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James Martin health: TV chef on how he has learned to cope with his lifelong disorder

James Martin health: TV chef on how he has learned to cope with his lifelong disorder

According to the Dyslexia Association, dyslexic people often find it helpful to use technological aids such as computer packages, digital recorders and smartphones.

“This frees them from some of the effort involved in written work and routine organisation, and allows them to concentrate on the parts of their work they do best,” explains the health body.

Success in employment can be difficult for adults struggling with dyslexia but there are ways to achieve your goals.

“Seek evaluation and instructional help with reading and writing, regardless of your age,” advises the Mayo Clinic.

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‘I suffered in silence’ Chris Kamara on life-long medication as he gives update on health

‘I suffered in silence’ Chris Kamara on life-long medication as he gives update on health

Chris Kamara feared he had dementia after he suffered from brain fog and slurred speech. After getting the all-clear following a brain scan, he had a blood test and was diagnosed with an underactive thyroid. In a new interview with his son Jack, the 63-year-old football pundit said he was too embarrassed to speak out about his symptoms and “suffered in silence” for 20 months.

He said: “I didn’t want to believe what was going on in my body and my mind.

“I suffered in silence for 20 months, even though people were saying along the way, ‘He’s not himself’, I would just bat it away and say, ‘No I’m fine’.

“I would say for a good 14 months I kept it to myself.”

Chris added he had “good and bad days” as his symptoms were sometimes “easy to deal with”.

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Chris first spoke out about his diagnosis on Steph’s Packed Lunch in April.

He revealed that his wife grew concerned when he couldn’t remember details about his own album on The One Show.

“I was on with Alex Jones and Michael Ball, I did the menu for the show live and not a problem,” he spilled.

“Michael talked to me about the Christmas album and said, ‘Name some of the songs’ and my mind had gone completely blank and I couldn’t think of anything.

“That was the first time my wife said to me, ‘There’s something not quite right, you need to get it checked out’.”

Chris has since urged others to get checked if they have any concerns about their health.

According to the NHS, symptoms of an underactive thyroid include feeling tired all the time, gaining weight and being sensitive to cold.

Treatment involves taking daily hormone replacement tablets, called levothyroxine, to raise your thyroxine levels.

Research from Pharmacy2U reveals that an estimated 14.7 million men in Britain don’t go to the doctor even when they suffer worrying symptoms.

The study shows that a quarter of men think they can fix the problem themselves, one in eight men feel too embarrassed to see a doctor and one in ten say they are too anxious to talk about their symptoms. Three in ten men are also currently hiding conditions from their family.

The age group of 45-to-54-years-old is most likely to avoid seeking medical attention. Chris is amongst the age group of 55+ which came in second, followed by 35 to 44 years and 25 to 34 years. Over one in four Brits admitted they don’t know how to talk about their health worries, with three in ten currently hiding conditions from their friends and family.

Two thirds say they have googled symptoms and one third try to find reassurance online.

Phil Day, Superintendent Pharmacist at Pharmacy2U, commented: “With lockdown rules changing, and many prioritising catching up with family and friends, it’s important to remember to look after your health too. Onerous life admin tasks like reordering your prescription or booking a doctor’s appointment take up much less time now thanks to apps and technology. Put yourself first, get checked out, get your prescriptions automatically sent to your door, and get on with enjoying life.”

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Why a Kojima Xbox deal makes sense, even to a lifelong PlayStation fan

Why a Kojima Xbox deal makes sense, even to a lifelong PlayStation fan
Ever since I first laid eyes on Tekken 1 being played on a PS1 soon after Sony’s game-changing console first launched, I’ve been hooked on PlayStation games. Some of my fondest gaming memories are forever associated with Sony and PlayStation – from ground breaking early 3D games like Metal Gear Solid, Resident Evil and Final Fantasy 7 to more modern classics like Persona 5. Sony systems have defined my gaming experience for decades.
And creators such as Hideo Kojima have provided me with moments that’ll be etched into my memory forever.

Kojima and Sony have enjoyed a long working relationship, ever since MGS1 debuted on the PS1 and propelled the Snatcher and Policenauts maker into worldwide stardom.

Since Solid Snake’s Shadow Moses mission was first released, MGS games and Sony PlayStation consoles have gone hand-in-hand.

Metal Gear Solid 2 was one of the PS2’s first killer apps, a blockbuster release the likes of which gaming hadn’t seen before.

It ended up arriving a year later on Xbox via MGS 2 Substance, but Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (regarded by many as Metal Gear’s finest hour) remained a PS2 exclusive till the following generation, with MGS3 included on the HD collection for PS3 and Xbox 360.

Sony and Kojima’s close working relationship continued with the PSP exclusive Metal Gear games and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, with the latter remaining a PS3 exclusive to this day.

And in the aftermath of Kojima and Konami splitting in 2015, it was Sony’s PS4 platform that the MGS creator chose to release his next game – Death Stranding – on exclusively.

So the news that has emerged this week, that Kojima’s next game may be heading to Xbox instead of PS5 as expected, may leave PlayStation fans stunned, confused and disappointed.

But there is one reason why this deal makes sense, and could lead to great things for whatever Kojima has up his sleeve.

Kojima has long been a game director who is never willing to compromise the in pursuit of his work.

And with games getting more and more advanced since Kojima first entered the scene, pursuing his vision has come at a cost.

Metal Gear Solid V reportedly had a budget of over $ 80million, while Death Stranding allegedly had a budget of $ 100million.

We’ve seen that Microsoft aren’t afraid to splash the cash in their pursuit of making Game Pass an all conquering service, shown clearly by the $ 7.5billion acquisition of Bethesda.

While it is also seen in the budget of Halo Infinite, which allegedly is $ 500million.

If Kojima does end up teaming up with Microsoft, he could have a partner that is willing to write him a blank cheque, and grant him a bigger budget than he’s ever had before, to fulfil whatever vision he has for his next project.

And that can only be good news for the scope of whatever Kojima is planning next, and for his fans.

For Microsoft, securing the services of a gaming icon such as Kojima – and giving him free rein to do what he pleases – will undoubtedly help on a number of fronts.

Whatever you think of Kojima, he is one of – if not the – most famous game directors around, capable of brining big name stars such as Kiefer Sutherland, Norman Reedus, Lindsay Wagner, Lea Seydoux, Mads Mikkelsen and more onboard to work with him.

His projects generate a huge level of hype, and having the next Kojima game head to Game Pass would likely generate a massive amount of buzz for the Xbox Series X and S as well as XGP.

It could end up being the thing that finally twists the arm for many Sony fans to take the plunge and get an Xbox as well.

A Kojima deal could also help Microsoft finally crack the Japanese market, which the Xbox has consistently struggled to do, and it could also help the Xbox team move one step closer to a long held goal.

A fascinating documentary by CNBC which explored why Xbox has failed to make a dent in Japan featured an interview with Xbox creator Seamus Blackley.

Blackley explained the driving force behind the original Xbox, and why Bill Gates wanted to get into console gaming in the first place.

Blackley said Gates’s motivation with the original Xbox was maintaining “Microsoft’s dominance and position in the ecosystem of software”.

And with Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft are positioning themselves in an extremely strong position on the software front.

Having new Bethesda games as well as titles from the ever expanding Xbox Game Studios portfolio launch on XGP on Day One has arguably put Xbox in its strongest position since they first entered console gaming back in 2001.

And getting Kojima onboard could end up being the big catalyst Microsoft needs to help win over new fans, helping to drive Game Pass subscriptions even further to whole new heights.