HEALTH 

Essex boss Ronnie Irani wants to put mental health first

Ronnie Irani was at the height of his success as an England cricketer when the players were told that wives and girlfriends weren’t allowed to visit for the entirety of their three-month tour to Zimbabwe and New Zealand in 1996-97. ‘We were told by the head coach David Lloyd, backed by captain Mike Atherton that you don’t get a choice in the army and it was going to be like that for this tour,’ said Irani, disbelief still clear in his voice. ‘Darren Gough opposed it like me. He told the…

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HEALTH 

Why I’d never send my patients to a chiropractor  

Q. I’ve been suffering from sciatica and back pain and a friend has suggested seeing a chiropractor. Does it work – and, as a GP, would you recommend it? A. Lower back pain and sciatica are very common reasons for people to attend a GP consultation. While both conditions can resolve on their own over time, there are a number of treatment options that can help to provide relief in the interim. Pain-relief options include medication, physiotherapy and heat treatments. And, of course, a number of alternative treatments are available….

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So how much sleep do you need?

What price a good night’s sleep? According to a new study, we value it so highly that we would rather have 40 winks than a 50 per cent pay rise. Researchers from Oxford Economics and the National Centre For Social Research asked a national panel of 8,250 people what made them happiest. They found healthy sleep habits to be the highest indicator of wellbeing, with income one of the lowest overall. So would you sacrifice your salary for a peaceful night’s rest? We asked a panel of movers and shakers,…

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HEALTH RECIPES 

Harsh spring frosts take toll on English apples

England’s apple harvest could be as much as 20 per cent down after the young fruit were damaged by harsh frosts in the spring. Picking is now underway, however growers are concerned that not only will the number of apples be down, but many are blemished or smaller than hoped for. A problem known as ‘frost ring’ leaves a ring of russet or brown scaly skin on apples if they are hit by a sharp frost. While they are perfectly good and healthy to eat, they do not live up…

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HEALTH 

Bondi personal trainer how work out exercise for free

For many people, keeping fit is an expensive business. While in Australia, we are lucky to have boutique weights, spinning and yoga studios often on our doorstep, many of these demand hefty joining fees – and thousands of dollars to commit for life. Which is why Dylan Rivier is here to help. The Bondi-based personal trainer – who has worked on the bodies of Pip Edwards, Sienna Miller and Oliver Curtis – shared with FEMAIL his tips for working out for free – as well as his day on a plate….

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HEALTH 

Expensive bottled water isn’t healthier than tap water

Paying a hefty sum for a bottle of ‘healthy’ water has proven to be no better than regular old tap water. While many people are willing to splash their cash on bottles of ‘luxury’ water that claims to boost mental and physical endurance, an Australian study has found it actually isn’t good for you. Consumer advocacy group Choice found bottled water is no healthier, or safer, than taking a swig of tap water. Buying expensive bottles of ‘healthy’ water has proven to be no better than regular tap water (stock…

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Beetroot, the superfood that boosts your muscles

If you are looking for a new post-gym snack, beetroot may be the answer. Among all the superfood’s claimed benefits for body and brain, it has now been found to help muscles recover after intense exercise. Scientists at the University of Northumbria asked 30 men aged between 18 and 28, who work out at least twice a week, to do 100 intensive jump exercises. Among all the superfood’s claimed benefits for body and brain, beetroot has now been found to help muscles recover after intense exercise The intense exercise caused muscle…

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HEALTH LIFESTYLE 

Casey Batchelor flaunts her surgically reduced assets

She has built a career on showing off her sensational figure. And Casey Batchelor looked fabulous as she put on an eye-popping display in a sizzling yellow bikini as she hit the beach in Spain on Sunday. Looking confident and happy as she sashayed down the beach, the former Celebrity Big Brother star, 32,put on an eye-popping display as the tiny bikini struggled to contain her surgically reduced assets. Scroll down for video  Jaw-dropping: Casey Batchelor looked fabulous as she put on an eye-popping display in a sizzling yellow bikini as…

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Eczema sufferer has to vacuum her bed EVERY DAY 

An eczema sufferer sheds so much skin she has to vacuum her bed every day.  Vivienne Hew, 20, from Dublin, who has suffered from the common skin complaint since she was young, is also afraid to leave her house as people stop and stare at her cracked, oozing and bleeding skin.  After developing an addiction to the creams she had been prescribed, she has spent the last three years battling topical steroid withdrawal. Now, Ms Hew, who is unemployed, is prone to agonising flare ups that leave her in such…

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HEALTH 

Jana Pittman reveals her scare with cervical cancer

She gave up the Rio Olympics so that she could start a ‘modern family’, but Jana Pittman’s dream of having more children almost didn’t come true.  Jana was diagnosed with grade three cervical dysplasia, the development of pre-cancerous cells on the cervix, while undergoing IVF treatment in 2014. The discovery completely shocked Jana, who had not undergone a pap smear in four years as she trained for the Sochi Olympic Games. Scroll down for video  Former Olympic athlete Jana Pittman, 34, was diagnosed with grade three cervical dysplasia, the development of…

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