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Advanced pelvic floor treatments

In last month’s blog I mentioned Peristeen® anal irrigation as a method of bowel management, and also percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS) treatment which sends a very small amount of stimulation to treat bladder and bowel urgency and frequency, when you can’t hang on. You have to attend 12 weekly clinics where we place a tiny acupuncture needle in the tibial nerve by your ankle and stimulate it for ...

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National Home Security Month is back to bust winter burglaries

As the clocks go back the criminals come out, with statistics showing a 20%* increase in home burglaries during the darker months, and the average cost of a winter burglary weighing in at a hefty £1,746. With this in mind, October 1 marks the start of National Home Security Month (NHSM), a nationwide initiative, supported by Yale, which runs throughout the month and is designed to create awareness around th ...

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The story of a single adopter

One of the myths surrounding adoption is that you have to be in a couple in order to adopt. This isn’t true, in the last 20 years there has been a notable increase in the number of single-parent adopters, often because of the rise in the number of people settling down later in life. One such adopter, is Dawn Jones. Becoming a mum Dawn, 51, from York had always longed to be a mum. She is one of three childre ...

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Adopting a child – Sally’s story

Adopting a child is life-changing – not just for the child being adopted but for the whole family. It’s an emotional journey, and as a parent, one you will find rewarding and fun – even with its challenges.  Here, Sally, an adoptive parent shares the letter she has written for her birth daughter. "I’ll admit, love, that I’ve always found ‘the baby game’ irritating. The game you most often ask me to play wit ...

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Constipation is a bigger problem than you may think

A staggering 16 -17% of the adult population suffer with constipation. Contrary to popular belief it’s not just the elderly or those with an unhealthy lifestyle; constipation affects everyone, and if affects women more than men. Constipation can be mild or short term for many people, but for others it’s a chronic long term condition that causes significant pain, discomfort, bloating and tiredness and has a ...

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The shortage of the right homes for older people

For older people the right home can transform their lives. According to research by the think tank Demos, there are only around 100,000 specialist retirement properties in the UK to buy with an estimated 3.5m over 60s looking to buy. Over £400bn is tied up in homes of the over 60s looking to down size to a more suitable home that meets their future needs. Esther Rantzen, founder of ‘The Silver Line’ which i ...

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Thinking about adoption?

Are you considering starting a family this Spring?  There are many children who wait for a ‘forever family’.  If you can create a space in your life for a child, adoption may be for you. There are many ways to build your family, adoption is just one of many, so we tackle the myths to help you decide if adoption is for you.   What types of children need families? There are many types of children who are ...

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How to make… delicious Spring lamb and fresh fruit pavlova

Try this super lamb recipe followed by a delicious fresh fruit pavlova. We’re a little way off spring yet but this will be the perfect way to wow your family around the Easter table.   Super Spring Lamb (serves 4-6) You will need: Leg of Spring Lamb (2kg) 200g plain flour 2 litres lamb stock (from lamb bones or stock cubes) 200ml vegetable oil 1 pint tomato concasse 4 cloves of garlic Fresh rosemary, o ...

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We do like to live beside the seaside

The health benefits of the mineral-rich ocean and invigorating sea air have been known about since early times. From the Ancient Greeks through the Victorian era to more recent decades, medical practitioners have prescribed a stay by the sea to increase a patient’s well-being, moods, breathing and circulation. Indeed, recent scientific research has shown measureable benefits of the sea air, waves and sea wa ...

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Getting a divorce that’s right for you

Divorce offers many the chance for a fresh start and a happier outlook on life. So, it’s hardly surprising that according to the Office of National Statistics (published December 2012), 42% of marriages in England and Wales end in divorce. And whilst it can be a challenging time for you and your family, with the right approach and support it doesn’t have to be difficult. It’s all a matter of finding the rig ...

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Spread the love this Valentine’s Day and give a child a home

With February comes Valentine’s Day, and many of you will be making plans to spend plenty of time with loved ones.  This year, why not share the love and give a child a home .  You might be thinking about going away with your partner or maybe even planning a romantic candlelight dinner. If you’re single, you might be having a fun evening with your friends instead. Love may also mean spending more quality ti ...

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Fostering: your questions answered

There are more than 62,000 children living with foster families across the UK. The Fostering Network estimates that a further 9,000 foster carers are needed this year alone to provide the supportive, stable and caring home for these vulnerable children. Dispelling the myths around fostering is the name of the game, and recruiters are determined in the New Year to help communities understand clearly, what it ...

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How to give your mind a spring clean

Feeling burdened? Get out your mental mop and duster and give your brain a good airing Are you losing sleep over your growing list of chores? Perhaps you’re getting fed up of blowing your temper in queues, or spending days filled with anxiety at the prospect of a big work project? If so, chances are you’re suffering from a case of ‘brain overload’. It’s time to find out just what’s going on in your head, an ...

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Would you consider adoption?

So, another Christmas is over. After being surrounded by family, with rooms full of festive cheer, it’s time to start thinking about the New Year ahead. The usual list of dreary New Year’s resolutions might look like this 1. Go on that diet I saw in the paper 2. Take up a hugely exciting and dangerous hobby 3. Finish clearing out the loft! This year though you could make a resolution that really makes a dif ...

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Lorraine’s Little Black Dress Diet

Shift a few pounds - and inches - in time for your Christmas party with The Hungry Girls' Little Black Dress Diet, as featured on ITV's weekday morning show, Lorraine… 'Although there's only 30 days until Christmas, you've still got loads of time to be slimmer and shimmer in your little black dress,' said our resident guest editor, Lorraine Kelly, 53, this morning, where she was joined on the set of Lorrain ...

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Celebrity dogs and their owners

Fame, fortune and furry animals – find out why guest-editor Lorraine Kelly and other celebrities enjoy being dog-owners Nowadays, having a designer doggy has almost become part and parcel of being a celebrity. But these pooches are more than just accessories. With fame comes a lot of uncertainty about who genuinely likes you as a person, and who wants to use you for your social status, so it's no wonder tha ...

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Bin Your Bra with Lorraine Kelly

This October, Daybreak presenter, and at home's guest editor Lorraine Kelly is appealing to the women of Britain to donate their unwanted bras as part of the 'Bin Your Bra' campaign against breast cancer. The campaign, which coincides with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, encourages women to get rid of unwanted bra's by taking them along to special Lorraine Kelly bins at House of Fraser stores, which will the ...

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Lorraine Kelly’s TV guilty pleasures

An avid fan of the small screen, Lorraine reveals what has her hooked. Down to earth, as always, when it comes to relaxing at the end of the day, Lorraine Kelly is the same as the rest of us. ‘I love television!’ she says. ‘I’m a TV addict. Love it, love it, love it, love it, love it. Absolutely love it. There is still loads of great stuff on TV, and I watch far too much!’ America’s Next Top Model Created b ...

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Lorraine Kelly’s world of work and play

We delve into yummy mummy Lorraine’s world of work and play. Boys love Lorraine While most men lust after our Lorraine – the Lorraine Kelly Appreciation website receives thousands of hits every week – singer Olly Murs sees her in a slightly different light. He tweeted:‘If I could have two mums, Lorraine would be my second!’. And Lorraine, herself, ’fessed up to wanting tiny models of the pint-sized presenti ...

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A positive breast reduction

Mary Rowlands*, 59, Had a breast reduction operation last October. The results, physically and mentally, have been nothing but positive… Before I had my operation, I never really knew my bra size. For years, I’d been squeezing myself into a double-E bra, but I was definitely bigger than that. If I’m honest, I’m sure I was at least an F-cup size. ‘I also had a very long drop in my breasts and, with the lack ...

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