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Digital Cancer Nurse Hired To Combat 'Fake News' And Misinformation Online

A leading cancer charity has appointed a digital nurse to combat ‘fake news’, after statistics revealed roughly 60,000 Brits with cancer thought they were going to die after looking up information about their disease online. Macmillan Cancer Support, which created the role, said patients are coming away from appointments without the information they need and are turning to unverified internet ...

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How to prepare for your first therapy session

Three months after I completed the ten sessions of online CBT prescribed by my GP, I’m getting back into therapy. Because, well, there’s still a lot of not so great stuff going on in my head. I searched for a therapist that’s fairly affordable (the options I found were around £60 per session, and I’ll likely go fortnightly), works near where I ...

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Toxic masculinity is preventing some men from wiping their bums properly

(Picture: Getty) Toxic masculinity is the idea that some men are taught how to ‘man up’ so much that they end up being kinda terrible people. This isn’t ideal at the best of times, and ‘bro-culture’ is, in my opinion, a drain on society. But what about when it actually stops men completing the most basic of functions? The fitness ...

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The fitness studio run by ex-cons offering ‘prison style’ workouts

(Picture: ConBody/Instagram) At times, gym classes can feel like you’re being punished for something. So imagine what a session at ConBody – the fitness studio offering ‘prison style’ workouts – must be like. It’s a fitness studio run by formerly incarcerated people, set up by former drug dealer Coss Marte, who was sent down for seven years at the age ...

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Why my mental illness has put me off having kids

Not sure motherhood is for me (Picture: Getty) I really don’t want children. Had I said this 10 years ago, I’d have been met with contorted faces and sympathetic whimpers from every woman in the room. But in 2017? Not so much. How to cope with missing out on the chance to have kids because of a severe mental health ...

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Anxiety makes it difficult to make friends and it can be even harder to keep them

It can be hard to make friends (Picture: Mmuffin for Metro.co.uk) Trying to be sociable when you have anxiety is like trying to put a cork back in a champagne bottle; it’s a bad fit. I’ve had social anxiety for five years and I’ve spent a lot of that time avoiding spending time with my friends. 5 lists you can ...

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10 lifesaving tips for coping with Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Don’t let IBS control your life (Picture: Liberty Antonia Sadler for Metro.co.uk) Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a debilitating condition that affects two in 10 people in the UK. There’s no known cure, so managing your condition is vital to living a healthy, happy lifestyle. IBD not IBS: Do you know the difference? Firstly, it’s extremely important to head to ...

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As a carrier of the sickle cell gene trait, I have to be extra selective about who the father of my kids will be

Blood cells take on a different shape if you have sickle-cell disease (Picture: Getty) I can’t let fate alone decide the love of my life and who I want to make babies with. A bit of science has to play a part – and I’m not talking chemistry. It’s biology – and no, not what you’re thinking either. I am ...

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Mum shares photos of life with cancer to show the illness doesn’t discriminate

(Picture: Collect/PA Real Life) Cancer isn’t pretty. That’s what mum-of-two Ruth Naylor wants to highlight by sharing photos of the reality of life with cancer, charting all the low moments of treatment. Ruth was diagnosed with a rare form of Hodgkin lymphoma – cancer of the lymphatic system – in August. The photos show Ruth slumped in bed, with a ...

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This is what it’s like to live with agoraphobia

(Picture: Dave Anderson for Metro.co.uk) I’m always up for talking about my anxiety disorder, I will discuss my panic attacks until the cows come home, and I have no problems talking about depression. But I struggle to be honest about agoraphobia. I call it ‘the least sexy’ of my mental illnesses. It’s hard to put a funny spin on being ...

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