Health

Dr Hilary explains how to keep colds at bay this winter

The cold season is upon us, and as is the way, when we take time off to celebrate Christmas with the family, we end up stuck indoors with a nasty cold. Typical isn’t it?

Fortunately, Dr Hilary is here with some tremendous tips on how to fend off colds. And what if you catch a cold? The TV doc also has some expert advice on how to cut a cold short.

Matt Johnson shares his experience of mental illness in the hope of encouraging others to seek help

Matt Johnson is campaigning for people to 'Ask Twice' this Christmastime in the hope of encouraging more people to speak openly about their mental wellbeing. He shares his own experience of mental illness and how depression led him to contemplate suicide around this time of year in 2009. He says although life is never perfect, 'things are wonderful' for him now.

Please click here to access help and support for mental health issues.

You Know Breast: Juggling motherhood and chemotherapy

Seven months ago, Lorraine producer Helen Addis was diagnosed with breast cancer. Since then, she’s started her own blog The Titty Gritty to document her journey, and to raise awareness of her condition.

As part of her treatment plan, Helen needs 16 chemotherapy sessions in total, and will complete all of them before Christmas this year.

She opened the door to the Lorraine team for one chemotherapy session, and gave us an insight into the physical, emotional and mental toll it can take. She also reveals how she juggles being a mother to three kids while dealing with the side effects of chemotherapy.

She points out: "The word 'mother' is in the word 'chemotherapy', and I can't wait until the letters either side of that fall away and I can go back to being a fit and healthy mother again."

Do #YouKnowBreast? Watch Dr Hilary's step-by-step guide to the two minute breast examination that could save your life.

'Watching Lorraine saved my life' - Deborah James inspired viewer to visit GP with anal cancer symptoms

After watching cancer campaigner - and self-proclaimed 'bowel babe' - Deborah James on Lorraine back in April, mother-of-four Tracey O’Keefe realised she had been suffering from similar symptoms for weeks. She went to her GP and was eventually diagnosed with anal cancer.

They joined Dr Hilary on the sofa to discuss the difference that getting an early bowel or anal cancer diagnosis can make, as well as breaking taboos and refusing to feel embarrassed about our bodies.