Trauma and fibromyalgia: could Kavanaugh have triggered Lena Dunham’s flare-up?

The Girls writer and star says she experienced a reactivation of the condition after the supreme court confirmation. That is not as ‘crazy’ as she fears It felt like every cell in my neck was singing … Yesterday, I felt like I was suspended in gel, and when I meditated a line of pain zipped from my neck to my foot.” With such a collection of symptoms, Dunham admits: “It’s hard to shake the feeling I am crazy.” But this is fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition with no known cause…

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EgyptAir publisher apologises over Drew Barrymore article

CAIRO: The publisher of EgyptAir´s in-flight magazine apologised Tuesday over an article on US actress Drew Barrymore, which caused a furore online over its bizarre content. Horus magazine published what it called an interview with Barrymore that opened with a commentary on her private life, and her apparent responses raised eyebrows both for their content and poor English. A spokesperson for Barrymore told the Huffington Post website last week that the actress “did not participate” in the interview, but EgyptAir stood by the article. The actress´ team said they were…

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Murad directs task force to launch polio, measles eradication campaign

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has reiterated his resolve to eradicate polio and measles from the province of Sindh by intensifying vaccination campaigns and launching awareness drives. This he said on Tuesday while presiding over a meeting of provincial taskforce for polio eradication here at the CM House. The meeting was attended by Minister Health Dr Azra Pechuho, Chief Secretary Mumtaz Ali Shah, Principal Secretary to CM Sajid Jamal Abro, provincial secretaries of local government and health, Commissioner Karachi Sauleh Farooqui, Adl IG Karachi Dr Ameer Shaikh,…

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HIV-positive mother donates liver to save her child´s life

Johannesburg: Faced with the only chance to save a child´s life, doctors in South Africa have performed a medical first — transplanting part of the liver from a HIV-positive mother to her HIV-negative child, it was announced Thursday. The doctors at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg revealed that, one year after the operation, the child may not have caught the virus from her new liver. The child had a terminal liver disease and would have died without the transplant. Medication given to the child “may have prevented the transmission…

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A cold nose shows you’re stressed – what else does?

A study at the University of Nottingham has shown that blood drains from someone’s face when they are under stress. Here are the other bodily signs to look out for Touch your nose. If it is cold, you may need to calm down. Science, by using thermal imaging cameras and stressing the hell out of students, has discovered that stress causes a cold nose (and face). Blood moves from the face to other parts of the body that might need it more in a dangerous situation, such as muscles and limbs. This…

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‘We’re in uncharted territory’: Oscars on edge after Harvey Weinstein scandal

“Suicide always remains a secret, the unknown bit beyond all reasons and explanations,” says Maria Schrader, the German actor best known in Britain for her role as ruthless, wicked but captivating Stasi agent Lenora Rauch in Channel 4’s spy drama Deutschland 83. She is talking about the subject of the Oscar-nominated film she has directed, Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe. The Viennese Jewish writer fled his homeland in 1934 with the rise of Hitler to London, Bath, New York and ultimately Petrópolis, a mountain town 40-odd miles north of Rio de Janeiro that…

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How to embrace unexpected silences

We all know what silence means. Yet how many of us have experienced it? Since pure silence is an ideal, we tend to use the term to mean something a bit less exact. We could say that a “working silence” is a relational state: we consider our surroundings to be silent if they are significantly quieter than what we are used to. Most people aren’t hankering after actual silence – that is, the complete absence of sound – but something a little more complex and subtle. We want to capture…

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Ask Alys: can I grow blueberries without peat?

I grow fruit and vegetables organically in my front garden in boarded raised beds. I would love to grow blueberries, but I know they need an acidic soil. How can I create a bed for them without using any peat-based products? Peat-free soil for acid-loving plants does exist, but you might not be able to get it from every garden centre you visit. The best one I’ve tried is made by Melcourt and is called SylvaGrow ericaceous compost – this is the bee’s knees, although I’d say that about all of this company’s composts. You can get hold…

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Coffee drinking linked to lower risk of death

People who drink the most coffee are less likely to die than those who drink the least or none, according to two new studies that followed nearly three quarters of a million people for about 16 years. The results don’t necessarily mean coffee directly prevents people from dying, but researchers suggest they should at least reassure people who can’t get by without their daily cup of joe. “It’s premature that people start consuming coffee to improve health outcomes,” said Alice Lichtenstein, director of the Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory at the Jean…

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