Taking care of yourself when you’re a caregiver

Taking care of yourself is your most important step as a caregiver. Caregiving can be stressful, even in the best of situations. Here are some important things you need to find time to do—just for yourself. Contact your local social services department for a carers assessment. During the assessment, you’ll have a chance to talk about the care you provide and its imp...
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How is lung cancer treated?

The kind of treatment and the long-term outcome of lung cancer depends on the type and stage of the cancer. It also depends on your age and your overall health. Treatment for both non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and small cell lung cancer (SCLC) may include: Surgery. Lung surgery to remove the cancer may be an option when your cancer is in only one lung or present i...
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Cutting back on drinking alcohol

19-25 November is Alcohol Awareness Week and this year, the theme is ‘Change’. If you think you are drinking too much alcohol and want to cut back, here are some things you can do. Try new approaches. Pay attention to why you're having a drink. Is it just habit? For example, don't drink just because it's 6 p.m. or because it's Saturday night. Teach yourself to drin...
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How can you care for yourself COPD?

Life can be a challenge when you have COPD. Simple everyday tasks can become difficult. COPD condition is progressive one, meaning there’s no cure. However, there are exercises, treatments and diet to help you manage your condition easier. Staying healthy Do not smoke. This is the most important step you can take to prevent more damage to your lungs. If you need help ...
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How do you stay healthy after you leave the hospital?

After you leave the hospital, the best way to benefit from your treatment is to take good care of yourself. Remember that you are the most important member of your health care team. Follow your doctor's instructions, which may include things like taking medicines as prescribed, getting needed exercise, or knowing how to take care of an incision from surgery. Taking go...
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Living and eating well with diabetes

Having type 2 diabetes can be overwhelming. The good news? While everyone’s treatment plan will be different, there’s a good chance you can manage your type 2 diabetes by making healthy choices. Convinced, but still struggling to work good choices into your real life? Start here for resources, tips, and tools for eating healthy foods, being more active, testing your blood s...
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What are the symptoms of testicular cancer?

Movember is recognised each November to encourage early detection and treatment of disease affecting men and boys, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. The month is used to raise awareness about preventable problems and supporting men by providing information about the importance of health screenings, check-ups, and self-care. W...
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How can you deal with stress?

Avoiding stress Stress is a part of life, and you can't always avoid it. But you can try to avoid situations that can cause it, and you can control how you respond to it. The first step is tracking your stress to record stressful events, your response to them, and how you coped. After you know what is causing your stress, try making some changes in your life that will h...
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What is mouth cancer?

Oral or mouth cancer is the growth of abnormal cells in any part of the mouth or lips. Most oral cancers start in the lining of the lips or mouth where you have thin, flat cells called squamous cells. This type of cancer may also be called oral cavity cancer or oropharyngeal cancer. What are the symptoms of mouth cancer? Symptoms of mouth cancer include sores or lumps on ...
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Cholesterol and triglycerides tests: Overview

Cholesterol and triglyceride tests are blood tests that measure the total amount of fatty substances (cholesterol and triglycerides) in the blood. Cholesterol travels through the blood attached to a protein. This cholesterol-protein package is called a lipoprotein. Lipoprotein analysis (lipoprotein profile or lipid profile) measures blood levels of total cholesterol, LDL...
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