Thank you, Sinéad O’Connor, for showing the messy reality of mental illness | Paris Lees

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People tend to only talk about their mental health struggles after the event. The Irish singer’s Facebook video is difficult to watch, but vitally important

Three cheers for Sinéad O’Connor, who has this week torn down the glossy facade of the public debate around mental health. The video the Grammy-award-winner posted to her Facebook page on Monday – a motel room recording that has caused concern around the world – is not easy viewing. Seeing her desperate call for help and her honesty about suicidal feelings is excruciating. And not just because we know that she was once one of the biggest stars in the world. She expresses her pain so passionately you can almost taste it.

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One step closer in explaining MS relapse during upper respiratory infection

For most of us, the flu is just the flu. We suffer through it for several days, and eventually bounce back. But for patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) and other neurological diseases, the flu can trigger a cascade of immune responses that result in a full-blown relapse of the disease. In a recent study, researchers shed light on what may be happening in the brains of MS patients during upper respiratory infections. 

Heartbeats could hold the key to understanding babies’ inner world

A novel new experiment to test how aware babies are of their bodies’ internal signals has been developed by researchers. The ability to consciously sense signals from your body is called interoception, and some people are more aware of these signals than others. These differences between people can influence a wide range of psychological processes, including how strongly you feel emotions, your decision-making, and mental health.

Transforming skin cells to insulin

Researches are one step closer to cure diabetes by making insulin-producing cells from skin cells. They have transformed skin puncture cells from diabetes patients into insulin producing cells, using stem cell techniques. The researchers’ aim is to transplant these cells under the skin of people with diabetes.

What not to say to people living with dementia | Yvonne Manson

09/08/2017 Yvonne Manson 0

Understanding what words to use around people with mental health conditions isn’t easy. Here are a few tips

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me” – so goes the old saying, a child’s mode of defence against bullies in the playground.

But the fact is that words do hurt. Quite apart from obvious insults, language can be a subtle but insidious weapon – especially when it comes to older people.

Related: 19-year-old care worker: I hope perceptions of growing old will change

Related: How to care for a person with dementia

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Teenage pregnancy in the US is at an all-time low. Trump could soon change that

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Trump administration’s decision to cut nationwide sex ed programs is putting many young lives at risk

It was a muggy afternoon, and Nakesha Martin raised her voice to be heard over the rattle of the air conditioner. “Is that a high-risk behavior, or a low-risk behavior?” she shouted to the class.

Related: America’s abstinence-only sex ed: what is taught in public schools? – quiz

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