What It’s Actually Like To Have Body Dysmorphic Disorder

In our image-conscious culture, it’s become common to hear casual diagnoses of “body dysmorphia” ― from family, from friends, even from ourselves as we stand in front of the mirror. It’s important, however, to differentiate between poor body image and body dysmorphic disorder. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders lists a number of criteria associated with BDD. They include a preoccupation with perceived flaws, repetitive behavior such as excessively looking in the mirror, and feelings that have a significant effect on one’s social or professional life. Lengthy as…

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Stephen Darby retires: Motor neurone disease symptoms – what is brain condition?

Bolton Wanderers defender Stephen Darby, 29, has retired from professional football after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease, the club confirmed today (September 18). Darby received the diagnosis from a specialist recently, and thanked his teammates and manager, Phil Parkinson, for their support. “It is with great sadness that I announce my immediate retirement from professional football due to a recent diagnosis of Motor Neurone Disease,” said Darby. “I would like to take the opportunity to thank my teammates, Phil Parkinson and all the staff at Bolton Wanderers Football Club…

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Hospitals Take Aim At ‘The Greatest Health Threat Of The 21st Century’

This story was produced and originally published by Grist and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. One of the larger themes at this week’s massive Global Climate Action Summit taking place in San Francisco is the relationship between climate change and human health. “Health is the best way to relate to human beings on the issue,” former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said Friday during a session titled “Health is where climate change hits home.” “Let’s put a face on climate.” Activist artist (and 2018 Grist 50 honoree) Favianna Rodriguez…

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Supplements: The best supplements to take for improving the health of your heart

Millions of people take vitamins and dietary supplements with the aim of boosting their health. Taking supplements has become more popular in recent years, with the UK market booming on the back of products claiming to help you achieve certain results. Popular supplements include vitamins for overall health, skin, hair and nail supplements, and weight loss pills. So what about supplements for improving the health of your heart? If you’re looking to take supplements as a means of boosting heart health, cardiologist Dr Stephen Sinatra has the following advice. The…

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How To Talk To Your Kids About Natural Disasters

From hurricanes and tornadoes to earthquakes, mudslides and even extreme blizzards and flooding, families around the world have faced the trauma of natural disasters. As Hurricane Florence batters the Carolinas, parents living in and outside the storm’s path are facing questions about it from their children. HuffPost spoke to experts in child and adolescent psychiatry about the best ways to talk to kids about natural disasters. Here are 10 things to keep in mind when discussing natural disasters with children at different developmental stages. While the advice is geared toward families…

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Best supplements for low libido: Five vitamins and minerals to increase sex drive

Everyone’s libido (sex drive) is different and can be caused by a variety of reasons including hormonal changes, low energy, stress and alcohol. Relationship issues or tiredness can also be linked to loss of libido alongside an underlying medical problem. If a lack of desire for sex is distressing or it’s affecting your relationship, it’s often a good idea to get help. But for those looking to try a natural enhancement, nutritionist Rick Hay revealed to Healthisa a number of supplements that can offer a helping hand. Vitamin E Rick…

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Brett Kavanaugh Explains His ‘Abortion-Inducing Drugs’ Comment

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh said he was simply recounting the plaintiff’s views in a 2015 lawsuit when he used the phrase “abortion-inducing drugs” to describe birth control during his confirmation hearing last week.   “That was the position of the plaintiffs in that case, and I was accurately describing the plaintiffs’ position,” Kavanaugh wrote in response to a follow-up question from Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) released Wednesday.  “At the hearing, I was not expressing an opinion on whether particular drugs induce abortion,” Kavanaugh continued. “I used that phrase only when recount the plaintiffs’ own assertions.” …

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Vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms: Check your tongue for glossitis

Vitamin B2 deficiency symptoms are important to recognise because the condition left untreated can lead to heart and lung complications. The vitamin is important for many body processes. If it’s in short supply the body won’t make as many red blood cells and they will be abnormally large. The red blood cells also won’t last for as long as they should. If you don’t have enough red blood cells your tissues and organs may not get enough oxygen and this can lead to the symptoms of anaemia. Anaemia can lead…

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Anti-Trans ‘Bathroom Bills’ Are Based On Lies. Here’s The Research To Show It.

I don’t give a great deal of thought to which bathroom I’m going to use when I’m out in public. I look for the word “men” or a male symbol on the door and head on in to do my business. Like everyone else, I’ve got plenty in my life that I could better spend my time thinking about than bathroom selection. And I don’t need to think about it, because I fit neatly into the binary system our society has created to describe gender; I was born anatomically male, and that’s…

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Weight loss pills: Do they actually help you lose weight or are they a waste of money?

More than one-third of adults are overweight in England alone, with nearly one-quarter obese, and growing numbers of people are turning to weight loss pills and products as a means to shed excess weight. Many weight loss pills claim to contain herbs or natural substances that speed up metabolism or make you feel full up to discourage you from eating. But according to the NHS, there is little evidence that some products sold by reputable retailers and over the internet actually work, and could even be packed with harmful substances.…

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