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If you’re debating whether to go to the gym, watch this 93-year-old’s PT session

(Picture: @joana_zanin10/Twitter) It’s Sunday and for loads of us, that means gym classes, PT sessions or slogging it out in the local park. But it’s just so difficult to get your arse off the sofa/out of bed and into lycra. Even when it’s nice and sunny. So here’s a little inspiration for all you gainz catchers: Meet Joana Zanin’s mum ...

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Teen with brain tumour ‘interrogated’ by A&E staff who thought he had an STI

Connor Stubbs was only 15 when he was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour (Picture: Mercury) A teenager was allegedly interrogated by A&E staff who were convinced he was on drugs or had an STI – only for a CT scan to reveal he had a brain tumour. Connor Stubbs’ worried mum Kay Tomlinson, 38, called an ambulance when his ...

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Thank you to the man who called me fat – you proved to me that I actually like myself

(Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk) I was standing on the train platform when I heard it: a random man behind me telling his partner to get ‘in front of that fat one’ to get a seat on the train. I knew, instantly, I was ‘that fat one’, and as I heard it a wave of embarrassment, shame, and anger washed ...

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Stop telling me to go on a digital detox; social media is actually helping my mental health

‘By talking online everyday, I’ve gone from hiding in my bedroom to attending networking events’ (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk) Having depression and anxiety has completely changed me. Although I’d say I’m a lot more self-assured, carefree and confident than I was before my diagnosis, it’s been a lengthy battle. And, at times, a very lonely one. At my worst ...

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Using cleaning sprays may be as bad for your lungs as smoking 20 cigarettes a day

(Picture: Metro.co.uk) Put down your sponge and accept the growing layer of filth in your kitchen. Or just pass on the chore to any nearby males. New research has found that the use of cleaning sprays can cause significant damage to women’s lungs – but the same effect doesn’t appear to apply to men. A study publishing in the American ...

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I didn’t understand how serious anxiety really is until I experienced it myself

(Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk) I never really understood anxiety… until I experienced it myself. I have a mix of mental illnesses. With bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, and OCD firmly on my medical records, I’m basically one big bag of emotions and obsessions. There have been times where my bipolar disorder was bad, my borderline personality disorder frustrating, and ...

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What is catastrophising and how can we stop doing it?

When you have anxiety, imagining worst-case-scenarios is a slippery slope (Picture: Dave Anderson for Metro.co.uk) It’s 4pm on a Thursday afternoon. My 12-year-old son should have been home from school 10 minutes ago, but he’s nowhere to be seen. Straight away, my mind leaps to the worst-case scenario. He’s been knocked off his bike by a bus, and is lying ...

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Making The Case For Better Care – And Making It Happen

With a government green paper on reforming care due this summer, expectations are mixed. Some see this as the best and only opportunity to fix the beleaguered care system. The latest care report from the National Audit Office warns of a Cinderella service in danger of collapse. Others fear at a time of Brexit and continuing austerity that the green ...

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Women who only use their asthma inhaler in emergencies may find it more difficult to conceive

(Picture: Getty) New research has found that females with asthma who use their inhaler in an emergency – rather than take long-term medication – may have more problems conceiving. Researchers at the University of Adelaide in Australia looked at data from 5,000 women in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Ireland who were in the early stages of their first pregnancies. Each ...

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Mind Your Language: A Guide To Talking About Mental Health

We all know someone who has described themselves as ‘feeling bipolar’ or ‘a bit OCD’. While it might seem harmless, this throwaway language is actually making it harder for people to receive the mental health support they need, warns Bupa and Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England. A survey by the organisations found almost half (49%) of people have used words such as schizophrenic and psychotic ...

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