Common Health Questions

Q:When should I start giving my baby solids (weaning)?

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Q:Can I give my child painkillers?

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Q:How much salt do babies and children need?

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Q:When am I most fertile during my cycle?

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Q:How can I delay my period?

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Q:What are the health benefits of losing weight?

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Q:Why is my waist size important?

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Q:Are sunbeds safe?

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Q:How long does alcohol stay in your blood?

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Q:Can I take cough and cold remedies while I'm breastfeeding?

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Q:Can I take paracetamol or ibuprofen with cough or cold medicines?

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Q:Can I take paracetamol and ibuprofen together?

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Q:Can I take paracetamol if I'm on warfarin?

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Q:Can I take paracetamol if I'm on antibiotics?

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Q:What should I do if I miss a dose of antibiotics?

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Q:Why must some medicines be taken on an empty stomach?

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Q:Can I drink alcohol if I'm taking antidepressants?

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Q:When can I drink alcohol after finishing metronidazole?

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Q:Does cannabis interact with antidepressants or lithium?

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Q:Why must some medicines be taken with or after food?

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Q:Can I drink alcohol if I'm taking painkillers?

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Q:Why can't hydrocortisone cream be used on the face?

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Q:How should antidepressants be discontinued?

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Q:Can I drink alcohol while taking antibiotics?

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Q:Can I get my penis enlarged?

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Q:Is it normal to have a curved penis?

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Q:What should I do if my penis is torn?

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Q:Why is my penis smelly and sore?

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Q:What should my testicles look and feel like?

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Q:What is this lump on my penis?

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Q:What can cause orgasm problems in men?

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Q:Why can't I get and keep an erection?

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Q:Can I get medication for erectile dysfunction (ED) on the NHS?

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Q:What should I do if my erection won’t go down?

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Q:What is gynaecomastia?

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Q:When do I have to pay for NHS treatment?

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Q:Can I get IVF treatment on the NHS?

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Q:Can I get laser eye surgery on the NHS?

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Q:Do I need a GP referral for private treatment?

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Q:How can I get an NHS hearing aid?

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Q:Am I entitled to a free NHS eye test?

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Q:Do I have the right to refuse treatment?

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Q:Can I choose where to receive treatment?

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Q:How long will I have to wait to see a consultant?

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Q:How do I get a second opinion?

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Q:Why do I need folic acid in pregnancy?

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Q:Why should I avoid some foods during pregnancy?

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Q:Is it safe to fly while pregnant?

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Q:Can I have travel vaccinations during pregnancy?

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Q:Can I take my baby on an aeroplane?

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Q:Why should pregnant women avoid sheep during the lambing season?

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Q:Can I take hay fever medicine during pregnancy?

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Q:Can HIV be passed to an unborn baby in pregnancy or through breastfeeding?

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Q:What causes bleeding during pregnancy?

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Q:How long do babies carry their mother's immunity?

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Q:Where can I get abortion advice?

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Q:Are pregnant women entitled to free NHS prescriptions?

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Q:When will my periods start again after pregnancy?

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Q:How soon can I do a pregnancy test?

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Q:Is it safe to use hair dye when I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?

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Q:Is it normal to have vaginal discharge during pregnancy?

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Q:When will my periods return after a miscarriage?

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Q:Is it safe to use fake tan during pregnancy?

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Q:Are sunbeds safe to use during pregnancy?

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Q:Are complementary therapies safe during pregnancy?

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Q:Is it safe to breastfeed if I have diarrhoea and vomiting?

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Q:What should I do if I think I've got an STI?

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Q:Do I need a cervical screening test if I'm a virgin?

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Q:How soon do STI symptoms appear?

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Q:Is chlamydia only caught through sexual contact?

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Q:What infections can I catch through oral sex?

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Q:Can a man catch thrush from a female partner?

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Q:What services do sexual health clinics (GUM clinics) provide?

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Q:Why does sex hurt?

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Q:Can I get pregnant if I have sex without penetration?

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Q:What causes bleeding between periods?

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Q:What causes a woman to bleed after sex?

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Q:Will I be tested for chlamydia during my smear test?

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Q:Can I get pregnant just after my period has finished?

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Q:How can I tell when I’m ovulating?

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Q:Can a tampon get lost inside me?

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Q:What is a well woman clinic?

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Q:Which dental treatments are available on the NHS?

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Q:What should I keep in my first aid kit?

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Q:What age can children buy over-the-counter (OTC) medicines?

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Q:Where can I get an emergency supply of medicine?

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Q:How can I find out my blood type (blood group)?

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Q:How do I understand my medical test results - Redirect

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Q:Can I get a paternity test on the NHS?

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Q:Can I eat and drink before having a blood test?

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Q:Can I eat or drink before an operation?

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Q:Why aren't children in the UK vaccinated against chickenpox?

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Q:Can my baby go swimming before or after vaccinations?

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Q:When do tetanus symptoms show up after an injury?

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Q:Which vaccinations are free?

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Q:Does my cut need stitches?

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Q:How do I know if I've broken a bone?

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Q:How do I apply butterfly stitches?

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Q:How do I apply a bandage?

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Q:How do I apply plasters and other dressings?

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Q:How do I clean a wound?

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Q:What are bruises?

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Q:When do I need a fit note (formerly sick note)?

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Q:What are pelvic floor exercises?

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Q:What are the incubation periods for infections?

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Q:How do I take someone's temperature?

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Q:How long is someone infectious after a viral infection?

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Q:Is pneumonia contagious?

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Q:Where can I use my EHIC?

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Q:Which travel vaccinations are free?

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Q:Which vaccinations do I need to travel abroad?

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Q:How do I get an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card)?

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Q:Can I take my medicine abroad?

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Q:How do I organise transport to and from hospital?

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Q:What is PALS (Patient Advice and Liaison Service)?

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Q:How do I make a complaint about an NHS service?

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Q:How do I change my GP?

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Q:How often can I have a free NHS eye test?

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Q:How do I get a referral to an NHS specialist?

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Q:Can I get my glasses repaired or replaced on the NHS?

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Q:Can I see a chiropractor on the NHS?

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Q:Can I get chiropody or podiatry on the NHS?

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Q:Can thrush harm my baby during pregnancy?

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Q:What are the risks of genital herpes during pregnancy?

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Q:Can rubella (german measles) harm my baby during pregnancy?

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Q:Can measles harm my baby during pregnancy?

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Q:Can mumps harm my baby during pregnancy?

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Q:What are the risks of toxoplasmosis during pregnancy?

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Q:Can cytomegalovirus (CMV) harm my baby during pregnancy?

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Q:What are the risks of chickenpox during pregnancy?

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Q:What are the risks of shingles during pregnancy?

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Q:What are the risks of hand, foot and mouth disease during pregnancy?

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Q:What are the risks of slapped cheek syndrome during pregnancy?

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Q:Do I need vitamin supplements?

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Q:Is saturated fat bad for me?

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Q:What should my daily intake of calories be?

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Q:How much salt or sodium is good for me?

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Q:How much sugar is good for me?

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Q:Why is fibre important?

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Q:Can a hospital patient with MRSA infection have visitors?

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Q:How do I access my medical records (health records)?

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Q:Do I need a tetanus jab (vaccine) after an accident or injury?

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Q:Can I demand a specific treatment?

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Q:What is the law on the sale of medicines?

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Q:What is a controlled medicine (drug)?

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Q:Is my baby at risk if I’m pregnant and have diabetes?

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Q:Who can write a prescription?

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Q:When is it safe to have sex after an abortion?

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Q:When is it safe to have sex after a miscarriage?

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Q:What is a fever (high temperature) in children?

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Q:Can I find out the sex of my baby?

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Q:Can having an abortion affect my fertility?

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Q:Can I have a cervical screening test during pregnancy?

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Q:How long is a prescription valid for?

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Q:What does a sex therapist do?

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Q:Is masturbation normal?

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Q:What is oral sex?

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Q:What is an orgasm?

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Q:Are sex toys safe?

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Q:How should I check my breasts?

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Q:Can my GP prescribe extra medication to cover my holiday?

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Q:Can I take cod liver oil supplements when I’m pregnant?

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Q:What should I do if I have discharge from my piercing?

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Q:How can I access an NHS dentist in an emergency or out of hours?

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Q:How do I complain about my dental treatment?

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Q:How much will I pay for NHS dental treatment?

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Q:Who is entitled to free NHS dental treatment in England?

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Q:What can I expect from my NHS dentist?

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Q:Can post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) stop me getting HIV?

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Q:What is the glycaemic index (GI)?

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Q:Should I stop taking antiplatelet medicines such as aspirin before minor surgery?

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Q:How can I improve my chances of becoming a dad?

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Q:Can I use bottled water to make up baby formula (infant formula)?

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Q:How can I have a healthy and comfortable flight?

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Q:How can I keep my baby safe during hot weather?

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Q:Can I get free liposuction on the NHS?

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Q:Is colonic irrigation available on the NHS?

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Q:How do I check my pulse?

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Q:Is it safe to fly with a perforated eardrum?

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Q:What are the risks of group B streptococcus (GBS) infection during pregnancy?

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Q:How much alcohol can I drink before driving?

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Q:Can I pick up a prescription for someone else?

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Q:Can I use my mobile phone in an NHS hospital?

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Q:Why is smoking addictive?

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Q:How long does cannabis stay in the body after smoking?

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Q:Is passive smoking harmful?

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Q:Am I entitled to any pregnancy benefits?

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Q:Can I have an X-ray if I'm pregnant?

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Q:How long does it usually take to get pregnant?

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Q:Can I go swimming after a piercing?

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Q:Can I get a mole removed on the NHS?

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Q:What is the umbilical cord?

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Q:What should I do if someone is choking?

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Q:How can I gain weight safely?

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Q:How accurate are home pregnancy tests?

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Q:What is the placenta?

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Q:What is the amniotic sac?

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Q:How much weight will I put on during my pregnancy?

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Q:Can I stay with my child in hospital?

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Q:Do I have to tell my employer about my medical history?

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Q:How do I check someone's pulse?

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Q:How can I increase my chances of getting pregnant?

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Q:What are the health risks of smoking?

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Q:Can genital HPV infection be prevented?

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Q:What's the difference between HPV and HIV?

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Q:Does a woman always bleed when she has sex for the first time?

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Q:Can I travel on a plane if I have a plaster cast?

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Q:What are well man clinics?

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Q:Why should I use dental floss?

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Q:Can genital HPV infection be tested for?

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Q:Can genital HPV infections be treated?

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Q:Can I take paracetamol when I'm pregnant?

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Q:Can I take ibuprofen when I'm pregnant?

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Q:Is it safe to use a sauna or jacuzzi if I'm pregnant?

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Q:Can I get my stitches (sutures) wet in the bath or shower?

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Q:How should I care for my stitches?

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Q:Can I choose to see a male or female GP?

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Q:How should I dispose of used needles or sharps?

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Q:Where can I get a prescription prepayment certificate (PPC)?

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Q:Do I have an anxiety disorder?

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Q:Do I need to change my diet after gallbladder surgery?

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Q:My baby has oral thrush. Can it affect me if I'm breastfeeding?

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Q:Can I crush medicines before taking them?

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Q:Can I take paracetamol while I'm breastfeeding?

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Q:How long does it take for antidepressants to work?

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Q:Can I take hay fever medicine if I'm breastfeeding?

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Q:Can I take ibuprofen while I’m breastfeeding?

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Q:Why is gradual weight loss better than a crash diet?

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Q:Does grapefruit affect my medicine?

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Q:Can I take anti-malaria medication if I'm pregnant?

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Q:What should I do immediately after a sexual assault or rape?

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Q:What are the risks of MRSA during pregnancy?

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Q:How soon can I use tampons after giving birth?

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Q:Can paint fumes affect my unborn baby?

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Q:How should I care for my plaster cast?

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Q:Do twins run in families?

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Q:What is skin glue?

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Q:How do I care for a wound treated with skin glue?

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Q:Can a broken thermometer or light bulb cause mercury poisoning?

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Q:Why are eye tests important?

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Q:How quickly can I see a GP?

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Q:What should I do if my GP removes me from their list?

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Q:What should I do if I injure myself with a used needle?

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Q:Can I go back to work before the end date on my fit note?

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Q:Can I get a fit note without seeing my GP?

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Q:How long will I be infectious after starting antibiotics?

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Q:Is sex painful the first time?

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Q:Am I masturbating too much and can it be bad for me?

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Q:Does anal sex have any health risks?

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Q:Can you have sex during a period?

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Q:Can you become addicted to sex?

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Q:Is it necessary to have an orgasm to enjoy sex?

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Q:Can premature ejaculation be controlled?

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Q:Can I get chickenpox more than once?

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Q:What if my NHS surgery or operation is cancelled at the last minute?

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Q:What is the risk of infection from someone else’s blood?

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Q:What should I do after contact with someone else's blood or saliva?

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Q:Can I get my tattoo removed on the NHS?

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Q:If my child has a fever, can I give them paracetamol and ibuprofen at the same time?

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Q:Can I give my child paracetamol or ibuprofen with cough or cold medicines?

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Q:How do I register as disabled?

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Q:If I pay for private treatment, how will my NHS care be affected?

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Q:Can HIV be transmitted through oral sex (fellatio and cunnilingus)?

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Q:Can you catch HIV from kissing?

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Q:Do condoms always prevent HIV transmission?

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Q:How long do I have to wait before having an HIV test?

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Q:What are the symptoms of HIV and when do they appear?

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Q:What is the life expectancy for someone with HIV?

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Q:Why are pregnant women at higher risk of flu complications?

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Q:Why should I change my diet after a heart attack?

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Q:When can I fly after a heart attack?

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Q:What do I do if I lose my EHIC or it gets stolen?

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Q:Is my unborn baby at risk of early-onset group B streptococcus (GBS) infection?

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Q:What are the risks of clostridium difficile (C. diff) during pregnancy?

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Q:Am I more at risk if my relatives have cancer?

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Q:How is cancer treated?

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Q:What do cancer stages and grades mean?

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Q:How are chickenpox and shingles connected?

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Q:How do you catch chickenpox?

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Q:How is chickenpox treated during pregnancy?

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Q:What if I'm pregnant and I haven't had chickenpox?

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Q:What should I do if I'm pregnant and I've been near someone with chickenpox?

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Q:Can I take controlled medicines abroad?

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Q:What is preconception care?

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Q:Should my child drink alcohol?

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Q:What complications can affect the placenta?

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Q:What is the body mass index (BMI)?

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Q:What if I forget to remove my tampon?

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Q:How should my prescribed medication be labelled?

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Q:How long will my stitches (sutures) take to dissolve?

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Q:How long should I wear compression stockings after surgery?

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Q:How long should I wear compression stockings to improve my circulation?

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Q:What is HPV?

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Q:What are side effects?

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Q:Is it better to have a bath or shower after surgery?

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Q:When can I fly after surgery?

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Q:How soon can I go swimming after surgery?

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Q:Why shouldn't I change cat litter during pregnancy?

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Q:Am I pregnant?

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Q:How can I work out my body mass index (BMI)?

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Q:How should I collect and store a stool (faeces) sample?

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Q:How should I collect and store a urine sample?

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Q:Which foods cause tooth decay?

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Q:How can I see a GP if I'm away from home?

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Q:How do I register as a temporary resident with a GP?

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Q:Am I entitled to an NHS optical voucher?

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Q:What are the fees for accessing medical records (health records)?

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Q:Can I access someone else’s medical records (health records)?

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Q:Can I access the medical records (health records) of someone who has died?

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Q:Can I get incontinence products on the NHS?

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Q:Can I have vaccinations if I'm pregnant?

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Q:What is blood pressure?

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Q:Are pregnant women entitled to free NHS dental treatment?

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Q:Should transgender men have cervical screening tests?

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Q:What are the risks of scarlet fever during pregnancy?

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Q:What can cause orgasm problems in women?

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Q:Can I take medication before having a blood test?

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Q:What do my blood test results mean?

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Q:What if my NHS dental treatment goes wrong?

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Q:Why has my NHS dentist charged me for private treatment?

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Q:What is included in each NHS dental band charge?

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Q:What are NHS fillings and crowns made of?

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Q:What are NHS dentures, bridges and veneers made of?

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Q:Why should I use interdental brushes?

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Q:Why should I avoid sexual activity before a PSA test?

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Q:Why do medicines have expiry dates?

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Q:How can I avoid food poisoning during pregnancy?

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Q:Should I limit caffeine during pregnancy?

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Q:Will the NHS pay for my long-term care?

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Q:What is NHS-funded nursing care?

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Q:How will my eligibility for NHS continuing healthcare be assessed?

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Q:What infections can used needles or sharps pass on?

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Q:How many calories does a child of 7-10 need?

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Q:How many calories do teenagers need?

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Q:Can I take anti-malaria medication if I'm trying for a baby?

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Q:What should I do if I think my baby is allergic or intolerant to cows' milk?

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Q:Can reheating rice cause food poisoning?

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Q:How can I find a registered dietitian or nutritionist?

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Q:Can I give my baby soya-based infant formula?

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Q:Are squash and pure fruit juice better for children than fizzy drinks?

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Q:Are hard cheeses safe to eat during pregnancy?

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Q:Can I eat shellfish during pregnancy?

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Q:When can I give Quorn to my baby?

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Q:Should pregnant and breastfeeding women avoid some types of fish?

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Q:Can I eat soya products during pregnancy?

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Q:Can I speak to a GP about someone else’s health?

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Q:Why can't I eat soft cheeses during pregnancy?

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Q:Is it safe to eat sushi during pregnancy?

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Q:Can I eat smoked fish and cold meats during pregnancy?

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Q:Can I eat cooked brie and blue cheese during pregnancy?

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Q:Is it safe to eat goats' cheese during pregnancy?

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Q:What is a prenatal paternity test?

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Q:How long should medical records (health records) be kept for?

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Q:Can damp and mould affect my health?

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Q:How do I get rid of damp and mould?

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Q:How long do bacteria and viruses live outside the body?

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Q:Can clothes and towels spread germs?

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Q:Can eating too much black liquorice be bad for you?

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