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Boost your child's bone health

Children's bones keep growing throughout childhood. They grow fastest during toddlerhood and puberty. Their bones keep getting bigger and stronger until they reach what's known as "peak bone mass". This usually happens between the ages of 18 and 25. Building strong bones during childhood will…

Boost your health at work

Most of our waking hours are spent at work, which means the working environment can play a big part in our health and wellbeing. About 131 million working days were lost through absences caused by sickness or injury in 2013, according to the Office for National Statistics. Minor illnesses,…

Boost your quality of life

If your NHS Health Check shows you have a higher risk of developing vascular disease, it's reassuring to know that by leading a healthier life you'll improve your chances of living longer and improve your quality of life. Taking simple steps to improve your lifestyle - such…

Botox, peels, fillers and dermabrasion

Some cosmetic procedures, such as Botox injections, don't involve surgery  -  but this doesn't mean they're without risk. Follow these tips to find a qualified and safe practitioner. Non-surgical cosmetic procedures involve products, such as botulinum toxin (botox), or techniques that make the skin look smoother, or make marks on…

Boys and puberty Q&A

Puberty is the process of growing from a boy into a young man. Here's what to expect. When will I start puberty? If puberty hasn't started yet, don't worry. Most boys begin when they're around 13 or 14 years old, but some start earlier and…

Boys' bodies Q&A

Puberty can be a confusing time, because your body and your feelings are changing as you grow up. Here are answers to some of the questions that boys often ask about their bodies. Click on the questions to go directly to the answer. What age…

Braces and orthodontics

Braces are in high demand. More than 200,000 children and adults in England and Wales started orthodontic treatment last year. Here are the answers to some common questions about this type of dental treatment. Why have braces? The purpose of orthodontic treatment is to make the best…

Breast cancer genes

A fault (mutation) in certain genes can increase your risk of breast cancer. Women at risk of having a faulty gene are offered tests and screening. Genes called BRCA1, BRCA2, TP53, PALB2 or PTEN are the main ones linked to a high risk of breast cancer. Everyone has these genes.…

Breast changes in older women

As you get older, it's natural for your breasts to lose their firmness, change shape, shrink in size and become more prone to certain abnormal lumps. In most cases, breast lumps are harmless but, whatever your age, it's important that you report any new lumps…

Breast reconstruction after mastectomy

If your breast cancer treatment plan includes mastectomy (an operation to remove the breast), you'll have a choice about what you do about your missing breast. Some women choose to live with a flat chest on one side or use a prosthesis (false breast) inside…
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