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Thrush In Men: Symptoms, Treatment And How To Prevent It

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | 2 June 2016 | UK Lifestyle
While thrush may not be a subject you want to talk about with your mates in the pub, equally, it shouldn't be banished to the back of the underwear drawer never to be broached again. Thrush is a yeast infection, better know by boffins as candidiasis, that can affect both...

10 Great Answers For Common Property Questions

By Sarah Coles | Joanna Carrigan | 2 June 2016 | UK Lifestyle
Your home will be the most valuable thing you ever buy or sell, so you can feel under enormous pressure to get everything right. However, few of us have the time or inclination to swot up to become experts in the process, so to save you the sleepless nights, our...

BBC's 'Panorama: Living With Dementia' Captures The Reality Of Life After Diagnosis

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | 2 June 2016 | UK Lifestyle
At 55 years old, Chris Roberts often gets lost in his own home. At times he has to ask his wife, Jayne, how to get to the bathroom and regular household appliances, such as a kettle, can confuse him. Chris is one of the 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia.  In a BBC Panorama special, cameras follow Chris, his wife and his youngest daughter, Kate, as they come to terms with his diagnosis. Five years ago, the former property manager was diagnosed with both vascular dementia and early onset Alzheimer’s disease after he started displaying behaviour that was out of character, such as unwarranted anger. According to the NHS, vascular dementia is a form of dementia that is "rare in anyone younger than 65". It causes a decline in mental ability and is caused by reduced blood flow to the brain, which damages and eventually kills the brain cells.  Meanwhile the exact cause of Alzheimer's disease is unknown, but it is a progressive form of dementia which affects multiple brain functions, including memory. "The best thing you can do after your diagnosis is read up about it, find out all you can. It's the unknown that scares us," Chris says in the programme. "Some people try and hide from their dementia, hiding is easier than facing up to it sometimes. But you can only run for so long – dementia will catch you up. "You will have to face it, you will have to live with it."  Over a period of almost two years, the family invited a small film crew into their home, created their own video diaries and had CCTV cameras fitted in all rooms to give a unique insight into what life with dementia is really like. The documentary follows their highs and lows, from bittersweet moments like Christmas day to a heartbreaking scene where Jayne struggles to comfort Chris as he screams in distress for no apparent reason.  "The person I miss most, is me," Chris says.  In one clip, Chris explains what it's like to wake up in the morning, confused about where he is and what's happening.  He wanders around, shouts and searches for his wife, then says: "Trouble is, I don't know whether I'm dreaming or not. Can't find any notes... "It’s really strange when you don’t know what’s real and what isn’t." The programme also reveals what it's like to be a family member of someone with dementia. Jayne opens up about her feelings of guilt as she drops her husband off to a daytime respite centre and Kate says having a dad with dementia "isn't all doom and gloom" as in many ways the illness has made them all closer. "I need respite and I didn’t think I’d ever say that," Jayne says. "He wants to go in and have respite overnight for himself. I’m not ready to let him do that. "One of my biggest worries is that I won’t want him to come home. I might like him being there." The family decided to take part in the one-off programme as they wanted to dispel myths about dementia and raise awareness of what living with Alzheimer's disease is really like.  "I really hope that the programme helps people and doesn't scare them. I haven't done this to scare anybody," Chris says. "You've seen that I still live, I still have a life. Just a different quality."  'Panorama - Living With Dementia: Chris’s Story' is on BBC One tonight (Thursday 2 June) at

Northern Ireland To Lift 'Irrational' Blood Donation Ban For Gay Men

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | 2 June 2016 | UK
Northern Ireland is to lift its lifetime ban on gay men donating blood, which has been called "ridiculous" and "irrational". The country will soon end a decades-old ban which means that any man who has had sex with another man is permanently forbidden to give blood. The rule...

Indian Parents Throw Traditional Hindu Wedding Ceremony For Gay Son

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | 2 June 2016 | UK Lifestyle
Rishi Agarwal is gay. But it's not something that's typically accepted within his culture. In his youth, Agarwal - who is from India - knew a gay Sikh student who had taken his own life after...

Teen Takes Mum With Terminal Brain Cancer To Prom

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | 2 June 2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kerry Huffaker was diagnosed with stage four brain cancer in February and was sadly given just months to live. Understandably her son, Dylan, wants to make the most of the time they have left together, so he recently invited his mum to be his prom date. The pair got...

What's The Difference Between Heart Failure And A Heart Attack?

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | 2 June 2016 | UK Lifestyle
New figures from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) show that the number of heart failure hospital visits has increased by more than a third in the last 10 years. While 107,000 patients visited hospital with symptoms related to heart failure between 2004 and 2005,...

Is Organic Food Actually Better For You? This Expert Doesn't Think So

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | 2 June 2016 | UK Lifestyle
For years, organic food has been touted as the best and healthiest produce. But a leading expert has now argued that it might not be worth all the hassle and extra expense after all. Speaking at The Hay Festival in Wales, Professor Louise Fresco said there's no...

Heart Failure Hospital Admissions Have 'Alarming' 36% Increase In 10 Years

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | 2 June 2016 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Harris was just 48 years old when she had a heart attack. Her heart muscle was so badly damaged that at the age of 50 she is now living with severe heart failure and is unable to work. She is now waiting for an assessment to see if...

Iskra Lawrence Reveals Squats And Zero Diets Help Her Maintain A Happy And Healthy Body

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | 2 June 2016 | UK Lifestyle
Model and Instagram star Iskra Lawrence has revealed how she keeps her body toned and healthy. And the answer, it would seem, lies in squats. (And eating the occasional pizza.)  The 25-year-old has previously been praised for promoting healthy body image by starring in the Photoshop-free

'The Chase': 'Governess' Anne Hegarty Reveals How She Deals With Body-Shaming Comments

The Huffington Post | Daniel Welsh | 2 June 2016 | UK Entertainment
The Chase’s Anne Hegerty has admitted that being in the public eye has forced her to grow a “thick skin”, as she’s regularly confronted with negative comments about her appearance. Fortunately, it doesn’t sound as though she’s letting the nasty comments get her down,...

Former Energy Drink Addict Claims Her Liver Was So Damaged Doctors Thought She Was An Alcoholic

SWNS | Rachel Moss | 2 June 2016 | UK Lifestyle
A self-confessed energy drink addict who downed 20 cans every day damaged her liver so badly doctors thought she was an alcoholic.  Mary Allwood, 26, was necking the daily equivalent of 16 Mars bars worth of sugar and as much caffeine as found in 17 cups of coffee.  The mum-of-one...

Double Mastectomy Patient Bares Scars And Describes Brutal Reality Of Breast Cancer In Brave Post

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | 2 June 2016 | UK Lifestyle
Christi Salcedo has been through hell and back. At the age of 30, she was diagnosed with stage three invasive ductal carcinoma - a type of breast cancer - which spread to her lymphatic system. After undergoing chemotherapy, a double mastectomy and auxiliary lymph node removal and radiation, Salcedo...

Being Overweight And Having A Large Waistline Increases Prostate Cancer Risk, Study Finds

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | 2 June 2016 | UK Lifestyle
Men who are overweight or have a large waistline have an increased risk of developing prostate cancer, a study has found.  Researchers from the University of Oxford found that every 4inch (10cm) increase in waist circumference can increase a man’s...

Teenager With Crohn's Disease Shares Brave Photos Of Scars And Ileostomy Bag To Help Others

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | 1 June 2016 | UK Lifestyle
A teenager with Crohn's disease has shared photos of her scars and ileostomy bag in order to inspire other patients to be body confident.  Aimee Rouski, 19, from Liverpool, posted the photos onto Facebook along with the caption: "First off I have Crohn's disease, it's a serious incurable illness...

Pret Launches Vegetarian And Vegan Pop-Up, Answers Everybody's Prayers

Natasha Hinde | 2 June 2016 | UK Lifestyle
Veggies and vegans rejoice! Pret has opened a vegetarian pop-up restaurant in the heart of Soho. And by the looks of it, the menu is pretty extensive.  Veggie Pret opened its doors to the public on 1 June, offering a wide range of tasty, and more importantly meat-free,...

Kristen Bell Pens Emotional Letter About Her Depression Struggle

Sophie Gallagher | 1 June 2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kristen Bell has written an emotional essay about her personal struggle with mental illness and depression. The 35-year-old Frozen actress penned the open letter for Motto to help dispel the stigma around mental health, admitting: “There’s nothing weak about struggling with mental illness.”  

Taking Statins Could Prevent Breast Cancer From Returning, Study Suggests

Rachel Moss | 1 June 2016 | UK Lifestyle
Statins could be prescribed to breast cancer survivors after researchers discovered the cholesterol-lowering drugs may prevent the disease from returning. Scientists have known for years that the hormone oestrogen fuels cancer and causes it to spread.  Up to 80% of breast cancer cases are 'ER-positive', meaning that they...

This Deconstructed Coffee Proves 'Hipsterism Has Gone Too Far'

Rachel Moss | 1 June 2016 | UK Lifestyle
Just when we thought we'd seen all the world had to offer in the form of hipster food and drink, a café in Melbourne has gone and taken things one step further. Said café is servicing coffee - deconstructed.  Jamila Rizvi received the beverage recently and needless to say she...

Artist's Beautiful Tribute To His Dead Cat Touches Hearts Across The Globe

Natasha Hinde | 1 June 2016 | UK Lifestyle
For years, digital artist Richard Saunders was inspired by his feline friend, Tolly.  After spotting a bush that looked like a sleeping cat, the artist from Stapleford, Hertfordshire started creating a series of stunning and surreal photographic montages based on his pet cat. The pieces show a digitally...
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