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When you lose someone close to you the last thing on your mind will be claiming benefits. You will be grieving and finding it hard enough to get your head around planning the funeral and subsequently moving on without your loved one – to think of anything else, especially money. However, money may become an issue and if it does you will have the added stress of trying to keep a roof over your head and food on the table as well as dealing with the loss of your partner or spouse. Perhaps they were the breadwinner and suddenly that […]
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Buying your first home can be a daunting experience. Purchasing a property is not only a significant financial investment, but the process involved in getting your first foot on the housing ladder can be long and drawn out. However, you shouldn’t allow yourself to feel too worked up about becoming a first time buyer. While it feels like it will be stressful, a number of studies have actually shown that it doesn’t put the same strain on people as many of life’s other big events. In many ways this is because there are elements of the process that you can […]
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We are becoming known as ‘generation rent’ and so, it is safe to say, getting on the property ladder isn’t easy. Therefore, when we finally do, we expect we will move on when we are ready, perhaps to upsize or change locations – house repossession is the last thing on our mind. That is until the day we find ourselves in debt – debt that spirals out of control so quickly that suddenly losing our home becomes a very, very real possibility. House repossession comes about because you are in debt and debt doesn’t happen overnight. It will have been […]
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Finance guru Martin Lewis described the link between mental illness and debt as a “marriage made in hell” in the Telegraph earlier this year. The piece states that people with mental health issues are four to six times more likely to have some form of debt crisis than those without. It’s a cyclical and deadly problem, because both sides of the issue feed each other. For those vulnerable to mental health fluctuations, debt can accelerate the feelings. Those who are depressed or suffering from anxiety might feel extra feelings of pressure and helplessness, especially if people they’ve never met contact […]
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Just under one in ten children in England are obese by the time they begin primary school. The same NHS figures which highlight this statistic (9.1 per cent) among reception age pupils also pinpoints a stark rise in the issue by the end of primary school. By the time 11-year-olds are ready to move on to secondary school, 19.1 per cent are classed as obese and about a third – 33.2 per cent – are either overweight or obese. Those figures are clearly a cause for concern. As Public Health England notes, these children are also more likely to miss […]
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Staying fit and healthy is incredibly hard work, isn’t it? But it doesn’t have to be that hard – there are actually many fun and fairly easy ways to stay fit. In fact you are probably doing some of them already, perhaps without even realising it. Did you know that gardening is good not just for your physical health but your mental health as well? After just 30 minutes of pottering around planting and pruning and you will start to see the benefits. But, with these benefits can come some negatives. While bending and stretching is good for you, if […]
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Online games are played by people of all ages and backgrounds: whether you’re having a go at Angry Birds, enjoy playing World of Warcraft or simply like a game of online bingo, they’re all fun pastimes and surprisingly good for you. How so? Well, while ‘bingo and your health’ probably isn’t a phrase you’d ever considered, the fact is that there are lots of health benefits to online gaming. Here are just a handful of ways gaming can aid your mental health… Gaming can increase your brain’s flexibility ‘Flexibility’ is something we usually associate with our limbs, but did you […]
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The use of technology in the UK’s hospitals is advancing rapidly. Over the years patients have become used to being connected to a whole variety of pieces of electronic equipment in order to maintain and monitor their health but the development of mobile technologies as well as progressive diagnostic tools mean that our hospital care is set to change still further. Look to the future  Hospital beds may change in shape and design, most wards are furnished with ripple beds in order to reduce the possibility of bedsores, but the kind of bed castors here are still attached to these […]
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About half of all households in the UK have a pet, with cats and dogs being the most popular. There are many benefits to having a furry four-legged family member – but did you know protecting your children against allergies is one of those benefits? That’s right, alongside being a loving companion, lowering stress, providing a more harmonious dynamic for the family and aiding in a child’s physical, social, emotional and cognitive development, they also protect against allergies! Are there any negatives to having a pet? There are, of course, conflicting arguments, with some believing that exposure to pets early […]
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Despite what you may believe or expect, the jury is out on vaping. In January the medical world was stunned by research from the New England Journal of Medicine entitled “Hidden Formaldehyde in E-Cigarette Aerosols”, which found the apparent production of lethal chemicals in the e-cigarette vaping process. Barely three months later a contradictory study was unveiled in vapeaboutit.com, featuring the work of renowned cardiologist Dr Konstantinos Farsalinos, who believes that the original study was fatally flawed, that e-cigarettes are at least 95% safer than smoking, and that smokers should swap over. So what to do? Should all smokers toss […]
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Athletes must be powered by the right fuel. It’s no good having a natural talent and flair if you don’t have the fitness levels to put this to use and those fitness levels cannot be achieved without a balanced diet that provides all the right nutrients needed to succeed. Tackling this can be a big headache for an athlete. Alongside the technical skills you require to succeed you’ll need to become an expert in balancing your diet too. Here are some top tips on how to get that right… Sensible goals Be totally focussed on what you want to achieve. […]
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Leading an independent and fulfilled life is vital for all. As you get older or if you suffer from health problems, independence becomes increasingly more important. Mobility aids are a solution. How to retain independence The first thing to remember is that those whose life has changed as a result of age, illness or accident will be scared. They’ll worry about their future, how they will cope with their new lives, and the challenges and the problems that they may encounter. You should, therefore, help them to realise that even though they may need to adjust their lives, change, though […]
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