In the News: Dairy Products

In the News: Dairy Products

It is perhaps considered common knowledge that dairy products such as milk and cheese can have certain benefits for your health. They are a source of calcium, which is essential for maintaining healthy bones and teeth, and milk was once recommended as a viable option to prevent common conditions such as osteoporosis. However, the effectiveness of milk as a source of calcium has been in the news recently, as a study has suggested it may not possess as many benefits after all.

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In the news: Your body clock

In the news: Your body clock

Your body’s internal clock has the ability to change and affect you both physically and mentally throughout the day. It can affect your mood, as well as how well you react to certain situations along with your physical activity, too.

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In the news: Link between cocoa and memory health

In the news: Link between cocoa and memory health

The benefit of certain flavanols found in cocoa beans has caught the attention of the headlines recently, after a study has revealed they may help to prevent memory loss in older people.

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In the news: Link between walking changes and Parkinson’s

In the news: Link between walking changes and Parkinson’s

A recently published study has found that a change to the way a person walks could be an indicator of the cognitive decline seen in Parkinson’s disease. According to the Telegraph, taking shorter steps, having an irregular pattern when walking, and moving in a swaying motion were all found to be linked to this type of decline.

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In the news: Sports scheme to aid mental health

In the news: Sports scheme to aid mental health

It has been announced recently that a new scheme to help people who suffer from mental health issues to get into sport will be put into place next year, to assist their ongoing wellbeing.

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In the news: Call for smoking ban in London parks

In the news: Call for smoking ban in London parks

A new report has been created by the former health minister and cancer surgeon Lord Ara Darzi for London’s Health Commission, in which he calls for a smoking ban to be placed around London’s most famous tourist attractions such as Trafalgar and Parliament Squares, as well as in London parks.

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In the news: Lung cancer

In the news: Lung cancer

Diagnosis and screening of lung cancer has been mentioned in the news lately as it is thought that opportunities to diagnose the disease are being missed by doctors, resulting in patients passing away just a short amount of time after having lung cancer identified.

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In the news: paramedics

In the news: paramedics

The work of paramedics has drawn attention in the news recently, due to a higher number than usual leaving their jobs. An article from BBC News explains how a report produced by the London Ambulance Service highlights the difficulties that are currently being faced. The report was discussed on The Report Programme on BBC Radio 4.

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In the news: talking therapies and social anxiety disorder

In the news: the flu vaccine

Each year, flu vaccinations are offered by the NHS in order to protect those vulnerable to complications caused by the illness. This year, BBC News has reported that the vaccination will be offered to children of two to four years via a nasal spray, after having previously been restricted to three-year-olds.

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In the news: talking therapies and social anxiety disorder

In the news: talking therapies and social anxiety disorder

A recent study published in the Lancet Psychiatry has found that taking medication for social anxiety disorder is much less effective than undergoing talking therapy sessions to work through said problems. The study was conducted in collaboration with Oxford University, University College London and John Hopkins University.

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World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day

This year, World Diabetes Day falls on November 14th. To mark the event, and to raise awareness of the condition, many charities and organisations including the International Diabetes Federation will be hosting activities around this date.

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In the news: obesity and TV

In the news: obesity and TV

As part of a new set of guidelines to be released by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), the recommendation to have days without spending time in front of the TV is being put forward to help tackle the growing obesity problem in England.

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World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day

The way in which we get to and from work has attracted some attention in the media, as a recent study has shown those who walk or take public transport are more likely to be happier, and have all round better levels of wellbeing.

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In the news: commuting and wellbeing

In the news: commuting and wellbeing

The way in which we get to and from work has attracted some attention in the media, as a recent study has shown those who walk or take public transport are more likely to be happier, and have all round better levels of wellbeing.

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Diets and healthy eating

Diets and healthy eating

There has been a lot of coverage in the news recently regarding diets and which ones are generally the most beneficial. The different types appeal to many people, the kinds of food they allow may make one appear more favourable to another, but diets are known to go in and out of fashion quite often. Despite this, according to a report from the BBC, a study has shown that all diets can have a similar outcome in terms of weight loss, providing they are maintained.

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Hospital Food

Hospital Food

After recent reports surrounding the state of food being served in some hospitals throughout the country, it has been announced that such establishments will now be legally bound to provide healthy, nutritious food to their patients, as well as a range of options and meal times.

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In the news: GP surgeries

In the news: GP surgeries

A prominent focus of the news recently has been the new Ofsted-style inspections local GP surgeries will face from October this year. Despite the vast majority of local GPs performing well, the new scheme plans to focus on certain areas in order to bring the best possible care to all patients.

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Ambulance Queues

Ambulance Queues

When an ambulance arrives at accident and emergency department, the nationally agreed standard waiting time to be transferred to a hospital bed is around 15 minutes. However, recent news reports have demonstrated that there has been a 50% rise in the number of people waiting for a hospital bed for more than an hour.

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Alcohol

Alcohol

It has been in the news recently that health warnings surrounding alcohol consumption habits should be made clearer to consumers, in order to tackle some of the rapidly growing health issues in the UK. A list of ten recommendations has been announced by the All-Party Parliamentary Group, one of which declaring that alcohol should be labelled in the same way as cigarettes, clearly demonstrating the negative effects it can have on your health.

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New Research into Stroke Treatment

New Research into Stroke Treatment

Research into a possible new treatment for stroke patients has made the headlines recently, as a small study has shown some very promising signs. The new research has indicated that introducing stem cells into the brain of a patient could significantly improve their chance of recovery.

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Antibiotics

Antibiotics

Concerns surrounding patient care have been accentuated recently, following the publication of statistics regarding the quantity of prescriptions given for antibiotics. The news has reported that results of a survey featuring 1,000 GPs have indicated that almost half have prescribed antibiotics despite knowing they will have little effect on a patient’s illness. This information has added to already growing concerns surrounding the build-up of a resistance to them, and our ability to fight infections.

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In the news: mental health care services for children

In the news: mental health care services for children

The current state of mental health services for children has drawn the attention of the media as of late, as care and support minister Norman Lamb has called for certain urgent changes to be made to the way services are run.

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Aspirin

Aspirin

Much like Statins and Warfarin, Aspirin is a commonly-prescribed medicine in the UK. It has been in the news recently as some feel it is perhaps not the most effective option when treating common heart problems such as Atrial Fibrillation. Here, we take a look at what Aspirin actually does, and why some people may be prescribed it.

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In the News: Long-Term Illness Care

In the News: Long-Term Illness Care

Recent news reports have drawn attention to the number of patients with long-term illnesses being cared for by the NHS. The reports explain that these patients account for around 77% of hospital beds, and that the NHS plan to reduce this number by instead referring patients to community care. Despite this proposed solution, the idea has not been met with high hopes by MPs, as it is believed community services will not be able to provide the same level of care that is required.

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Hay fever and pollen

Hay fever and pollen

It has been reported recently that GP visits have increased due to the symptoms of hay fever being on the rise. The report states the recent warm weather has seen well over 11,000 people visit their GP in the second week of June alone with complaints of the allergy.

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In the news: Cigarette ban

In the news: Cigarette ban

Various news reports have recently indicated that purchasing cigarettes could possibly be banned for people born after the year 2000. If put into practice, this ban would mean that the UK could potentially see its first tobacco free generation. One of the main aims of the proposed ban is to stop smoking being seen as normal, and it has been backed by the British Medical Association.

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In the News: the NHS

In the News: the NHS

Several reports in the news have recently explained the difficulty patients are having when securing an appointment to see their GP. The reports have indicated that as a result, more and more people are using the services of their local hospital instead, as the waiting time to see their GP is just too long.

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In the news: Alzheimer’s disease

In the news: Alzheimer’s disease

It’s been in the news recently that there may be certain steps people can take to help prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. The news claims that if these simple lifestyle changes were made, a third of current cases of the illness may have been prevented.

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In the News: Call for NHS to improve local care

In the News: Call for NHS to improve local care

The new chief executive of the NHS, Simon Stevens, has said that the NHS must end mass centralisation and improve the local services it offers. According to the news, the new boss, who started in the role last month, said that too many elderly patients were being robbed of their dignity because of a lack of local care.

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Avoiding accidental illness in the kitchen

Avoiding accidental illness in the kitchen

It’s been in the news recently that washing raw meat and poultry before you cook it is something you shouldn’t do. The news explains how washing chicken in particular can spread bacteria around your kitchen and result in some pretty nasty illnesses.

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Childhood obesity – how to keep healthy

Childhood obesity – how to keep healthy

It is perhaps common knowledge that obesity in the UK is a significant problem, especially with children. Instead of looking at why it’s so significant, we're taking a look at the advice available regarding the steps that can be taken to ensure children stay healthy and happy. Before beginning any kind of weight loss diet for you and your children, the NHS advises to speak with your GP first. Your GP will be able to give advice on the most suitable options and ensure your child’s growth is not affected by any alterations to their diet.

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Statins

Statins

You may have come across a lot of reports in the news recently about statins. While there’s a considerable amount of information out there, the conclusions drawn about the drug are somewhat confusing. Here, we take a look at what they actually do and why people take them.

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Sun Awareness and Skin Cancer

Sun Awareness and Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is quickly becoming one of the most common cancers in the UK. With the number of cases rising, sun safety is ever more important. Now, more than ever, it is vital to be aware of the risks and signs of skin cancer and how to protect yourself in the sun.

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Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

In the US, July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month. Arthritis in the UK is very common and is something that most people will have heard of, but what exactly is it?

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The bucket list: Part Two

The bucket list: Part Two

Recently, we discussed the concept of having a bucket list and looked at some of the most popular bucket list items, as indicated in a study of over 2,000 people. Sadly, researchers have found that most adults will only ever fulfil five of their lifelong ambitions, which made us wonder if there are any techniques that could help us to make it more likely that we achieve our life ambitions. Here are just a few of the best tips.

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The bucket list: Part One

The bucket list: Part One

Whether they've written it down on a piece of paper or simply keep it in their head, most people have a few things that they want to experience, see or achieve in their lifetime. This list of things is usually called a bucket list, a name that's probably inspired by the phrase 'to kick the bucket'.

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Small changes to boost your health

Small changes to boost your health

Many of us resolve to improve our health, but sticking to a diet and exercise plan that's radically different from what we're used to can often feel like too much of a challenge to handle. That's why it's usually best to start with small lifestyle changes and then slowly build up to a healthier way of life. Here are just a few of the small changes you can make for big improvements to your health.

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Guide to attending a funeral

Guide to attending a funeral

Attending a funeral is never easy, but it can be much more difficult if you're worrying about the details of the event, such as what you should wear and how to behave. In the emotionally heightened situation of a funeral, these concerns can often be blown out of proportion – after all, the main point of the event is to commemorate the deceased and support the bereaved.

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Critical illness cover: the facts

Critical illness cover: the facts

There are many different types of insurance, and whichever you choose to opt for, it is important that you understand exactly what you'll be covered for. One of the most common types of insurance is critical illness cover, and here you'll find a quick, easy-to-read guide on the facts about this type of insurance. As always, what is covered by any insurance policy is dictated by the individual insurer, so be sure that you know what you're getting before you take out insurance.

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Buying insurance: tops tips on what you need to consider

Buying insurance: tops tips on what you need to consider

Whether for your health, your home or your possessions, taking out insurance is the best way to make sure that you're financially covered should any problems arise. Here you'll find a short guide on how to buy insurance and making it work for you.

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Top tips on getting healthy skin – part two

Top tips on getting healthy skin – part two

Dreaming of a radiant, glowing complexion? Here, in part two of our two-part guide to healthy skin, we tell you how to get it.

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Top tips on getting healthy skin – part one

Top tips on getting healthy skin – part one

Nothing creates the impression of natural beauty more than a radiant complexion, but unfortunately very few of us are born with flawless, poreless-looking skin. However, having great skin isn't just aesthetically pleasing – it also tends to indicate generally good health, inside and out. Here, in part one of our two-part guide to great skin, we'll give you five of the best expert tips to help you get a healthy, beautiful complexion.

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Healthy for summer

Healthy for summer

Yes, we know it's only the beginning of spring, but if you're anything like us, you're already thinking about banishing your woolly jumpers to the back of the wardrobe and showcasing your favourite summer looks. Summer provides a great opportunity to get fit and healthy and show the best side of ourselves, but how to break the bad habits of the colder months? Here we give you our top tips on looking and feeling great in the sun.

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Living funeral - is it right for you?

Living funeral - is it right for you?

If you're approaching old age or have recently gone through a serious illness, you may have started thinking about how you'd like to be remembered when you pass away. But having a funeral after you die isn't the only option – you can also say your farewells and celebrate your life as part of a living funeral.

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International IBS Awareness Month

International IBS Awareness Month

This month is IBS Awareness Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about Irritable Bowel Syndrome. It's estimated that IBS affects anywhere between nine and 23 per cent of the global population, although many don't realise that they have the condition. Here, we will talk you through some of the facts about IBS, how to spot it and what you can do about it.

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Keeping exam season stress at bay

Keeping exam season stress at bay

For many GCSE and A Level students around the country, exams season is just around the corner, and the associated pressure to perform well can result in sleepless nights and stress for a great number of them. Although we tend to associate stress with working hard, it can actually have a detrimental effect on our health and lead to much poorer performance in examinations. Don't worry though, there are plenty of ways to reduce stress – here are just a few tips.

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Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

This month is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness of the symptoms of bowel cancer so that more people suffering from the condition can get an early diagnosis. Here we introduce you to some of the facts about bowel cancer, with details of how you can reduce your risk.

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Teaching kids about health

Teaching kids about health

We all like to do anything we can to make sure our kids stay healthy and safe, and what better way to ensure their longterm wellbeing than by teaching them all about health, so that as they grow older and become more independent they're better-equipped to take care of themselves? Here we give you our three top tips on teaching children about health.

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The big spring clear out

The big spring clear out

Spring has most certainly sprung, which means aside from dreaming about warm weather and holidays we have an important task to get out of the way: spring cleaning! Some love the therapeutic feeling of a big clear out while others dread delving into nooks and crannies and getting rid of all the things they've put out of sight and out of mind in the past year. But a spring clear out can be a great way to make the most of and perhaps even boost the value of your property. Here we give you our top tips.

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The benefits of getting health insurance

The benefits of getting health insurance

The UK is one of the few places in the world with a publicly funded health service – the NHS - so why are so many people across the country making the decision to take out private health insurance? Here we run through some of the biggest reasons.

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How to home-alone proof your house

How to home-alone proof your house

As much as we hate to admit it, being home alone can be a scary experience, even as an adult! From protecting yourself and your home from burglars to staying safe in an emergency, take the fear out of being home alone by following these simple tips.

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Fighting stress: How you can help yourself

Fighting stress: How you can help yourself

Many people thrive under pressure and having occasional stress in your life is normal. But if you find that you're stressed all the time then it can be a major problem for both your physical and mental health. Stress seems to be symptomatic of modern life, but there are still plenty of things you can do to reduce the stress in your life. Here are just a few suggestions.

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Spring home repair tips

Spring home repair tips

Touch wood and fingers crossed, it seems that the winter weather is behind us, and we're finally on our way to spring! While we're waiting for the sunshine to kick in, it's a great time to help our homes recover from the bad weather. Here we help you get your home back on top form with a few of our favourite spring home maintenance tips.

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Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

This month is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about the most common type of cancer in men in the UK. Here we discuss some of the facts about prostate cancer and how you can reduce your risk of developing this disease.

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In the News: Wet weather causes record number of sinkholes in February

In the News: Wet weather causes record number of sinkholes in February

The idea of the ground suddenly opening up and swallowing your house sounds like something from a nightmare, but unfortunately the phenomenon of sinkholes has recently become a reality for some people in the UK. While sinkholes are still considered to be very rare in the UK, a spate of recent cases has brought the issue into the media spotlight.

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How to write a Will

How to write a Will

Thinking about your own mortality isn't the most pleasant experience, but writing a Will is very important as it allows you to decide what happens to your money, property and possessions after your death. Making a Will can also ensure that you don't pay more Inheritance Tax than you need to. Here you'll find a few top tips on the things you need to cover in your Will.

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Home insurance tips for landlords

Home insurance tips for landlords

Home insurance is an important consideration for landlords, but for many 'accidental landlords' – those who have turned to renting after failing to sell their home in the post-recession property market – it can be a real challenge to figure out what insurance they need to get. Here we talk you through the kinds of insurance you'll need as a landlord.

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The retirement plan: key things to consider for when you retire

The retirement plan: key things to consider for when you retire

Whether you look forward to it or dread it, retirement signals a huge change in your life, and it's something that many people struggle to adjust to. Most people have an idea in their mind of the kind of life they envision for themselves, whether that includes more time for travel or other pursuits, and making that dream a reality requires careful planning. Here are just a few of the things you need to consider for when you retire.

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Is a green burial right for you or your loved one?

Is a green burial right for you or your loved one?

In recent decades the trend for green, or natural, burials has been rising, but what exactly is a green burial, and is it something you should consider for you or your loved one? Here we address both these questions in the hope of helping you decide whether it's a consideration for your situation.

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Health insurance for families

Health insurance for families

The UK is one of the few places in the world with a publicly funded health service – the NHS – and yet every year many people choose to take out private health insurance for themselves and their family. Why do they choose to do it and should you consider taking out health insurance for your family? Here we discuss some of the facts about health insurance for families.

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Speaking to your doctor about mental illness

Speaking to your doctor about mental illness

Speaking to your doctor about health issues can be an awkward experience at the best of times, but when it comes to mental illness – a subject many feel uncomfortable talking about – it can be even more difficult, causing many people to avoid or delay seeing their doctor. But if you're dealing with a mental illness such as depression or anxiety, it's essential that you do speak to a doctor so they can treat your medical condition or advise on appropriate services. Here we give you some top tips on how you can speak to your doctor about mental illness.

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Keeping fit through the winter months

Keeping fit through the winter months

Spring is supposedly just around the corner, but what with high winds, floods all over the country and snow yet to come, it doesn't seem likely that we'll be heading out on picnics any time soon! One of the hardest things about winter is getting motivated to exercise, but it's so important to find ways to keep yourself fit and healthy throughout the colder months. Here we give you a few tips on keeping fit in spite of the big chill – before you know it, spring will have sprung!

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Moving into a rental property

Moving into a rental property

With more people choosing to rent rather than buy more than ever before, we thought we'd give you some quick and easy tips on how to get the best out of your rental property and how to avoid some of the pitfalls.

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Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

This month is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month – a time dedicated to raising awareness about ovarian cancer and its symptoms. With ovarian cancer being the biggest gynaecological killer of women in the UK, many health charities have joined forces to raise awareness about the disease. This will hopefully reduce the number of deaths from ovarian cancer and help women to spot the symptoms earlier. Here, we remind you of the main symptoms of ovarian cancer.

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Setting up your office at home

Setting up your office at home

Whether through a flexible working policy or self-employment, working from home is something that many people aspire to be able to do. If you've recently starting working from home, you're probably adjusting to the concept of your professional and personal life being so close together – not least because your office space is in your home. Here we give you some top tips on how to set up the perfect work-from-home office space.

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In the News: Government urges insurers to deal with flood claims quickly

In the News: Government urges insurers to deal with flood claims quickly

The government has urged the insurance industry to react quickly to flood claims across the UK, the BBC reports. Prime Minister David Cameron's official spokesperson said that insurers should do their best to help flood-hit victims by ensuring the "speedy" processing of claims and providing dehumidifiers to help dry out affected properties.

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The health benefits of a good sleep

The health benefits of a good sleep

Sleep is something that we often take for granted, but not getting the recommended seven to nine hours each night can have a serious impact on your health and wellbeing. Here we run through just a few of the amazing health benefits you can get from good quality sleep.

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Top tips on moving into your new house

Top tips on moving into your new house

Moving house is known to be one of the most stressful experiences you can face, and especially if it's your first step onto the property ladder, it can be something you approach with dread. While it may be wrong to suggest that moving day could ever be enjoyable, there are several things you can do to ensure that the experience runs as smoothly as possible and without unnecessary stress.

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Top tips on teaching kids about home safety

Top tips on teaching kids about home safety

Parents are often prone to worrying about the dangers their children face in school and in the outside world, but what many don't realise is that some of the biggest threats to a child's safety are inside their own home. A huge number of accidents occur with children in the home every year, which are usually caused by a lack of health and safety measures. But it's not just about putting security measures in place; it's about educating your child so they know how to avoid danger in the first place. Here are our top tips on teaching your child about home safety.

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Value-boosting home improvements

Value-boosting home improvements

The property market is known to have its ups and downs, and many homeowners find it difficult to sell their home for the price they feel it deserves. But no matter what the current value of your property, there are things you can do to boost it. Whether you want to sell your house now or are planning for the future, these tips will help you to make the most of your home.

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What your tiredness could mean

What your tiredness could mean

It's one thing to occasionally feel a bit worn out on some days or generally groggy in the mornings, but if you're feeling constantly tired then it could be an indication of a health issue. Here we look at some of the reasons for constant tiredness as outlined by the NHS. By no means is this a resource for self-diagnosis and if you are suffering from tiredness you should consult your doctor, but you may find some of the suggestions helpful.

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Why your health is looking forward to spring

Why your health is looking forward to spring

Here at InsureMe-on-Line we're all looking forward to the end of winter, but it turns out that aside from getting to say goodbye to short days and miserable skies, there are plenty of health benefits to the coming of spring, too. Here you can read about just a few ways that the change of season will help your health - more reasons to love spring-time!

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Life and health insurance explained

Life and health insurance explained

With all the types of insurance on offer, it can sometimes be difficult to figure out which ones you need and what the difference is between them. Here we explain the difference between two of the most common types of insurance: health insurance and life insurance.

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Make an old home feel new again

Make an old home feel new again

Many of us aspire to move to a bigger and better house, but what with an often unfavourable market and the costs associated with moving, taking that next step up the property ladder any time soon just isn't a realistic expectation for the majority. But there are plenty of things you can do to rekindle your love for the home you already have that are also great investments for when you do eventually move on. Here we run through some quick and easy tips on making an old home feel new again.

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How to support someone with depression or anxietys

How to support someone with depression or anxietys

According to a report in the Guardian, nearly a fifth of adults in the UK experience anxiety or depression at some point in their lives. But mental health problems aren't just an issue for those directly affected by them, they can also be a great source of worry for the friends and family of those with depression and anxiety. While in both cases it's important for the sufferer to seek medical help, there are some things you can do to support someone suffering from a condition like anxiety or depression. Here are just a few ideas.

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How to ensure your home survives a house party

How to ensure your home survives a house party

There are many benefits to throwing a house party: it's cheaper than renting somewhere out, and it can make for a much more relaxed and fun atmosphere than a formal event, to name just a couple. But unsurprisingly many people worry about their home being damaged during a house party, or causing embarrassment by laying out draconian rules for their guests. However, there are plenty of things you can do to ensure your home and possessions stay intact, without putting a dampener on the evening. Here are just a few of our favourite tips.

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Falling home insurance claims

Falling home insurance claims

Insurance experts are now predicting that home insurance premiums are likely to fall throughout 2014. This is as a result of the fall in home insurance claims in 2013, which was down by 23 per cent on the previous year, according to a report in the Guardian.

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Home insurance and the floods

Home insurance and the floods

In recent years, flooding has been a real issue in the UK, and with this January being the wettest winter month since records began, things aren't looking up for many UK homeowners. If you've been the victim of flooding it can be a real struggle to get your home back in working order, especially when you know it could easily happen again. To help you protect yourself in the future, as well as make a successful claim if your home is damaged by flooding, we've put together the following handy tips.

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Insurance for your summer holiday

Insurance for your summer holiday

What with being back at work and the miserable weather, it's little wonder that so many people start planning for their summer holiday at the beginning of the year. Once you've picked a destination, booked your flights and accommodation, you may feel like the only thing left to do is count down the days until you leave, but there are some other things you need to consider before heading off to sunnier shores. Insurance isn't the most exciting aspect of planning for a holiday, but it's a very necessary part, and something you should start thinking about as early as possible. Here are a few top tips on planning insurance for your holiday.

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Our favourite security tips

Our favourite security tips

We all know the basics of personal security and yet every year many criminals get away with burglaries and online crime as well as many other potentially devastating acts. But there are a few extra things you can do to boost your personal security, and in particular the security of your home. Here are our top three security tips to help you stay safe in 2014.

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Personal safety measures everyone should take

Personal safety measures everyone should take

We all want to get through life with the minimum amount of hardships, and while some unpleasant situations are unavoidable, there are many others that can easily be prevented if the right safety measures are put in place. We call this personal safety – the things you do to ensure that you and your possessions are as protected from harm as possible. Here are a few of our top personal safety tips.

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Quick tips on how you can train your brain

Quick tips on how you can train your brain

In recent years there's been a huge push on brain training – that is, consciously exercising your mind in the same way that you would your body. In part, this is because of the rise in cases of Alzheimer's, which are unfortunately only set to increase with the ageing population. But there are things you can do to ensure your brain stays healthy for as long as possible. It's never too soon to start training your brain, but it's never too late either, so no matter what your age, here are some easy things you can do to exercise your mind.

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Superfoods for long-term health

Superfoods for long-term health

We all know the importance of maintaining a balanced diet in order to stay healthy for longer, but there are some foods that can give your health an extra boost. These foods are known as superfoods, and various studies have shown that eating superfoods can help you to maintain your weight, fight disease and live longer. Here are just three of the superfoods you can pick up today to help take care of your long-term health.

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Critical illness cover: What you should know

Critical illness cover: What you should know

Critical illness cover is one of the most common types of insurance, but you may have wondered what it is and whether or not you need it. Here's a brief guide to critical illness cover to help you make a more informed decision when buying insurance.

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Household changes to improve your health

Household changes to improve your health

Winter can be one of the most trying times for your body and health, not least because of the many winter viruses that go around, the slump in health we feel after the indulgence of the festive period and, of course, the miserable weather. But there are several things you can do to ensure that your health stays at its peak throughout winter, one of which is making some changes to your home. Here you'll find our top tips on the household changes you can make to improve your health.

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Speaking at a funeral: tips and advice

Speaking at a funeral: tips and advice

The death of a loved one is a hugely difficult experience to go through – probably the hardest you'll ever have to deal with in your life. If you've decided to take on the responsibility of delivering a eulogy at a funeral, then you might be feeling anxious about what you should say and how you should deliver your speech. There's no denying that it can be a huge challenge, but giving a eulogy can also be a very rewarding experience, one that allows you to commemorate and celebrate the life of a loved one. Here are some top tips on dealing with the challenge of speaking at a funeral.

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In the news: risk of flooding for homes across the UK

In the news: risk of flooding for homes across the UK

Forecasters are warning that several exposed areas across the UK could see a fresh round of flooding over the coming weeks.

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Planning for your child's future

Planning for your child's future

Whether you're a parent of a newborn, a toddler or an older child, it's likely that you've thought at some point about their future – where they might be, what they might be doing and what role you'll play in helping them to get there. It's never too soon to start planning for your child's future, so whatever age your child is, here are some simple tips you can follow to take the first steps towards a bright future for your child.

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Three of the most expensive homes in the world

Three of the most expensive homes in the world

It's been estimated that housing prices will rise in 2014, but spare a thought for the sums paid by the buyers of these properties – some of the most expensive homes in the world. Whether you've always dreamed of owning your own in-house ballroom or you long for the constant protection of a batch of SAS-trained security guards, here you can read about the homes where dreams are made reality – as long as you can pay for it.

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Money matters after Christmas

Money matters after Christmas

The turkey's been eaten, the presents are all unwrapped – there's a certain sense of emptiness after Christmas, especially if you've overspent during the festive period. Make 2014 the year that you get your finances sorted by following these easy tips.

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Redecorating for the New Year

Redecorating for the New Year

The beginning of the year is a great time to give your home a brand new look, so why not shake off the January blues with an interior makeover? Here, we give you some top tips on how you can bring your décor fully up-to-date. Make 2014 your most stylish year yet!

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Coping with death: some help and information at this difficult time

Coping with death: some help and information at this difficult time

Dealing with the death of a loved one is naturally a deeply painful experience – most likely the hardest thing you'll ever go through in your life. Unfortunately there is no magic spell to help you feel better about your loss, but here are a few pieces of advice that might be of comfort to you at this difficult time.

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How to talk to your doctor

How to talk to your doctor

Visiting the doctor is an experience that many people dread, but if you're feeling unwell or have any health concerns, there's no excuse for avoiding a trip to your GP. Shake off the awkwardness of the experience and become an active member of your healthcare team by reading up on how to talk to your doctor, or follow these quick tips.

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Five of the biggest insurance claims in history

Five of the biggest insurance claims in history

For most people, an insurance policy is a safety net that they never have to use, and you might sometimes feel that paying to protect yourself and your assets is a waste. However, there are some events that make us realise how important it is to have insurance, so that if something serious ever does happen, you know you'll be covered.

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Simple tips to improve your life expectancy

Simple tips to improve your life expectancy

We all know that eating well, sleeping well and exercising are the best ways to improve our health and life expectancy, but it may surprise you to know that there are other, more fun things you can do alongside these healthy living practices to keep yourself fit, healthy and happy. Read on for our top three tips on improving your life expectancy. Through doing these three things, not only will you increase your chances of living for longer, but you'll also make the life you're living now much more enjoyable!

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Stylish home security

Stylish home security

When put together, the words 'home' and 'security' hardly add up to the most stylish-sounding phrase we can think of, but with a bit of imagination, protecting your property from criminals can be done in a way that actually improves the look of your home. Here are our top tips on improving the security of your home in style.

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Guide to arranging a funeral

Guide to arranging a funeral

Coping with the death of a loved one is one of the most challenging and emotional experiences you'll ever go through, and unfortunately, the stress involved with arranging the funeral – especially if it's something you've never had to do before – can make the situation feel much worse. To help you minimise the strain of organising a funeral, here are some simple, useful tips for sending off your loved one.

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