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Matt Smith is training the Gazette running team for the Hackney Half. He will be giving readers regular fitness tips to help in their own preparation or just inspire them to get off the sofa. This week, what to eat – and when.

The family of a man with who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia have questioned how he was encouraged by his carers to travel to the Dominican Republic – where he is now stranded after having a mental breakdown.

A Stoke Newington baker who survived five brain operations is warming up her vocals to perform on the One Show for the royal wedding.

This shocking picture shows a seriously ill man in distressing conditions in a Dalston hostel room.

The horror stories include cancer patients being forced to forgo treatment and terminally ill people being cared for by untrained hostel staff. As a landmark study reveals a health crisis in hostels, Hackney GP Dr Claire Davies talks to Emma Youle

“London’s original street food market” in Shoreditch faces a battle to reopen after Hackney’s public health chief said there was enough booze spots in the area.

Matt Smith is training the Gazette running team for the Hackney Half. He will be giving readers regular fitness tips to help in their own preparation or just inspire them to get off the sofa. This week it’s all about mixing things up.

A former luxury fashion worker whose life spiralled into chaos when she became homeless has spoken of the healing influence of living in a council flat.

London Marathon is fast approaching and you’ve been training for months. But, as with any big event, it’s just the beginning of your fitness journey. Islington personal trainer Nancy Best gives you some tips on staying motivated after the run

Matt Smith is training the Gazette running team for the Hackney Half. He will be giving readers regular fitness tips to help in their own preparation or just inspire them to get off the sofa. This week, he tackles the phenomenon of over-training.

A mental health charity off Mare Street is appealing for runners to take on the Hackney Half in the wake of government cuts.

The UK’s first scheme banning the dirtiest vehicles from roads will be rolled out in July across areas of Shoreditch and Old Street.

PT Matt Smith is preparing the Gazette’s running team for the Hackney Half – as well as bringing you regular fitness tips to encourage you to take on the race and help with training.

Vulnerable people with mental health problems are among the hundreds living in hostel rooms in Hackney – and their grim surroundings only make it worse. Emma Youle reports on a startling lack of support for those in crisis

‘Sepsis Maggie’ tells Emma Bartholomew why has dedicated her career to fighting the disease, and how she has shaken things up at the Homerton since she started working there in October

Thinking of taking on the Hackney Half this year but worried that you’re not ready?

Claude Umuhire leads running sessions for disadvantaged young people on Well Street Common. Having once been homeless, he knows all too well the difference running can make to a young life. The Gazette went along to find out more (and get in some training for the Hackney Half).

Two-thirds of patients to use an innovative “A&E at home” service have avoided a hospital trip, figures from the first few months of operation reveal.

Some 1,300 people in Hackney are living with dementia, and councillors have vowed to work on making the borough a better place for them.

A Tory councillor was accused of “spouting nonsense” last night after he claimed the HPV vaccine was the “21st century’s Thalidomide”.

At more than two centuries old, The Rochester Castle is Wetherspoon’s oldest pub – and desperate punters are complaining that it has the toilets to match.

The A&E at Homerton Hospital is faring well in the ‘winter crisis’, with waiting time figures making it the best performing in London.

Severely disabled children and adults have been unable to get routine appointments at a special dental practice for nine months.

Sol Campbell shared details of the “crossroads moment” that led to him pursing a career in soccer at an inspirational question and answer session with budding sports stars.

It’s a Christmas miracle! The London Fields lido will reopen two weeks today, the town hall has announced.

A total smoking ban on Homerton Hospital’s premises will come into force in the New Year.

A London black cab co-operative is offering free rides to Homerton Hospital over Christmas, to support families with loved ones who are ill.

Staff at a GP practice in London Fields have been crowned team of the year at a national awards show.

Phil Glanville marked World AIDS Day by taking a HIV test in front of the cameras – in the hope of spreading a lifesaving message.

A Finsbury Park woman faces a race against the clock to save a large sanctuary for her blind cats – after Hackney Council ordered her to tear it down.

London Fields Lido is still unlikely to reopen for “several weeks”, the council has admitted.

A guide explaining how cinemas and theatres can hold special screenings for those affected by dementia has been launched at the Hackney Picturehouse.

A popular Columbia Road man lost six stone in three months – and is so much fitter he’s even been able to ditch the electric scooter he used to need.

Mice and cockroaches have blighted four Hackney restaurants over the last 18 months, council papers reveal.

The Greenhouse, off Mare Street, is a GP surgery specifically for homeless people. Emma Bartholomew met some of the patients who go there for treatment, advice and even sleep

The long-awaited reopening of the London Fields lido has been delayed because the contractors have not finished the work.

Hackney Council is tempting people to fill in its online survey about sugar, with prizes including tickets to see the Hackney Empire Christmas panto and brunch at the E5 Bakehouse.

A trailblazing team of Hackney therapists is raising awareness of a speech disorder that often remains undiagnosed – despite affecting as many as two children in every classroom.

The Gazette is taking part in a campaign to raise awareness about the need for more professional carers in London. Emma Bartholomew and Ellena Cruse explain the issues and chat to Hackney’s health chief Cllr Jonathan McShane about why the job is so worthwhile.

Charity director Natalie Howarth has worked to help people for most of her life. She talked to the Gazette while showing us around Maytree in Finsbury Park – a respite centre for people at risk of suicide.

An affordable bike-sharing platform has been rolled out in Hackney with the backing of the town hall.

Bored of traditional yoga? There’s a world beyond your well-worn Argos yoga mat, and it’s a world of disco lights, hip hop tunes and ultra-challenging weights

Pet owners can get free veterinary health checks and advice from a top animal charity on Saturday.

Medics are urging people to drink responsibly and look after friends who drink too much, so they don’t divert the service from patients in serious need of treatment.

A dad who writes and produces songs about his son’s Tourette’s syndrome is hoping to get on national radio – but claims he has been told by some stations that his music is “too positive”.

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