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Should you lose weight fast?

When you're trying to lose weight, it's tempting to want results as fast as possible. But losing weight fast is unlikely to help you keep the weight off - and it also comes with health risks. If you're trying to lose weight, you're probably keen to see, and feel,…

Sickle cell anaemia

Pamela Gyebi-Ababio, 18 at the time of this interview, from Croydon in South London, has three AS-levels and wants to be a doctor. She also has sickle cell anaemia. "I've known I've had sickle cell anaemia for as long as I can remember. I'm determined…

Sign up for weight loss email support

Sign up for 12 weekly emails to support you as you progress through the NHS Choices weight loss plan. Our weight loss plan consists of 12 weekly weight loss packs full of diet, healthy eating and physical activity advice.  Each email contains a link to the relevant weekly weight…

Single Route of Redress – National Trial

In line with Schedule 2 of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014 all local areas in England are required to publish details in their local offers for ‘notifying parents and young people of their right to appeal a decision of the local authority…

Sitting exercises

These gentle sitting exercises will help improve your mobility and prevent falls, and can even be done at home. Don't worry if you've not done much for a while - these seated exercises are gentle and easy to follow. For these exercises, choose a solid, stable chair that doesn't have wheels. You should…

Skin camouflage: Maria's story

Maria Angel talks about her experiences of living with a facial birthmark and how the Changing Faces skin camouflage service has helped. Maria was born with a Nevus of Ota, a dark grey birthmark with a bruise-like appearance, over her left cheek and eyelid. She also has a…

Sleep tips for teenagers

A minimum of 8 to 9 hours' good sleep on school nights is recommended for teens. Here's how to make sure your teen is getting enough sleep to stay healthy and do well at school.  Limit screens in the bedroom If possible, don't have a mobile, tablet, TV or computer in…

South Asian health issues

If you're from a south Asian background, you're more likely than people from other communities in the UK to have certain health conditions. This is also the case for some mixed-race people of south Asian descent. The term "south Asian" in these articles refers to…

Special educational needs (SEN)

If your child has a learning disability, their special educational needs (SEN) can be met either in a mainstream school with extra support, or in a special school. If your child has special educational needs, they will be able to access help, called SEN support, from: nurseries or…

Specialist Assistant for Medical and Physical Needs

The Specialist Assistant aims to give the fullest access possible to the curriculum through IT and other reasonable adjustments in the classroom. This is done by using existing resources and/ or specialist equipment.  The Specialist Assistant: Supports children and young people in school to access…
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