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The Flu Jab

The flu jab

Flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk of flu and its complications. Flu can be unpleasant, but if you are otherwise healthy it will usually clear up on its own within a week. However, flu can be more severe in certain people, such as: anyone …

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Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease

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 increase your risk of developing the condition. These include: …

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Five steps to mental wellbeing

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 the University of Warwick and a wellbeing expert, says: “Feeling …

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All About Allergies

All About Allergies

Allergies – what should we know?   What is an allergy? Allergies are hypersensitivity reactions to particles or substances (allergens) which, if inhaled, ingested or touched, produce various symptoms. The predominant allergens in our environment are pollen’s – which cause hay fever – and dust mites, followed by drugs and food. Currently, between 30% and 40% …

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What is asthma

What is asthma?

Asthma is a long-term condition that affects your airways – the tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs. You could say that someone with asthma has ‘sensitive’ airways that are inflamed and ready to react when they come into contact with something they don’t like. Asthma tends to run in families, especially …

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