affect people of any age,…

  • Five steps to mental wellbeing

    Evidence suggests there are five steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing. If you give them a try, you may feel happier, more positive and able to get the most from life. What is mental wellbeing? Sarah Stewart-Brown, professor of public health at…

  • Supported Living for People with Mental Health Needs

    'Supported living' can be a broad range of services, from personal care through to support in leading an independent life. This can include a trip into town for shopping, meeting friends, or pursuing a favourite sport or hobby, amongst other things. It depends on customer…

  • Hypothyroidism

    An underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism) is where your thyroid gland doesn't produce enough hormones. Common signs of an underactive thyroid are tiredness, weight gain and feeling depressed. An underactive thyroid can often be successfully treated by taking daily hormone tablets to replace the hormones your thyroid isn't…