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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 awareness

Detecting breast cancer early can mean that treatment is more effective. Knowing what your breasts normally feel like will help you to be aware of any abnormal changes. However, not all changes are a sign of breast cancer. Some women have cysts or thickening of…

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…

Britain: 'the fat man of Europe'

One in four British adults is obese, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, prompting fears that the UK has become the "fat man of Europe". The UK has the highest level of obesity in Western Europe, ahead of countries such as France, Germany,…

British military fitness

Gareth Fletcher, a web editor who lives in London, decided to try a new way to stay fit outdoors with British Military Fitness. Gareth is a keen runner who enjoys long distance running. But while he already had a good level of fitness, he was keen to find…

Bullying at work

How to identify if you're being bullied at work, how to stop it, and advice on getting support. What is workplace bullying? Bullying can involve arguments and rudeness, but it can also be more subtle. Excluding and ignoring people and their contribution, unacceptable criticisms and…
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