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Ebola: Don't Panic!

So a case of Ebola has been confirmed in a nurse who has returned from working with patients in Africa. Luckily, the reality is we need not panic as the risk to the rest of the population is negligible. And here’s why…

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Difficult Behaviour: How To Cope

Parenting isn’t easy, especially when your child is going through a period of difficult or challenging behaviour. Luckily, most cases can be helped with simple behavioural techniques...

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Mental Health: I Want Help!

Want to find mental health support and help? Here are some useful resources...

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New Screening Tool For Baby Heart Defects - What’s It All About?

Public Health England has announced that it wants to run a pilot on a new screening tool to test babies for heart problems. What’s it all about?

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My Online Q&A...

So here's something a little different... my first online video blog!

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Meningitis B... What's All The Fuss About?

Meningitis type B is a serious condition. Find out more here...

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A New Tool In The Fight Against Flu

With the colder months approaching, flu season is only around the corner and so it's best to be prepared. As of this month, a new universal childhood flu vaccination campaign is being launched - starting with 2-3 year olds. Here are some important things to know…

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Heads-Up On Head Shapes - Guide To 'Flat Head Syndrome'

'Flat head syndrome' (also called plagiocephaly/brachycephaly) is a really common concern amongst parents of small children. In fact, it affects up to 25% of babies by two months of age. Fortunately, history and experience has taught us that it is usually nothing to worry about and, despite our best efforts, will usually sort itself out! Here's a simplified guide...

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Donor Breast Milk: Lifesaving Stuff!

When we talk about breast milk donation it inevitably makes people feel a little uncomfortable, or at worst, someone says 'eeew'. However, the reality is that this practice is potentially lifesaving and fortunately becoming more and more common. So here are a few FAQ's for World Human Milk Donation Day…

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New UK Immunisation Plans... Be Wise, Immunise!

So changes have just been announced to the UK routine immunisation schedule for all kids.  But what are they and why?  Here's a quick guide...

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Self Harm... We Need To Talk

Self-harm is a difficult subject. No-one really wants to talk about it. That's because it makes people uncomfortable and it's easier to pretend it doesn't exist or it isn't really an issue. The reality is that it is far more common than we think and it is really misunderstood. Here are 10 common self-harm myths…

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Meningitis: Be Aware & Be Prepared!

This year, a new meningitis vaccine is being licensed which will be a major step forward in combatting this devastating disease. Here's some useful information about the condition that everyone should know…

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Rotavirus Vaccine - Stopping The Squits!

This week it was announced that the Rotavirus vaccine was going to be introduced into the routine schedule across the UK from next year. Here are some of your questions answered…

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Why Breast IS Best...

Not so long ago, I wrote a blog piece about some practical things you could try if breastfeeding wasn't working and things were getting desperate. I've been meaning to do this for a while, but it's only fair that I also write one about why I believe breastfeeding is the best form of nutrition for babies too…

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Holiday Essentials for Kids - Don't Forget the SOAPP!

It's coming up to that time of year when we start to plan our trips away. It's hard enough to arrange holidays with kids in mind, but have you thought about what to take in case they get sick? It would be great to pack a whole pharmacy, but that just isn't realistic (or possible!). So here are 5 essentials that all kids' holiday kits should include…

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Good Grief - Is There A Right Way?

A recent debate on Twitter between academic Petra Boynton (@DrPetra) and journalist Mehdi Hasan (@ns_mehdihasan) over the way in which Rick Santorum and his family dealt with the loss of their baby got me thinking... what is the right way to grieve?

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Breastfeeding: What If It Doesn't Work?

We all know that breast is best, but sometimes no matter what you do it just doesn't seem to work. When things go wrong it can seem like an impossible task, so here are ten useful tips that might help make things a little easier…

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Fever - Facts & Fiction

I got a call from a friend today - her little one has a temperature and she was getting worried as it wasn't getting better. It occurred to me that so many people fret about fevers, when most of the time they don't need to. So here are some 'fever facts' to help allay some of those anxieties...

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Kids' Winter Watch

It's that time of year again when the days get shorter, darker, colder and generally more miserable (apart from the fact that Xmas is here!). Along with that can come a group of winter bugs that we all need to watch out for…

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Is My Penis Normal?

Dr. Ranj and TheSite.org answer some common questions and concerns that guys have about their 'bits and pieces'...

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Is My Vagina Normal?

It's not just guys that worry about their bits, girls often have lots of questions too! Dr. Ranj and TheSite.org address some of the common ones...

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All Babies Count

Christmas brings with it the promise of fun and festivities, but not for everyone. Especially in the light of recent news, please take the time to remember the most vulnerable among us. Please support the NSPCC's All Babies Count campaign to make sure that every little one has the chance to have a safe and successful life. Here's why...

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Burzynski & Kids’ Cancer - Pioneer Or P***-Take?

Recently a heart-breaking story captured the attention of thousands of people around the country. It had major national newspapers as well as high profile celebrities pledging their support...

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Booze And Your Body

How can you drink sensibly and safely, but still have fun? Here's some useful alcohol advice from myself and the team at YouthNet...

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Winter Tummy Bugs - What You Need To Know

It's that time of year again when horrible 'winter vomiting bugs' seem to be everywhere. Here's a guide to what you should know...

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New Year - Fix Up, Look After Yourself!

Like so many people, I have a long list of new year's resolutions and desperately hope that I might be able to do better than the year before! One of the most common things is to get healthier and lose those extra Xmas pounds. But with all the confusing, free 'advice' in the media, who can you really listen to?

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Flu FAQ

It's that time of year again when, sooner or later, a cold or even 'flu is going to catch us. I get a lot of questions on this topic, so I've picked the most common ones and put together this FAQ...

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Work It - How To Get Hired!

Being a young person trying to get a decent job is tough - we've all been there! Luckily, there's lots of great advice and information out there on how to improve your chances - especially with the recent BBC #UpForHire campaign. Here's some of the tips I've picked up (all those years ago!)...

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Tummy Bugs - What You Need To Know

With all this worry about contaminated cucumbers, lots of parents are worried about kids with tummy upsets. So I thought it would be a good idea to answer a few common questions...

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Contraception Made Easy

Having sex is something you shouldn't ever feel pressurised to do - there is nothing wrong with waiting until you're ready. When you are ready it's important to be safe and use the right kind of protection to prevent any unwanted pregnancy or infection.

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All Tied Up: Should We Treat Tongue-Ties In Babies?

Tongue-ties in babies are often a source of great concern among parents, but only occasionally is this justified. Doing anything about them had largely gone out of fashion, but there has been a growing interest again in treating them. But do they need to be treated at all? Here's an update on the latest evidence...

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Hyperhidrosis - Don't Sweat It!

It's Summer time so we can all look forward to some nice weather, right? Well, for those of you (including myself) who suffer with hyperhidrosis, hot weather also means excessive sweating. No-one likes to talk about it, but fortunately I've learned a couple of tricks along the way which may help...

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Allergy Or Intolerance?

We're so obsessed with food these days that it's not surprising that many people believe they are intolerant or even allergic to something. In reality, only about 2% of adults have a real food allergy - and it is 3-4 times more common in children. So what's all the hype about? Here's a simplified guide...

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Ranj's Revision Rules

Got exams coming up? Stressing about how to revise properly? Well, having done a fair few exams in my time (and by a fair few I mean loads), here's my advice on how to improve your chances of getting through that all-important test...

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Can't Sleep, Won't Sleep!

Up to 40% of children aged 1 to 5 have some form of sleep problem. It’s not uncommon to see sleep-deprived parents literally on the verge of pulling their own hair out! All have the same complaints: ‘won’t go to bed’, ‘can’t fall asleep’ and ‘keeps waking up at night’. If you're one of those folk, here's some sleep information that you may find useful…

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Needle Nightmares

Every child has a fear of facing the needle when they go to the doctor. I was one of those people too! The truth is that most doctors don't like doing blood tests on kids because it isn't easy and it makes us rapidly unpopular! Luckily there are some tricks we can use to make everyone's life easier...

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Tantastic Tips

It's that time of year again when we can all look forward to enjoying some sunshine. Some of us may even be heading off to hotter places to try and catch some rays. However, there are a few things to remember - especially as skin cancer is on the rise in teenagers and young adults. Here are my top 10 things to bear in mind...

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