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1h 16m How I finally learned to sleep
The Guardian
For decades, Kate Edgley struggled with insomnia. She tried everything, but nothing seemed to work… Here, she reveals the terrible toll it took on her life – and how she eventually realised her dreams My brain flickered into consciousness and, a moment later, a tiny lift in my chest made itself known. Glee. A simple but palpable joy on waking. I bounded out of bed, looking forward to the day. Then a sudden jolt had me standing, motionless, gazing across the room in wonder. I’m looking forward to my day! I’m looking forward to my day? Bloody hell! A slow grin squeezed my cheeks as energy zipped around my body and, refusing to be contained, had me gyrating my hips and arms in sync, dancing, naked, around my bedroom, wondering whether I’d care – or stop – if either of my teenage children walked in. I’m looking forward to my day! I’m looking forward to my day! Whaaaaa-hoo! It was, in fact, an ordinary day. I was getting the train to work, sitting in an office, then coming home again. But my energy! I could feel it pulsing through me and my body tingled with vitality. Later, at my desk, my concentration was focused, the words I was reading hanging together. Walking around the building, my torso stood tall. In conversations, my brain and mouth played ball. None of which had been the case all on the same day for a long, long time.
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2h I’ve got a top degree but wash dishes – and can’t face the future | Dear Mariella
The Guardian
You’re not alone, says Mariella Frostrup. Get professional help to muster resilience and determination. We need people like you to change our political trajectory
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 Vapers inhale MUCH lower levels of toxins than smokers, study finds  12h Updated Vapers inhale MUCH lower levels of toxins than smokers, study finds 
Daily Mail
Compared to nonsmokers, vapers had more biomarkers of toxic chemicals in their urine - but lower levels than smokers, said the study by Roswell Park Cancer Center.
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15h Updated Kanye West accuses Ariana Grande of using him to promote new song: 'People will no longer take mental health for a joke'
The Independent
'I am able to experience first hand how people who have mental health issues get written off by society'
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17h The search for my inner ‘hero’: a modern masculinity retreat
The Guardian
Tim Lott dances, roars and talks intimately at a masculinity workshop which ends in tears, praise and profound insights Despite spending 62 years as a man, I have never quite worked out what the possession of my defining Y chromosome implies. I doubt, in truth, that much of the damn thing survives anyway. I was brought up in a generation when nearly all the parenting was done by mothers and I have now helped to bring up four daughters as well as having been through the crucible of two marriages. In short, I have lived most of my life in the penumbra of women. Lately, in the tremors of
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Obamacare: Texas court rules key health law is unconstitutional22h Updated Obamacare: Texas court rules key health law is unconstitutional
BBC
The challenge from a coalition of 20 US states is now likely to go to the US Supreme Court.
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23h Can our names inspire our choices in life?
The Guardian
Yes, I’m looking at you, weather presenter Sara Blizzard, speed-meister Usain Bolt, and all the rest My friend Hattie recently introduced me to aptonym (also known as aptronym). This is, delightfully, when a person’s name is well-suited to its owner, whether that be in character or profession. Just this week, I read about a surgeon called Professor Kneebone. Some of you may be familiar with Igor Judge, former lord chief justice. There are many famous examples: the sprinter, Usain Bolt, for instance. William Wordsworth, who, lest we forget, as well as his poetry, also petitioned to reform British copyright law. Regular pub quiz question: who invented the toilet? Thomas Crapper. (He didn’t invent it, just improved it. But he did invent the manhole cover.) Hattie should really be a milliner. I should probably be an expert on diseases. Aptonym is not a new phenomenon, nor recently discovered. In his 1960 book Synchronicity, Jung wrote that there is “sometimes quite grotesque coincidence between a man’s name and his peculiarities”. Nominative determinism is the theory that aptonyms are not merely happy coincidences (or grotesque ones), but that our names can inspire our choices in life and careers, possibly because of egotism. In the past, it was the opposite – the profession came before the name: Taylor, Smith, Baker. Spiderman.
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 Desperate mother fears for her daughter, 12, at risk of organ failure due to a phobia of EATING 23h Updated Desperate mother fears for her daughter, 12, at risk of organ failure due to a phobia of EATING
Daily Mail
Grace Daw, from Cheshire, has lived with a fear of choking since she was a baby. It can take her over an hour to eat a mouthful of food, her helpless mother, Janine Daw, 48, said.
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24h Barbara Taylor Bradford: ‘Why would I stop working? I live by schedules’
The Guardian
The bestselling novelist on eschewing computers and the secret to a long marriage I am a great believer in sleep. I am usually in bed by 10.30 or 11pm. If my husband, Bob, and I watch TV before retiring, it will be in another room. If I am writing a book, I will be up at 6am the next day. If I am not writing, it will be more like 7am.
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25h Is it a good idea to go running with my dog? | Zoe Williams
The Guardian
I don’t have enough air in the day to go running
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Court rules Obamacare is unconstitutional25h Updated Court rules Obamacare is unconstitutional
BBC
The challenge from a coalition of 20 US states is now likely to go to the US Supreme Court.
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 Johnson & Johnson knew for DECADES that asbestos lurked in its baby powder, report claims 14 Dec 8:21pm Johnson & Johnson knew for DECADES that asbestos lurked in its baby powder, report claims
Daily Mail
A Reuters investigation said the papers, dating from 1971 to the 2000s, show J&J knew that the powders sometimes tested positive for asbestos. The firm closed out down 10 percent on Friday.
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