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My body used to be about crop tops and sex. Now, it’s about power

Dec 9, 2019 by Hamza Sheraz.

I’ve started going to the gym again. Because it’s January. Because, when I run for the train, I feel like the tin man from The Wizard Of Oz. Because all this talk of pensions and a broken NHS is making me think more about prevention than cure. And this has meant unfolding my body, making it move, trying to get it going again, like starting my mum’s Citroën 2CV on a frozen January morning. Since my beach holiday in June last year, I’ve been able to avoid my body. I avoid looking too hard at it in the mirror as...

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Getting back into netball when you’ve not played for years

Dec 9, 2019 by Hamza Sheraz.

LUCY DUNN: "THE LAST TIME I PLAYED NETBALL WAS 35 YEARS AGO" "The last time I played netball was 35 years ago. No, of course not. What I do recall, however, is that you ran around a lot; if you were tall you got to be goal attack and if a ball brushed past your ear it stung like hell. Also, who could forget the three-second rule? The one thing I have the most vivid memories of is the indignity of lining up to be picked – or not picked – by the team captains; cheeks burning while I waited,...

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Social media could be banned if firms fail to act on suicide images

Dec 9, 2019 by Hamza Sheraz.

Health secretary Matt Hancock said that lack of regulation could lead to legislative action, following the death of a 14-year-old girl. Wellbeing secretary Matt Hancock has cautioned that online networking stages might be restricted in the UK on the off chance that they neglect to evacuate hurtful substance, following developing worry over suicide and self-hurt in young people. On the BBC's The Andrew Marr Show, Hancock stated, "They have to do things they are declining to do," including that, on the off chance that they don't manage their locales, we should present enactment. When asked whether web based life could...

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What sort of woman has borderline personality disorder?

Dec 9, 2019 by Hamza Sheraz.

If you listen to the rhetoric, an “attention-seeker” or “drama queen”, says Jenny Valentish. Is it time we ditched the labels that only come in pink? Beatrice Dalle in Betty Blue is the poster girl for border­line personality disorder (BPD). She was pinned up on student walls the world over in the late 1980s and early 1990s; often by the sorts of men who were always complaining about being harassed by crazy women, or by the sort of women who had become resigned to that sort of classification. A Betty is fun at first. She’s the volatile woman on the...

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Where is the #fitspo for fat, fit women? 5 MIN

Dec 9, 2019 by Hamza Sheraz.

Last week, I signed up to run a half-marathon. This doesn’t sound like much, but let me give you some context: I signed up a mere 12 hours after I did the very first session of Couch To 5K (an app that aims to help unfit people start running), which I have tried and failed roughly eight times in my life. I currently have to lie down and pant after running a mere 3km and in five months I have to run seven times that distance. There are a couple of reasons I did this incredibly stupid thing. First, I’m...

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Cranberry juice won’t help your cystitis, sorry

Dec 9, 2019 by Hamza Sheraz.

New health guidelines claim there is not enough evidence to support the use of cranberry juice to fight infections. If you’re prone to urinary tract infections (UTIs), you probably have a stockpile of cranberry juice ready and waiting to be chugged when the dreaded sting returns. For years, we’ve believed that the magical drink will solve all our cystitis woes, curing the burn and soothing the ache, but today health watchdog NICE have released new guidelines claiming the juice will do nothing of the sort. Yes, that’s right – your loving relationship with cranberries has been based on a lie....

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Sometimes, I cry when I work out

Dec 9, 2019 by Hamza Sheraz.

It’s a Tuesday night and I’m running on the treadmill, steadily climbing up what feels like a mountain, but is actually just a 4% incline. I’m no runner and, while I’m struggling, today feels no harder than any other day that I venture into the gym. I am panting a bit. My legs sting at their core. But I am coping; I am fine and bolstered by the satisfying thought of completing what I set out to do. Until, suddenly, I feel an all-too-familiar prick behind my eyes. I quickly catch myself. Am I about to... cry? Inevitably, the prickles...

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A woman took her own life following “botched” mesh-implant surgery

Dec 9, 2019 by Hamza Sheraz.

Lucinda Methuen-Campbell’s death shows more pertinently than ever that women’s healthcare is in need of urgent reform, says Zoë Beaty. A woman died by suicide due to excruciating pain she experienced following surgery to insert mesh implants, an inquest into her death has heard. Lucinda Methuen-Campbell had also learned during recovery that her surgeon had removed her ovaries without her consent during the operation “because they were in the way”. She was 58 when she died. Methuen-Campbell had previously told the BBC in an interview that, following her 2016 operation, carried out by Dr Anthony Dixon at The Spire Hospital...

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what is the point of a body that looks good but can’t do much?

Dec 9, 2019 by Hamza Sheraz.

A few weeks ago, I had the misfortune of getting a bus around school time. The first thing I noticed was that boys in general have zero awareness around personal space. Manspreaders-in-training, they flap their arms about, stretch out their legs and generally occupy every possible inch. The girls, by contrast, were almost hyper aware about how much room they took up. Since this kind of behaviour isn’t determined by our DNA, I remain fascinated by the unconscious conditioning we receive from birth that slots girls into a smaller pen and gives boys the run of the field. But as...

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Women are battling poor sex lives and reproductive-health issues

Dec 9, 2019 by Hamza Sheraz.

In the first survey of its kind, Public Health England identified a lack of sexual satisfaction and stigma around menstruation as huge concerns among women. Almost half of women between the ages of 25-34 have professed to have an unsatisfactory sex life, compared with less than a third of 55- to 64-year-olds, a survey from Public Health England (PHE) has revealed. The landmark survey took responses from over 7,000 women above the age of 16 and is intended to influence new and impending reproductive-health policies. According to the results, women’s sexual satisfaction tended to improve with age, but still, a...