But you don’t look sick

New research has revealed that over 500,000 people across the UK now have inflammatory bowel disease, which is a significant increase on previous studies. It’s a chronic autoimmune condition which can require lifelong treatment. It’s also invisible. Bryony Hopkins has lived with Crohn’s Disease since she was a child. In this film she meets others living with IBD, including Anthony Andrews who is being admitted into hospital for a life-changing operation and reality TV star Louise Thompson.

Whose van am I driving?

Business has boomed for parcel courier DPD during lockdown. However, a group of 76 former drivers are taking the company to court to fight for employment rights. Ruth Lane, whose husband Don Lane died in 2018 and Alistair Mcleary, whose contract was terminated in 2018, share their stories. DPD strongly refute many of their claims and now offer a new type of contract with more rights, but say most drivers choose the self-employed franchise contracts.

Is this the end of clubbing?

Through lockdown the internet was filled with DJs, musicians and partygoers live streaming or making their own content to keep the club vibe alive. But offline, there are real concerns about the the effect Covid-19 has had on clubs, their owners and DJs in the UK. Lockdown meant the entire nation stopped going out but what is the long term future for the club industry? DJ and broadcaster Jamz Supernova speaks to fellow DJ’s Sherelle and Plastician and other DJs about what it feels like to go fr

Domestic abuse: Surviving lockdown

During the first three weeks of lockdown, 16 women and children died at the hands of men - the highest in 11 years. And the Domestic Abuse Helpline took more than 40,000 calls during the first three months. On 24 March we were all given one message - stay at home. But what if home is the most dangerous place you can be? This film discovers the reality of domestic abuse when you are confined to your home. We speak to survivors and those who fled their abuser during lockdown and find out what th

Emotions are agonising, like being electrocuted

Intense and overwhelming emotions, 'so agonising, it feels like being electrocuted'. This is how Rosie describes life with borderline personality disorder. BPD is extremely complex to diagnose and is recognised as one of the most stigmatised mental health diagnoses' out there. Whilst NICE state that 'people with BPD use mental health services at higher rates than people from other mental health diagnostic groups', accessing a long-term treatment plan for BPD can be a lengthy wait. That's why

"If it wasn't for my bag, I would not be here today"

Earlier this month, a man who did not want to live with a stoma died after a judge ruled life-support treatment could end. His story caused an outpouring of shock amongst the stoma community and prompted the question - is there enough mental health support for those facing surgery? Having lived with a stoma for four years as a teenager, the complex emotions this patient must have felt weighed heavy on my heart. The man, referred to as MSP, from South Yorkshire, was in his 30s and had given jud

'I'm high risk but made a full recovery from coronavirus'

For those living with underlying health conditions, the thought of contracting coronavirus can be terrifying. But while the numbers may appear bleak, there are many people considered high risk who are making a full recovery, as I personally discovered. Panic rose in my chest as I failed to catch my breath. All I had done was walk up the stairs. Was this Covid-19? Was it in my home, in my body, in my lungs? I have Crohn's Disease, an autoimmune disease which means my digestive system attacks it

7 Things You Only Know If You Exercise With IBS Or IBD | MTV UK

Getting your arse to the gym literally embodies a whole new meaning when you have IBS or IBD (irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease). Whilst gut problems aren’t the most glam thing to talk about, they have a massive impact on a workout. Stomach cramps, bloating and nausea are just some of the daily symptoms someone with IBS or IBS might suffer with. And let’s be honest, none of these are conducive to a grilling, sweat-inducing and body-burning exercise session. Read more at http://www.mtv.co.uk/fitness/news/7-things-you-only-know-if-you-exercise-with-ibs-or-ibd#vVAlDJirFHb7asG8.99

22 things you only know if you have coeliac disease

It’s Coeliac Awareness Week – but what do we actually know about this illness which means a totally gluten-free diet? Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disease, which means consuming gluten causes an autoimmune reaction. That means the body attacks itself. 1 in 100 people in the UK have the condition, so the chances are you know someone who has it, or at least know of someone who does. So what it’s like to live with the condition: 22 coeliacs tell us. Rachel points out it’s rather important t

5 best gluten free doughnuts to celebrate National Doughnut Week

Share this article with Google Plus Sugared, glazed, topped with sprinkles or filled with jam, I’ve yet to meet someone who doesn’t enjoy a doughnut. And what better way to celebrate this delicious doughy ball of goodness than eat all the doughnuts for National Doughnut Week. However, one of the key ingredients in most varieties is flour. So what to do if you’re gluten free? Luckily these five producers make fresh gluten free doughnuts with zero cross contamination. These doughnuts are not

9 things you only know if you have Multiple Sclerosis

Share this article with Google Plus It is estimated over 100,000 people in the UK are living with Multiple Sclerosis, but what do we actually know about it? MS is a neurological condition which impacts the central nervous system, which means the range of symptoms for MS are vast, including vision and mobility problems, muscle stiffness and spasms, extreme fatigue or numbness on the body. We invited nine people living with MS to tell us what it’s like to live with the condition, how they manag

World Allergy Week: What it's like to deal with life threatening allergies

Share this article with Google Plus It seems everyone has some sort of intolerance these days, be it gluten, dairy, soya or sesame seeds. And while the shift towards more awareness of gut health is extremely positive, it’s easy to forget the crippling and life threatening consequences of the most severe allergies. Many allergies will not result in just discomfort, but rather a potentially life threatening reaction. Last Sunday marked the start of World Allergy Week, and four people told us w

Forget Nutella - here are 5 decadent vegan chocolate spreads to try

Share this article with Google Plus Sometimes there is nothing better than a tub of Nutella, with a spoon plunged straight in. The chocolatey, creamy spread is a UK taste sensation and is definitely a family favourite. And with World Nutella Day on February 4, there’s no excuse not to dig in. But if you’re vegan or dairy-free, you’re out of luck as it contains both milk and whey. Fortunately, there are now plenty of alternative options, and they really taste as delicious as the ‘real’ stuff.

8 of the best places to get a vegan burger in London and beyond

Share this article with Google Plus We all love them, chains are named after them, and we cover them in cheese, fill them relish and argue over gherkins. Yes, I’m talking about the nation’s favourite – a big fat burger. Classically, it involves sandwiching a patty of beef between two buns and topping with, well, whatever we like. So, what if you’re vegan? What options are available then? It turns out, quite a lot. Here are the eight best places to grab yourself a delicious vegan burger in L

8 recipes so good, you won't even notice they're vegan

Share this article with Google Plus Veganuary has hit our social media big time this month, with hundreds of thousands of people across the globe taking the pledge to go vegan for January. There is a common misconception that it’s all beans, lentils and soya milk, so I’ve compiled eight delicious vegan recipes that taste so good, you wouldn’t even realise they’re vegan. You don’t have to be a vegan to enjoy these, just appreciative of a good hearty winter meal. The perfect inspiration if you

8 of the best cheap gluten-free eats in London

Share this article with Google Plus It’s coming to the end of January and let’s be honest, we’re really scraping the bottom of the purse before payday. If you’re gluten-free, this can be challenging still. Coming across a cheap eat in these circumstances is pretty rare – even to grab a sandwich it’s easy to end up forking out about £4. So, as we near the end of January, here are some of the best eateries in the capital to dine gluten-free that won’t break your bank balance. If you love a bi

12 great products you can add to a gluten free and dairy free Christmas buffet

Share this article with Google Plus Tis the season to be jolly, and eat all the food in sight. That’s the saying, right? The Christmas invitations will soon start flooding in, but the buffet parties can quickly become something of a minefield if you suffer from an allergy or dietary restriction. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are twelve items which are in the shops right now, and are waiting to be added to your ‘free from’ party buffet. This is a great option as it’s coconut-

Christmas cocktails: 5 of the best festive recipes to make yourself

Share this article with Google Plus Sparkling wine, warm punch and mulled wine are all on the menu as we enter the Christmas party period. While bars and restaurants will be swapping in some festive alternatives to their usual cocktail menu, why not give it a go yourself this season? It may seem a bit daunting but you don’t need any equipment or special skills, and you’ll probably have most of the ingredients in your cupboards already. Here are five wonderfully simple and yummy cocktails you

5 weird Christmas foods from around the world

Share this article with Google Plus Christmas may have you licking your lips at the thought of roast and all the trimmings. But not everyone around the world tucks into a turkey, cranberry sauce and pigs in blankets. Here are some of the more unusual Christmas foods from across the globe. The ‘mopane caterpillar’ is an edible caterpillar and feeds predominately on the mopane leaf. The harvest time of these little critters coincidentally coincides with Christmas and hence these grace plenty
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