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Bitter Pill

“I am keen to take proper care of my body as old age sets in. However every time I read the paper or pick up a magazine, I am urged to take some pill or other to prevent some unwished-for ailment. My local pharmacy has shelf after shelf of bottles and potions. It’s very confusing. What is the common-sense approach to this dilemma?” Continue Reading

Diet Dilemma

Many people are putting themselves on a gluten-free diet, even though they don’t have coeliac disease. Is it wise to change one’s diet without professional advice? Continue Reading

Dos and don’ts of burn emergencies

Young children burn faster than adults and the higher the temperature, the less time it takes. Water at 50C, which feels a bit hot but OK to grown-ups, will scald a child in five minutes. Compare that to less than a second when a hot drink spills on delicate skin. Continue Reading

Class Acts

A reader asks: “I am puzzled to know how teachers control behaviour and maintain discipline in the classroom these days. All the old methods are forbidden, and rightly so for some of them, but are children punished at all today?” Continue Reading