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Lawrence Higgins

Managing editor

BSc, Post Graduate Diploma

As managing editor of Lawrence looks after all of our features and is a member of the Guild of Health Writers.

Lawrence works with the clinical director to make sure everything is accurate, up to date, and a great read. His career includes being deputy editor on one of the world's leading business magazines, writing Prime Ministerial speeches, and advising FTSE 100 companies on their media and editorial profiles. Lawrence lives by the sea and is a qualified beach surf lifesaver. He is passionate about the wellbeing benefits that being outdoors and can bring us.

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Around 150 million people are stung by jellyfish around the world each year. While some can be harmless, some may not be, so acting quickly is the key to treating a sting to prevent severe side effects or death. Find out here what to do and what not to do.

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The World Health Organization estimates 1 in 4 of us will have a mental health issue such as depression in our lifetime. Even if you’re not affected, the chances are someone close to you may be. Here we look at how to spot the often hidden signs that someone you know is feeling depressed and how you can help them.

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Whooping cough is on the rise across England with the The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) reporting 1,319 cases in England in March, and more than 900 in February. One half of cases seen this year have been in the under-15s, with the highest rates in babies under three months of age. Here we look at how to spot the signs of this highly contagious infection which can effect anyone but can be particularly serious for babies and infants - and how to tell if it less serious.

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If your stomach is rumbling or gurgling it is not unusual and it's something we mostly associate with hunger. However, those noises do not always come from our stomach or just when we haven't eaten. They can also be linked to other underlying health issues.

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Prebiotics and probiotics are both essential components for maintaining a healthy gut microbiome. We have almost as many bacterial cells in our bodies as we do human cells - the average person has about 38 trillion of each. Read on to learn more about the fascinating world of bacteria and the role they play in our health.

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