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Worst flu season in seven years as death toll hits 120

The death toll from flu has risen to 120 (Picture: PA) The number of flu-related deaths this winter has risen to 120, making it the worst flu season in seven years. Public Health England’s latest figures show there were 17 flu deaths just last week, while figures from the Royal College of GPs showed the number of people in England ...

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Why you shouldn’t be afraid to ask someone to stop eating food that will kill you

Hi, hello, good day please stop eating those peanuts at your desk (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk) It is way past my bedtime and something is really wrong. I am itchy, I can’t open my eyes properly and my tongue is too big in my mouth. Within minutes of calling out to my parents, my coat and shoes are on ...

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Writing your to-do list before bed might help you to get to sleep more quickly

(Picture: Ella Byworth for metro.co.uk) When you’re having trouble sleeping, you probably stick to traditional wisdom to try to finally get some rest. You drink warm milk. You turn off all technology a while before bed and read a book. And, of course, you try to push your worries about all the things you need to do tomorrow to the ...

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Abortion clinic one step closer to getting anti-protest buffer zone

Placards in support of a Public Space Protection Order placed outside the Marie Stopes Abortion Clinic by a pro-choice group on October 27, 2017 (Picture: Getty Images) The introduction of the country’s first ever protest-free buffer zone around an abortion clinic is a step closer. A cabinet of Ealing council voted unanimously to open a public consultation on whether a ...

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What to do if you think your child has a mental health problem

More children than ever are struggling with their mental health (Picture: Getty) I was about 16 when I first went to the doctor and told him I thought I was depressed. Why I’m embarrassed by my children’s fussy eating Actually, that’s not exactly true: I went to the doctor and told him I was having trouble sleeping, and his questioning ...

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Meet the women trying to make your period the ‘fifth vital sign’

(Credit: The Fifth Vital Sign) Checking your breasts and monitoring your menstrual cycles are seen as vital to maintain good health. However, issues like this are often overlooked by doctors when diagnosing problems. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommended in 2015 that periods should be considered as a vital sign, and they’re not the only ones. Emily Varnam ...

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What people don’t understand about mental health medication and weight gain

Medication can have unexpected side-effects (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk) At age 15, I was referred to a psychiatrist for a serious episode of depression and anxiety (later known to be bipolar disorder). With parental permission, I was put on an anti-psychotic medication olanzapine, to calm my mind. Medication really helps me manage my anxiety – so why are we ...

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Chocolate yoga is here and it’s really crossed the line

Namaste right here and eat this bar of deliciousness, okay? (Picture: Getty) Yoga has been around for thousands of years. It can be traced back to north India, where it began as a system of spiritual beliefs, and transformed into a physical as well as mental practice. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, hatha yoga slowly made its way over ...

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58% Of People Are Drinking Alcohol To Deal With Day-To-Day Pressures

Pouring a glass of wine after a long day or heading to the pub is a common habit, but a revealing new study has shown almost three in five (58%) of us are turning to alcohol to cope with everyday life. The Drinkaware/YouGov survey, which looks at adult drinking patterns in the UK, also reveals 38% of men and women ...

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Salmonella scare sparks recall of 12,000,000 boxes of baby milk in 83 countries

12 million boxes of Lactalis baby milk products have been recalled (Picture: Getty) A salmonella scare at a French dairy giant has led to a recall of 12 million boxes of baby milk products across 83 countries. The company Lactalis first recalled products from 30 countries in December, but company president Emmanuel Besnier confirmed the problem was worse than first thought. ...

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