Health

Stephen Tompkinson on his dad's battle with dementia

"It’s a physical disease and therefore can be tackled… An average orange weighs 140g, which is the same size of the brain matter which is lost through dementia. That can be through your memories, all sorts of things just stop making sense."

Stephen Tompkinson

He’s one of television's most familiar faces. But off-screen, actor Stephen Tompkinson's life has been far from easy.

Losing his father to Alzheimer's in 2015, the Wild At Heart star has seen first-hand the devastating effects the disease can have on loved ones.

In a bid to raise awareness, Stephen opens up about his dad’s death for the first time.

Dr Chris Investigates... anti-depressants

Prescriptions for antidepressants have almost doubled in the last decade, with a particularly sharp rise in patients over the age of 65; and these medications have certainly been hitting the headlines recently.

One recent study claims taking antidepressants whilst pregnant can cause gestational diabetes. And now, a new survey carried out by charity Mind found the vast majority of patients were being left in the dark by their GP about potential side-effects.

Dr Chris is here to reveal the truth behind the headlines and to share his own experience of taking these kinds of medications.

Dr Sara Investigates... the truth behind childhood vaccines

The NHS has released data which shows a decline in the number of children receiving all 13 childhood jabs over the past year, including the MMR vaccine.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said he’s “looking very seriously” at making vaccinations compulsory for all children going to school in England.

So why are people avoiding vaccinations? Dr Sara is here to debunk the myths and highlight the reasons as to why they are so important.

She is joined by Debbie Roscoe whose daughter contracted measles after not completing the full course of jabs.

Is it safe to vape?

Vaping has hit the headlines once again, with eight deaths in the US reportedly linked to e-cigarettes and a ban now in place in some US states. So as Donald Trump calls for the products to be taken off the shelves, we’re asking is it safe to vape?

Dr Zoe is here to investigate.