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Woman's Weekly (UK) - - Dr Melanie -

Asthma Ac­tion – In 11 Lan­guages

If you have asthma, a writ­ten ac­tion plan can im­prove your con­di­tion on a day-to-day ba­sis, or even save your life. So Asthma UK has trans­lated its ac­tion plan into 11 dif­fer­ent lan­guages, in­clud­ing Ara­bic, Kur­dish, Pol­ish, Ben­gali, Man­darin and Welsh. You can down­load it in any of these lan­guages (and English, too!) – go to asthma.org.uk and search for ‘ac­tion plan’.

True Or False?

Op­ti­mistic women live longer. True, ac­cord­ing to US re­searchers who fol­lowed up a group of women for eight years and say those who looked on the bright side of life were sig­nif­i­cantly less likely to die from cancer, heart dis­ease, strokes, lung dis­ease or in­fec­tion. Some­thing to prac­tise, per­haps?

Child­bear­ing After Cancer

Many peo­ple hav­ing cancer treat­ment don’t re­ceive the sup­port and in­for­ma­tion they need about its ef­fects on their fu­ture fer­til­ity, ac­cord­ing to in­ter­na­tional re­searchers. On­cofer­til­ity is a fairly new spe­cial­ity, and guide­lines say that men and women of re­pro­duc­tive age should be coun­selled about the risks as early as pos­si­ble, and ad­vised whether/ how fer­til­ity could be pre­served, if that is what they wish. Find out what to ask at nhs.uk/livewell/cancer.

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