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'Cystic fibrosis won't stop me singing'

Despite having a serious health condition, Bianca Nicholas has recorded a successful single, given live session radio performances, and appeared on The Voice. Thousands of young women in the UK dream of becoming pop stars, but few have a serious illness to contend with on top of their musical…

'Diabetes and me'

Surjeet Soin, aged 65 when interviewed, found out he had diabetes at the age of 50. He started taking medication and took up walking to keep fit. He went to Mount Everest base camp in 2005. Surjeet, an accountant from Luton, was 50 when he found out…

'Going dry for a month boosted my health'

As someone who drank no more than a couple of glasses of wine a day, Joanna did not see herself as a heavy drinker. But one day, she realised that "wine o'clock" had become more of a habit than a pleasure. She gave up alcohol…

'Hearing aids make life better'

Thanks to her digital hearing aid, Reena can now hear some sounds for the first time. She explains how hearing aids have transformed her life. Reena Gogna, aged 27 when interviewed, has had severe hearing loss from birth and relies on her hearing aid to…

'I got an Asperger's diagnosis aged 45'

How having an autism spectrum disorder in adulthood affected Aly, who describes the effects of an Asperger's diagnosis in middle-age. "My name is Aly Gynn. I am 46 years old and was formally diagnosed with Asperger syndrome last year."   "I had diagnosed myself three years earlier. I was teaching adults with…

'My husband's suicide'

Gill Irish is on the phone, sitting at the top of the stairs at home, next to where she found her husband hanging. She returned from work one day in June 2000 and when she opened the front door, she found a note from her husband Neville on…

'NHS Health Check helped my dad'

Dr Dawn Harper: "My dad's future is very different now." Known to millions as TV medical presenter "Dr Dawn" on Channel 4, Dr Dawn Harper says she has a very personal reason for wanting people to get an NHS Health Check. Dr Dawn, who is also a GP…

'Planning our meals was key to saving'

Rob Finch thought he was running a pretty tight ship until he did the Eat4Cheap challenge and shaved nearly 20% off the family's weekly shopping bill. Eat4Cheap is more than just a money-saving challenge, it's an attempt to demonstrate that eating healthily is cheaper than…

'Share your care' - connected care system in Adult Social Care

'Share your Care,' locally known as 'Connected Care', is a secure IT system for sharing information about a service user's medical conditions and needs across health and social care organisations. The system enables instant, secure access to patient and social care records across Berkshire, for professionals involved…

10 health benefits of stopping smoking

Smoking is bad for your health, but exactly how will stopping make life better? Here are 10 ways your health will improve when you stop smoking. Stopping smoking lets you breathe more easily People breathe more easily and cough less when they give up smoking because their lung capacity…
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