How exercise has helped me live with my mental health problems

How running a marathon helped improve my mental health

  • Only a couple of weeks into the trip I was in Dorset, and I decided to walk into the sea to get around a cliff.
  • I’d tied my boots to my backpack, but once I got to the other side I went to get my boots and one of them had fallen off into the sea.
  • So I lost my shoes within the first couple of weeks of this walk around Great Britain, which was really embarrassing.

When I was about 15, I got quite socially anxious and all of a sudden started disliking myself and comparing myself to other people way more than I should. When I was in my early 20s I just started staying in, feeling incredibly sorry for myself.
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The US Takes On the World in NATO’s Cyber War Games

  • Last year, Capt. Sean Ruddy and his team of operator-soldiers from the US Cyber Brigade entered a Locked Shields, a NATO-organized cyber-defense war game that pits teams from dozens of countries against “live-fire” attacks.
  • The US and others play as “blue teams,” charged with not just securing the networks of a fictional country, but responding to attendant media and legal issues as well.
  • That makes it a natural fit for the US Cyber Brigade, which defends infrastructure and “terrain” at US military bases: power plants, water treatment systems, air traffic control, and base fuel supplies.
  • “This is simply NATO members getting together and testing each others’ defensive capabilities,” says Ruddy, who has placed US observers with Estonian and Latvian cyber squads as well.
  • But despite the added competition and new challenges, the US blue team managed to improve on last year’s last place finish, moving up to 12th overall.

Last year, the US finished last in Locked Shields, NATO’s cyber war games. This year, it had its eye on redemption.
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Sir Bobby Robson charity walk in memory of Lee Hope

Walkers complete 333-mile charity trek in memory of Newcastle fan who died from cancer

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    The walk ended at St James’ Park in Newcastle

    Two walkers have completed a 333-mile (536km) trek from Ipswich to Newcastle to raise money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.Hike4Hopey was in memory of Lee Hope, who died last year aged 33 after a 13-week battle with bowel cancer.Only two of the original nine walkers completed the 12-day challenge, which ended at St James’ Park on Saturday.The group raised more than £17,000 for the foundation, which was set up in 2008 to help fund cancer research.The walk started at Sir Bobby’s statue at Portman Road, home of Ipswich Town and ended at his statue at Newcastle United’s ground.

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    Lee Hope would have been proud of those doing the charity walk, said his brother

    Lee’s brother Scott, who was one of the two to complete the walk, said: “When we thought about doing this walk for Lee, it was like we were just coming home from the match.

  • “We were on the road for the first anniversary of Lee’s diagnosis with cancer and we were walking the day after Newcastle were promoted, so there have been highs and lows.
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    The walk started at Sir Bobby’s statue in Ipswich (left) and ended at his statue in Newcastle

    Greeting the group in Newcastle, Sir Bobby’s widow, Lady Elsie Robson, said: “This is an absolutely magnificent achievement.

  • “Lee, a Newcastle United fan, moved to Guernsey in 2010 where he lived with his wife Amy and daughter Livia.Scott, who works for Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said the walkers were given overnight accommodation at fire stations along the route.To date the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation has raised £10m.

Hike4Hopey is in memory of Lee Hope who died aged 33 after a 13-week battle with bowel cancer.
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Want to eat like heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua? Hint: Eat lots of eggs

  • The 6-foot 6-inch, 234-pounder from Watford, England puts away nearly 3,600 calories daily — almost double the 2,000-calorie FDA recommended intake for adults — while in training.
  • His breakfast alone features five poached eggs over brown toast to accompany a bowl of porridge, a bowl of fruit, two cups of yogurt, and one cup of hot water, honey, lemon and ginger.
  • He washes it all down with a liter of water.
  • Joshua’s breakfast of champions consists of 1,095 calories, 42.8 grams of fat, 110.6 grams of carbohydrates and 54.7 grams of protein.

It takes a tremendous work ethic to become a heavyweight boxing champion, but having a tremendous appetite is just as vital — just ask Anthony Joshua.

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Let’s talk about mental health… but then what?

  • Two “mental healthers” hijack Ouch to discuss this week’s big news

    In a first for us, interlopers Seaneen Molloy-Vaughan and Mark Brown take over the Ouch podcast to discuss a matter they know the ins and outs of – mental health.

  • Amongst other things, our two podcast hijackers discuss how some mental health difficulties are less easily understood by the public and so harder to bring out into the open.
  • They also wonder what the next step is after sharing your difficulties.
  • Please share this programme and rate and review it on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.
  • Next week, we’ll be putting up some more info about this week’s hosts Seaneen and Mark so you know where they’re coming from and can share a tweet with them.

Two “mental healthers” hijack Ouch to discuss this week’s big news
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Smartphone ‘orders’ body to treat diabetes

Smartphone + optogenetic device control diabetes in live mice

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    Scientists have used a smartphone to control the activity of the living cells inside an animal.The fusion of biology and technology was used to control blood sugar levels in mice with diabetes.The idea, described in Science Translational Medicine, could be applied to a wide range of diseases and drug treatments.

  • They were genetically engineered to manufacture drugs that control blood sugar levels such as insulin – but only in response to light.
  • The scientists needed to take tiny drops of blood to know how high the blood sugar levels were so they could calculate how much drug to release inside the animal.Their ultimate goal is a fully automated system that both detects sugar levels and then releases the right amount of therapeutic chemicals.This idea is clearly at an early stage, but it is not limited to diabetes.
  • Cells could be engineered to manufacture a wide range of drugs.
  • He added: “How soon should we expect to see people on the street wearing fashionable LED wristbands that irradiate implanted cells engineered to produce genetically encoded drugs under the control of a smartphone?

A fusion of biology and technology is an “exciting glimpse” of medicine’s future, scientists say.
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