As soon as I got my lipoedema diagnosis last year, tears rolled down my cheeks. For years, doctors told me that I was ‘just fat’. But finally a medical professional had confirmed my disproportionately large legs were a medical condition – an extremely painful chronic disease that causes fibrotic fat to accumulate in the lower part of the body, over which the patient has very little to zero control. It was the validation I’d waited nearly 30 years to receive. When I was 12 years old, I began noticing distinct changes in my body. I quit wearing shorts or swimsuits and avoided all activities where I was expected to show my legs. Whenever I looked at them, I felt deeply ashamed and disgusted with myself. By age 14, I was so ashamed of my big legs that I convinced my parents to let me have a free consultation with a plastic surgeon. Back then, I was 5 foot 6 inches (170cm) tall and weighed roughly 135 pounds (61kg), the majority of which were within my legs. I was so … [Read more...] about Doctors told me I was ‘just fat’ – my serious medical condition was missed
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By Robert Cooper Published 2 hours ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing People with a chronic fatigue illness are struggling to access medical help, a charity has claimed. Figures sourced by the BBC show many Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) patients are being discharged just months after starting treatment. Action for ME chief executive Sonya Chowdhury said ME had been "neglected for decades" with patients finding services "inaccessible". Health Secretary Sajid Javid has announced plans to better tackle ME . Stephen Hocking from Keswick, Cumbria, was diagnosed with ME 15 months ago and said the condition had been "devastating", but there was a lack of medical understanding. "When I was finally diagnosed nobody explained what it was or how it would affect my life," he told BBC Politics North . "The only treatment option was a clinic led by a health … [Read more...] about Action for ME says patients struggle to get medical help
Boris Johnson’s move to extend tariffs on imported steel by two years — a probable breach of World Trade Organisation rules — was welcomed by protectionist MPs from both sides of the political aisle. Industry also predictably lauded the decision, saying it will be protected from artificially cheap imports. Much like fishing, steel carries with it a disproportionate amount of political focus compared to its size — in 2020 the £2bn it contributed to the economy was the equivalent of just 0.1pc of total economic output and 1.2pc of manufacturing. But as the industry likes to point out: everything is made of steel. The metal goes into cars, aircraft, new buildings and the machinery that forms almost everything else. Without it, steel insiders say the logic of having a manufacturing industry in the UK would be considerably weaker — a fact that will not be lost on the Prime Minister. The move was pegged as an effort to “protect the steel sector”, Trade Secretary Anne-Marie … [Read more...] about With the Tories in turmoil, steel helps Boris Johnson show his mettle
Prisoners are being trained up as football referees with eleven cons passing the FA’s Level 7 course in the past year, which allows them to take charge in junior amateur leagues, with Level 1 officials in control of Premier League games. A report by inspectors from the Independent Monitoring Board revealed details of the course in a new report. The scheme, which normally costs £135, states that it equips participants with the "skills and knowledge" to referee. The lags must complete five modules, including watching videos of matches, and learn the rules of the beautiful game. The criminals, at HMP Highpoint, a 1,300-capacity jail in Suffolk, also discovered how to “built a rapport” with players and coaches. READ MORE: Premier League to non-league - 11 football stars who dropped down the divisions The IMB report stated that five courses were funded via the dynamic purchasing system, an “online procurement system”, allowing governors to commission small educational … [Read more...] about Prisoners being trained up as football referees to help stop cons re-offending
Iain Duncan Smith says UK needs to focus on 'growth' Sign up for FREE now and never miss the top politics stories again SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info The former leader of the Conservative Party recently co-authored a report for the Centre for Brexit Policy, which argued that the establishment is holding the country back from unlocking its true potential. Instead of viewing the UK as a declining international force, the report argues Brexit gives Britain the chance to become a dominant global power now it is free from the EU’s shackles. Related articles IDS crushes Sturgeon's Indyref2 as ‘ridiculous’ distraction Iain Duncan Smith's cost-cutting masterplan to avoid 'disaster' In an … [Read more...] about Brexit: IDS slams ruling elites for ‘locking to Europe’ in masterplan to slash red tape
SIR – Your Leading Article ( June 28 ) is a salutary reminder of the need to revisit the call in last year’s defence review for “a modern army that is more agile, more integrated and more expeditionary”, achieved through digitisation rather than numbers. While digital transformation remains relevant, the need to refocus on our European backyard puts the spotlight firmly on numbers – particularly the plan to limit the Army to 73,000 regulars and 30,000 reserves, with a commensurate reduction in heavy armour. Four months on from Russia’s invasion of a sovereign nation – and given Boris Johnson’s cheerleading for Ukraine at the G7 meeting, as well as Nato’s decision to increase high-readiness forces to 300,000 – the credibility of Britain’s contribution to thwarting Vladimir Putin’s ambitions is at stake. However dire the economic outlook, the Government must reorder its defence priorities. This will include: reversing Army personnel cuts so that at least one full-sized armoured … [Read more...] about Letters: Russian aggression highlights the need to restore Army manpower
A large amount of misinformation has long circulated about abortion, researchers found in a study published in the American Journal of Public Health in 2021. The debate has grown more intense since the Supreme Court officially overturned five decades of legal precedent on abortion in the United States on June 24: Both opponents and supporters of reproductive rights are discussing the issue passionately — and sometimes using false arguments to make their case. We reviewed four claims from both sides of the abortion debate. Do bans stop abortions? Claim: Many advocates of reproductive rights say bans do not prevent the procedure, but instead can lead to life-threatening abortions. "The abortion ban does not stop abortion," a TikTok user says ( archived claim here). "It just stops safe abortions." DW Fact Check: True. A British research team that analyzed data from 1990 to 2019 concluded that abortion rates in countries with abortion bans were about the same as in … [Read more...] about Fact check: Does criminalization prevent abortions?
Roman Kemp discusses working with dad Martin Kemp Sign up for FREE for the latest news from the world of showbiz SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info Capital FM host Roman Kemp didn't spare his dad's blushes when he admitted that his 60-year-old father Martin often sneaks into his home for a chocolate fix. After the radio broadcaster, 29, bought his first house, his Spandau Ballet star father bought one two doors down and quickly moved into his street, resulting in him "sneaking" out to his son's behind Shirlie's back. Related articles Amanda Owen confirms sudden split from grumpy husband Clive James May swipes at Top Gear co-stars for 'trying to join aristocracy I am not doing this job to become … [Read more...] about Roman Kemp embarrasses Spandau Ballet dad Martin over ‘sneaking’ out behind Shirlie’s back
Published 23 June Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Related Topics Russia-Ukraine war At least 12 million people have fled their homes since Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the United Nations (UN) says. More than five million have left for neighbouring countries, while seven million people are still thought to be displaced inside Ukraine itself. However, hundreds of thousands of refugees have returned to their home country - especially to cities like Kyiv. Where are refugees going? In updated figures, the UN says that, as of 21 June , more than 5.2 million refugees from Ukraine have been recorded across Europe. More than 3.5 million have applied for temporary residence in another country: Russia : 1,305,018 Ukrainian refugees recorded Poland : 1,180,677 Moldova : 85,797 Romania : 82,733 Slovakia : 78,972 Hungary : 25,042 Belarus … [Read more...] about How many Ukrainian refugees are there and where have they gone?
Courteney Cox couldn't contain her smile as she headed out in Mayfair with her partner Johnny McDaid to celebrate her birthday on Saturday. The 57-year-old Friends star cut a stylish figure in a forest green pair of wide leg trousers and a matching blazer. The actress opted for a black shirt beneath the number which she unbuttoned half way, flashing several layered necklaces. Smitten: Courteney Cox, 57, couldn't contain her smile as she headed out in Mayfair, London with her beau Johnny McDaid, 45, to celebrate her birthday on Saturday She styled her dark tresses sleeked back from a centre parting and accessorised with a pair of hoop earings. Courteney completed her evening look wearing a pair of black boots and a radiant palette of makeup. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Hamish Blake takes home the Gold Logie after a touching... 'Thank you son': New dad Alex Bowen celebrates his first... Lily James mentors rising star Bel Powley … [Read more...] about Courteney Cox looks smitten with Snow Patrol rocker boyfriend Johnny McDaid as they celebrate her 57th birthday in London