• Women should be given the choice of a medical or surgical abortion and self-referral, says health watchdog
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    Women should be given the choice of a medical or surgical abortion and self-referral, says health watchdog

    Women should be given the choice of a medical or surgical abortion and be able to refer themselves to have their pregnancy terminated, according to a health watchdog’s new draft guidelines. The National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) said women should be given an appointment within a week of requesting one and then be able to have an abortion within a week of the appointment. The recommendations, which were developed with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), seek to make it easier for women to access services and also have greater choice.

  • Screen time before bed has very little impact on mental health in teenagers, Oxford study concludes
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    Screen time before bed has very little impact on mental health in teenagers, Oxford study concludes

    Screen time has little effect on teenagers’ mental health, despite fears about the impact late-night gaming or TV viewing is having on the world’s youth, a new study has concluded. Scientists at the University of Oxford used data on more than 17,000 children from across Ireland, the UK and the US, mainly comprising teenagers but with some as young as eight. “While psychological science can be a powerful tool for understanding the link between screen use and adolescent wellbeing, it still routinely fails to supply stakeholders and the public with high-quality, transparent and objective investigations into growing concerns about digital technologies,” said Professor Andrew Przybylski, who co-authored the new study.

  • New figures reveal the weaker sex - why men die younger than women
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    New figures reveal the weaker sex - why men die younger than women

    Women live longer than men everywhere in the world – and the difference is particularly stark in high-income countries like Britain, according to data from the World Health Organisation (WHO).

  • Teenager dies after tapeworms burrow into his brain and testicle
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    Teenager dies after tapeworms burrow into his brain and testicle

    A teenager in India suffering from seizures was found by doctors to have a parasitic disease caused by swallowing tapeworm eggs, according to a new journal study. The 18-year-old from Faridabad was taken to hospital with swelling over his right eye and pain in the right side of his groin. Following an MRI scan, the doctors at Faridabad’s hospital discovered that the teen had “cystic lesions” in his brain, according to the study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

  • What sex tells us about society: Sally Rooney’s Normal People and DH Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover
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    What sex tells us about society: Sally Rooney’s Normal People and DH Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover

    It is more than 90 years since DH Lawrence’s famously outrageous novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover was first published and times have certainly changed since then. Sally Rooney’s Normal People, Costa Novel of the Year 2018, revisits many of the issues and the ostensible plot of Lady Chatterley. Normal People is basically a romance, but it’s a romance that crosses class boundaries.

  • Antidepressant prescriptions nearly double in a decade
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    Antidepressant prescriptions nearly double in a decade

    Antidepressant prescriptions were dispensed over 70 million times in England last year, figures show, nearly doubling in a decade. A total of 70.9 million items used to treat conditions such as depression and anxiety were given out in 2018, according NHS Digital data. The overall cost of prescriptions dispensed in the community in England decreased by 3.7 per cent last year, from £9.2bn in 2017 to £8.8bn in 2018.

  • The men from the ministry: 100 years of the ministry of transport
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    The men from the ministry: 100 years of the ministry of transport

    The First World War saw useful advances in every form of military transport, from troop train to armoured tank, from motor ambulance to fighter airplane. Out of the ashes of that war emerged a primitive ministry of transport – the precursor to today’s Department for Transport – now celebrating its 100th year.

  • New York county bars unvaccinated children from public spaces amid severe measles outbreak
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    New York county bars unvaccinated children from public spaces amid severe measles outbreak

    A New York county hit by a measles outbreak declared a state of emergency on Tuesday and banned non-vaccinated minors from public places in a bid to prevent the once-eliminated disease from spreading.

  • Cloth nappies trend sees sustainable parents paying hundreds for trendy nappies
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    Cloth nappies trend sees sustainable parents paying hundreds for trendy nappies

    It is a parenting trend aimed at saving both the planet and a few extra pennies.

  • Smear test: Fear, pain and misunderstanding keep women from undergoing a life-saving procedure
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    Smear test: Fear, pain and misunderstanding keep women from undergoing a life-saving procedure

    In March 2009, when reality television star Jade Goody died of cervical cancer at the age of 27, it sent shockwaves around the country. Today, 10 years on from Goody’s death, the number of women going for their routine cervical screening test is at a 20-year low. Data from Public Health England (PHE) shows that over one in four women eligible for a screening do not make an appointment after receiving their reminder letter.

  • How the Spring Equinox marks the changing seasons
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    How the Spring Equinox marks the changing seasons

    Britons may still be feeling the cold, but not for much longer as today is the astronomical beginning of spring, marking the start of longer days, new blooms and warmer weather.

  • Momo challenge: The real victims of the hoax are the parents who believe it
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    Momo challenge: The real victims of the hoax are the parents who believe it

    Last week I received an email from my children’s school with the subject header: Momo – Please be Aware. Three hours later the school sent another email, saying that many parents had been in touch telling them that Momo was a hoax. The school pointed out that they were responding to guidance from the local authority, and that they have had pupils report Momo incidents to them verbally.

  • World's smallest baby boy, born weighing just 268g, allowed home six months after birth
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    World's smallest baby boy, born weighing just 268g, allowed home six months after birth

    The smallest baby boy to have survived birth has left a Japanese hospital months after he entered the world weighing just 268g. The infant was discharged from Tokyo’s Keio University Hospital at a weight of 3.2kg, following six months in intensive care. The infant, who has not been named, is only the fourth male baby weighing less than 300g known to have survived birth.

  • Huge increase in ‘Victorian diseases’ including rickets, scurvy and scarlet fever, NHS data reveals
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    Huge increase in ‘Victorian diseases’ including rickets, scurvy and scarlet fever, NHS data reveals

    Rickets, scarlet fever and other diseases more commonly seen in the Victorian era are sending increasing numbers to hospital, NHS data for England has revealed. In 2017-18 there were 284,901 admissions for scurvy, vitamin D deficiency, gout and other maladies familiar to the pages of a Dickens novel – up 24 per cent on the year before. Many of the conditions on the rise go hand in hand with economic inequalities and child food poverty has been linked to the UK’s rising rates of malnutrition and obesity.

  • Tooth-whitening kits sold in Boots and Superdrug may damage teeth, dentists warn
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    Tooth-whitening kits sold in Boots and Superdrug may damage teeth, dentists warn

    Major high street chemists like Boots and Superdrug are selling tooth-whitening kits which may leave teeth weaker and more sensitive, a study has found. Damage was visible in tests on extracted teeth which had been whitened in line with the manufacturer’s instructions, according to the study published in the British Dental Journal on Friday. “The lack of research and ease of availability of these products from major retailers is alarming and may potentially be harming the consumers’s dentition,” Dr Linda Greenwall, one of the authors from Manchester University said.

  • Chanel names Virginie Viard as new creative director after Karl Lagerfeld's death
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    Chanel names Virginie Viard as new creative director after Karl Lagerfeld's death

    Virginie Viard has been named as Karl Lagerfeld’s successor at Chanel following news of the former creative director’s death on Tuesday. Dubbed Lagerfeld’s “right hand woman”, Viard previously held the role of fashion creation studio director at the French fashion house. Viard has been by Lagerfeld’s side at Chanel for more than three decades, ensuring that the label runs smoothly.

  • Period poverty has caused more than quarter of women to miss work or school, poll finds
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    Period poverty has caused more than quarter of women to miss work or school, poll finds

    More than a quarter of women have been forced to miss work or school because they cannot afford period products, a new poll has found. In total, 27 per cent had been forced to miss school or work – a figure far higher than the one in 10 previously thought affected by the problem of period poverty. Sanitary products are classed as a “luxury, non-essential item” in the UK and subject to a 5 per cent tax.

  • Valentine's Day: Japanese women push back against ritual of giving chocolates to male colleagues
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    Valentine's Day: Japanese women push back against ritual of giving chocolates to male colleagues

    Women in Japan are rebelling against a long-standing tradition which forces them to give chocolate to male colleagues on Valentine’s Day. The ritual, which is called giri choco, started in the 1950s and translates as “obligation chocolates”. Women in the workplace are expected to buy chocolates for their male co-workers, and men are supposed to return the favour on 14 March on White Day – an event devised by chocolatiers in the early 1980s to boost sales.

  • Chinese New Year 2019: Pigs, luck and why you should avoid medicine, laundry and crying children
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    Chinese New Year 2019: Pigs, luck and why you should avoid medicine, laundry and crying children

    Chinese New Year is here – and with it comes a host of superstitions that will apparently dictate how the next 12 months will play out for each of us.

  • Women stay sharper than men in old age because their brains 'are four years younger', study finds
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    Women stay sharper than men in old age because their brains 'are four years younger', study finds

    Men’s brains are nearly four years “older” than those of females the same age, explaining why women stay sharper for longer in old age, according to new research.

  • Duchess of Sussex 'planning to give birth on Lindo Wing' as staff are advised not to take holiday
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    Duchess of Sussex 'planning to give birth on Lindo Wing' as staff are advised not to take holiday

    Staff at the Lindo Wing have been advised not to take holiday in the spring, sparking speculation the Duchess of Sussex plans to have their baby there.

  • Gillette advert prompts furious conservatives to throw away razors in protest at effort to tackle toxic masculinity
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    Gillette advert prompts furious conservatives to throw away razors in protest at effort to tackle toxic masculinity

    Now conservatives are taking their rage out on razors. Gillette has been bombarded with footage of angry men throwing away their shavers in response to an advert warning about toxic masculinity. In scenes reminiscent of the backlash to a Nike advert featuring Colin Kaepernick last year, angry Gillette customers have been filming themselves throwing away razors and shaving foam in protest.

  • Kylie Jenner responds after Instagram egg photo becomes most-liked post ever
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    Kylie Jenner responds after Instagram egg photo becomes most-liked post ever

    A photo of an egg has broken Kylie Jenner’s record to become the most-liked post on Instagram.

  • Warning over first case of 'super-gonorrhoea' acquired in the UK
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    Warning over first case of 'super-gonorrhoea' acquired in the UK

    Health officials are warning of the first case of super-gonorrhoea which has been found to be acquired in the UK.

  • Cancer 'sponge' could cut hair loss and other side-effects of chemotherapy
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    Cancer 'sponge' could cut hair loss and other side-effects of chemotherapy

    The toxic side-effects of chemotherapy could be reduced by a sponge-like device which strains leftover cancer drugs from the blood stream before they damage the brain or cause hair loss. The filter was inspired by absorbers used to remove unwanted impurities like sulphur from fuel, and works like the stents already routinely used in cardiovascular medicine, researchers from the University of California at Berkley said. “Literally, we’ve taken the concept out of petroleum refining and applied it to chemotherapy,” Professor Nitash Balsara, one of the authors of the study published in ACS Central Science.