Pregnancy sickness: ‘I thought I was dying’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionEssex mum ‘bedbound for six months of pregnancy’ For Hannah Dalton, pregnancy meant not being able to drink fluids for eight months without throwing up, going into hospital 27 times for intravenous drips and living off ice lollies and anti-sickness medication. Hannah, 30, from Thundersley, Essex, had hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), the severe pregnancy sickness the Duchess of Cambridge experienced during her three pregnancies. She was bedridden for six months, ended up in a wheelchair and, at her worst, her body started to shut down. “I seriously questioned was this still worth doing,” Hannah says. “We wanted a bigger family but was there a chance that we would lose me. I thought I …

‘Bring your own lunchbox to cut waste’

“People are saying that they are buying food to take out because life has got busier,” says Hubbub’s Tessa Tricks. “It’s that sense that, ‘I’m important and having this on the go will make me do things more efficiently,’ but sometimes sitting with crockery and cutlery and enjoying it would be better.” Ms Tricks argues it is usually both healthier and cheaper to make a packed lunch, but the charity is also encouraging people to pop a plastic box in their bag alongside their reusable coffee cup, if they plan to buy takeaway food. Food outlets ‘should list all ingredients’ ‘Eco-friendly’ bags survive three years in soil Food waste ‘worse for climate than plastic’ Does your dinner come from a …

‘I Instagrammed my boyfriend’s drug habit’

“Incarceration and love aren’t meant to exist together, but we used Instagram to try to work out our way through it.” Warning: Contains images of drug paraphernalia Lisa and Elliot’s story is a romance with a difference. Elliot Murawski is just two weeks out of prison after serving more than two years for supplying Class A drugs, and is a recovering cocaine and heroin addict. The 28-year-old’s girlfriend, Lisa Selby, has been supporting him, while also sharing their struggles through social media. Image copyright Lisa Selby / @bluebaglife Image caption Elliot Murawski first tried drugs at the age of 12, and had moved on to Class A substances by the time he was 15 The couple, from Nottingham, met through …

Tributes paid after Starr reported dead

Comedian Jim Davidson also tweeted: “Just heard the news. Freddie Starr was the greatest.” Starr rose to prominence in the early 1970s after appearing on the TV talent show Opportunity Knocks. He starred in several other TV programmes in the 90s and famously featured in the Sun’s “Freddie Starr ate my hamster” headline in 1986. In 2012, he was arrested by police investigating allegations of historical sexual abuse but he was never charged. He later lost a defamation claim against an accuser in 2015. ‘I’m a Celebrity’ Starr began his career as lead singer of the Merseybeat group the Midniters during the 1960s. His TV appearances included The Freddie Starr Show and An Audience with Freddie Starr in the 1990s. …

Mums who took cocaine on play dates

“I met up with my friend the evening before my 20-week scan and she was with a guy at the time who was a dealer, in effect. “He held my hand out and he put a rock of cocaine in my hand, and I was absolutely powerless to not do it. “I can remember the next day – when I was getting my scan and this baby is going absolutely nuts in my belly – just thinking to myself, ‘I’ve done that to you”. ‘Lovely house’ One of the UK’s leading providers of private addiction treatment says it has seen a 128% increase in the number of cocaine addicts since 2015. Last year, UK Addiction Treatment (Ukat) treated 504 powder …

Man jailed over plot to dump US pensioner

Simon Davis QC, prosecuting, said Hayes, of Henlade, Somerset, had told police a “pack of lies” which led them on a “wild goose chase”. However, his motivations for getting involved in the plot remain unclear. The court heard Mr Curry was cared for in a residential home for eight months – at a cost to the NHS of up to £20,000 – before being flown back to the United States in July 2016. Latest news from the West Midlands Mr Davis said Hayes had exchanged a series of texts and calls with “best mate” Kevin Curry, the victim’s son. Kevin Curry flew with his mother and father to London Gatwick in November 2015, but later left without his father. Fake …

The man who became Britain’s biggest crystal meth dealer

“At the age of 55, going clubbing was fine but I couldn’t talk with anyone,” he tells BBC Two’s Victoria Derbyshire programme. “People would dance next to me but I felt really awkward.” The solution, he told himself at the time, was to start selling drugs. It had an effect. “People would come up to me for a reason, to start chatting,” he says. Image copyright Family photo Image caption James with his mother and father at graduation His son James – who had finished university and was working in social media marketing – remembers his father was “changing”, his health “deteriorating”. But, he says, any attempts to challenge his behaviour were dismissed. “I’m small fry, the police don’t care …

How a missed tax bill of 167 can cost 2,065

‘It became very stressful’ The calculations by Citizens Advice were based on a resident missing the very first bill of the financial year, which typically cost £167 in England. As a result, the full bill of £1,671 could be levied. This outstanding bill would be lower if a payment was missed later in the year. Mark, who is unemployed and has mental health problems, is one of those who has faced such a situation. “Last year was not a good year in terms of my health or finances. I had so many debts that it became very stressful and hard to find a way to make my money stretch to cover them all,” the 53-year-old told Citizens Advice. “In August, …

‘A lot of people think influencers are obnoxious’

Huda Kattan, for example, has been described as “the Bill Gates of beauty influencers” for quitting her job and, with the help of social media, launching her own company, which is now valued at more than $1bn (£760m). So how should an influencer be defined? “It’s someone who has some influence which they can monetise,” explains SJ Nooth-Cooper, a senior manager at Models 1 Talent – an agency which now signs influencers as well as models. “And they have a USP. So whether it’s beauty, fashion, cooking, mental health, being a chef, they can use that to make a business out of it. Skip Instagram post by natashandlovu View this post on Instagram Report End of Instagram post by natashandlovu …

Right to food ‘should be in Scots Law’

Food insecurity The commission said this right – which involves food being accessible, adequate and available for everyone – is not being realised across Scotland. Food insecurity is “unacceptably high”, the report said, with more than 480,500 food parcels being handed out by food banks between April 2017 and September 2018. It continues: “Health inequalities are persistent with many people, including children, unable to afford or access a healthy and nutritious diet.” Related Topics Scottish government Human rights Food Poverty Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Light pollution ‘not improving’

Just a 10th of people could count up to 30 stars, whereas the Royal Observatory in Greenwich says that up to 40 could be visible to someone with a sharp eye on a clear night. Only 2% of participants had truly dark skies which allowed them to see more than 30 stars. Night being ‘lost’ to artificial light Bright light, big pity That’s half the level of the previous Star Count in 2014. However, the CPRE can’t be sure how similar the group of people completing the last survey was to the one carrying out this one. A record 2,300 people took part in the count, and the group says government, councils and the public should treat the issue more …

More GP appointments freed up by scheme

The scheme also saved 330,096 administration hours in the past year. Missed GP appointments ‘cost NHS £216m’ Differences in GP access across England ‘shocking’ The GP substitute will see you now Dr Nikita Kanani, NHS England’s medical director for primary care and a south-east London GP, said the programme has had “significant benefits for patients and GPs alike, freeing up doctors’ time and NHS resources to ensure people get the care they need as quickly as possible. “GP services will continue to be at the heart of our health service, and it makes sense to invest for another three years in a programme that is delivering so much for patients while helping us to be more efficient.” The scheme in …

Council to random drug test staff

Reasonable belief Shetland operates a random testing rule for its sea-going staff, while five local authorities in England have adopted or are considering adopting testing. A spokeswoman for West Lothian Council said testing for staff out-with the designated “safety critical” roles would be on a “with cause” basis. That would include a manager’s concern or reasonable belief that an employee was under the influence at work, where an incident had occurred or where there was a complaint or whistle-blowing incident. Related Topics West Lothian Council Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

‘I can’t sleep because of Brexit’

“Our whole lives have been put on hold since then. We, along with many others, have no idea of where our lives are going to end up.” “Me and my wife are both losing sleep over it,” adds Mr Groom, who voted to remain in 2016. He worries that he may have to move back to the UK. “At the moment, if I wake up in the night the first thing I do is check my phone to see what else has happened in Parliament.” Civil servants offered Brexit counselling ‘I’ve lost four inches off my waistline due to Brexit’ The worry and subsequent lack of sleep, Mr Groom believes, has negatively affected his physical health as well as his …

‘Stark reality’ of prison suicide ignored

But the Allans have used a press conference at Holyrood to publish a raft of figures on deaths in custody in Scotland’s prisons. They said their research showed that in the last 10 years 40% of prisoner deaths were suicides, with 32 of the 82 people who took their own life in that period under the age of 30. Review ordered after deaths at Polmont ‘Questions asked’ over Polmont teen death Suicide student ‘humiliated’ in prison Mrs Allan said: “Our campaign attempts to present to government ministers, academics and society the stark reality of what is going on in the halls of our prisons – no gloss over, no excuses, no spin, no soundbites. “It is young people who are …

Connie Constance: ‘British blood ain’t all the same’

“We’re all from these different cultures now really,” she explains, “but there are so many things that we’re so in line with, no matter where you are from, or whether you are left or right. “So that’s kind of my tune that represents how I’m feeling and how a lot of people I think are feeling about what’s going on with the Brexit thing,” adds Connie, in the type of plain-speak that has arguably been missing over at Whitehall. Report End of Youtube post by ConnieConstanceVEVO Image Copyright ConnieConstanceVEVO ConnieConstanceVEVO Report End of Youtube post 2 by ConnieConstanceVEVO Image Copyright ConnieConstanceVEVO ConnieConstanceVEVO Image copyright Getty Images & Sohpie Jones Image caption Watford’s finest: Sir Elton John, Connie and Anthony ‘AJ’ …