Should 'time of the month' warrant time off work?

Last week, Dr Chris alerted us to the fact that women in the UK take around six million days off a year because of their periods and so today we're discussing if employers should take this more seriously and show more sympathy to women with bad menstrual cycles by introducing menstrual leave.

Claire Barker joins us alongside Dr Sara to break the taboo of what can be an embarrassing subject to talk about.

Why did nobody stop to help our 83-year-old mum?

Dozens of shoppers walked past Joan Veysey, 83, as she lay in agony on the street pleading 'please help me' after tripping on an uneven pavement.

Joan suffered a broken nose and two black eyes after falling head first onto the stone slabs, but was ignored by passers-by for more than 10 minutes, forcing her to practically crawl to a neighbour's home for help.

Her daughters were left feeling hurt, angry and disgusted and they say 'if it had been a dog lying there on the floor someone would have done something.'

Dena and Joanne Martindale join us on the sofa.

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Anthea's advice for successful step-parenting

A recent survey has revealed that nearly a third of us would object to a single parent's new partner. So as more and more of us become part of a step family, how can we prevent the problems that arise when tempers flare?

Step-mum Anthea Turner's high profile romance with Grant Bovey dominated the headlines in the late nineties, but was becoming stepmother to three young girls as easy as becoming the perfect housewife?

Anthea's here to discuss the trials and tribulations of joining a new family, including where you stand when the relationship is over.

I was given a five percent chance of survival after tombstoning

Tombstoning is the deadly pastime of jumping from rocks, cliffs, piers and bridges into the the water below, that has claimed 17 lives and left over 70 people injured in the UK since 2007.

Dr Zoe heads to Plymouth where she confronts people tombstoning and shows them the shocking effects of what could happen as a result.

Nick Biddlecombe knows only too well how life changing this hobby can be. Aged just 17, Nick was left paralysed after tombstoning in Southampton. Now in a wheelchair and requiring round-the-clock care, Nick joins us today to warn others against gambling with their lives.