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'I feel healthier as a vegan'

Married father-of-one David Scott, 46, from Glasgow, talks about his decision to become a vegan and how he makes sure his diet is balanced and varied. When and why did you become a vegan? It was a gradual process that started about 18 months ago.…

'My children teach me the art of patience'

Deborah French has four children, two of whom have special educational needs. In this interview, she explains how she supports them day to day and describes the help she receives from others. Henry, 10, has ASD Deborah's son Henry is 10 years old and has autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Henry's…

10 hearing helpers

Whether you've just been diagnosed or you've been living with hearing loss for some time, these organisations, individuals and services can help make life easier for you. 1. Hearing therapists Hearing therapists are trained to help people adapt to living with their hearing loss or…

Autism diagnosis for adults

Have you ever wondered if you're autistic? Finding out if you're autistic could help answer questions that may have bothered you all your adult life. There are a number of online autism tests, but these vary in accuracy and none will be able to tell if you're definitely…

Autism: the facts

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability. On its own, autism is not a learning disability or a mental health problem. But some people with autism have an accompanying learning disability, learning difficulty or mental health problem. Autism is a spectrum condition. This means that while all people with…

Baby and toddler play ideas

Ideas to help your child play and learn You can give your child lots of different opportunities to play, and it doesn't need to be difficult or expensive. Look at books and sing songs and nursery rhymes with your child. It's fun and will help…

Coping with a positive HIV test

Hearing that you have HIV can be shocking, but people with HIV can live a long and healthy life. Find out how to cope with a positive test result and where to go for support. Read the information below or go straight to the advice on: your emotions getting the test result…

Cosmetic surgery abroad

If you're considering cosmetic surgery abroad, do your research first. Cosmetic surgery abroad often costs less than in the UK, but make sure you weigh any potential savings against potential risks. Both the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) and the British Association of Plastic,…

Dental treatment abroad

If you're considering dental treatment abroad, do your research and be aware of the potential risks. There are no official statistics on the number of people travelling abroad for dental treatment. But a 2007 survey by the consumer association Which? found dentistry is one of…

Epilepsy and pregnancy

Epilepsy is common, affecting around 600,000 people in the UK. It usually begins in childhood, but can start at any age. The main symptoms of epilepsy are repeated seizures. A seizure happens when abnormal patterns of electrical activity arise in the brain. It may cause the body…