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Woman left fighting for life after being bitten by baby spider

Claressa Coleman on a ventilator in hospital (Picture: Collect/PA Real Life). A woman was left fighting for her life for almost a month after a baby spider bit her in her sleep. Claressa Coleman, 29, was sleeping next to her 33-year-old husband Allen on June 26 when she felt a jab ‘like a pin’ in her right shoulder. Pictured: Four ...

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How having access to social housing helped my mental health and got me back on my feet

Social housing isn’t what you expect it to be (Picture: Getty) Growing up, I was told that all council estates were dirty and that social housing tenants were lazy scroungers who were likely to steal anything that wasn’t nailed down. Then I became a social housing tenant myself and I realised that this definitely wasn’t the reality. Can we please ...

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‘I will not crumble. You will not win’: An open letter to my depression

Dear you, I feel you, my depression, creeping in again, gradually. You never come banging down doors; you prefer to move back in piece by piece – first bringing the self-doubt, then piling in the emotional baggage coupled with dread. You whisper in my ear like a lover but it’s never the sweet nothings I expect. You tell me I’m ...

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Bride’s dream day turned tragic when mum had fatal stroke at wedding

Jean, far left, tragically died after suffering a stroke at her daughter’s wedding (Picture: Sunday Mirror/Sandra at Divine Day Photography) A bride was left devastated after her mum collapsed at her wedding, dying less than 24 hours later. Marcia Holmes, 31, has described how the best day of her life turned into the saddest, when she suddenly lost her mum, ...

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Missionary is the second most dangerous sexual position, according to a new study

(Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk) Missionary gets a lot of flak. It’s dismissed as boring, vanilla, the sex act preferred by couples who’ve been together for decades and have entirely given up the concept of passion. Breezing is the new dating trend that’s all about remaining chill But you know what? All that bashing needs to stop. Missionary isn’t boring, ...

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You’ve got to start leaving on work on time

(Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk) Today is National 4pm Finish Day, according to Red Bull. We need to increase mental health research dramatically They’re encouraging everyone to throw their pencils in the air at 4pm on the dot, get the hell out of their workplace and go start living their best weekend life. They want everyone to work smarter, not ...

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Can you get a flu jab when pregnant?

(Picture: Getty) It is recommended that all pregnant women get a flu vaccine – no matter what stage of pregnancy they are at. Why do we need carbohydrates? Evidence suggests that pregnant women have a higher risk of developing complications if they get flu, particularly if they are in the later stages. The flu jab is free for expectant mothers. ...

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Why do we need carbohydrates? Why a zero-carb diet is dangerous

Brown rice which is high in fiber offers more benefits to health. (Picture: Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket/Getty) Carbohydrates get a lot of stick for being the food group that can be so good to eat but so bad for your body, but remember, they are the base of the food pyramid. How my relationship nearly ending forced me to seek help ...

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Can’t commit to just one gym? MoveGB gives you access to 1000s of studios around the UK

(Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk) Gym memberships are great. My Virgin Active card means I can go to the gym by the office in Kensington, by my house in Woodford, and a whole load of other locations. Jamie King thinks banning size zero models is a form of body shaming But you know where there aren’t many Virgin Actives? The ...

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Why self-harm isn’t ‘something just teenagers do’

Grown ups struggle with this too (Picture: Liberty Antonia Sadler for Metro.co.uk) What picture does your mind conjure up if I say the words ‘self-harm?’ I’d put money on it being the stereotypical image of a morose teenager with a penchant for emo music and too much black eyeliner. 12 ways you can try to stop self-harming Not for a ...

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