Kate offers ‘peek’ at Back to Nature Garden

Image copyright @kensingtonroyal Image caption The garden was co-created with Andree Davies, Adam White and the RHS In a letter to experts, she wrote that it was “heart-breaking” to know there is a “long way to go” to ensure all children grow up “happy, healthy, and equipped to be able to take every opportunity that comes their way”. Image copyright @kensingtonroyal Image caption The garden will be filled with forest scenes Earlier this year, landscape architect Ms Davies told the Daily Telegraph that the duchess had brought the idea of forest bathing to the discussions. The Japanese concept is the practice of spending time in woodland to help relaxation. The garden features a swing seat hanging below a high-platform treehouse, …

Praise after TV star tells of brain tumour

The charity tweeted its support on Saturday, following Chapman’s interview in the Mail. Image Copyright @BrainTumourOrg @BrainTumourOrg Symptoms of a brain tumour severe, persistent headaches. seizures (fits) persistent nausea, vomiting and drowsiness. mental or behavioural changes, such as memory problems or changes in personality. progressive weakness or paralysis on one side of the body. vision or speech problems Source: NHS Image Copyright @Botanygeek @Botanygeek Report Report Chapman said she was “devastated” not to be able to work on this year’s Chelsea Flower Show – which she has co-hosted for 13 years – but was following doctor’s orders. “You have to give yourself the best possible chance to heal,” she said. “You don’t get a second chance to recover.” The RHS …

What does the menopause do to the body?

But as women age and their store of eggs declines, ovulation, periods and pregnancies stop. And the body gradually stops producing oestrogen, which controls the whole process. This doesn’t happen overnight though. It can take several years for this crucial hormone to fall to low levels – and then it stays that way. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bones become weaker after the menopause, increasing the risk of osteoporosis When oestrogen production stops altogether, there is a long-term effect on the bones and heart. Bones can weaken, making fractures more likely, and women can become more vulnerable to heart disease and stroke. That’s why women are offered hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, which boosts oestrogen levels and helps to …

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 …

Calls for Jeremy Kyle show to be axed

The broadcaster said everyone at the show was “shocked and saddened” and “thoughts are with the family and friends”. An inquest into Mr Dymond’s death is likely to be opened within the next few days, a spokeswoman for Portsmouth coroner’s office said, and they are awaiting the result of the post-mortem investigation. Commenting on the case, a spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May said: “Broadcasters and production companies have a responsibility for the mental health and wellbeing of participants and viewers of their programmes. “We are clear they must have appropriate levels of support in place.” ‘I worked on The Jeremy Kyle Show’ The pre-recorded episode Mr Dymond took part in was based on the subject of infidelity and it …

‘Huge’ variation in mental health spending

Mental health spending has been made a priority in recent years. In 2016, extra funding was announced and this was added to last year when the government announced its 10-year plan for the NHS. The analysis by Mind showed all areas were increasing their mental health budgets in line with the overall increase in spending – part of a requirement set by the senior leadership in the NHS. But that masked the big variations that still existed, according to the projected spending levels in 2018-19. The biggest spenders (per person, per year) South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw £220.63 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly £207.97 North Central London £205.11 The lowest spenders (per person, per year) Surrey Heartlands £124.48 Shropshire and …

‘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 …

‘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 …

‘Dad said we were going to a dentist, but never came back’

Image copyright Hayley Kemp Image caption Hayley Kemp pictured with her siblings before she was sent to a residential care home My mum got lung cancer when I was five. One of my memories is of her with a beehive haircut and smoking a Woodbine cigarette. Image copyright Hayley Kemp He said we were going to the dentist on the bus, and I had no idea where we were because I was only seven. I was skipping down the road thinking ‘these are really nice houses and there’s a park nearby’. It was Parklands Children’s Home but I didn’t know that then. I just thought ‘this is a nice dentist’. These two women came out and he went in with …

From Hollywood to Manchester to the comedy circuit

He also has a long way to go before he achieves his dream of restoring his ancestors’ stately home. It’s a wreck. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Hopwood DePree at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival “The way people in Hollywood do business versus the way English people do business is totally different, and I’m learning a lot from being here,” he says. “Hollywood is very temporary. When people talk about an old building, it’s from the 1920s. It’s fun, it’s exciting, but when you come to Middleton, this hall’s been here for 600 years. “So everything is rooted in a sense of longevity and history and tradition. Life here feels much more grounded and rooted in reality. That’s probably …

‘I had two seconds to prepare for birth’

I was thinking of dates but I was thinking wait, that would be impossible, I would be nine months pregnant then! The locksmith came and I really was desperate. He says: “I’m going to have to break your door down.” So I get in and I get into bed in my pyjamas. The only place I feel comfortable is on the toilet. Image copyright Klara Dollan Image caption Klara at eight months pregnant I push and push twice and I see a head come out. My body is telling me to push the pain away. So I push and out came my daughter, Amelia. She was full-term… screaming. She was crying and so was I. I completely broke down. People …

Could your firm move to a four-day week?

“The exam question for us was, ‘Could we improve both the productivity and well-being of Wellcome staff and at the same time improve the overall impact we have as a charity?’” says Ed Whiting, director of policy at the Wellcome Trust. Businesses around the country took note. Several smaller companies have already made the shift to a four-day week, but for a large and respected non-profit organisation to go the same way would have set an important, perhaps even a game-changing, precedent for the UK’s business landscape. Except the Wellcome Trust decided against it. Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Could a four-day week resolve rising stress and health problems? Mr Whiting says they argued: “Shouldn’t we be using …

Has Leeds cracked the obesity problem?

And that has been judged to be statistically significant by experts. But what has been particularly impressive is the fact that the biggest falls have been seen among the most deprived areas. Rates of obesity fell by nearly 9% in these neighbourhoods. How has Leeds done it? Image copyright Getty Images While the progress has been impressive, Leeds has not seen a similar shift among older children. The school measuring programme also involves those at the end of primary school – 10- and 11-year-olds. And the obesity rates for this age group have remained stable. What is also true is that other places have also seen some small chinks of light in the battle against the bulge. Public Health England …

‘Just try it’ – How to help a child eat healthily

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tina Le says children should be offered a choice of healthy options Tina Le delivers similar workshops to those that have been taking place in Leeds to parents in east London. Image copyright Belinda Mould Image caption Belinda initially struggled to get her daughter, Libby-Joy, to eat healthy food Belinda Mould found this approach worked well with her three-year-old daughter, who previously would only eat sausages and baked beans. “If we dished her up anything else she was throwing the food on the floor or just ignoring it and eating nothing,” she told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme. But she says by getting her to eat small amounts of new foods regularly, her daughter …

‘Not all anti-HIV drug users put it about’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption‘People think using PrEP means you put it about’ “Just because you’re using PrEP, it doesn’t mean you’re putting it about.” For thousands of people like Chris Hicks, a 35-year-old DJ from Cardiff, HIV-prevention drug Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has diminished the fear around sex. New studies are looking at whether the drug could increase “risky behaviour” and infection rates for other STIs. Chris says that, while he’s “not always 100% safe”, he’d like to see some stigma around the drug disappear. “Some people will automatically assume that, because you’re on PrEP, you put it about quite a lot and you’re very promiscuous, when really it’s not,” he said. Ceri Dunstan, of the …

Pregnancy pizzazz: Is it a US thing?

“I think we’re often looking across the pond for inspiration on how to add a little pizzazz to pregnancy and motherhood,” says Rebecca Moore, editor of Little London and Baby London magazines. A pre-birth bash has “become a huge trend for mums-to-be” says Moore. Justine Roberts, founder of the Mumsnet parenting website, also spies the beginnings of a cultural shift, although there’s “resistance to calling it a baby shower,” she says. What does come across “quite strongly” from British women on Mumsnet, Ms Roberts says, is “puzzlement over gender-reveal parties” – a celebration at which the expected child’s sex is announced. Puzzlement would be an understatement for how British mothers-to-be would react to the price-tag attached to child birth in …