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How often should you be washing your pillowcase?

<p>Time to face the facts, the best part of everyone’s day is bedtime, when you can drift off into a deep sleep and wake up the next morning looking forward to doing it all over again.</p> <p>But have you ever stopped to think about the bacteria that has accumulated on your pillowcase over time?</p> <p>I mean, think about it, you sleep for seven hours a day, every day, so if you aren’t washing them regularly, you may end up dealing with a number of issues.</p> <p>Dirty pillowcases are said to cause several skin problems such as breakouts, irritation and face acne – so if you have a new friend on your face every morning, think of it as your skin telling you it’s time to give your pillow case a good wash.</p> <p>Throughout those blissful hours of relaxation, your pillowcase is collecting remnants of skin, bacteria, fungus and oils from your face and hair.</p> <p>So how often should you replace your pillowcases?</p> <p>Speaking to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/not-washing-pillowcases-nearly-often-043030630.html" target="_blank"><em>Yahoo Lifestyle</em></a>, Jordana Mattioli, an aesthetician, says you should ideally wash your sheets every day.</p> <p>But if that sounds too excessive, turn your pillowcase inside out to get an extra night’s use.</p> <p>Ms Mattioli also recommends wrapping your hair in a scarf while you sleep so your pillowcase remains free from hair products and leftover residues.</p> <p>How often do you wash your pillowcase? Left us know in the comments below.</p>

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Camilla reveals granddaughter was rushed to hospital via air ambulance

<p>Camilla Parker Bowles has recalled the scary moment when one of her granddaughters had to be airlifted to hospital.</p> <p>While attending an airbase near Chippenham to officially open it as patron of Wiltshire Air Ambulance, she shared how grateful she was for the service.</p> <p>She thanked staff for their efforts and said she has witnessed first-hand the work of flying paramedics.</p> <p>"I just really wanted to say a huge thank you to everybody who has been involved with this wonderful project. I know what fantastic work the air ambulance does," Camilla said.</p> <p>"I've seen it and I have known friends that have literally been saved by it. Even in Yorkshire my granddaughter was taken off in the Yorkshire one, one year, and luckily she was sorted and alright, but it gave my daughter such confidence to be aboard it."</p> <p>The Duchess of Cornwall did not name the granddaughter, but it's believed she is referring to Eliza Lopes, as Camilla revealed that her daughter Laura was also onboard.</p> <p>Laura and her husband Harry Lopes share children Eliza, 9, and eight-year-old twins Gus and Louis.</p> <p>Camilla said her granddaughter was “fine” after the terrifying incident in Yorkshire.</p> <p>Further details about the incident are not known as the Yorkshire Air Ambulance said it does not comment on individual cases.</p> <p>A spokeswoman for the service, which was established in 2000, revealed that they operate two helicopters which respond to three to four trauma incidents a day.</p> <p>As well as calling Eliza, Gus and Louis her grandchildren, she is also the grandma of her son Tom Parker Bowles’ children, Lola and Freddie.  </p> <p>Speaking of her grandchildren in the documentary <em style="font-weight: inherit;">The Real Camilla: HRH The Duchess of Cornwall</em>, Camilla said: “It's very nice because you haven't got the full responsibility. You can give them a wonderful time, spoil them, give them all the things their parents won't allow them to have and then give them back again."</p> <p>She also revealed that when her younger grandchildren spot her on TV, they respond by waving to her.</p> <p>She added: “I don’t know if they expect me to wave back again!” </p>

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Chloe Lattanzi’s touching tribute to mum Olivia Newton John

<p>Olivia Newton John’s only child, Chloe Lattanzi, has penned an emotional tribute to her famous mum for <a href="https://www.nowtolove.com.au"><em><strong><u>Woman’s Day.</u></strong></em></a></p> <p>The 32-year-old daughter of the <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Grease</em> star candidly discussed her relationship with her mum and how have they’ve grown closer, even through the most difficult moments in their lives.</p> <p>Chloe recalled the confronting first time she learnt her mum had cancer at the age of six.</p> <p>“I was just six the first time she had cancer and Mum never told me,” she wrote.</p> <p>“Then we moved to Australia when she was in recovery and one of the kids at school ran up to me and said, ‘Your mum has cancer and she is dying, haha.’</p> <p>“It was awful. I went home in tears and confronted my mum and said: 'Why didn't you tell me, I could have taken care of you?'</p> <p>“Mum having cancer instilled a fear of loss in me at a very early age – I was scared I might lose her at any moment.”</p> <p>Chloe explained that from that moment, she grew very protective of her mother.</p> <p>“Now Mum is battling cancer again, but this time I am not a kid, I am an adult. I felt like my whole world was collapsing in on me. After going through a denial phase, I was angry that such a wonderful, kind, amazing, generous woman had to go through hell again,” she shared.</p> <p>“It is terrifying and unfair, and it makes me mad that such a beautiful woman has to face this.”</p> <p>She vulnerably shared how the close duo find it hard to articulate the emotions they are constantly battling.</p> <p>“There is no instruction manual on how to deal with all of this, and still today Mum and I find it very difficult to talk about what she is going through.”</p> <p>Chloe said that Olivia’s cancer battle has taught her to appreciate every moment she gets with her mum.</p> <p>“Mum and I have never been as close as we are today – we're both learning how to protect each other and how to talk about this without being scared.”</p> <p>“What cancer has done for Mum and me is to remind us to take every moment we can to enjoy each other,” she wrote.</p> <p>Chloe explained that when they spend time together, they enjoy watching movies, shopping, cooking and laughing.</p> <p>Looking towards the future, Chloe said Olivia is looking forward to her daughter marrying her fiancé James Driskill.</p> <p>“Mum can't wait for us to get married and one day be a grandma.”</p> <p>Chloe said that once she has a baby, she knows that she will be able to rely on her mum to show her the ropes and support her.</p> <p>“We've been through a lot together, but not a day goes by when I'm not happy and proud to call her my mum.”</p>

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Would you eat this? "Unacceptable" and inedible food being served to aged care residents

<p>Elderly residents of an already disgraced nursing home are allegedly being provided green powdered eggs, bowls of baked beans and meals which have been reheated for dinner.</p> <p>Photos of the meals were posted to social media over the weekend, after a family of a relative living in Bupa Aged Care Traralgon in rural Victoria were furious at the facility.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fleeanne.crawford.3%2Fposts%2F10218494065768567&amp;width=500" width="500" height="658" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>The aged care facility has been previously known to breach multiple industry standards after a surprise audit showed shocking results.</p> <p>Speaking to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6500119/Bupa-aged-care-resident-served-plate-GREEN-powdered-eggs-dinner.html" target="_blank">Daily Mail Australia</a></em>, a spokesperson for the nursing home confirmed the authenticity of the photos but said they have been told to stay quiet on the matter.</p> <p>The photos were posted after countless incidents relating to the aged care industry were exposed, as stories of abuse and neglect towards the elderly and disabled came forward.</p> <p>The industry is now facing a Royal Commission as instructed by the government.</p> <p>A relative of a resident staying at the Victorian Bupa facility took to Facebook to share a photo of the inedible food, as she expressed her outrage.</p> <p>“What is it?” asked one user.</p> <p>“Be interesting to know what the daily budget per resident is, whether a qualified dietician is involved in the menu,” said another.</p> <p>“It looks like mouldy cheese … Our prisoners are treated much better and with more dignity. A national disgrace,” said a third.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Got this sent 2 me frm family member in Lyell McEwin Hospital <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/adelaide?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#adelaide</a> Seriously <a href="https://twitter.com/SAHealth?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SAHealth</a>? Who allows this tripe 2 be served up? Is nutrition not significant part of wellness? Wld U eat this <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ChrisMcGowan?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ChrisMcGowan</a> CEO <a href="https://twitter.com/SAHealth?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SAHealth</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DebbieChin?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#DebbieChin</a> CEO <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/nalhn?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#nalhn</a>? <a href="https://twitter.com/StephenWadeMLC?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@StephenWadeMLC</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/marshall_steven?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@marshall_steven</a> <a href="https://t.co/iNxg6Pksop">pic.twitter.com/iNxg6Pksop</a></p> — Stewart Johnston (@Stewart17Oakden) <a href="https://twitter.com/Stewart17Oakden/status/1068420233478586368?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 30, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>A spokesman for Bupa agreed with the backlash, saying the photograph of the food was “unacceptable”.</p> <p>“We’re very concerned by this matter. This was not a standard meal provided to all residents and does not reflect our high expectations,” he said through a statement.</p> <p>“This is unacceptable. We apologise for this incident and have spoken to the family of the resident who was served the meal.</p> <p>“We immediately replaced this meal and will continue to explore what happened in this case and learn from it.”</p> <p>Bupa Aged Care Traralgon has previously come under fire for not meeting industry expectations, which are set by the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency.</p>

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Hakavai turns one! Turia Pitt's adorable party for son’s first birthday

<p>It seems like only yesterday that Turia Pitt and her fiancé Michael Hoskin welcomed baby Hakavai into the world, and now the proud parents are celebrating his first birthday.</p> <p>The young couple threw a bohemian themed birthday bash for little Hakavai, as they dressed up in flower crowns and tropical outfits.</p> <p>The picnic, which was held at a park, was attended by Turia and Michael’s closest family and friends.</p> <p>Through her newsletter, the burns survivor shared photos of the occasion as she said her son is a “pretty cute” toddler.</p> <p>“Hakavai turned one! I know, crazy right? We had a little party for him on the weekend,” she said.</p> <p>“I know I’m biased, but he’s pretty cute.”</p> <p>Beaming with joy, the family celebrated the milestone 12 months after the birth of their son, who was born on December 8.</p> <p>“We are totally in love, and just so stoked,” Turia said at the time.</p> <p>After welcoming a new addition into the family, the pair have taken some time away from the spotlight to focus on raising their child.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BnMygu5g-Jt/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BnMygu5g-Jt/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Michael is the OG woo girl on his first Father’s Day! 💅🏻😂 Hakavai looks remarkably unperturbed as usual, but deep down, he knows he’s a lucky kid to have this legend as his Dad! #HappyFathersDay</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/turiapitt/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Turia</a> (@turiapitt) on Sep 1, 2018 at 3:12pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>And now, a year later, Turia has a few words of advice she would like to share with mothers.</p> <p>“See, in my first year of being a Mum, I found that I needed to simplify some things in my life,” she said.</p> <p>“Because, suddenly, I had a baby to look after, and that meant my capacity for ‘doing things’ was reduced.</p> <p>“I had to drop my expectations for what I could realistically achieve in one day, especially in the first few months. And I found that I needed to make time for myself – for the things that I enjoy doing.</p> <p>“I think that’s a feeling anyone can relate to – whether you have kids or not. Somehow, amongst all the priorities and “to-do’s”, you’ve got to make time for yourself.</p> <p>“So, today I wanted to share one of the simple tips that helped me do that this year. It’s something I’d love you to try, especially now when there’s a lot going on, and everyone is in a mad rush to get things done before the holidays.”</p> <p>She went on to offer words of encouragement, and told mothers to ask themselves one question every morning: 'What would make today great?'</p> <p>“Note: You’re not asking, ‘What do I have to get done today?’ You’re asking yourself what would make your day awesome,” she said.</p> <p>“Is it calling your best friend? Finishing off that major pitch? Buying a new plant? Going for a run or a surf? Whatever it is, actively visualise yourself doing that thing today.</p> <p>“And then I need you to prioritise it. Give it value. Whatever would make your day great today, do it. I hope you take this tip on board, and start asking yourself this question. It can, and will, radically change your day.”</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see photos of baby Hakavai's special day.</p> <p><em>Photo credit: <a href="https://www.instagram.com/turiapitt/">Instagram @turiapitt</a></em></p>

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Samuel Johnson opens up about complicated relationship with late sister Connie: “She didn’t like me”

<p>In a new interview, Samuel Johnson has reminisced on his complicated relationship with his late sister, Connie.</p> <p>The famous duo didn’t fight during the time that the mother of two battled terminal breast cancer before sadly passing away on September 8, 2017. </p> <p>However, even as Sam quit acting and created the Love Your Sister charity in honour of Connie, the siblings disagreed on nearly everything.</p> <p>Speaking to Mamamia’s <a href="https://www.mamamia.com.au"><strong><em><u>No Filter</u></em></strong></a> podcast, Johnson said the close duo would disagree “on how to be as a human, on how to behave, on how to treat people”.</p> <p>“I disagreed with nearly every part of her across 40 years. We couldn’t be more different. We couldn’t be more diametrically opposed as people, and we couldn’t have a more serious distaste for one another.”</p> <p>“We weren’t each other’s type. She didn’t like me; she loved me. I didn’t like her; I loved her.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BV7-qbpgSsh/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BV7-qbpgSsh/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Rainbows carry hefty pricetags, turns out.Thanks for showing me that life is what we make it to be. Thanks for teaching me that now can still be awesome, even when you've so nearly run out of now and have no more real awesome left. I wish I could soften your pain, or lessen your fear, or give you something tangible, but tangible clearly isn't in season. I'm proud to walk you to the hardest part of the road. The end. The only part of the road in your life that must sadly be travelled alone. Chin up please, amidst the growing dark my girl. Shoulders back. Stand tall through that savage march, stand big and tall, dear sister, for you have lived a life to be proud of. You've loved well, and you've been loved well which is all that really matters in the end, I suspect. I won't finish with I love you, though of course I do. I'll finish with a simple thanks. Thanks for holding my hand along the way. It's been a stunning fucking ride. I want another turn, for we've spent our lives taking turns, but cancer is greedier and stronger than us. For now. So Little Miss Connie Cottonsocks, I shall now again and proudly declare myself, very truly yours, Your ever grotty and very sad little brother, Sammy Seal. XX @samueljjohnson78</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/loveyoursister/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Love Your Sister</a> (@loveyoursister) on Jun 29, 2017 at 1:38pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Despite their differences, the siblings created an inspiring online community of over half a million people with Love Your Sister.</p> <p>The charity raised close to $10 million for vital cancer research though record-breaking fundraising events.</p> <p>In the media and online, Connie and Samuel appeared loving and teasing and while they may have been authentic, there was more to their relationship.</p> <p>“As soon as she died I felt I could lift the lid,” Sam laughed. “Like, yeah, she's an amazing sister, she's an amazing mum, she's a great advocate. But she's a pain in the arse.”</p> <p>One of their greatest disagreements was caused by Sam’s drug use that followed his rise to fame after appearing on <em>The Secret Life of Us.</em></p> <p>His drug and alcohol abuse caused Connie a lot of pain as their mother had died of an overdose when she was four and Samuel was just three years old.</p> <p>“When I was 21 and I broke on TV, [Connie] called me up asked me for six thousand dollars for a couch. I told her to get f*****d, and that even if I had two million dollars I wouldn't give her six thousand dollars for a couch. I told her how upset I was that now I had people in my family asking me for money, now that I was on TV,” Sam said.</p> <p>“She hung up and rang <em>Channel Nine</em>, <em>WHO Weekly</em>, <em>New Weekly</em> and offered to expose my drug habit.”</p> <p>But to Sam, that was just “normal relationship stuff”, just another family disagreement.</p> <p>“She didn’t do anything wrong; I just didn’t like it much.”</p> <p>Sam was adamant not to demonise or mythologise his sister after her passing, asking all those who spoke at her public memorial not to “deify” her.</p> <p>“Everyone got up there and really was respectful of my request not to deify her and to talk about the person she was, to celebrate who she was – not who she told the world she was, not who she told her family she was, not even who she told herself she was.”</p> <p>At the memorial service, the speakers described Connie with words like: determined, competitive, conflicted, supportive, vulnerable, feistiness, thoughtfulness.</p> <p>The memorial drew an all-encompassing picture of a woman who inspired an online community and her brother’s noble mission to vanquish cancer.</p>

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Mother’s “shocking” discovery in Coles bread roll

<p>A mother in Queensland made a shocking discovery just as she was close to feeding her baby a bread roll that had a metal screw lodged into it.</p> <p>Taking to social media, Skye-April Cullen was furious as she complained to Coles, claiming that the screw was found in a pack of six buns that she purchased from the supermarket.</p> <p>Ms Cullen bought the pack on Tuesday night from the Smithfield store in Cairns.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fcoles%2Fposts%2F2146982348699102&amp;width=500" width="500" height="657" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>“I am bloody disgusted and have cut my mouth open,” she wrote to Coles on their Facebook page.</p> <p>“I brought a six-pack of your buns for my dinner last night, took about six bites, then felt my tooth crack and taste blood.</p> <p>“I rushed to pull the contents out of my mouth.</p> <p>“Firstly, I want to point out I have a baby who is just starting to eat who could have just as easily ate this last night.”</p> <p>Along with her complaint, the young mum also posted photos of the screw.</p> <p>“I’m mortified, I bet there’s still buns on the shelf,” she said.</p> <p>“I don’t know what is going to fix this … you’re lucky my daughter didn’t choke to death.”</p> <p>Ms Cullen asked people to spread the word as she claims to have damaged her $4000 smile.</p> <p>A spokeswoman from Coles responded to the incident.</p> <p>“Coles takes the quality of all our products seriously and has contacted the customer to follow up their complaint,” they said.</p> <p>“As always we encourage customers to return any item, they’re not 100 per cent happy with to their nearest store for a full refund or replacement.”</p> <p>Those who came across the photo on Facebook described the incident as “shocking”.</p> <p>“This is disturbing,” wrote one woman.</p> <p> </p>

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What is irritable bowel syndrome and what can I do about it?

<p><em>Suzanne Mahady is a Gastroenterologist &amp; Clinical Epidemiologist and senior lecturer at Monash University.</em></p> <p>Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects <span><a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16409310">one in 10 Australians</a></span>, and <span><a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25734736">twice as many women</a></span> as men. Its symptoms include chronic abdominal pain, constipation or diarrhoea, and bloating. These have a significant <span><a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19124023">impact on a person’s quality of life</a></span>.</p> <p>Many people use the term irritable bowel syndrome to describe general symptoms of gut and bowel dysfunction. But diagnosis requires meeting strict, diagnostic criteria. Known as the <span><a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27144617">ROME criteria</a></span>, these require a person to be experiencing abdominal pain, on average, at least one day per week. The pain must be associated with two or more of the following:</p> <ul> <li>A change in the frequency of stool.</li> <li>A change in the form (appearance) of stool.</li> <li>Having occurred over the last three months with symptom onset at least six months before diagnosis.</li> </ul> <p>Tests aren’t always needed for a diagnosis if these symptoms are present. But an accurate diagnosis of IBS is important as some symptoms, such as pelvic pain, may overlap with other diseases such as endometriosis or inflammatory bowel disease. If other symptoms are present, a doctor <span><a href="https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/apt.13283">may need to perform</a></span> blood tests, pelvic ultrasound, endoscopy or stool tests to rule out similar disorders.</p> <p>Some symptoms are considered “red flag” symptoms and should prompt further testing and specialist referral. For example, if you have rectal bleeding, weight loss and are aged over 50 when symptoms start, it is not IBS.</p> <p><strong>What causes it? </strong></p> <p>A single cause for IBS has not been identified. IBS may <span><a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26202154">run in families</a></span>, but we still don’t know if this is due to shared genetics or environmental factors. An <span><a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17661757">episode of gastroenteritis</a></span>, an infection caused by viruses or bacteria, increases the risk of developing IBS. But this is usually temporary, and symptoms gradually improve.</p> <p>People with IBS often also have <span><a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28087404">anxiety and depression</a></span>. Research suggests early childhood trauma can <span><a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18177446">predispose some people</a></span> to IBS in later life. This is because the gut and brain talk to each other through nerve signals, the release of gut or stress hormones, and other pathways.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/YB-8JEo_0bI" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>What do I do?</strong></p> <p>Non-drug treatments should be considered initially, and more than one treatment strategy may be needed to help improve symptoms.</p> <p><span><a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24076059">Good-quality evidence shows</a></span> a low-FODMAP diet reduces IBS symptoms. FODMAPs are carbohydrates that produce excess gas when digested. They can be found in roots such as onions and garlic, and fruits (or seeds) like legumes, apples, pears and mangoes. For the best result, a person should start a low-FODMAP diet under the guidance of an experienced dietitian.</p> <p>It’s a common misconception that people should keep to a low-FODMAP diet for life. Foods like onions, which are high in FODMAPs, are also good prebiotics and promote the growth of friendly gut bacteria. Restricting these can result in low <span><a href="https://www.bmj.com/content/361/bmj.k2179">gut bacterial diversity</a></span>, which is linked to autoimmune diseases and obesity. That’s another reason a dietician should guide people through the diet over a few weeks and avoid unnecessary dietary restriction.</p> <p>Simple dietary measures include adding <span><a href="https://gi.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/IBS_CIC_Monograph_AJG_Aug_2014.pdf">more soluble fibre</a></span> to the diet. This can include psyllium, which can be bought as a powder from chemists and health food shops. Insoluble fibres like bran are generally unhelpful.</p> <p>A trial of probiotics might help. These could be trialled for one month and then re-evaluated by the GP but are unlikely to be useful if used indefinitely. Exercise <span><a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21206488">has been shown</a></span> in randomised trials to improve gut symptoms in people with IBS.</p> <p>Managing stress and anxiety are key to improving symptoms for many people. Psychological therapies have been <span><a href="https://gi.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/IBS_CIC_Monograph_AJG_Aug_2014.pdf">shown in trials</a></span> to help symptoms more than placebo or other interventions. This is particularly so when the psychologist is interested in IBS.</p> <p>Clinical trials have also shown that, for some people, hypnotherapy that is directed at the gut is <span><a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27397586">just as effective</a></span> as a low-FODMAP diet. The benefits are still seen at six months. Hypnotherapy is not for everyone, however, and multiple sessions are needed for symptoms to improve.</p> <p>IBS affects quality of life, but it doesn’t change a person’s risk of early death or cancer. So, treatments should have few side effects to be acceptable. Clinical trials have shown that medications such as <span><a href="https://www.bmj.com/content/337/bmj.a2313">peppermint oil (usually given in capsules) can reduce</a></span> troublesome abdominal cramps with minimal side effects.</p> <p>Melatonin can <span><a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1774717/">improve symptoms</a></span> through better sleep quality where sleep is disturbed.</p> <p>The choice of drug should be tailored to each person’s symptoms. For instance, low-dose antidepressants can be helpful for some people, especially where significant depression or anxiety symptoms exist together with IBS. Medications that <span><a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12848628">reduce inflammation</a></span> are <span><a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25765462">generally unhelpful</a></span>, as consistent and clinically apparent inflammation is not part of the syndrome.</p> <p>A few new approaches are being trialled for IBS, including faecal transplants and new medications. But all of these need better long-term data before they appear on the market.</p> <p><em>Written by Suzanne Mahady. Republished with permission of <span><strong><a href="https://theconversation.com/explainer-what-is-irritable-bowel-syndrome-and-what-can-i-do-about-it-102579">The Conversation</a></strong></span><strong><u>.</u></strong> </em></p> <p><img style="border: none !important; box-shadow: none !important; margin: 0 !important; max-height: 1px !important; max-width: 1px !important; min-height: 1px !important; min-width: 1px !important; opacity: 0 !important; outline: none !important; padding: 0 !important; text-shadow: none !important;" src="https://counter.theconversation.com/content/102579/count.gif?distributor=republish-lightbox-advanced" alt="The Conversation" width="1" height="1" /></p>

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“I owe my life to that dog”: Husky sniffs out owner’s ovarian cancer three times

<p>If you didn’t think dogs could get any better, then keep reading because you’re about to be proven wrong.</p> <p>While dogs are known to have highly developed senses, one Siberian Husky by the name of Sierra has the gift of detecting when her owner is ill.</p> <p>Stephanie Herfel, from Wisconsin in the US, discovered her pooch’s special talent after she was dealing with pain in her abdomen. It was then that Sierra did something out of the ordinary.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fpermalink.php%3Fstory_fbid%3D1636991369654084%26id%3D100000297100983&amp;width=500" width="500" height="613" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>“She put her nose on my lower belly and sniffed so intently that I thought I spilled something on my clothes,” Ms Herfel told Journal Sentinel.</p> <p>“She did it a second and then a third time. After the third time, Sierra went and hid. I mean hid!”</p> <p>Seeking professional help, Ms Herfel was told she had an ovarian cyst and was prescribed painkillers to help alleviate the discomfort. But when she came home, Sierra hid in the closet and rolled up in fear.</p> <p>Ms Herfel didn’t think much of it, but when she went to get a second opinion, a gynaecologist delivered the terrifying news – she had stage three ovarian cancer.</p> <p>After going through a full hysterectomy and chemotherapy, Ms Herfel believed that would be the end of her tiring journey, but she was wrong.</p> <p>In 2015, a year after Ms Herfel was said to be cancer-free, Sierra once again displayed the same behaviour she did in 2013, when Ms Herfel was first diagnosed.</p> <p>A little while later it was confirmed that the cancer had returned and spread to her liver and pelvis.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fpermalink.php%3Fstory_fbid%3D1958007604219124%26id%3D100000297100983&amp;width=500" width="500" height="594" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>But Sierra isn’t the only dog to be able to detect when something isn’t quite right in her owner.</p> <p>It is said that other dogs also share this special gift.</p> <p>“It’s almost like the dog knows what’s going on and is scared,” said Ashley Wagner, from the Wisconsin Ovarian Cancer Alliance, explained to Journal Sentinel.</p> <p>“The dog didn’t want to be near her.”</p> <p>Ms Herfel is currently working on a book that is based around the relationship she shares with her dog. </p>

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13 surprising things that could explain your sleep woes

<p>Something wrecking your sleep? There could be a very simple yet surprising reason.</p> <p><strong>1. You’re taking your multivitamin at night</strong></p> <p>You probably know that many medications – from allergy medications to statins to antidepressants – can disrupt your sleep. But some vitamins can, too. In particular, B vitamins can interfere with your nightly rest. There’s evidence suggesting vitamin B6 may trigger <span><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/healthsmart/conditions/sleep/13-things-your-dreams-reveal-about-you">vivid and bizarre dreaming</a></span>, which is more likely to wake you during the night. And research shows vitamin B12 may increase your sensitivity to light, inhibiting the sleep hormone melatonin and disrupting normal sleep-wake rhythms. The best time to take a multivitamin? In the morning after breakfast.</p> <p><strong>2. You eat chocolate at night</strong></p> <p>I love a square or two of dark chocolate as a treat. But I avoid eating chocolate before bed, and I suggest my patients do the same. <u><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/healthsmart/conditions/mental-health/researchers-confirm-chocolate-good-your-brain">Chocolate has several health benefits</a></u> but it’s not a sleep-promoter. Chocolate is an often-overlooked source of caffeine. The greater the cocoa content, the higher the caffeine level in chocolate. If you’re making the <u><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/healthsmart/diet/facts-dark-chocolate">healthier choice by opting for dark chocolate</a></u>, and having it as a before-bed snack, you’re getting an extra, unwelcome jolt of caffeine when you least need it. Plan to get your chocolate fix earlier in the day and try more sleep-friendly night-time snacks such as a banana, toast with nut butter, or a small bowl of whole-grain, low-sugar cereal.</p> <p><strong>3. Sugary snacks before bed are your thing</strong></p> <p>It’s not only chocolate that can be problematic for sleep – other sugary foods can disrupt sleep, too. Most people love a sweet treat at the end of the day but feeding those cravings for sweet food before bed elevates blood sugar. A jump in blood sugar – and the crash that follows – can have negative effects on sleep.</p> <p><strong>4. Your bedroom is too quiet</strong></p> <p>As a sleep specialist, I spend plenty of time talking to patients about reducing noise in their sleep environment. But sometimes the problem isn’t too much noise, it’s too much <em>silence</em>. In a perfectly quiet bedroom, every little random sound can trigger your brain to attention. For people who need to calm a racing mind at night in order to drift off, a silent bedroom can get in the way of sleep. The best sounds for sleep? They vary from person to person but are often rhythmic sounds that mimic nature or mixed-frequency sounds such as white noise and pink noise.</p> <p><strong>5. Peppermint is part of your nightly routine</strong></p> <p>Whether it’s in your toothpaste or your nightly cup of herbal tea, peppermint can have a stimulating effect. A 2005 study found people exposed to peppermint oil (in a darkened room, no less) experienced a decrease in their sleepiness. Citrus, eucalyptus and rosemary are other scents that energise and wake the mind. If you’re struggling to nod off at night, swap out your mint tea for a more relaxing brew, such as chamomile or jasmine, and consider switching to a less minty toothpaste.</p> <p><strong>6. You don't wash your pillows</strong></p> <p>Bed pillows collect a lot of pretty gross stuff: dirt, dead skin, hair, mould, fungus, pet dander, dust mites ... you get the picture. These substances can cause allergy symptoms (think sneezing, coughing, runny and itchy nose and eyes) that interfere with sleep. Allergies are also linked to sleep disorders. A 2005 study found people with allergies are nearly twice as likely to have insomnia. And allergies are also a risk factor for obstructive sleep apnoea, according to research. Washing your pillows a couple of times a year is a smart move from a hygiene perspective, and can ensure they last for a good few years. (And here's why you should <u><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/home-tips/dont-even-think-about-sitting-your-bed-outside-clothes">never sit on your bed in your outside clothes</a></u>.)</p> <p><strong>7. The moon is full</strong></p> <p>It’s not just daylight and darkness that affect sleep cycles. <u><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/true-stories-lifestyle/thought-provoking/10-biggest-unsolved-mysteries-about-earth">The phases of the moon</a></u> can also have a significant impact on sleep. In a 2013 study published in the journal <em>Current Biology,</em> Swiss scientists found that around the time of a full moon, people sleep less (an average of 20 minutes), take longer to fall asleep, and sleep less soundly. They also found our bodies produce less melatonin and spend less time in deep, slow-wave sleep. Social media is another big cause of sleeplessness.</p> <p><strong>8. Dinner is the biggest meal of your day</strong></p> <p>During sleep, your metabolic system repairs and restores itself, and your digestive system gets a welcome, important rest. If you eat a big meal at the end of the day, especially if you eat a late dinner very close to bedtime, your digestive system is kicking into action right when you’re headed for bed. That’s not good for your metabolic health. A 2017 study found that shifting eating to later in the day contributes to weight gain, higher cholesterol and insulin levels, and increased risks for heart disease and diabetes. It also can be disruptive to sleep. (That's why you need to change not what you eat, but <u><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/healthsmart/diet/why-changing-when-you-eat-can-produce-immediate-results">WHEN you eat</a></u>.)</p> <p><strong>9. Your dinner is extra spicy</strong></p> <p>Plenty of heat and spice can make for a great meal, but it might wreck your slumber. The chemical capsaicin, found in capsicum and chilli peppers, triggers a process known as thermogenesis – that’s when the body converts energy into heat. Eating a lot of spicy food may raise body temperature slightly. Why does that matter to sleep? Body temperature naturally lowers at night as part of the body’s preparation for sleep, so spicy food may send your body temperature in the wrong direction. Spicy food can also trigger heartburn, which can become worse when you lie down, making it tough to fall asleep. And when you’re sleep deprived you actually end up overeating, which could lead to weight gain.</p> <p><strong>10. You love a twisty mystery</strong></p> <p>Plenty of heat and spice can make for a great meal, but it might wreck your slumber. The chemical capsaicin, found in capsicum and chilli peppers, triggers a process known as thermogenesis – that’s when the body converts energy into heat. Eating a lot of spicy food may raise body temperature slightly. Why does that matter to sleep? Body temperature naturally lowers at night as part of the body’s preparation for sleep, so spicy food may send your body temperature in the wrong direction. Spicy food can also trigger heartburn, which can become worse when you lie down, making it tough to fall asleep. And when you’re sleep deprived you actually end up overeating, which could lead to weight gain.</p> <p><strong>11. You love a twisty mystery</strong></p> <p>Landed a promotion at work? Planning your wedding or a move to your dream home? New grandchild on the way? Happy and exciting life events can disrupt sleep, just as stressful and difficult ones can. Acute insomnia – short periods of trouble sleeping that last from a few days to a few weeks – is often triggered by significant or unexpected developments in life, both positive and negative. If your life is coming up roses these days, you still need to pay attention to your sleep – and you may need to give your sleep routine some extra TLC.</p> <p><strong>12. You do work in bed</strong></p> <p>It’s a mantra of sleep specialists like me: your bed is for sleep (and sex), only. <u><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/true-stories-lifestyle/work/do-you-have-what-it-takes-work-home">When you need to work at home</a></u>, it can be tempting to set yourself up in this most comfortable of places. But if you’re working in bed – during the day or at night before sleep – you’re creating associations with your sleep space that you can’t just undo. Pressure and productivity, stress and deadlines, and focus and alertness are some of the work-related realities that are best kept far from your bedroom.</p> <p><strong>13. You have a thyroid disorder</strong></p> <p>This small gland located at the base of your throat produces hormones that regulate metabolism and brain activity. And when it isn’t functioning properly, it can cause problems for sleep. An overactive thyroid stimulates the nervous system, causing you to feel wired, restless and alert – making it difficult to fall asleep. When the thyroid is underactive, you tend to feel sleepy and fatigued all the time, which can lead you to sleep at the wrong times, disrupting a normal routine of nightly rest. Another symptom of an underactive thyroid? Feeling cold all the time, which also can interfere with sleep. <span><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/healthsmart/conditions/thyroid/9-Silent-Signs-of-a-Thyroid-Problem">Thyroid conditions often go undiagnosed</a></span> – but a simple blood test can determine if you have a thyroid issue that’s disrupting your sleep.</p> <p><em>Written by Dr Michael J Breus. </em></p> <p><em>This article first appeared in <span><strong><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/healthsmart/conditions/sleep/13-surprising-things-could-explain-your-sleep-woes?items_per_page=All">Reader’s Digest.</a></strong></span> For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, here’s our best subscription <a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestsubscribe?utm_source=readersdigest&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;utm_medium=display&amp;keycode=WRA85S"><strong><u>offer.</u></strong></a></em></p> <p> </p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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Why The Living Room stars are closer than ever

<div> <div class="replay"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p><em>The Living Room</em> has been an Aussie favourite since it aired in 2012. With the audience lapping up the wit and humour of the four hosts, the show keeps climbing up the popularity ladder.</p> <p>Dr Chris Brown, Miguel Maestre, Amanda Keller and Barry Du Bois are spotted every Friday night on Channel 10 delivering plenty of laughs and providing solid entertainment which is the recipe for their success.</p> <p>The team scored four consecutive Logie Awards for Best Lifestyle Program, and they aren’t planning to slow down anytime soon.</p> <p>Speaking to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nowtolove.com.au/celebrity/tv/the-living-room-cast-2018-52762" target="_blank"><em>TV WEEK</em></a>, Barry, 58, says the four of them are constantly hanging out, whether it’s on set or off it.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bqn8w6nn7Tu/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bqn8w6nn7Tu/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by TV Week Magazine (@tvweekmag)</a> on Nov 25, 2018 at 4:56pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“We’re all very different, but we have an incredible bond,” he said.</p> <p>And he doesn’t have to mention it twice, as the audience can feel their close relationship when watching them on-screen.</p> <p>“I’ve been on shows that sound good, but could have gone the other way,” says Amanda, 56.</p> <p>“So I’m lucky that the planets aligned for it to be this. By having the couch and us all in there, interacting together, that’s our point of difference. We’ve all changed each other’s lives.”</p> <p>But it isn’t all rainbows and sunshine. In October 2017, Barry announced his cancer diagnosis on air, with the disease returning after six years in remission. He previously fought through plasmacytoma myeloma in 2011.</p> <p>And while it shattered his co-hosts, they stood right by his side as he battled through it.</p> <p>“I love every second I spend with these guys,” said Barry, who is a father-of-two. “When you have close friends around you, you feel empowered. And there’s no doubt Amanda, Chris and Miguel empower me.”</p> <p>And, following his chemotherapy treatment, Barry made a joyful return to <em>The Living Room</em> in March.</p> <p>It also taught him an important lesson, as he said he now tends to “live every day like it’s my last”. And it didn’t just teach him to cherish every moment, as those around him also had a wake-up call.</p> <p>“What I found incredible is that it transformed us from being just friends to family,” says Chris, 40.</p> <p>“It reminded us that no matter what situation, these guys are right here. We’re such a big part of each other’s lives.”</p> <p>Miguel, 39, says that it was “a big test of our friendship”.</p> <p>“In those moments, you find out who your best friends are,” he said. “We were very scared when Barry gave us his news, but it made us stronger than before. It’s made us look at life in a different way.”</p> <p>Before the pilot aired in 2012, no one predicted just how successful the show would be, even the hosts themselves were unsure if they would be able to get along.</p> <p>“You know, when I first met Miguel I seriously thought, ‘How do I handle this guy?’” said Amanda.</p> <p>“He was unlike anybody I’d met, but now he’s one of my best friends in the universe. He’s the real deal – none of it is exaggerated. He’d fight to the death for me; I can’t imagine a life without him.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bqx8zv4n52i/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bqx8zv4n52i/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by TV Week Magazine (@tvweekmag)</a> on Nov 29, 2018 at 2:08pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>But every good show must come to an end, which poses the question, when can <em>The Living Room</em> expect to draw its curtains and say goodbye?</p> <p>“It wouldn’t be <em>The Living Room</em> without the four of us,” said Miguel.</p> <p>“You can’t manufacture friendship. You can put 100 people together, but if they don’t like each other, they don’t like each other.”</p> <p>But for now, the four of them are as dedicated to the show as much as their audience.</p> <p>“I have this vision that one day we’ll all be in a nursing home doing <em>The Living Room</em> in our own time,” said Chris.</p> <p>“We’ll have been off air for 20 years, but we’ll just get together every Friday night and talk. Barry will be telling stories that never really end, but we won’t notice. It’s therapeutic for us.</p> <p>“So many people I run into tell me <em>The Living Room</em> is their guilty pleasure!”</p> <p><em>The Living Room</em> airs Friday, November 30, 7:30 pm on Channel 10. </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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Samuel Johnson fights back tears watching tribute video for late sister Connie

<p>Samuel Johnson fought back emotions after he shared what life is like without his sister Constance Johnson, who passed away last year after a drawn out cancer battle.</p> <p>Appearing on <em>The Project</em>, the 40-year-old struggled to keep it together after he watched a video montage of his sister’s battle.</p> <p>“I had to pull it together. I was about to go. You guys nearly got me,” he told the talk show hosts, after he watched the tribute towards his late sister, who he called Connie.</p> <p>“It’s obviously hard when you show all my favourite bits of how I like to remember my sister.</p> <p>“The grief is weird, man. I am used to feeling it more hardcore. Because she informs so much of my life, it’s hard to … because there’s more than the physical, isn’t there?</p> <p>“I’ve got her in here and in my work as well – let’s not forget, we spend most of our lives working. And I do her work! It’s kind of weird – she’s gone, but she’s right there.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BTOgUGXjSyB/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BTOgUGXjSyB/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Website back up and running! Woo-hoo! Feelin' the love #sam4gold #lys #nowisawesome #bigheartlove</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/loveyoursister/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Love Your Sister</a> (@loveyoursister) on Apr 23, 2017 at 4:44am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Throughout Connie’s lifetime, the 40-year-old battled cancer three times before it tragically took her life in September 2017.</p> <p>The brother and sister teamed up to raise awareness about the life-threatening disease and began a charity called Love Your Sister, which is an initiative Samuel continues to work on.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BUQwKK6AvWA/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BUQwKK6AvWA/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Stopped at Yass to refuel, the car AND Connie</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/loveyoursister/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Love Your Sister</a> (@loveyoursister) on May 18, 2017 at 10:12pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“It was a privilege to lose her with everyone,” said Samuel as he talked about Connie’s fight with cancer. “I still see evidence of her every day. Life moves on, but as a chief custodian of her legacy, she is still a part of everything I do.”</p> <p>With Connie forever in his thoughts, Samuel has released a Christmas book called <em>Dear Santa</em>. Teaming up with other high-profile celebrities such as Missy Higgins, Molly Meldrum and Grant Denyer, the slew of media personalities wrote letters to Santa as their adult selves.</p> <p>“We’ve got Santa issues, we do. Look at all the celebs that wrote for it. I thought it was just me and everyone came to the party. There’s a lot of unresolved stuff it turns out,” said Samuel.</p> <p>“[Adam Hills] had a drive-through car wash for the reindeer, wants to borrow the reindeer off Santa and he promises not to deck them.”</p> <p>All profits from the <em>Dear Santa </em>book will go towards cancer research, making it the perfect Christmas gift for loved ones.</p>

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Michael Schumacher’s son opens up in new heartbreaking interview

<p>In a new interview, Michael Schumacher’s son has opened up about his “idol” father and the happy times they shared together before the icon’s devastating ski accident.</p> <p>Speaking on Germany’s TL channel on the weekend, 19-year-old Mick Schumacher’s comments provided a heartbreaking glimpse into his family life following his father’s accident, which took place in France on 29 December 2013.</p> <p>Speaking of his Formula 1 legend father, Mick said: “My dad asked if we wanted to do it professionally or just for fun, on a hobby level.</p> <p>“Of course, I said it clearly – I want to do it professionally.</p> <p>“We drove on days when the track was closed, and we were allowed to do our laps there.</p> <p>“All the refining we did to be faster was also a lot. That was always the best time.”</p> <p>Mick, who is now the European Formula 3 champion, said he doesn’t mind being compared to his dad.</p> <p>“I do not mind it that way. I would always compare myself with the best, and my dad is the best, and he’s my idol too,” he said.</p> <p>Although Mick said being the son of his famous father has opened doors and made things easier for him, after the races and success, “you are sitting there alone”.</p> <p>Michael’s family have shared little details about his condition and the seven-time world champion has not been seen in public since the devastating accident.</p> <p>Last week, Mick’s close friend, Nicklas Nielsen, said he talks little about his father’s health status.</p> <p>Talking to Danish newspaper <em>BT,</em> Nicklas said: “Mick does not say he is sad about his father. He just said sometimes that it is sometimes hard.</p> <p>“I know him very well, also privately. He is a very quiet and calm guy. Very nice and welcoming and he talks to everyone.</p> <p>“It was completely closed and not talked about. I still do a little karting with Ralf Schumacher and his team and nobody talks about it.”</p> <p>Reportedly, the racing legend is receiving special medical care at his Lake Geneva home.</p> <p>Recently, <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/michael-schumacher-s-wife-shares-rare-comments-on-stricken-f1-star-s-health/"><strong><u>a letter written by Michael’s wife</u></strong></a>, Corinna Schumacher, described him as a “fighter”.</p>

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Heartbroken bride honours dead fiancé in beautiful photoshoot

<p style="text-align: left;">Debbie Gerlach may have lost her fiancé to a tragic accident nine months before they were set to wed, but that didn’t stop her from dressing up as a bride and taking photos with the man she was supposed to spend the rest of her life with.</p> <p>Debbie was getting ready to marry the love of her life, Randy Zimmerman, on November 11, 2018, but before that, Randy had his life taken away from him after a motorbike accident in February.</p> <p>However, Debbie couldn’t let go that easily, as she wanted him by her side in what was supposed to be the happiest day of their lives.</p> <p>A few months prior, Debbie took part in a solo photoshoot where she donned her wedding dress and posed in the Tucson, Arizona, desert.</p> <p>Then on November 11, the day that would have been their wedding, she shared the photos online, but the photos show more than one person, because standing by Debbie’s side is Randy.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fdebbie.gerlach.79%2Fposts%2F10212819717103407&amp;width=500" width="500" height="764" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>The post garnered a huge response with over 308K reactions and 29K comments.</p> <p>The photographer behind the emotional photoshoot is Kristie Fonseca who regularly photoshops deceased loved ones in photographs that she’s taken.</p> <p>“I actually enjoy taking on challenges like this because, if portrayed with love and passion, the end result will be forever cherished,” she says.</p> <p>Speaking to <a rel="noopener" href="https://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/heartbroken-bride-photoshops-dead-hubby-wedding-photos-200052263.html" target="_blank"><em>Yahoo Lifestyle</em></a>, Kristie recalls the moment Debbie approached her with her idea: “When I first spoke with Debbie, she told me her tragic story and asked if I was able to insert her fiancé into what should have been their special day. A special day that was carelessly stolen from her.</p> <p>“After listening to her heartbreaking story, I just knew I had to do something very special for her.”</p> <p>Kristie knew immediately that these photographs had to be perfect.</p> <p>“It was supposed to be her day. It was supposed to be the day they expressed their love for each other. My thoughts were going a mile a minute coming up with ideas, poses and images that would mimic her special day with him.”</p> <p>The setting was an isolated desert, and the focal point was Debbie, who stood there in a white gown. Each image pays tribute to Randy, with him standing by Debbie’s side.</p> <p>Whether he sat on a motorcycle behind her, or where he’s kissing her cheek, the photographs make sure that his presence will never be forgotten.</p> <p>“I started the session as I normally would for a bridal shoot, and then I posed her for some as if he was there,” Fonseca explained.</p> <p>“She naturally posed for the photos as if he was standing right beside her.</p> <p>“Her smile had a warmth as if he was talking to her. Even though he wasn’t there, she moved as if he was.”</p> <p>The end result was loved by Debbie, but she planned to keep it from the world until what was supposed to be their wedding day.</p> <p>Alongside the photos, Debbie hoped to spread awareness on road safety, as she captioned it: “Please I beg each and every one of you that reads this post, WATCH FOR MOTORCYCLES, stop at stop signs and drive with care because you never know whose whole world is on that bike.</p> <p>“Maybe if that person stopped, I’d be marrying Randy, my best friend, the love of my life.”</p> <p>What do you think of these touching photos of Debbie and her beloved Randy? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below. </p>

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Alex McKinnon opens up about the joy of being a new dad: “I bawled”

<p>In 2014, NRL star Alex McKinnon suffered a spinal injury that left him quadriplegic, changing his life forever.</p> <p>Now, more than four years later, the former Newcastle Knights player couldn’t be happier.</p> <p>The 26-year-old married his partner Teigan last year and six weeks ago, the couple introduced their baby daughter Harriet into the world.</p> <p>In a new interview on the <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Today</em> show, Alex discussed the impact his little girl has had on him.</p> <p>"I bawled," he admitted.</p> <p>"Alex is very emotional," Teigan explained.</p> <p>"There are photos and he is just full of emotion, and I was like relief, she is finally here... She looks like a Harriet to me."</p> <p>Alex also reflected on the whirlwind of emotions he encountered as his daughter was born at Newcastle hospital.</p> <p>“People tell you want to expect, but it’s crazy, just crazy,’’ he said.</p> <p>“It was just me and Teigan and the nursing staff and it blew my mind.</p> <p>“At that moment she arrived, I had so many thoughts — we were bawling our eyes out.</p> <p>“I put her (Harriet) in my lap and held her. Teigan and I just sat there smiling. It completely blew my mind. To see the reaction on Teigan’s face was amazing.</p> <p>“Teigan was a machine, inspirational, as always.’’</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BqTQL3RntEo/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BqTQL3RntEo/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Mums Sunday morning photo shoot request 😀🙌🏻 @teiganmckinnon x #Harri</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/alexmmckinnon/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Alex Mckinnon</a> (@alexmmckinnon) on Nov 17, 2018 at 4:01pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>During the interview, the couple explained that they fell pregnant on their first round of IVF.</p> <p>Although little Harriet Anne McKinnon is only a few months old, her parents are already looking toward growing their family even more.</p> <p>"When I was leaving the hospital, everyone was saying see you soon and I was like, not too soon," Teigan joked.</p> <p>"I think I'm going to have three daughters", Alex said.</p> <p>As well as balancing his duties as a new dad, Alex has also started a new recruitment role with the Newcastle Knights and works for Fox Sports.</p> <p>He also attends rehab a few times a week. </p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BopyBFAAsRt/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BopyBFAAsRt/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Harriet Anne Mckinnon 💜 7-10-2018.</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/alexmmckinnon/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Alex Mckinnon</a> (@alexmmckinnon) on Oct 7, 2018 at 5:57pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p> </p>

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Michael Schumacher’s family release haunting new video of the F1 driver

<p>Michael Schumacher’s family has released never-before-seen footage of the F1 legend as he talked about his successful career, only two months before the tragic accident that would change his life forever.</p> <p>Considered the best F1 driver the world has ever seen, Schumacher spoke about his struggles with self-confidence and who he respects most in the profession in the haunting footage that was posted on his website.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/hX7LF20uz3s" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>The interview is dated October 30, 2013, only two short months before his skiing accident in the French Alps which occurred on December 29 the same year.</p> <p>Schumacher, who is now 49, said he never imagined his career to skyrocket the way it did, but it was his self-doubt that garnered him his many accolades.</p> <p>“Records is one thing. Doubts … I think it is very important to not be over confident – to be sceptical, to look for improvements,” he said.</p> <p>“Yeah, I always felt I am not good enough, I have to work, and that was one part of the recipe that made me what I became.</p> <p>“Talent in motorsport, as in any sport, is important – but that’s not all. You need really to develop lots of different skills.”</p> <p>He also commended his team, as he said his success wasn’t solely due to him.</p> <p>“Success, as in any situation of life or in most I know, is about teamwork,” he said.</p> <p>“Yourself, you do what you do. As a team, you will be much stronger. Formula 1 is a team work, and definitely not a one-man show.”</p> <p>He also mentioned how despite the challenges F1 drivers face, the sport has become much less demanding throughout his 17-year career due to the advancements in car technology.</p> <p>“Formula One is very tough. It used to be a lot harder – no power brakes, no power steering – in the past compared to nowadays,” he said.</p> <p>“But anyway, it is one of the toughest sports you can do, so a lot of preparation is needed.”</p> <p>The seven-time world champion looked back at his career highlights, and said it was his first win with Ferrari in 2000 that was the most emotional.</p> <p>Schumacher had an impressive run as he consecutively won championships after his first win. Those wins included Benetton in 1994 and 1995, then five back-to-back with the Prancing Horse from 2000-2004.</p> <p>The racing icon had a total of 91 grand prix wins by the end of his career.</p> <p>“Twenty-one years no championships with Ferrari, four years myself failing, then finally, in a great race to achieve it, win the world championship,” he said.</p> <p>When asked who he admires most in the adrenaline filled sport, he said it was Finland driver Mika Hakkinen, his rival driver and the 1998 and 1999 world champion for McLaren.</p> <p>“The most respected guy in all those years was definitely Mika Hakkinen. Great fights, but stable private relationships,” he said, as he mentioned how his secret to success was to learn from other drivers.</p> <p>“To develop yourself, to find other steps, you not only look at the car; you look at yourself, you look at other drivers.</p> <p>“And you’re not only looking at your front drivers, you’re looking at everybody. So, I did, because everybody has something special that I wanted to know.”</p> <p>Schumacher went on to mention his immense admiration for technical mastermind Ross Brawn, who he credits his success to.</p> <p>“If you go back to the various teams I have driven for, the various missions – Benetton, after four or five years building it up to the championship, same with Ferrari, we tried the same with Mercedes in less time – is there one thing in common, I would say yes there is: Ross Brawn. Think about it.”</p> <p>But surprisingly, a young Michael Schumacher didn’t grow up admiring F1 drivers, but rather a German soccer player: Toni Schumacher (no relation).</p> <p>“In the young days of karting, I looked around and yes, I saw Ayrton Senna or Vincenzo Sospiri, but my real idol was Toni Schumacher, because he was a great soccer player,” he said.</p> <p>Schumacher is currently undergoing treatment at his Lake Geneva residence, where he is receiving round-the-clock care from a team of medical professionals. His family are known to be notoriously private of his condition.</p>

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Lisa Curry’s son rushed to hospital: “My poor bub”

<p>“My poor bub after surgery,” Lisa wrote, as she posted a photo of Jett, 24, to Instagram as he laid in a hospital bed with a sling around his arm.</p> <p>She went on to say: “Such a shame to be out of action for months. I know plenty of people go through it but as a mum it’s always tough to see your kid work so hard and then become a spectator.</p> <p>“Rest, recover, come back bigger and stronger. Go Jett go.”</p> <p>But despite the painful injury, Jett seems to be recovering well as the photo showed him looking relaxed while he listened to music.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BqcFohJAMo1/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BqcFohJAMo1/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">My poor bub after surgery... such a shame to be out of action for months. I know plenty of people go through it but as a mum it’s always tough to see your kid work so hard and then become a spectator.... rest, recover, come back bigger and stronger 💪🏻Go Jett Go💪🏻 @jertkenny</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/lisacurry/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Lisa Curry AO</a> (@lisacurry) on Nov 21, 2018 at 2:22am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Jett also took to Instagram to share an image of his X-ray scan, which showed a plate of metal screws embedded in his arm.</p> <p>He captioned it: “Sup”.</p> <p>The lifeguard shared that his injury came a day before his birthday as he was chasing an opponent during a game of Oztag and hurt his shoulder.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height:449.6487119437939px;" src="/media/7822062/curry-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f54798a2f06143ceb2a1f7419c6e3861" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Photo: Instagram <a href="https://www.instagram.com/jertkenny/?hl=en">@jertkenny</a></em></p> <p>“This is what happens when 85kg goes shoulder first into the ground,” he wrote on Instagram underneath a photo of his injury.</p> <p>“Just mowing a guy down in oztag. Wasn’t getting away from me.”</p> <p>His posts were met with an abundance of well-wishers, as they hoped Jett would recover quickly from the nasty injury.</p> <p>A broken shoulder usually heals in six weeks and those recovering from the sprain are forced to wear a sling until the break is healed.</p>

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Michael Schumacher’s son opens up about his father’s injuries

<p>In what is considered a rare admission, Michael Schumacher’s son has reportedly said that he “finds it hard” to cope due to his father’s injuries, according to a friend.</p> <p>Five years ago, racing legend Michael Schumacher was critically injured in the French Alps while skiing during a family holiday.</p> <p>His son Mick, 19, stays silent much like the rest of his family when discussing the current situation of Michael.</p> <p>According to Nicklas Nielson, who is allegedly a close friend of Mick’s, Michael’s condition “remains a mystery”.</p> <p>Speaking to Danish newspaper <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.bt.dk/formel-1/dansk-stortalent-skriver-kontrakt-med-schumacher" target="_blank"><em>BT</em></a>, Mr Nielson said: “Mick does not say he is sad about his father. He just said sometimes that it is sometimes hard.</p> <p>“I know him very well, also privately. He is a very quiet and calm guy. Very nice and welcoming and he talks to everyone.</p> <p>“It was completely closed and not talked about. I still do a little karting with Ralf Schumacher and his team and nobody talks about it.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bl0GI8zHOcU/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bl0GI8zHOcU/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">#Repost @f1 with @get_repost ・・・ LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON: Congratulations to Mick Schumacher, who secured his first F3 win on Saturday. It came at Spa, where, in 1992, his father Michael took the first of his record 91 F1 wins. Congratulations too for the other F3 winners this weekend - Jehun Daruvala and Dan Ticktum 👏🏆👨‍👦 . #F1 #Formula1 #F3 #Spa #Schumacher #Father #Son #Motorsport #Spa #SpaFrancorchamps @mickschumacher @circuit_spa_francorchamps</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/mickschumacher/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Mick Schumacher</a> (@mickschumacher) on Jul 29, 2018 at 4:31am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>After colliding with a rock and injuring his head while skiing, it's believed Michael has been left unable to move, even after two major operations that saved his life.</p> <p>It is reported that he is receiving round-the-clock care at his Switzerland retreat.</p> <p>Mr Nielson speculated that while Michael may be on the road to recovery, he will officially leave the retreat once he is “completely rehabilitated”, but he went on to say that it is hard to predict exactly what is happening.</p> <p>Michael is considered a racing legend as the German competed in Formula One for Jordan Grand Prix, Benetton, Mercedes and Ferrari, who he had the longest relationship with.</p> <p>He is the only driver to date to win seven Formula One World Championships – five of them he won consecutively.</p> <p>The official Formula One website says that Michael is “statistically the greatest driver the sport has ever seen”.</p>

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