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'My Life with Asperger Syndrome'

Michael Cooke, 22 when interviewed, has Asperger syndrome and lives at home with his parents and three brothers in Manchester. He works at an arts centre a few evenings a week and likes playing football. "I am a front-of-house assistant at Sale Waterside Arts Centre.…

10 Hearing Helpers

Whether you've just been diagnosed or you've been living with hearing loss for some time, these organisations, individuals and services can help make life easier for you. 1. Hearing therapists Hearing therapists are trained to help people adapt to living with their hearing loss or…

10 myths about flu and the flu vaccine

There are many myths surrounding flu and the flu vaccine. Here are 10 common flu myths and the truth behind them. The flu vaccine is available on the NHS for adults and children who are considered "at risk". This page covers: Flu is just like having a heavy cold The…

10 Stress Busters

If you're stressed, whether by your job or by something more personal, the first step to feeling better is to identify the cause. The most unhelpful thing you can do is turn to something unhealthy to help you cope, such as smoking or drinking. "In…

5 A Day and your family

Do you cook and shop for a family household, including a fussy eater or two? It's easier than you might think to ensure everyone gets five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. There are many ways to introduce more fruit and vegetables into your family's…

5 Ways to Wellbeing

Evidence suggests that a small improvement in wellbeing can help to decrease some mental health problems and also help people to flourish. This information, produced by the New Economics Foundation (NEF) on behalf of Foresight, sets out 5 actions to  improve personal wellbeing.

Act FAST against Stroke

Stroke is a medical emergency. You are being urged to act FAST and take the symptoms below seriously and call 999 IMMEDIATELY if you notice any one of them in yourself or others - even if you are unsure. Ask yourself: Face – has their…

Activities for Dementia

Keeping an active social life is key to helping someone with dementia feel happy and motivated. There are clubs and activities designed to help people in the same situation, which can be rewarding for both the person with dementia and their families and carers. Everyone needs…

Addiction: what is it?

If you have an addiction, you're not alone. According to the charity Action on Addiction, 1 in 3 people are addicted to something. Addiction is defined as not having control over doing, taking or using something to the point where it could be harmful to…

Alcohol Misuse

Alcohol misuse means drinking excessively - more than the lower-risk limits of alcohol consumption. Alcohol consumption is measured in units. A unit of alcohol is 10ml of pure alcohol, which is about: half a pint of normal-strength lager a single measure (25ml) of spirits A small glass (125ml) of wine…