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FOR the past 20 years I haven't worn shoes. Where do I go, that I need shoes? I wore trainers, always plain white, whether going to the Groucho Club, while living in London, or walking up Grasmoor, while living in Lakeland. In really nasty weather, I might put on some wellies, but mainly I lived in trainers.

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Women in heels totter towards an arthritic future

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`Miracle' cure brings blessings on arthritis sufferer and Italian village

ECCLESIASTICAL authorities in Rome are studying evidence that a British woman suffering from chronic arthritis underwent a "miraculous" recovery after visiting a holy shrine.

Hunters put a spin on the seal market

ST. JOHN'S, Newfoundland (AP) - Weary of being branded thugs and butchers, Canada's seal hunters are fighting back with a slick marketing campaign touting such products as seal pepperoni and seal-oil pills.

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PRESCRIPTION and non-prescription medicines are a major cost for the eight million people whose arthritis is so severe it falls within the medical category of "chronic". The main symptom of arthritis is pain.

Man released after 23 years in jail for 'murder that never was'

A 70-YEAR-OLD man spent his first day of freedom in 23 years yesterday after it emerged that the woman he was convicted of murdering probably died of natural causes.

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I Was born in 1939. A few years ago I was told my blood pressure was so high that I would succumb quickly via a stroke or heart attack. I was crippled with arthritis and hospitalised three to four times a year. A member of my family suggested cannabis. Out of sheer desperation I tried it. After a week of smoking 3-4 a day my psoriasis had virtually gone and my blood pressure was normal. Decriminalise cannabis for medical reasons, for goodness sake.

NHS to issue guidance on best treatments

The Government is due to publish its White Paper on the future of the NHS next week. Colin Brown, Chief Political Correspondent, reports it will seek to offer fresh hope to some sufferers from stroke, asthma and arthritis.

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