To my merciless, brutal period: its time you and I talked | Emma Barnett

You got me out of swimming at school, and gifted me my son, but truly, I wont miss you when youre gone, says broadcaster Emma Barnett I am standing in a draughty, picturesque church on an icy Saturday in December, wearing four-inch gold glittery heels and silently cursing you as you churn up my insides without a thought for the occasion. Try as I might to focus on my friend, the gleamingly beautiful bride, and stand stoic during the hymns shes painstakingly chosen for us to chorus, all I can think is: will you please fuck off? And when can I rip off this fascinator, my heels, dress, tights and, while Im at it, my skin? The need for delicious …

Why dont doctors trust women? Because they dont know much about us | Gabrielle Jackson

The medical community have known for a century that women are living in constant pain. Theyve done nothing about it Its frustrating to have questions that dont get answered. Its altogether disturbing to find out that those questions havent even been asked. When I was diagnosed with endometriosis at age 23, I didnt know enough to ask the right questions. I assumed my gynaecologist had all the answers, and listened carefully to his thoughtful explanations. I thought I knew it all. Or at least that he knew it all. But I was wrong. It was only after more than a decade of feeling weak, second-rate, wimpy and affect at least 50 million US women alone. I discovered that some of …

Dying for a new body: why so many deaths from plastic surgery tourism?

New Yorkers flock to the Dominican Republic for cheaper plastic surgery procedures, but not all of them return home. Sharilene Cedeo used to joke with her sister Kendra that she was going to be 23 forever. Cedeo, daughter of Dominican immigrants, was obsessed with staying young and by extension, plastic surgery. Coworkers at the Manhattan clinic where she was a nurses assistant would catch her looking at dramatic before and after photos on surgeons social media pages. One day she saw a friends Instagram post after a procedure by surgeon Edgar Contreras, whos based in the Dominican Republic. That was it. After years of feeling unattractive compared to women who had gotten done, Cedeo was ready. Her friend Tiffany Concha, …

Opioid trial judge could deliver biggest judgment in US history

Norman, Oklahoma (CNN)The judge presiding over the historic Oklahoma opioid trial will deliver his ruling Monday afternoon — a decision that could have sweeping implications as other states and communities try to hold pharmaceutical companies responsible for the opioid epidemic that has killed hundreds of thousands of Americans since 2000.

After the wildfire: treating the mental health crisis triggered by climate change

In 2017, thousands of homes in Santa Rosa, California, were wiped off the map. Now the community is helping residents cope with the trauma The nightmares kept coming and David Leal knew he was in trouble. A navy veteran with a can-do attitude and a solidly middle-class IT job at a hospital in Santa Rosa, California, he didnt think of himself as mentally vulnerable. But when the Tubbs fire snatched his house off the face of the earth in the early morning hours of 9 October 2017, it hit him hard. Long story short, I went through a lot of PTSD, Leal says, as we tour his nearly rebuilt home in Santa Rosas Coffey Park neighborhood. Wildfires are not uncommon …

The science of addiction: a personal struggle to kick cocaine gives a neuroscientist unique insights

Having survived a decade of drink and drugs as a young woman, Professor Judith Grisel focused all her determination on writing a book about addiction When guardianbookshop.com

Why pancreatic cancer is so deadly

(CNN)Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been treated for pancreatic cancer in New York City, the Supreme Court announced Friday. About 95% of people with pancreatic cancer die from it, experts say. It’s so lethal because during the early stages, when the tumor would be most treatable, there are usually no symptoms. It tends to be discovered at advanced stages when abdominal pain or jaundice may result. Presently, there are no general screening tools. Ruth Bader Ginsburg treated for pancreatic cancer As people age, the risk of developing pancreatic cancer goes up. Most patients are older than 45, and nearly 90% are older than 55. The average age at diagnosis is 71. Men have a slightly higher likelihood of developing pancreatic …

After a breakdown, birdwatching brought me friendship, escape and a new love of nature

A childhood hobby gave me time to reflect, refocus and find myself again, following years of drug and alcohol abuse A decade ago, aged 22 and off my face on class A drugs and alcohol almost every day, I would never have seen myself where I am today and definitely wouldnt have dreamed that Bird Therapy that birds are consistent in a way that people rarely are and I stand by this. Too often, we are let down by those we believe care about us, but I know that if I look out of my kitchen window, my garden bird community will still be there. I also know that during spring, our returning breeding birds will travel across desert and …

Vaping linked to marijuana use in young people, research says

(CNN)Young people who vape are more likely to use marijuana, according to a study published Monday. The findings, researchers say, support the theory that nicotine rewires the developing brain, changing how people respond to and crave addictive substances. That link suggests that “e-cigarettes really need to be considered in the broad category of addictive and harmful substances,” said Chadi, who is now an assistant professor at the University of Montreal. “We can’t think of e-cigarettes as a less-harmful alternative to cigarettes with adolescents,” he said, in part because “just like cigarettes, e-cigarettes increase your risk of using marijuana, and marijuana, we know, has several implications and negative health consequences in adolescents.” Teenage use of the drug is associated with declines …

He jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge and survived. Now, he’s seeing his wish for a safety net come true

(CNN)“Jump.” In midair, he maneuvered himself so that his legs would hit the water first. Hines fell 220 feet at about 75 miles per hour. The impact from a fall like that is similar to hitting concrete. The contact shattered two of his vertebrae, and doctors later told him that he was only 2 millimeters away from severing his spine. In excruciating pain, Hines struggled to the surface and felt a creature nudging at him.

Drug maker ‘will make $21bn from treating cystic fibrosis’

Vertex is accused of raking in vast profits while making Orkambi unaffordable to NHS A US company, which is refusing to drop its price for the life-changing cystic fibrosis drug Orkambi to make it affordable to NHS England, is set to make $21bn (17bn) in profit from that and a sister medicine, according to research. Countries around the world are struggling to pay for Orkambi, made by Vertex, which has a list price of 104,000 per patient per year and is not a cure. The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (Nice) in England has said effective. On Monday, the Scottish Medicines Consortium will decide whether to approve the drug for children. Parents in England have campaigned, demonstrated on …

Why are thirtysomethings lonely? Because society doesnt value friendship | Arwa Mahdawi

Social media has been made the scapegoat for millennials reporting loneliness, but the cultural primacy in adulthood of career and family has much to answer for, writes Arwa Mahdawi Millennials arent just the poorest generation; they are also the loneliest. According to data from YouGov, while digital habits undoubtedly affect mental health, research hasnt provided conclusive answers regarding the relationship between the two. When it comes to loneliness, I have a feeling that the culprit isnt so much technology as the fact that many millennials are in their 30s, which is a natural time for friendship dynamics to change: people start focusing on advancing their careers and building families rather than socialising with pals. It feels as if we are …

The culture cure: how prescription art is lifting people out of depression| Helen Russell

From singing in a group to being read to in a library, participation in the arts is having amazing results among a pilot group, says journalist Helen Russell In a whitewashed studio in northern Denmark, 11 unemployed strangers are embarking on a hearty rendition of Yellow Submarine. Jonas Thryse is not one of them. At least, not yet. The 36-year-old has agoraphobia, rarely leaves the house and cant think of anything worse than a group singalong. And yet by the second chorus he is putty in the choirmasters hands. I swore Id just stand at the back and listen, he says. But the mood was infectious. Out of work and in his second year of sick leave because of anxiety …

26 Responses People Had To This Anti-Vaxxer Proudly Wearing A Jesus Wasnt Vaccinated T-Shirt

A photo of a woman wearing a T-shirt proclaiming “Spoiler Alert… Jesus Wasn’t Vaccinated” got posted online. Can you imagine what the reaction was? Go on, I’ll give you three guesses. That’s right, you guessed it in one — internet users mocked her and other anti-vaxxers relentlessly, with some incredible jokes being thrown about. Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: kels_316 wintertao ReverendaCori sailor_sunk TravBot CelticPixie87 posted the picture of the T-shirt being worn. Internet users were quick to point out that the T-shirt’s slogan made absolutely no sense at all, and came up with lots of witty and quirky comebacks. You’re right to be worried about the anti-vaccination (or …

Philadelphia declares a public health emergency after surge of Hepatitis A

(CNN)The Philadelphia Department of Health has declared a public health emergency due to a surge in Hepatitis A, Dr. Thomas A. Farley, Health Commissioner of the City, said Thursday. Garrow said the bulk of cases have occurred among at-risk populations in the northern neighborhood of Kensington. “We’ve seen, in other cities, similar outbreaks tied to homelessness and illicit drug use so believe this outbreak is the same,” he added. “There hasn’t been a specific change, just a bad situation that has been going for a while.” Viral symptoms Caused by a virus, Hepatitis A is an infection that people pick up either by coming into contact with human waste or by consuming contaminated food or water. Unwashed hands and unsanitary …

Testosterone can enhance libido in postmenopausal women, new research says

(CNN)Doctors have long mulled over using low doses of the hormone testosterone as a way to improve sexual function in some women, but evidence on its safety and efficacy has been somewhat lacking — until now. “Further research is needed to clarify the effects of testosterone treatment in premenopausal women and the effects on musculoskeletal and cognitive health and long-term safety,” they wrote. The researchers found that, compared with a placebo or another hormone treatment such as estrogen, taking testosterone for at least 12 weeks significantly increased sexual desire, pleasure, arousal, orgasm, responsiveness, self-image and the frequency of satisfactory sexual events in postmenopausal women. The data from those previous reports also showed that testosterone significantly reduced reported sexual concerns and …