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Opinion

SEEING RED: Why porridge is the only answer for holiday sickness scammers

“Where there’s blame, there’s a claim.”

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Tackling the excesses of Christmas fare

What makes a good Christmas? Friends and family get-togethers, presents and those special festive foods which are delicious, look tempting and are almost impossible to resist.
Christmas comes once a year, so why shouldn’t you have turkey with all the trimmings, Christmas pudding, mince pies, cream, cheese, trifle, pork pie, chocolates, nuts and a glass or two? Well, a typical Christmas dinner will probably be 1,000 calories alone and the day’s intake could tot up to 6,000!
All that food is hard to stomach and the most likely consequence is indigestion. When you eat, your stomach produces acid as part of the digestion process but this acid can sometimes irritate the lining of the stomach, the top part of the bowel or the oesophagus.
Large amounts of food can also stretch the stomach causing acid reflux known as heartburn, so called because of the burning pain behind your breastbone.
So, what can be done?
Antacids – can provide immediate relief by neutralising stomach acid, which reduces irritation and discomfort.
Alginates – are helpful with acid reflux and help prevent stomach acid getting into the oesophagus, causing heartburn.
Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) – these restrict the acid produced by the stomach and are taken as tablets. Formerly only available on prescription, but now in the pharmacy.
H2-receptor antagonists – like PPIs used to be prescription-only, but some are now available over the counter from your pharmacy. They work by interacting with the stomach cells which release acid, lowering the acidity level in your stomach.

Opinion
Abbie Dodson

COMMENT: Now is the time to follow your dream

With Christmas and the New Year rapidly approaching, it’s a good time to reflect on the past year, and how it’s affected you.

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Top tips for winter fitness

HEALTH: Stick with the exercise and get a great start to 2018!

The dark nights are already around again, we’re all back off our holidays and it seems excuses to skip a gym session are coming hard and fast.

Health
COLUMN: Owning a pet can help with loneliness

COLUMN: Owning a pet can help with loneliness

Last month, the Royal College of Practitioners revealed the shocking statistic that 1.1 million people in the UK are chronically lonely, with 17 per cent of older people having human contact less than once a week.

Opinion
Road sign

SEEING RED: A sign of the times on our roads

So that’s Road Safety Week over for another year. What? You missed it? Seriously?

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A fracking well in operation in America

OPINION: Fracking issue should be settled right here in Derbyshire

This week we heard that chemical giant Ineos has called on the Government to take the key decision about fracking in Derbyshire out of the hands of local planners, claiming the county council is taking too long to decide on the issue.

Opinion

COLUMN: Discover the best of the UK’s nature

Now that the leaves have turned, the temperature has dropped and much-loved programmes such as Autumnwatch and Blue Planet II have returned to our screens - the nation’s love for wildlife has been rekindled and there has never been a better time to get out 
and explore nature at its very 
best.

Travel
COLUMN: Signs to look for and how to treat shock

COLUMN: Signs to look for and how to treat shock

Shock – not to be confused with emotional shock - is a life-threatening condition which happens when the body isn’t getting enough oxygen to the vital organs.

Health
COLUMN: The education system needs to do more to support boys

COLUMN: The education system needs to do more to support boys

We held our awards evening and as girl after girl was called up to collect their prizes, you may have wondered if we had any male students at all.

Opinion

COLUMN: Does Christmas get earlier every year?

I remember as a kid hearing the grown ups say ‘Christmas gets earlier every year’ and thinking how it really doesn’t and seems to take ages to arrive.

Opinion
Food waste

SEEING RED: We all have a duty to stop wasting food

Food, glorious food, so the song goes.

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Fireworks.

SEEING RED: It’s time to stop selling fireworks to the public

So that’s Bonfire Night over with for another year.

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Paper poppies have become a popular mark of respect

OPINION: ‘It is a matter of personal choice whether an individual chooses to wear a poppy’

November has arrived! The daylight is scarce; the roads are getting icy, and poppies are now being sold in every direction.

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COLUMN: Is a hashtag the way to stop sexual harassment?

COLUMN: Is a hashtag the way to stop sexual harassment?

The movemement #me too. It seems there’s not a paper, website or news broadcast where the hashtag isn’t mentioned at the moment.

Opinion
SEEING RED: Gloves are a must when it comes to using a cashpoint

SEEING RED: Gloves are a must when it comes to using a cashpoint

Cleanliness has always been a big thing for me.

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COLUMN: Cat flu is common but can be avoided

COLUMN: Cat flu is common but can be avoided

The weather’s getting colder - before you know it, winter will be here! And with colder weather comes bugs and reminders to get the flu jab.

Opinion
Pumpkin muffins

Halloween recipe: Make the most of leftover pumpkin with savoury muffins

Put the rest of your pumpkin to good use and try these wonderfully moist savoury muffins with earthy sweetness.

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COLUMN: Hit the road for a break with a difference

COLUMN: Hit the road for a break with a difference

Whenever driving holidays come up in conversation, it’s always the world-famous road trips such as Route 66 in the U.S. and Australia’s Great Ocean Road that spring to mind.

Opinion
Head of Anthony Gell School Wirksworth Malcolm Kelly

COLUMN: More options than ever for Dales young people

The careers fair which is scheduled to take place at Anthony Gell School on, October 31, between 6pm and 8pm, has reminded me of just how important it is that young people are given good advice and guidance during their formative years, and how increasingly schools should be able to offer such expertise.

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