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Boys al­lowed

Fol­low­ing re­cent rec­om­men­da­tions that all men un­der 45 who have sex with men ( MSM) be of­fered the HPV vac­cine, the UK govern­ment has now de­cided that all ado­les­cent boys should have the vac­cine, too, to help pre­vent anal, oral and pe­nile can­cers. The jab is al­ready given to girls and has helped to re­duce the num­ber of cer­vi­cal can­cers. The vac­ci­na­tion for boys will be ad­min­is­tered at school or at their doc­tor’s surgery. MSM can ac­cess it for free at sex­ual health clin­ics.

Oh, honey!

Be­fore you see your GP about that win­ter cough, try some tra­di­tional reme­dies such as honey and lemon first. The ma­jor­ity of win­ter coughs are caused by viruses and don’t need med­i­ca­tion — in fact, it’s es­ti­mated that 40 per cent of an­tibi­otic pre­scrip­tions for coughs aren’t nec­es­sary and self- care is a bet­ter op­tion, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional In­sti­tute for Clin­i­cal Ex­cel­lence. How­ever, if your cough doesn’t im­prove, be sure to visit your doc­tor.

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