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FAMILY HEALTH: Medical Zone.

THE season of coughs, colds and sore throats is fast approaching and, more than ever before, there is pressure on people to "self-medicate".

Antibiotics are useless against cold and flu bugs and GPs are anxious that sufferers try over-the-counter medicines.

Every year 40 million adults visit their GP complaining of a sore throat yet in the majority of cases no drugs are prescribed. But the huge array of products on the chemists' shelves can be confusing.

Strepsils has launched Throat Pack as part of its an Understanding Sore Throats campaign which is a set of information cards describing causes and relief.

For a free Throat Pack send your name and address on a postcard to: Strepsils Understanding Sore Throats, 5th Floor, 35 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4SG.

ONE in every 100 babies is born with a heart problem and the diagnosis can cause families great distress and fear.

The Children's Heart Federation is a support group for parents of children born with heart defects.

It now has a freephone helpline - 0808 808 5000 - open from 9.30am to 9.30pm Monday to Friday.

A QUICK reference guide to common causes and suggested treatments of childhood pain has been produced by the makers of Disprol and Bonjela.

Reckitt & Coleman is offering Mirror readers free copies of the booklet entitled A Parent's Guide To Childhood Fever And Pain.

Send your name and address on a postcard to The Medical Information Unit, Reckitt & Coleman Products, FREEPOST, Dansom Lane, Hull, HU8 7DS.

FINDING a dentist can be difficult and around half the calls to the British Dental Health Foundation's helpline are about the the best way to obtain dental care.

A foundation leaflet called Tell Me About Finding a Dentist is available free by sending an SAE to The British Dental Health Foundation, Eastlands Court, St Peter's Road, Rugby, CV21 3QP.

The helpline number is 0870 333 1188.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 10, 1999
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