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World HIV Testing Week 2017 – where to get free HIV tests

(Picture: HIV Test Week) Today is the start of World HIV Testing Week. Paedophile with HIV caught trying to meet boy, 12, for unprotected sex It is about raising awareness not only of HIV and Aids but about encouraging those who are sexually active to get themselves regularly checked. Those behind the awareness campaign are working in collaboration with HIV ...

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How Owning A Dog Could Help You Live Longer (Especially If You're Single)

Good news dog owners: your four-legged friend might just help you live longer. A new study conducted by Swedish researchers found dog owners had a lower risk of early death overall than those who didn’t own a pet. Single dog owners seemed to benefit the most – with a 33% reduction in risk of early death and 11% reduction in ...

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This guy is looking for seven obese Londoners to start a fat fight club

(Picture: Getty) If you’ve always wanted to box but have felt too unfit to even start, then listen up. Because one Redditor has put out a call to find seven fellow over-weight Londoners to start a fight club. ‘I have always liked joke about fighting, fighting games and watching fights in real life and on TV. I am also 100 ...

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Surprise surprise, eating too fast makes you fatter

We all know someone who inhales their food. No sooner as the grub touches their plate, it’s gone and they’re wiping their mouth on a napkin. And then they have the audacity to tell you to get a move on. But, fellow slow eaters, you’re doing things right because according to new research, eating slower could make you less likely ...

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It’s Blue Wednesday – what you should wear something blue today

(Picture: Mouth CancerAction) Today is all about wearing something blue. Woman told she was cancer free dies three months after wedding That’s because it is Blue Wednesday, a day dedicated to raising awareness of mouth cancer. Around 90% of mouth cancers can be cured if caught early with cancer on the lips, tongue and oral cavity more likely to be ...

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World COPD Awareness Day 2017: Why today is important

(Picture: COPD Awareness Day) Today is COPD Awareness Day – one of the world’s biggest killers. People are smoking actual scorpion tails to get high, no joke The condition, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is thought to affect around 11 million people and is the third biggest killer in America. COPD is a lung condition typically caused by smoking with thousands ...

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Having a chronic illness doesn’t mean I can’t have a life

(Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk) Having a chronic illness doesn’t mean I can’t have a life. Two years ago I had an operation to have my large bowel removed after a nasty bout of ulcerative colitis (an inflammatory bowel disease). I lived with a stoma bag for a year. I also had an operation months later to stitch me back ...

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What are the signs of testicular cancer and how to check for lumps yourself

(Picture: Getty) Testicular cancer mostly affects men between 15 and 49 years of age and it is an abnormal growth of cells in the testicles. Having a chronic illness doesn’t mean I can’t have a life Testicular cancer can appear as lumps on the testicles which are tumours, however, not all tumours are cancerous and not all lumps on the testes are tumours. ...

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Flu And Food – What To Eat To Ward Off The Flu This Season

Every year I look forward to winter. For me it means wrapping up warm, bright lights and festive cheer and spending quality time with friends and family. However, for those working in the NHS, approaching winter can bring with it a sense of dread as services prepare for the flu season, among other challenges. The flu can lead to long-lasting ...

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Meet the pop-up restaurant which only employs HIV-positive staff

(Picture: caseyhouseto/Instagram) We’ve come a long way in terms of understanding around HIV but there’s still a good dose of stigma attached to the condition. Some people still believe that it’s an illness exclusive to the LGBT community and there are those who continue to insist that it’s contagious via means other than unprotected sex. So imagine the numbers who ...

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