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Feeling great: Staying healthy on your holidays

Got a Summer holiday planned and coming up soon? If your answer’s ‘yes’, this article is perfect for you.

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Richard Ord: Why we need an animal-based grading structure for exams

Richard Ord: Why we need an animal-based grading structure for exams

If he sticks in with his exams, I really do think our eldest son could walk out with a herd of elephants.

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Graham Low and his son Max.

Why having a training partner helps you get in shape

The Sunderland Run Festival was a huge success the weekend before last. Well done to the 4,000 people who took part in the 3K, 10K and half marathon.

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If something you've bought goes wrong you shouldn't be afraid to complain.

Why you shouldn't be afraid to complain about faulty products

When we buy something new we rightly expect the product we’re buying to be fault-free.

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Ask for help if you're struggling with your mental health.

Why you should look after your mental health – and get help if you need it

Good mental health is essential for good physical health and wellbeing as well as strong relationships.

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Glandular fever isn't just caught through kissing.

Eight things everyone should know about glandular fever

Nobody likes a sore throat, especially when accompanied by horribly swollen glands and a raging fever - which can be tell-tale signs of dreaded glandular fever.

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Clematis Montana Elizabeth.

Gardening: Make the most of the height hardy climbers bring

Hardy climbers are invaluable in any garden. A big mistake is to have everything performing at ground level, ignoring the vertical growing space.

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Teenagers who have psoriasis don't need to suffer in silence.

Skin condition is making my son's life a misery

Q. My teenage son has psoriasis and it’s making his life a misery. What’s the best way of dealing with it?

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There are lots of ways to bring family memories to life.

How to make the most of your family's precious memories

Most families have photographs, films, treasures, stories and memories that hold a special place in their hearts, even though they’re gathering dust in the attic.

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Much can go wrong from that click to commit to boarding the plane. Pic: Shutterstock.

Seven tips to get the best value out of a last-minute holiday

May is a great month – and let’s face it, a big part of what makes May so great is the double bank holiday!

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Start by doing three of each exercise, then add three more.

Threesy does it for this week's East Coast Workout

There’s only three exercises in this workout, but they target nearly every part of your body. Legs, bum, arms, shoulders, chest, abs and core.

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This drink will take just seconds to make.

Healthy recipe of the week: Espresso peanut butter smoothie

This one’s for the coffee lovers. Try this espresso peanut butter smoothie to start your day.

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Benefits Expert: Is taking a lump-sum pension a good idea?

Benefits Expert: Is taking a lump-sum pension a good idea?

Q. I am thinking about leaving work, I am 67 and have been deferring my state pension. I live with my wife who is not working or claiming any benefits and isn’t due to retire for a number of years. I have been given options regarding taking a larger state pension or taking a regular state pension with a lump sum. Which option would be better for me?

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Feeling great: Realising your balance is poor...

Feeling great: Realising your balance is poor...

This week we had great fun in the clinic.

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Richard Ord: How our smart meter landed us in hot water

We have had a smart meter installed in our home. It’s apt, considering it is the start of GCSE exams for our Bradley.

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Lionel Messi: Almost as good a left foot as Nathan Thomas.

Waiting for white smoke coming from chimney at Hartlepool United

So we await plumes of white smoke emerging from the chimney at the Northern Gas & Power Stadium.

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Legal Eagle: The role of Special Guardian

Legal Eagle: The role of Special Guardian

My three year old grandson has been in my care for a year and a half and as a result of court proceedings I have recently been named as his ‘Special Guardian’. I am not familiar with this term and I am confused as to what rights I have over my grandson as his Special Guardian and whether I am entitled to any financial support. Would you be able to clarify this for me?

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Losing your cool won't help you make an effective complaint.

Nine ways to make sure someone takes notice of your complaint

I spend a huge amount of my time encouraging people to make complaints. But I know all too well what can go wrong when you do.

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There are lots of hidden costs associated with buying property.

How to avoid overspending when trying to get on the housing ladder

A friend of mine was recently flicking through a publication which lists the properties for sale in her home town, and she saw a photo of her first flat.

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Wills are more important, but Lasting Power of Attorney even more so.

Why granting Lasting Power of Attorney is even more vital than making a will

What’s more important than a will? Lasting Power of Attorney, I'd say.

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