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Sleep and eating disorders: how anorexia haunted my dreams

‘The more surreal dreams would include people using covert ways to get food into me, for example putting “dissolvable calories” in my shower water’ (Picture: Dave Anderson for Metro.co.uk) All mental illnesses are associated with insomnia or sleeping problems of some sort. Eating disorders are no exception. Having suffered from anorexia most of my adult life, I’ve had many restless ...

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Why is weed only cool when it’s used by white people?

Ah, weed. The humble herb that sends governments into overdrive and students into paroxysms of munchie-driven laughter. Internet culture seems to have made cannabis culture way more acceptable than it used to be. Even though it’s not legal in many places (surely it’s only a matter of time until the UK makes the transition), we read about cool canna products ...

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This is what tinnitus sounds like

(Picture: Getty) Imagine a constant buzzing in your ears that won’t go away no matter what you do? That’s the reality of life for the 600,000 people who suffer from severe tinnitus. This condition is a persistent sound in the ears, and is thought to be an issue with how the ear and the brain communicate. Many of us will ...

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Can you build muscle on a vegan diet? Yep – we’ve just gained 8kgs of the stuff

There’s a belief in many meat-eating circles that vegans are weeds. To make gains, and I mean serious gains, you need animal proteins. You need to be eating gallons of egg whites, having steaks for breakfast and whey bars for elevenses. At least…that’s what many will have you believe. Because it’s just not true. It’s perfectly possible to build a ...

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Teenage boy died after being sent home from hospital with laxatives

He developed ketoacidosis (Picture: Wales News Service) A teenage boy with a rare medical condition died after being diagnosed with constipation and sent home with laxatives. Jack Dunn, 17, went to his GP with stomach pains and was told to go to A&E with suspected appendicitis. People are getting less plastic surgery thanks to selfie filters and ‘dad bod acceptance’ ...

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Bill Gates’ warning that pathogens could kill 30,000,000 people in less than a year

Bill Gates has warned that pathogens could kill millions (Picture: EPA) The funding for a scheme created to identify and respond to infectious diseases is set to be cut. The Global Health Security Agenda was set up by the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in 2014 after the Ebola virus killed more than 11,000 people in west Africa. ...

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DPD driver dies after being fined for missing work to go to doctor

Don Lane, pictured with his wife Ruth, died after collapsing last month (Picture: BNPS) A DPD courier who was fined £150 for missing work to attend a medical appointment for his diabetes has died. Don Lane, 53, died last month five days after collapsing in his home in Christchurch, Dorset, leaving behind his devastated wife Ruth and their son Jordon, ...

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Inside gross fat-soaked takeaway so dirty it was labelled a ‘health risk’

Inspectors were disgusted by what they found (Picture: NCJ Media) Greasy equipment and surfaces covered in dirt were discovered by health inspectors who paid a surprise visit to a Chinese takeaway. Westview Chinese in Dunston, Gateshead, was found to be in such a sorry state that it was labelled a ‘health risk’. When is the next solar eclipse? Environmental health ...

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How to avoid tinnitus and relieve ringing in your ears

(Picture: Getty) Did you hear it’s tinnitus awareness week? If you aren’t aware, tinnitus is the sensation of hearing noises in your ear or head when there’s no external cause or sound. It can be a constant condition or it can come and go, and can vary in volume – so sufferers may experience intensely loud noises or a constant ...

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When does morning sickness end?

(Picture: Getty) Before you can truly enjoy the miracle of bringing new life into the world, it’s likely you’ll have to deal with some morning sickness. Nausea and vomiting are often part and parcel of being pregnant and, although the severity will vary, most people will get it at some point in their pregnancy. Celebrities like Kate Middleton have been ...

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