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The fitness trends set to be big in 2018

2017 is coming to an end and if you’re looking for something different to add to your fitness regime in 2018 and mix things up a bit, I have some of the biggest trends to look out for.

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Poinsettias.

Gardening: How to care for plants which fall victim to unscrupulous retailers

More than six million Poinsettias are sold every year in the UK, most to die a slow, horrible death, due to unscrupulous retailers who know nothing about plants trying to make a fast buck (I suspect).

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South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck is leading a debate on the future of South Tyneside hospital services.

Emma Lewell-Buck: Act now for the sake of our hospital’s future

Today I am leading a debate in Parliament on the future of South Tyneside District Hospital.

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Volunteering at a foodbank is one way of helping someone less well off than ourselves this Christmas.

Five ways you can help someone less fortunate this Christmas

It’s easy to forget sometimes, but we Brits are a generous bunch.

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Some people will return Christmas presents simply because they're not to their taste.

Do you know your rights when it comes to returning unwanted Christmas gifts?

It’s the home straight in the Christmas shopping race - but what happens if you’ve changed your mind about a purchase made during the shopping bonanzas, or a friend or relative isn’t as taken with that reindeer jumper as you thought they’d be when you bought it?

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Spotting whether something is a bargain or a fake isn't as easy as you might think.

Will you be buying a loved one a counterfeit Christmas gift?

Times may be tight, but at Christmas we all like to splash out a little, to get that present you know a loved one would really appreciate, even if it's really too far for our bank balances.

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Incontinence can be caused by stress.

Health advice: Don't suffer with incontinence in silence

Despite the potentially debilitating impact and embarrassment of living with incontinence, it’s important to know that you are not alone and that help is available.

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The cost of heating always rises at winter.

How to get help paying your fuel bills

Q. As winter is now upon us I keep hearing from friends and neighbours about support they get towards their fuel bills from various sources.
I’m currently getting Income Support, I am aged 35, a single parent and have two children aged five and two.
I also get Housing Benefit and live in a Housing Association property, my rent does not include anything towards fuel bills. Am I entitled to any sort of help?

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Christmas pudding energy bites.

Recipe of the week: Christmas pudding energy bites

These little beauties are a great snack to have at hand so that you can have a little treat without ruining your diet, and without feeling left out from all of the Christmas treats on offer.

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You can't beat a good quality pair of earphones to use while you're working out,

10 festive gifts for the fitness fanatic in your life

In the last week, I’ve had three of my PT clients’ partners asking me, “What can I buy for her for Christmas now that she is a fitness freak”?

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A decorated Christmas tree.

Gardening: Making your Christmas tree last well beyond the festivities

A real tree or an artificial one? It’s an argument that’s gone on in our house for many years – the other half doesn’t want the bother of the needles, putting it up and disposing of its corpse.

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Are you missing out on hidden council tax benefits?

Vulnerable people in society are missing out on a council tax discount worth £100s or £1000s – as little is known about it, and some councils are giving out misinformation.

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Many people have complained about the way the care home system works.

Why we're taking on the care business and how you can help

It was only two months ago that Which? launched our Care Needs Care Now campaign to raise awareness about the potential future shortfall of care home beds and already there’s been significant action.

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Jetting off to warmer climes is increasingly popular for Christmas.

Six things to remember when booking last-minute Christmas holidays

I bet you’re all a bit sick of Christmas stories right! Fancy a getaway instead?

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South Tyneside District Hospital.

Stephen Hepburn MP: The Tories would steal Christmas if they could get away with it

Sick Tories are destroying our beloved National Health Service.

Health
Our columnist talks about teenage parties.

Richard Ord: The perils of a teenage party

Our eldest son turned 17 and asked if he could have a party with his friends at our house.

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Hospital.

Legal Eagle: Lessons must be learnt in maternity negligence

The health secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced that the NHS in England must do better at learning from mistakes to cut the number of baby deaths and injuries in childbirth in the UK.

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Our columnist fears that promises over cutting baby deaths have been made before.

Legal Eagle: Lessons must be learnt in maternity negligence

The health secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced that the NHS in England must do better at learning from mistakes to cut the number of baby deaths and injuries in childbirth in the UK.

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Being positive is the first step towards getting in shape.

How simply being positive can help you get in shape

What’s the point of being negative? It gets you nowhere. It does you no good whatsoever!

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Chicken tikka masala.

Recipe of the week: Slow cooker chicken tikka

Slow cookers recipes are brilliant at this time of year.

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