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Simple treatments for heartburn and cut lip

By West Briton  |  Posted: January 02, 2014

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CHRISTMAS is over for another year with the only medical incidents at our house being a bit of heartburn for father-in-law and a cut lip after a doll's pram accident for a friend's daughter.

The treatments consisted of a large glass of Bailey's (technically a milk-based drink) for the former and chocolate for the latter.

In terms of damage, the newly painted skirting boards took a severe beating from my nephew's remote-controlled car and the pile of reindeer food (porridge oats and glitter) provided by pre-school and sprinkled outside the front door on Christmas Eve has turned into a large sticky patch of glittery vomit prompting my daughter to ask if Rudolf was poorly. It was a special few days, but we are going away next Christmas.

New Year is a great time to change something. My first consultation after Christmas was to tell a lovely 60-year-old lady that she had lung cancer. 90 per cent of lung cancers are caused by smoking.

If you smoke, your resolution this New Year should be to try to stop, even if you have tried before. Do it for yourself, for your children and grandchildren. After one year your risk of a heart attack will be half that of a smoker. After five years your risk of stroke is the same as a life-time non-smoker. After ten years, your risk of developing lung cancer falls to half that of a smoker. It isn't easy but help is out there. Your GP surgery will have a smoking cessation service or try the NHS Smokefree helpline on 0300 123 1044.

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